TL;DR: Google Nest WiFi routers and the Google Pixelbook Go are both on sale at Best Buy as of Aug. 6 — save $70 and up to $150, respectively.
The theme of small talk for the past month or two isn’t the weather or even the “How ’bout this COVID thing?” For anyone you know who has a job, a kid in school, or is a kid in school, the “Are you going back soon?” question is all too familiar — and many of us don’t have an answer.
And, subsequently, preparing with the right devices is hard when you don’t even know where you’ll be.
If you’re in a last-minute pickle trying to prepare your household for remote learning or working — or some confusing at-home and in-person combination schedule — Google’s beloved mesh WiFi system and newest Chromebook can make the transition seamless, and both are on sale at Best Buy.
When you’ve been living with slow internet for as long as you can remember, you kind of forget that not everyone waits three minutes (not three seconds) for their email or work apps to load. Google’s Nest WiFi is ride-or-die internet solution for even the places where your former internet provider wouldn’t think to up service or homes where multiple devices need to be online or stream in 4K at once. The secret lies in a mesh system’s ability to communicate and automatically switch bands depending on which has the best signal.
The pack of two, now less than $200, comes with one mesh system router and one extra point to set up in extra dead zones for coverage up to 3,400 square feet. The access points also double as a Google Assistant speaker.
Need to cover a bigger, office-sized space? The three-pack (one router and two points) can blanket up to 5,400 square feet in fast, smooth WiFi for $279, also a savings of $70.
Save $70 on the Google Nest WiFi AC2200 Mesh System (2-pack) — $199 See Details
Chromebooks are the laptop to get for anyone who’s paranoid about internet privacy, viruses, or a computer crash that toasts all documents and nostalgic photos. Usually, the hesitance comes with the Chromebook’s reputation for being less powerful with less RAM than a regular laptop.
The Google Pixelbook Go has the juice to make it not only one of the best Chromebooks for kids, but for everyone. A 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, 12-hour battery life, and weight of 2.2 pounds make it ideal for carrying in a backpack or just carrying around the house. It’s also super stylish.
It’s not the cheapest laptop you could get in your scramble to prepare for remote work, but has an 8th gen i5 processor — the same CPU that powers the 2018 MacBook Air — for a few hundred dollars less.
Save $50 on the i5 8GB model, $100 on the i5 16GB model, or $150 on the i7 16GB model.
Save up to $150 on the Google Pixelbook Go — $799 – $1,249 See Details