We’re just days away from the official start of Amazon Prime Day, and while many discounts have already arrived, all signs point to a deluge of deals that should hit their peak on July 12 and 13. There are several popular categories of technology that are expected to drive big sales – some of which were discussed by our deals team via twitter space earlier this week — but some of the bigger categories are wearables and smart home tech. Luckily, there are already some pre-prime day deals in both categories that deserve your attention.
First up is the GPS-equipped Amazfit GTR 3, which is down to a new low of $120.98 (a $59 off) on Amazon in gray. The budget-friendly smartwatch features a round, 1.39-inch OLED display and runs Amazfit’s own Zepp OS, named after its parent company, Zepp Health. One of the benefits of this OS is that it is compatible with both Apple’s Health app and Google’s Fit app. Sure, it’s not going to give you the notifications and software sturdiness of an Apple Watch, but it’s rated to last up to 21 days on a single charge, while tracking the general fitness metrics we’d expect from a modern wearable. Expect – that is, your steps, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and sleep habits.
On the smart home front, there are a number of worthwhile deals to consider right now, especially on Google Nest products. For example, Google Nest Audio is available for sale on Wellbots for $59.99 with coupon code GOOGLE40, which drops to $40 off the speaker’s regular price when used at checkout. This matches the price seen during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The Nest Audio is an impressive smart speaker with support for Google Assistant and good sound quality when streaming music – far better than you’d expect for a speaker of its size. It can also be paired with another speaker for stereo sound, and with this bargain price, you can get two for almost the price of one. To be fair, this multi-speaker functionality has changed little since Nest Audio came out, thanks to a definitive lawsuit from Sonos. It doesn’t work as smoothly as before, but the functionality remains. read our review,
If you already use the Google Home app for your smart home needs or you’re partial to using Google Assistant for voice control, Google’s Nest Cam can monitor your home’s exterior with floodlights. And a perfect solution for illumination. And right now, it’s on sale at Wellbots for $189.99 (a $90 off) when you use the promo code GOOGLE90 at checkout. While we’ve seen this smart home device drop in price before, it’s $10 less than its previous best price.
Apart from its bright floodlights, the biggest feature of the Nest Cam is that it offers facial recognition. It helps locate family members and regular visitors like mail carriers, so you don’t get notifications alerting you about every little thing as a threat to your home. The 1080p security camera also offers a range of other attractive specs, including night vision, two-way audio, IP54 weather resistance, a built-in battery, and 24/7 continuous recording (with optional subscription). Sure, it’s not going to win any design or aesthetic awards, and it lacks mermaids, but it makes a valuable addition to any Google Home ecosystem. read our review,
Completing our trifecta of Google Nest deals for today is the Google Nest Hub Max, a smart display currently available on Wellbots for an all-time low of $169 (a $60 off) when you use a promo code. Huh GOOGLE60, This big brother to the Nest Hub twins has seen some decent discounts before, but it’s especially good for smart displays, which have 10-inch screens and sizable speakers that allow for some room-filling sound . And between this model and the smaller Nest Hub, it’s the only one that offers video calling because it has a webcam. Its other big strength is its great integration with Google Photos, a feature that makes it a fun addition to any kitchen counter or living room space. read our review,
Some Extra Deals to Kickstart Your Weekend
- The Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300 has six individually controlled outlets and is currently discounted on Amazon to $46.99 (a $33 off). It has surge protection, three USB-A ports for charging devices, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Home apps.
- The slightly cheaper option Meros Smart Power Strip also offers surge protection and smart connectivity, though it has four outlets and four USB-A ports. It’s currently on sale on Amazon for $32.99 ($20 off) when you clip the on-page coupon. The big draw with this is that it also has Apple HomeKit compatibility for some added convenience when you’re smartening up some dumb devices.
- The Apple Watch Series 7 is currently on sale in 45mm, GPS-configured at Amazon and Walmart for $314, its best price yet. The latest model has a bigger screen than its predecessor and dust resistance, which helps to further cement it as the best smartwatch you can buy right now. read our review,
- Now through the end of today, July 9th, the Lenovo Smart Clock Essentials is available at Best Buy for just $24.99 (a $25 discount). It doesn’t sound particularly good and tap-to-snooze is somewhat unbelievable, but the basic alarm clock comes with a bright LED display, on-screen weather conditions, and support for Google Assistant, so you can order multiple commands without a hitch. Can continue. Never get out of bed. read our review,