The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Every home wants to be a smart home, at least that’s what this tech geek thinks. I’m the gal that geeks out about all the things tech, and so when I had a chance to head to the Mall of America and visit the Best Buy Tech Home, I was stoked to see what tech smart home goodies Best Buy and Samsung had under their belts!
The Mall of America is about an hour from me, so my friend Chrysa, from Thrifty Jinxy, and I headed down to Bloomington to check out the Best Buy Tech Home! What is the Best Buy Tech Home? It’s this great exhibit in the rotunda at the Mall of America that features tons of amazing gadgets to upgrade your home from a boring, regular ole home to a smart home. Anything and everything you can think of is in this tech home. Starting from the very front door all the way down to your high tech dream kitchen.
We took a tour of the home with a Best Buy geek, and from what we learned it all starts with the Samsung SmartThings hub. The SmartThings hub is like the brains of the operation. It’s the central nervous system that helps link together all of your gadgets and Samsung SmartThings accessories. I loved the idea of this because so many devices are compatible with the SmartThings hub, like my new Amazon Echo and Amazon Tap that I’ve purchased. You can even link my Ooma phone service through the SmartThings hub too!It’s also compatible with smart devices such as smart locks, lights, outlets, thermostats and more, allowing you to monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere, from your smartphone with the SmartThings app.
If the Samsung SmartThings hub is the brains of the operation, the accessories are like the fingers and arms that are the details that bring the convenience of having a smart home to life. My favorite Samsung SmartThings accessories were the arrival sensor. By placing a fob on your child’s backpack or on your keys, the Samsung SmartThings arrival sensor not only let’s you know when people arrive home, but it gives you the capability to automatically unlock doors, or lock them, turn on or off lights upon arrival. Now that is really cool.
My other favorite accessory was the Samsung SmartThings Smart outlet. This outlet allows you to control so many different things in your home. You can automate lights, appliances, electronics, and even set schedules for things. This accessory works in any three prong outlet making any outlet in your home a smart outlet.
After seeing all the goodies at the Best Buy Tech Home, the hubby and I are going to get the Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. This is a great smart home starter kit, and includes a SmartThings Hub, two Multipurpose Sensors, a Motion Sensor, and an Outlet.
You can finish off all your smart home needs with a Samsung Galaxy Note7. My hubby has had a previous generation of the note, and love it. It has a great stylus that allows you to get more done. Being business for self and homeschoolers we are all about productivity technology!
Want a smart home? Enter to win one from the Best Buy Tech Home
You can check out the Best Buy tech home yourself, plus you can enter to win it’s sweepstakes. Check out the exciting details here:
- Come and visit Tech Home at the Mall of America to learn how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more.
- Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more.
- Abbreviated Rules: No purchase necessary. See www.BestBuy.com/TechHome for full rules
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