The weekend’s best deals: Google Nest devices, Nintendo gift cards, and more – Ars Technica

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It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a handful of deals on Google Nest devices. Both the popular Nest Learning Thermostat and the more wallet-friendly Nest Thermostat are on sale, for instance, with the former down to $199 and the latter available for $100 at various retailers. While neither deal brings the absolute lowest price we’ve tracked, both are a good ways below their typical street prices online and well under Google’s MSRPs of $250 and $130, respectively.

In any event, both devices remain commendable options for those looking to adopt a smart thermostat, either to cut down on energy usage or take greater control over their home’s heating and cooling. The higher-end Nest still looks sharp, installs relatively easily, and works with a variety of smart home devices and platforms. It can still “learn” your usual heating and cooling preferences, then automatically schedule its future adjustments accordingly, (mostly) staying out of your way over the course of a day. The more affordable Nest Thermostat lacks that auto-scheduling feature (though you can still enter a schedule manually), has a cheaper plastic frame, and doesn’t support Google’s remote temperature-balancing sensors, but still looks nice and has an otherwise similar feature set—including tools like HVAC monitoring and voice commands via Alexa or the Google Assistant—for less money.

If you have no need for a new thermostat, though, other Google devices like the Nest Audio home speaker and Fitbit’s Luxe activity tracker are also on sale. Beyond that, our roundup includes good deals on Nintendo eShop gift cards, a spacious 1TB SanDisk microSD card for your Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, a number of Roomba robot vacuums, iPads, AirPods, and much more. You can find our full curated roundup below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Google Nest Thermostat smart thermostat for $100 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) smart thermostat for $199 ($240) at Target, Best Buy
  • $50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $45 ($50) at Amazon
  • Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control wireless hub + sensor for $20 ($26) at Amazon
  • SanDisk Ultra (1TB, U1, A1, C10) microSD card for $125 ($140) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $100 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $249 ($305) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20 W USB-C charger for $14 ($17) at Amazon
  • Blueair Blue Pure 211+ air purifier for $250 ($300) at Amazon
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,250 ($2,400) at Amazon (discount in cart)


Enlarge / Google’s Nest Thermostat is a good smart thermostat for those on a budget, though it doesn’t work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home’s heating and cooling schedule like Nest’s pricier model.

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