At first glance, the design of Nest’s latest model of their smart thermostat, the Nest Thermostat E, appears to be soft and almost transparent. I can’t help but be in awe of the frosted display that seamlessly integrates into any wall. As you inch closer to the thermostat, the display has a warm glow that’s reminiscent of a watercolor painting. Not only did Nest transform the design of their thermostat, but the new model also comes with a huge price cut.
Let’s take a more detailed look into its’ design compared to the Learning Thermostat.
While the Learning Thermostat’s metal ring stands out with a sharp resolution, the Thermostat E is a device that easily blends into the wall and is polarizing. The design is to make sure that it goes unnoticed to create a more comforting ambiance of the home. And unlike its’ predecessor, the adjustment ring for the Thermostat E is made of polycarbonate and comes in only one color, white.
In regards to functionality of both thermostats, they’re virtually the same except for one unique feature.
The Thermostat E excludes Learning Thermostat’s Farsight feature, a far-field sensor that detects when an individual walks by so that it can light up the display showing temperature, time or weather. However, the Thermostat E includes temperature, humidity, occupancy and ambient light sensors just like the Learning Thermostat. It can be controlled via Nest app with remote access and will auto-adjust your heating and AC based on your location. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa speaker or Google Home.
There’s nothing really new or innovative about the Thermostat E.
The simplicity and affordable price point is what makes it so appealing. For $80 less than the Learning Thermostat, renters like me can justify purchasing a smart device like this for their unit. Sure, it’s not quite as compatible with as many Heating and AC systems as their other model, but that’s only if you have a complex set up. Although Nest has yet to add third-party integration with Apple’s Siri voice control platform, HomeKit, it’s still been a product that has had much anticipation among a mass market.
The launch of the Thermostat E is not meant to disrupt the industry, but rather open up its’ doors to a mass market.
Creating a product that has the same automated features at a reduced price is a strategy aimed for expansion to an audience beyond the tech-savvy. In a niche market oversaturated by smart shiny trinkets that are way too overpriced, now is a good window of opportunity for companies to really sell their products. It’s no surprise that Nest is one of pioneers for starting the trend of budget-friendly smart devices.
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