Nest launches a new version of its smart thermostat

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It is now almost a year ago that Nest raised the bar for smart thermostats up an inch or two. With their brilliantly designed ‘Learning Thermostat’, which cannot only be controlled via a computer or smartphone but also learns how to provide you with the best temperature based on your usage, the American company managed to gain a strong reputation, particularly in the tech scene. Earlier this week, the company announced a new generation of the device. Smarter, thinner, but unfortunately still not (out of the box) suitable for the European market.

As Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell indicated on the company’s blog: “We always wanted to make the best thermostat in the world. Within minutes of launching the first Nest Learning Thermostat less than a year ago, the amazing reviews, requests and feedback came pouring in.”. The company used all this information and went back to the drawing board. The result is a revised thermostat. Hardware, software, design: everything was completely renewed.

The first thing you notice is that the thermostat is considerably thinner and equipped with a second ring. As a result, the device now seems entirely level with the wall. The current model of the Nest is 20% more compact, which is quite a feat! Added to which, the grill on the front has been replaced, so we now see more of a ´cover plate´ over the thermostat’s sensor.

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The inner trappings of the Nest have also been completely redesigned. From the location of the screws to the way you can connect the wires of your boiler, everything has been upgraded. Incidentally, my personal favorite remains the small indoor spirit level. The devil is in the details and you certainly don’t want your Nest to hang tilted! What is striking is the comprehensive range of connection options. The new version of the Nest supports no less than 95% of all standardized American and Canadian heating and cooling installations, but unfortunately still does not provide support for the European market. However, this can be circumvented in actual practice, even if it does require some preliminary study work. Furthermore, it is important to know is that the software uses meteorological data by an American service as a basis for its learning process. This means you cannot choose between Amsterdam or Den Bosch, but must opt for New York or Chicago.

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The new Nest is on sale from 18 October for the neat price of $249 USD. And you can  buy it here!

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