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The Wirecutter's best deals: Harmony Elite and Google Home bundle is now $280

The Wirecutter's best deals: Harmony Elite and Google Home bundle is now $280
From Engadget - September 14, 2017

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4

Street price: $103; MSRP: $103; Deal price: $83

This is a nice deal on our upgrade instant-read thermometer at $79. The ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is seeing more regular sales, though they only seem to last a few days each at most. This deal ends at the end of the day on September 15th, so you do not have too much time to take advantage of this deal. The Mk4 comes with a 2-warranty from ThermoWorks and the discount is available for all colors. $4 flat-rate shipping brings the total up to $83.

The ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is our serious upgrade pick in our guide for the best instant-read thermometer. Kevin Purdy wrote, "If you are looking for more precision in your cooking, you should upgrade to the Thermapen Mk4. Like the "classic" Thermapen, the new model hits a close temperature in two seconds, then a precise temperature in about three seconds. It has a long fold-out probe and large display, and it will last a very long time with only rare calibrations. The few features added were smart: an automatic backlight, screen rotation, and motion-based sleep and wake-up. It's also more waterproof than the prior model, and it switched from drawing power from a coin battery (that you never have on hand) to a single AAA battery."

Harmony Elite + Google Home Bundle

Street price: $355; MSRP: $479; Deal price: $280

If you are interested in jumping into the world of smart home technology, this bundle is a great way to do so. It features two of our picks, the Harmony Elite universal remote and the Google Home. For those who want control of their AV system, voice command functionality for smart elements around the house and more, this pairing is very worth picking up. The Harmony Elite currently has a street price of nearly $250 and the Google Home nearly $110, so you are getting a savings of around $75 with this bundle. Shipping is free.

The Logitech Harmony Elite is our theater enthusiasts pick in our guide to the best universal remote conrol. Darryl Wilkinson and Grant Clauser wrote, "If the relative ease of programming, vast control database and smart activities of the Companion just is not enough for you, and what you really want is a cool touchscreen to let you tap your home theater into action, and you'd like to integrate even more of your smarthome devices into your system, then you will want to investigate the Harmony Elite, the top dog remote in the Logitech lineup."

The Google Home is recommended in our guide on it. Grant Clauser and Brent Butterworth write, "If you are already invested in the Google ecosystem and want a voice-controlled speaker for listening to music or controlling smart-home devices, the Google Home is an easy recommendation. Despite being new to the game compared with Amazon's Echo, the Home feels surprisingly polished and complete, both in design and abilities."

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