Time is running out. Amazon Prime Day 2020 ends at 12:00 midnight on October 14, but there’s still an opportunity to grab some good deals on gear for your connected home. Here are several of our top picks, ranging from Amazon eero mesh Wi-Fi systems and Samsung QLED TVs to August Smart Lock Pros and Brydge iPad Pro keyboards.
Does your connected home feel less connected than it should be? That may be due to weak Wi-Fi signals, a common malady with conventional Wi-Fi router technology. We are big fans of the Amazon eero mesh Wi-Fi system, and rely on it every day to keep our business running.
With this deal, you can upgrade to mesh Wi-Fi throughout your space, virtually eliminating dead spots and maximizing your connection to the network no matter where you may be in the home. Furthermore, this 3-pack version of eero supports Apple HomeKit Security for a high level of protection afforded to your Apple HomeKit devices. See our in-depth review.
Samsung Q60T Series 2020 50-inch Class 4K QLED Smart TV
Ideal for viewing the latest 4K content, this Samsung Samsung Q60T in the 50-in. size is available at a great price, making it a reasonable choice for a smaller living area or bedroom. We own 3 Samsung QLED sets and they have all proven to be capable, reliable, and enjoyable performers.
In this 2020 iteration of the Q60T series, expect excellent viewing with the Quantum HDR and Dual LED backlight tech, while a boundless edge design makes the TV more easily disappear on your wall (particularly when the cool Ambient Mode feature is turned on). You also get the compact OneRemote and built-in Samsung SmartThings app for controlling smart accessories.
Samsung Q60T Series 50-inch 4K QLED Smart TV QN50Q60TAFXZA
We are everyday users of the August Smart Lock Pro, and can attest to its high level of competence and security (see our in-depth review). This is one of the best deals we have seen on the Smart Lock Pro with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge, and it’s a nice stealth solution since all of the hardware installs inside of your door—preserving the keyed deadbolt on the outside.
The kit also includes compatibility with Z-Wave systems, Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit and Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant—delivering plenty of connectivity and voice control options.
August Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect (Silver)
Let’s face it. Apple’s keyboard offerings for the iPad and iPad Pro have typically been anemic. Enter Brydge. Their magnificently-machined, snap-on, Bluetooth-connected keyboards can transform your iPad Pro into a more powerful workstation. We’ve been using one for the past 18 months on our iPad Pro 12.9, and it has never failed to disappoint. They only need to be charged every 3-4 months, and deliver a nice tactile feel on par with the latest MacBook Pro Magic Keyboards. You can’t go wrong with this product, offered at the lowest price we’ve seen.
This particular version works with the 3rd generation (2018) and 4th generation (2020) of the popular iPad Pro 12.9, but Brydge offers versions for many other iPads and Windows devices.
Brydge Pro 12.9 Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9 2018 & 2020 (Silver)
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.