Here’s another chance to kick off your smart home with Google’s hardware. You can currently get a Nest Hub smart display and two Nest Mini (the second-generation Home Mini) smart speakers for $79 at Target. That’s a pretty huge discount considering the Nest Hub itself has an MSRP of $129.
Granted, the Nest Hub has been selling for more like $79 since around the launch of this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so that part isn’t too shocking. But one Nest Mini has a suggested retail rate of $49 and is currently going for $35 at the discounted holiday rate, and you get two of them for free with the Nest Hub at its already low price of $79.
That’s a bargain if we’ve ever seen one—and we sure have seen a lot of deals on these devices over the last month. Even so, this ranks among the better buys we’ve spotted. For example, a few weeks ago, we posted a deal where Google and Target were giving away “only” one free Nest Mini smart speaker with the Nest Hub smart display for the same $79.
The second-gen Nest Mini is a screenless smart assistant that’s wrapped in fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. It comes in four colors and brings many improvements over the first-gen Home Mini. Changes include a built-in wall mount, improved audio that sounds clearer and more natural with double the bass, and a dedicated machine learning chip onboard for handling core experiences of the Google Assistant on-device instead of connecting to a distant server.
As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, while this deal is for Google’s 2018 Nest Hub and not the new Nest Hub Max, the Max mostly just has a larger display, better sound, and a built-in camera. Last year’s Nest Hub is still worth buying and Google is even still supporting the device with new features like ultrasonic presence sensing. That feature arrived on both the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, but it’s a bigger deal for the Nest Hub since it doesn’t have a camera, and ultrasound gives it the ability to detect when you’re in front of the device so it can customize its interface depending on your distance.