Unbelievable Google Nest Hub, Home Mini and GE Smart Bulb bundle: $99
Woot! That's less than the price of the Hub all by itself! Plus: Deals on the Apple Watch Series 4 and WD's 3TB portable hard drive.
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In case you're keeping score at home, the Nest Hub is Google's recently rebranded screen-equipped smart assistant; it was previously known as the Home Hub. It has a 7-inch display and no built-in camera, unlike the just-launched
Nest Hub Max
, which has a 10-inch screen and a camera.
I'm not intimately familiar with it, so I'll turn you over to CNET's Google Home Hub review. (Remember: The Nest Hub is the same thing, just with a different name.) I'll just add that you can choose between four different colors for this bundle.
As for the
Google Home Mini
, it probably needs no introduction -- but I'll steer you to CNET's review there as well. Spoiler alert: Both the Home Hub and Mini are very good products. Put the former in, say, your kitchen and the latter in maybe your bedroom, and you're well on your way to smart-home goodness.
The GE C-Life bulb, meanwhile, is a pretty basic smart LED bulb, one you can control by voice or phone app. Here's CNET's review of a C by GE Starter Pack, which will give you a good idea what you're getting. Thankfully, you can add other bulbs into the smart-home mix if you decide you don't want to stick with the C system.
I'm thinking this bundle would make a great gift for Dad or a grad. Your thoughts?
Watch this: Google Home Hub comes up big as a smart home control center
Bonus Deal: Sweet deal on a 3TB portable hard drive and free case
Hey, is that 3 terabytes of storage in your pocket, or are you just happy to see this deal?
For a limited time, the WD My Passport Ultra 3TB portable hard drive is just $78.99 with promo code WDJUNECASE. When you add it to your cart and apply that code, you'll also get a free zippered carrying case. It normally runs $100 and currently sells for $89 at Amazon (not including the case, which is a $20 value).
You can also save $50 on the 44mm model, which is on sale for $379. Either way, you're getting a watch with fairly revolutionary ECG capabilities, which have already saved some lives by detecting heartbeat irregularities.
My one caveat: Certain aspects of the Apple Watch are not intuitive, so the aforementioned older dad might have some trouble learning to use it. Honestly, I often struggle with the UI myself -- and I'm only a middle-age dad.
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