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Today’s best deals: Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, Google Nest devices, and more

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Time for another Dealmaster! Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes the lowest price we’ve tracked on the 2021 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro. The 2021 MacBook Pro brought back a number of sorely missed ports and added Face ID while delivering the best performance money can buy (provided you have a lot of money), according to our Senior Reviews Editor Samuel Axon. It’s a return to form for MacBook-loving creatives, even if the physical form is larger than the last generation.

We also have some deals on Google Nest devices. Both the popular Nest Learning Thermostat and the more wallet-friendly Nest Thermostat are on sale, for instance, with the former down to $199 and the latter available for $100 at various retailers. While neither deal brings the absolute lowest price we’ve tracked, both are below their typical prices online and well under Google’s MSRPs of $250 and $130, respectively.

In any event, both devices remain commendable options for those aiming to adopt a smart thermostat, either to cut down on energy usage or take greater control over their home’s heating and cooling. The higher-end Nest still looks sharp, installs relatively easily, and works with a variety of smart home devices and platforms. It can still “learn” your usual heating and cooling preferences, then automatically schedules its future adjustments accordingly, (mostly) staying out of your way over the course of a day. The more affordable Nest Thermostat lacks that auto-scheduling feature (though you can still enter a schedule manually), has a cheaper plastic frame, and doesn’t support Google’s remote temperature-balancing sensors. But it still looks nice and has otherwise similar features—including tools like HVAC monitoring and voice commands via Alexa or the Google Assistant—for less money.

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