We’re just days away from the official start of Amazon Prime Day, and while plenty of discounts have already rolled in, all signs point to a spate of deals that should peak on July 12 and 13. There are many popular tech categories that are expected to receive significant sales – a few of which have been discussed by our deal team via Twitter Spaces earlier this week — but some of the bigger categories are wearables and smart home tech. Fortunately, there are already some pre-Prime Day deals in both categories worthy of your attention.
The first is the GPS-equipped Amazfit GTR 3, which hits a new low of $120.98 ($59 off) on Amazon in the gray colorway. The budget-friendly smartwatch has a round 1.39-inch OLED screen and runs on Amazfit’s own Zepp OS, named after the parent company Zepp Health. One of the advantages of this operating system is that it is compatible with both Apple’s Health app and Google’s Fit app. Sure, it won’t give you the notifications and software ruggedness of an Apple Watch, but it will last up to 21 days on a single charge, while tracking the usual fitness stats we’ve come to expect from a modern wearable – that is, your steps. , heart rate, blood oxygen levels and sleeping habits.
In the smart home realm, there are now some worthwhile deals to consider, especially for Google Nest products. For example, the Google Nest Audio is on sale at Wellbots for $59.99 with coupon code GOOGLE40, which knocks $40 off the speaker’s regular price when used at checkout. This matches the price we saw 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 – much better than you’d expect for a speaker of this size. It can also be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound, and with this deal price you can get nearly two for the price of one. To be fair, this multi-speaker functionality has changed a bit since the Nest Audio came out, thanks to a particular lawsuit from Sonos. It no longer works as easily as it used to, but the functionality remains. Read our review†
If you already use the Google Home app for your smart home needs or if you use the Google Assistant for voice control, Google’s Nest Cam with Floodlight is an ideal solution for monitoring and lighting the outside of your home. And right now it’s on sale at Wellbots for $189.99 ($90 off) when you use a promo code GOOGLE90 at the cash register. While we’ve seen this smart home device drop in price before, it’s $10 below its previous best price.
Besides the bright spotlights, one of the Nest Cam’s biggest strengths is that it offers facial recognition. This helps it detect family members and regulars, such as the postman, so you don’t get so many notifications alerting you to every little thing that poses a danger to your home. The 1080p security camera also offers a range of other attractive specs, including night vision, two-way audio, IP54 weatherproofing, a built-in battery and 24/7 continuous recording (with an optional subscription). Sure, it won’t win design or beauty awards, and it lacks a siren, but it’s a worthwhile addition to any Google Home ecosystem. Read our review†
Our trifecta of Google Nest deals for today is the Google Nest Hub Max, a smart display currently available for an all-time low of $169 ($60 off) at Wellbots when you use promo code GOOGLE60† This bigger sibling to the Nest Hub twins has seen some good discounts before, but this one’s especially good for the smart display, which has a 10-inch screen and large speakers that provide 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 major strength is its excellent integration with Google Photos, a feature that makes it a nice addition to any counter or living room. Read our review†
A few extra deals to kickstart your weekend
- The Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300 has six individually controllable outlets and is currently discounted to $46.99 ($33 off) on Amazon. It has surge protection, three USB-A ports for charging devices, and compatibility with Alexa and the Google Home app.
- The Meross Smart Power Strip, a slightly cheaper option, also offers surge protection and smart connectivity, although it has four power outlets and four USB-A ports. It’s currently on sale on Amazon for $32.99 ($20 off) when you clip the coupon on the page. The big draw of this one is that it also has Apple HomeKit compatibility for some added convenience when you’re refurbishing some dumb appliances.
- The Apple Watch Series 7 is currently on sale in the GPS-only 45mm configuration at Amazon and Walmart for $314, its best price yet. The latest model still has a larger screen than its predecessor and is resistant to dust, helping further cement it as the best smartwatch money can buy right now. Read our review†
- Now through the end of today, July 9, the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is available at Best Buy for just $24.99 ($25 off). It doesn’t sound particularly good and tapping to snooze is somewhat unreliable, but the basic alarm clock has a bright LED display, on-screen weather conditions and support for Google Assistant, giving you a series of commands without ever getting out of bed. Read our review†