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September 3, 2015
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This post was created in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we'll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot -- some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

KEF Q100 Bookshelf Speakers

Street Price: $550; MSRP: $550; Deal Price: $300

This phenomenal deal on these speakers comes straight from KEF's online store. This is by far the lowest price we've seen on this product. The deal has changed a little bit because the White version is now on backorder, but the other colors are fine and it still comes with free shipping.

The KEF Q100s are our step-up pick in our guide on the best bookshelf speakers. Chris Heinonen said, "The $550 KEF Q100 set is better than our pick in all regards. These speakers offer a clearer, more detailed sound, plus better bass and a full home theater lineup. Although this set is more expensive, it produces a difference you can hear."

He added, "During complex test tracks like Beck's 'Lost Cause,' on the Q100 pair the individual instruments were easier for us to pick out, while on other speakers they were more jumbled together."

Nest 2.0 Smart Thermostat

Street Price: $249; MSRP: $249; Deal Price: $199

This matches the best price we've seen on this smart thermostat, which it briefly hit around Black Friday last year. The price drop is almost certainly due to the 3rd generation being announced; however, the improvements seem to be a more refined look and easier to read screen with the same performance.

The Nest 2.0 is our pick for best smart thermostat. Jason Snell said, "The $250 second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat (introduced in 2012) is the leader of this category for a reason. Its learning mode automatically programs the thermostat based on your home and usage, its industrial design is the best, and it works with many other smart-home devices. The Nest offers the best combination of style and substance, its software and apps are solid and elegant, and it integrates with more smart devices than any of its competitors—for now."

Pebble Steel Smartwatch

Street Price: $150; MSRP: $220; Deal Price: $130

Amazon is currently offering the lowest price we've seen on this smartwatch. The deal is available on both the brushed stainless and the black matte models. One thing to note: Our smartwatch guide is currently on Wait! status while we test some new options, and the Pebble Steel is getting up there in age. However, while there are newer models of smartwatches available, including the Pebble Time, the Pebble Steel is still our pick for its better visibility, feel and style than every other watch we've tested.

The Pebble Steel is our top pick for the best smartwatch for Android phones. Kevin Purdy writes, "It's an especially appealing introduction to smartwatches, it feels the least awkward, and it works remarkably well with an Android phone, offering many value-adding apps and phone controls."

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

Street Price: $150; MSRP: $150; Deal Price: $120

If you're planning to get out and exercise in the fall weather, this is a great price on this fitness tracker. We've seen lower in the past, but only by a few bucks (including a $117 deal on Prime Day). This deal from Buydig through their eBay store is available on the black and plum models.

The Fitbit Charge HR is our top pick for the best fitness tracker. Jim McDannald said, "The $150 wrist-mounted fitness tracker counts daily steps more accurately than the competition, features continuous heart rate monitoring, performs automatic sleep tracking, and is complemented by a mature and motivating app with support for third-party software."

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The Wirecutter.com.

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