Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Post: Nest Protect product review

The Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector designed for the connected home. 

Where Nest differentiates itself from other smoke detectors on the market are the alerts. Instead of the common beeps found in most smoke detectors, the Nest Protect alerts you with a friendly voice. 

To set it up, you need to download the Nest app from either the App Store or Google Play and an exisiting Wifi connection. Setting it up is relatively easy and only takes about 5-10mins.

Once you have your Nest Protect set up, you can enable push notifications that will alert you if there is an alarm at your place or your batteries are low. This feature is useful and allows you to exactly when or where the alert is coming from. 

It also doubles as a night light and senses when you are underneath it and creates a path for you in the dark. The light is neither too bright or too dark.

This product is really aimed at gadget nerds and at a price of $99, it is a bit more expensive than current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Pros - Push Notifications that alert you when there is an alarm.
       - Great design
       - Control via the Nest App
       - Also doubles as a night light

Cons - Price. At $99, outfitting your home may be expensive


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