After what seems like an eternity in the tech gadget world, Google’s Nest business has finally come out with a new thermostat device to join their Nest Learning Thermostat. The new Nest Thermostat E is designed to appeal to a wider audience thanks to two key changes. First, the new device is much cheaper priced at only $169 versus the original’s $249 price putting it within reach of more buyers. Second, the design is much more plain instead of the original units tech-heavy design.
The original Nest Learning Thermostat brings with it a big black casing and a very colorful screen and pretty much screams “gadget” in attracting eyes to it. The new Nest Thermostat E was designed to be much more subtle and to “blend into your home.” The case for the device is constructed of a high-end polycarbonate that is finished to look and feel like ceramic. Meanwhile, the display uses lightly glowing text and graphics and turns to a neutral glacier-gray frosted look when it turns off. The design really focuses on not drawing attention to itself.
For the most part, the exterior design is where the differences end. The new Nest Thermostat E can be controlled from your smartphone and can start doing things like learning to turn itself down when you are away. In tests, Nest says users can achieve up to 12 to 15% in energy savings. One small difference from the original unit is that it does not include the feature that turns on the display when it senses you getting up and moving in the room where it is located. Nest also says the new Nest Thermostat E may not be compatible with quite as many heating and cooling units – around 85% of the market compared to the higher end unit’s 95% of the market.
The new Nest Thermostat E is available now through the Nest web site.