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Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Home Devices of 2019 – Smart home devices let you do things such as turn your lights on using your smartphone, stream music to a speaker using Alexa, lock your doors remotely, clean your house, and much more. But smart home gadgets are about more than just convenience. These devices can also help you save on heating and energy costs, let you know if someone’s trying to break in, or if there’s some other emergency. This is a great article re-posted from Tom’s Guide which is a great resource for anyone researching technology products.

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While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—from Amazon to Xiaomi—is rapidly growing. We’ve tested dozens of smart home devices, from cameras to lightbulbs to thermostats to smart light switches—even robot vacuums —to find the best of each for your new smart home. Here are some of our favorites.

Latest News & Updates (May 2019)

  • The Sonos One and the Sonos Beam now work with Google Assistant. The smart speaker and smart soundbar have had Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant built in, but now consumers can also opt for Google’s assistant. While you can’t run both assistants simultaneously, you can switch the Sonos One and Sonos Beam from Alexa to Google Assistant in the Sonos app. However, at the outset, some features not available include: calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode, and setting routines in the Google Home app.
  • Google is ending the Works with Nest program on August 31. That means if you have a smart home device directly connected to a Nest product, this interaction will no longer function. For example, if you programmed your Philips Hue lights to turn on when the Nest Protect detected smoke, this won’t work as of September 1.
  • Google announced a new smart display, coming this summer. The Nest Hub Max ($229) will feature a 10-inch display, a front-facing camera for making Google Duo calls, and dual speakers. Google is also rebranding the Google Home Hub as the Nest Hub, and dropping its price to $129.  Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Speaker

The second-generation Echo is smaller and more attractive than the original. Plus, you can change its skins to match your decor. Inside, the new Echo does all the same things the original does: control smart home gadgets, connect to other smart home hubs, read you audiobooks, check the weather, and even let you purchase things online just by using your voice. And, as a speaker, it sounds pretty good, too.

Best Security Camera

The Arlo Q’s 1080p camera boasts excellent quality video, both day and night, has great motion detection, and a flexible scheduling feature. Best of all, though, is that you get a week’s worth of video storage for free.

Best Smart Thermostat

The Ecobee4 has everything we liked about its predecessor, the Ecobee3, such as a slick touchscreen interface and a remote sensor that helps ensure all the rooms of your house are getting heated or cooled properly. But the newest version also has Alexa built in, so you don’t need an Echo or an Echo Dot to control your other smart home devices, ask for the weather, or do anything else you can do with Amazon’s voice assistant.

Best Light Bulb

Philips Hue White starter kit includes two bulbs and a hub to connect them to other smart home devices. While you can’t change these bulbs’ colors, you can adjust their brightness (up to 800 lumens), and add up to 50 to a single hub. Philips’ bulbs also work with a wide range of smart home systems, including Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Google Home, and Nest.  Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Philips also has an app, Philips Hue Sync, which lets users synchronize their smart bulbs with multimedia content on their Mac or Windows PC. For example, you can set your lights to flash and change color in time with music, video and movies being played on your computer. Users can also modify the color schemes and themes to suit their tastes.

Best Video Doorbell

Nest’s device has the best video we’ve yet seen from a video doorbell cam; its microphone and speaker were excellent, too. Nest’s camera can recognize faces, and even announce them when they come to your door. While it needs a hardwired connection, it continuously records video, so you’ll never miss an event. You can also set up specific zones, so you’ll only be notified when a person or object appears in that area of the frame. While you’ll need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service (starting at $5/month) to get all of its features, they’re worth it.

Best Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest Protect – Not only does the Nest Protect detect smoke and carbon monoxide, but its sensors are designed to pick up both slow- and fast-burning fires. Plus, the Protect will tell you in which room the fire is located, and can be linked to other smart home devices, so that it can automatically turn on your Philips Hue lights in the event of an emergency.  Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Lock

Take your pick, I like them all, whether it be August, Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, it makes no difference.  These companies have been making locks for a while.  Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

Best Smart Home Garage Door Opener

Searching or reaching for that elusive garage door opener remote while trying to navigate a dark suburban street, toppled garbage cans or your kids’ toys – or your kids – often proves awkward and dangerous. Chamberlain’s garage door opener lets you tap your device’s screen to open or close your garage from anywhere. Soon, the company also plans to add geofencing capabilities so it can sense when you’re near your driveway to automatically open and, when your car is safely ensconced inside, close your existing garage door. MyQ can control nearly every garage door opener from all the major brands manufactured after 1993.

Monarc Technology is the premier provider of Smart Home products in the Dallas Area, Plano, and North Texas.  Call Ted Vinci today at 214-507-3415 for more information or visit our website – Monarc Technology.  Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

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