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Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with built-in Alexa action is finally up for sale

When you're putting together a smart home, it's easy to get a little carried away. Maybe you start with a speaker connected to a voice assistant. Then you're ordering pack after pack of smart light bulb, wiring in a doorbell cam, and before you know it your curtains and blinds are opening all by themselves. Well, homeowners aren't the only ones going down this path, we've also seen the companies behind these devices start out making just one kind of smart-home accessory, before finding themselves building a whole home's worth of connected tech. You may be familiar with Ecobee from its smart thermostats, and now the company's expanding with the release of the Switch+ smart light switch.

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[Deal Alert] Ecobee3 with three room sensors bundle is $199.99 for Costco members ($100 off)

Costco members, I've got another deal that's just for you. Right now, you can pick up an Ecobee3 smart thermostat, plus three room sensors, for $200. That's a good price, especially when you consider that Amazon has it for another $35 more. 

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people. You can get started for less than $30 these days, with some lights or a smart switch that can connect to your Wi-Fi network and be controlled with your phone.

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[Deal Alert] Ecobee4 smart thermostat on sale for $199.99 ($50 off)

One of the easiest ways to add some smarts to your home is to replace your standard thermostat with a fancy new one from a company like Ecobee or Nest. These devices can be pretty spendy, but the Ecobee4 is on sale at various retailers today for $199.99. That's $50 less than the standard price.

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Ecobee smart thermostat gets Assistant integration

Getting up to change the temperature on your thermostat is an arduous and unpleasant task, but smart thermostats have freed us from this drudgery. Okay... but now you have to open an app and tap stuff to change the thermostat? That still seems like a lot of work, right? Google Assistant offers the ultimate in convenience (until such time as we have brain-thermostat interfaces), but not all smart thermostats support it. You can add the Ecobee to the list today, though.

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[Deal Alert] Ecobee3 smart thermostat is $169.99 (~$20 off) at Best Buy

The best part about new technology coming out is that the older tech gets cheaper. The ecobee4 smart thermostat was released last month, but at $249, it's a bit pricey. If you don't need the built-in Alexa assistant, the ecobee3 is still a great thermostat, and now it's just $169.99 at Best Buy.

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Ecobee4 with integrated Alexa available for purchase for $249

Earlier this month, we told you that ecobee4 pre-orders had begun. Now, the wait is over and Ecobee has announced that its Alexa-enabled thermostat is in stock.

Like the ecobee3, the ecobee4 incorporates room sensors you can place throughout your home that will report temperature and occupancy information to fine tune the efficiency of your HVAC system. The Ecobee app is still a fully functional remote interface for the thermostat allowing you to control it from anywhere in the world. However, the star of the ecobee4 is its Alexa voice service integration. This isn't just a stripped-down version of Alexa that only accepts heating and cooling requests.

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Alexa can now double-check if you actually said a wake word

My Google Home isn't the best at figuring out if me (or someone else) actually says "Hey Google" or "OK Google." Sometimes I'll be watching a video where no one says anything remotely similar to those phrases, and the lights on my Home flip on. But I have noticed that most of the time, the lights turn off a split-second later, as the Home actually realizes that no one called for it (presumably once the voice clip is processed by Google's servers).

Amazon appears to be giving Alexa a similar ability, with the introduction of 'Cloud-based wake word verification.'

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Ecobee adds geofencing to its smart thermostat app that can strip it of its intelligence

The Alexa-enabled Ecobee 4 is coming, but the developers over at Ecobee have been busy working on their app. Ecobee released an update to it, adding a feature that allows you to set a geofence around your home. You can set your thermostat to switch comfort settings based on whether or not you (well, your phone) are entering or leaving that area.

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Ecobee announces the ecobee4 with Alexa, you can pre-order it now for $249.99

Lately, we've seen the Ecobee3 smart thermostat go on sale a few times, and now it seems obvious why. Ecobee has announced its new smart thermostat, fittingly named the ecobee4. This time around, the thermostat has Alexa built-in, so you can talk to it to change the temperature (or do anything else Alexa can do).

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