Second-generation Nest thermostat gets slimmer, more compatible

Gallery Photo: Nest 2G hands-on

It’s been less than a year since former iPod chief Tony Fadell and his team announced the high-end Nest thermostat, but they’re already improving things: the new second-generation Nest is 20 percent slimmer and adds compatibility with 95 percent of home HVAC systems, up from 75 percent. “We thought we could make it even better,” says Maxime Veron, Nest’s head of product marketing.

The slimdown is courtesy of a refined design that features a brushed stainless steel ring that serves as both control dial and outer housing — the older Nest placed the dial up and away from the main housing. Inside, a new “invisible” front plate hides the sensors without the open grille of the previous version, and a revised backplate with a pair of new…

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