Is it just us, or does life keep getting busier and busier? Google can help simplify things a bit. In addition to offering tech products under its own brand, they also have a great selection of smart home products under the Nest brand, including a thermostat, a smoke detector, and a range of home security cameras. These are a few of our favorites.
1. Nest E Learning Thermostat
Designed to blend in with your home decor, the Nest E thermostat has the ability to learn your heating and cooling preferences. This means that in time, it won’t need programming — the gadget will automatically set itself, and save you money on utility bills.
You can control the temperature by adjusting the thermostat directly, via a smartphone app, or with Google Assistant voice commands.
2. Google Wi-Fi Mesh Wi-Fi Network System
Google’s own, reasonably priced Wi-Fi mesh network system is one of the best of its kind. Stylish (its looks are inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City) and easy to set up (all you need to do is download an app and follow the instructions), the device supports simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi for enhanced network speeds.
A handy feature for parents is the ability to pause the Wi-Fi connectivity on devices connected to your network. A single Google Wi-Fi unit is sufficient for a 1,500-square-foot home, and a three-pack can cover up to 4,500 square feet of space with high-quality Wi-Fi.
3. Nest Protect Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Nest smoke detector has a cool design and gesture controls, as well as the ability to send alerts to your smartphone while you’re away from home. There’s a wired and a wireless variant to choose from. This is definitely a must-have connected home gadget.
4. Chromecast Ultra (Black)
The Google Chromecast Ultra is a compact and powerful streaming player, capable of delivering 4K and HDR content from the likes of Netflix and YouTube. It hangs from one of the HDMI ports on your TV, and it gives you access to Google’s catalog of movies and TV shows.
The Chromecast Ultra can also mirror the screen of your Android smartphone, as well as display content from your Chrome browser. The gadget has no remote control, so you’ll need to use your smartphone or tablet to stream content.
5. Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera
The Nest Cam IQ is a beautifully designed and incredibly clever home security camera that can recognize faces. This enables the device to alert you if there’s a stranger in your home. The camera also has the Google Assistant built-in, so you can use it as a smart home hub.
The Nest Cam IQ has a 4K HDR-capable sensor — it enables the camera to capture Full HD footage and zoom toward an object with excellent results. The gadget also supports two-way communication via built-in microphones and a powerful speaker. An outdoor variant with a waterproof body is also available.
6. Google Pixelbook Chrome OS Laptop
The Google Pixelbook is the best Chrome OS laptop available today. Key specs of the sleek convertible notebook include a sharp 12.3-inch touchscreen, a choice between an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, up to 16 GB of RAM, and various solid-state drive storage options (up to 512 GB).
An optional stylus pen is also available for the Pixelbook. Like the Pixel smartphones, the Chrome OS laptop comes with the Google Assistant on board. The latest iteration of the notebook is better than ever, thanks to support for Android apps via the Google Play store.