We’re only days away from the official start of Amazon Prime Day, and while plenty of discounts have already arrived, all signs point to a flurry of deals set to peak on July 12-13. There are many popular tech categories that are expected to receive significant sales – some of which have been discussed by our deals team via Twitter Spaces earlier this week – but some of the biggest categories are wearables and smart home tech. Luckily, there are already pre-Prime Day deals in both categories worth your attention.
First up is the GPS-equipped Amazfit GTR 3, which has dropped to a new low of $120.98 ($59 off) at Amazon in the gray colorway. The budget smartwatch has a 1.39-inch round 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 Apple’s Health app and Google’s Fit app. Sure, it won’t give you the notifications and software robustness of an Apple Watch, but it’s built 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 – i.e., your steps, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and sleep patterns.
On the smart home front, there are a number of great deals to consider right now, particularly on Google Nest products. The Google Nest Audio, for example, is on sale at Wellbots for $59.99 with promo code GOOGLE40, which cuts $40 off the regular price of the speaker 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 for a speaker of its size. It can also be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound, and with this bargain price you can almost get two for the price of one. To be fair, this multi-speaker functionality has changed a bit since Nest Audio released, thanks to a certain Sonos lawsuit. 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 prefer to use Google Assistant for voice commands, Google’s Nest Cam with Floodlight is an ideal solution for monitoring and lighting the exterior of your home. And right now, it’s on sale at Wellbots for $189.99 ($90 off) when you use promo code GOOGLE90 at the register. Although we’ve seen the price of this smart home device drop before, it’s $10 lower than its previous best price.
Along with its bright spotlights, one of the Nest Cam’s biggest strengths is that it offers facial recognition. This helps it detect family members and regular visitors, like the postman, so you don’t get so many notifications about alerting you to every little thing like 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 battery, and 24/7 continuous recording (with subscription). option). Sure, it won’t win any design or beauty awards, and it’s missing a siren, but it’s a valuable addition to any Google Home ecosystem. Read our review.
Rounding out our trifecta of Google Nest deals for today is the Google Nest Hub Max, a smart display that’s currently available for a record low price of $169 ($60 off) at Wellbots when you use the promo code. GOOGLE60. This big brother to the Nest Hub twins has already had some good discounts, but this one is particularly good for the smart display, which has a 10-inch screen and large speakers that allow for sound that fills the room. And between this model and the smaller Nest Hub, it’s the only one that offers video calls since it has a webcam. Its other great strength is its superb integration with Google Photos, a feature that makes it a fun addition to any kitchen counter or living room space. Read our review.
Some additional offers to start your weekend
- The Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300 has six individually controllable outlets and is currently discounted to $46.99 ($33 off) at 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 outlets and four USB-A ports. It’s currently on sale at Amazon for $32.99 ($20 off) when you clip the coupon on the page. The big advantage of this one is that it’s also compatible with Apple HomeKit for extra convenience when upgrading some dumb devices.
- The Apple Watch Series 7 is currently on sale in the 45mm GPS-only configuration on Amazon and Walmart for $314, its best price yet. The latest model still boasts a larger screen than its predecessor and dust resistance, which further solidifies it as the best smartwatch you can buy right now. Read our review.
- Until 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 tap-to-snooze is somewhat unreliable, but the basic alarm clock has a bright LED display, on-screen weather conditions, and Google Assistant support, letting you issue a range of commands without ever getting out of bed. Read our review.