Friday, 22 September, 2017

Nest Announces a More Affordable Smart Thermostat

Nest's New Thermostat Is Just Like the Original, Only Cheaper This is the new, cheaper Nest Thermostat
Garry Little | 01 September, 2017, 01:50

"We needed to design a new thermostat that was more approachable and simpler - to look at, to install, to use - but saves the same amount of energy and is more affordable", Veron said. Where the regular Thermostat is a sleek and modern device, the Thermostat E has a much more plain look, that nearly borders on cheap-looking.

"We believe the Nest Learning Thermostat is wonderful for the top of customer food chain, versus the more mass-market customer who wants something more approachable that doesn't stand out on the wall as a piece of design - something that just blends in and does its job".

While a cheaper thermostat is not the flashy new product many Nest fans have been hoping for, it could be a lucrative move for the company.

People love products that save them money, and the Nest line of thermostats certainly does that. As you can see from the image below, it certainly stands out less than the Learning Thermostat, with its dark screen and metal outer ring.

The new thermostat will have numerous same features as the original. Dubbed the Thermostat E, the new piece is similar to its predecessor, but it comes with a lower price tag. The display shows softly glowing text and graphics, and when off, the frosted display fades into the background. More to the point, it's a lot less expensive: Where the Nest Learning Thermostat clocks in at about $250, the Nest costs just under $170. When the display is off, the screen will just look gray. "It's everything our customers have come to know and love from Nest thermostats with a renewed focus on user simplicity and control".

"The frosted display was specifically created to deliver the best of both worlds", says Nest spokesman Matt Flegal.

The Thermostat E can detect whether anyone is home and turn on or off accordingly. First, the new device is much cheaper priced at only $169 versus the original's $249 price putting it within reach of more buyers. The Nest Thermostat will be connected to the internet and it can be controlled via the companion app and is also integrated with Google Home. And in addition to app control on your phone, laptop, or smartwatch, the thermostat supports voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Nest's power-saving aspirations are valuable and important, and the company's uniquely able to do things like automatically manage the power surges and dips caused by a solar eclipse. Nest was co-founded by two Apple veterans, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers; Fadell left the company previous year.

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