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Nest Secure review: How smart is Nest’s new system?

by Brandon Russell | November 17, 2017November 17, 2017 1:00 pm PST

Nest is known for creating smart thermostats and security cameras. Now, you can add the Nest Secure to the mix, a complete alarm system it says is simple and safe to use.

Announced in September, Nest Secure is a starter pack of devices designed to protect your home, whether you’re keeping an eye on family or looking out for intruders. It supplants traditional alarm systems, which can be bulky and expensive, with a simpler approach that anyone can use. And it can be installed in minutes.

The system features a Nest Guard, Detect, Tag, and a revamped Nest app, the latter of which allow users to see what’s going on at all times. You can also use the app to arm and disarm the system, a convenient feature if an alarm accidentally goes off, or if you have a visitor who doesn’t have a Nest Tag.

Nest really markets Secure’s ease of use. For example, when you arm the system, there isn’t a countdown or loud beeps. With a feature like “No Rush,” users can set how much time they need before leaving.

The main hub is the Guard, which features an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor; it basically acts as the brains of the system, working in tandem with the Detect, which is a sensor that can be placed on everything from doors to walls.

At $499 for a starter pack, the Nest Secure is a pricey way to protect your home, but it provides peace of mind, and it’s very easy to use. For a one bedroom apartment, the system is a little overkill, but for families with a bigger space, the Secure is a nice way to monitor what’s going on.

Check out the video above for a full review of the Secure system.

Brandon Russell

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