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With the pandemic not quite over yet, video chat is still a key way to work from home or visit family and friends remotely. Facebook portal is an easy way to do it, and now you can buy the 8 inch Portal Mini for just $ 65 at Target as part of Mother’s Day sales. That’s 50% off the list price, which is the best deal we’ve ever seen.
With an 8-inch screen, Facebook’s Portal Mini is primarily a video chat device, working with Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as video conferencing apps like Zoom, GoToMeeting and WebEx. The smart camera can automatically pan and zoom to keep everyone in the frame if you’re talking with family members. It also works with Amazon’s Alexa as well as Facebook’s voice assistant, allowing you to stream music or view Instagram and Facebook photos. The main downside is Facebook’s privacy, although the company notes that you can block the camera and microphone with just one switch.
If you need more features or screen size, Amazon offers other Portal devices with discounts ranging from 18-28%. The standard portal ($ 129) offers a larger 10-inch screen that might be better for large groups, and the Portal + ($ 229) increases the stake with a 15.6-inch HD screen. Finally, the Portal TV ($ 119) connects to your home’s largest screen, the TV, allowing you to see everyone in the family or a large group of coworkers.
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