We’re just days away from the official start of Amazon Prime Day and while plenty of discounts have already arrived, all signs are pointing to a spate of deals that should peak on July 12th and 13th. There are many popular categories of technology that are expected to generate significant sales – some of which have been discussed by our deals team via Twitter Spaces Earlier this week – but some of the larger categories are wearables and smart home tech. Luckily, there are already some pre-Prime Day deals in both categories that are worth your attention.
First up is the GPS-equipped Amazfit GTR 3, which has dropped to a new low of $120.98 ($59 off) on Amazon in the gray colorway. The budget-friendly smartwatch features a 1.39-inch circular OLED display and runs Amazfit’s own Zepp operating system, named after its 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’s rated to last up to 21 days on a single charge, while tracking the usual fitness metrics we’ve come to expect from a modern wearable – ie, your steps, your heart rate, your blood oxygen levels and your sleeping habits.
There are currently a number of worthwhile offerings on the smart home front, particularly for Google Nest products. For example, the Google Nest Audio is available from Wellbots for $59.99 with a coupon code GOOGLE40, reducing the speaker’s regular price by $40 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 Google Assistant support and good sound quality when streaming music – much better than you’d expect from a speaker of this size. It can also be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound, and at this asking price you can almost get two for the price of one. To be fair, that multi-speaker functionality has changed a bit since Nest Audio came out, thanks to a particular lawsuit from Sonos. It doesn’t work as easily as it used to, but the functionality remains. Read our review.
If you’re already using the Google Home app for your smart home needs, or plan to use 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) if you use the promo code GOOGLE90 at checkout. While we’ve seen this smart home device drop in price before, that’s $10 off its previous best price.
Besides the bright floodlight, one of the Nest Cam’s greatest strengths is that it offers face recognition. This helps recognize family members and regular visitors like the postman, so you don’t get as many notifications alerting you to anything that’s a danger 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 rechargeable battery, and 24/7 continuous recording (with optional subscription). Sure, it won’t win any design or beauty awards, and lacks a siren, but it’s 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 from Wellbots for an all-time low of $169 ($60 off) when you use a promo code GOOGLE60. This larger sibling of the Nest Hub twins has seen some good discounts before, but this is a particularly good one for the smart display, which boasts a 10-inch screen and large speakers that allow for room-filling sound. And between that model and the smaller Nest Hub, this is the only one to offer video calling as it has a webcam. Its other major strength is its excellent integration with Google Photos, a feature that makes it a fun addition to any kitchen counter or living room area. Read our review.
A few extra offers to boost your weekend
- The Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300 features six individually controllable outlets and is currently on sale at Amazon to $46.99 ($33 off). It features surge protection, three USB-A ports for charging devices, and is compatible with Alexa and the Google Home app.
- The Meross Smart Power Strip, a slightly cheaper option, also offers surge protection and smart connectivity, despite having four power outlets and four USB-A ports. It’s currently available on Amazon for $32.99 ($20 off) if you clip the on-page coupon. The big plus with this device is that it also offers Apple HomeKit compatibility for added convenience if you’re upgrading some dumb devices.
- The Apple Watch Series 7 is currently available in the 45mm GPS-only configuration at Amazon and Walmart for $314, its best price yet. The latest model still boasts a larger screen than its predecessor and dust resistance, which helps further solidify it as the best smartwatch you can buy right now. Read our review.
- Available now through today, July 9th, the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is available at Best Buy for just $24.99 ($25 off). It doesn’t sound great and tap-to-snooze is a little unreliable, but the basic alarm clock offers a bright LED display, on-screen weather conditions and support for Google Assistant, so you can execute a series of commands without ever getting out of bed . Read our review.