Philips Hue Smart Plug review: Just the basics, except for the price

Philips Hue Smart Plug review: Just the basics, with the exception of the price tag

As a smart home pioneer, the Philips Hue brand is also known for its smart light bulbs, switches, sensors, and even a complete indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, most of which are to leave on your $60 Zigbee-Wi-Fi bridge. More recently, the company has a new line of devices that give you the opportunity to bridge free controller, via Bluetooth. This is where the Philips Hue Smart Plug fits in the mix.

The Philips Hue Smart Plug looks almost identical to many other popular smart-plugs, it is a wide, squat, single-outlet device that fits into a socket on the wall outlet. It is only slightly wider than the wall plate, and it’s not short enough that it will block the second socket is used.

If you are not planning to have a deeper investment in the Hue ecosystem, save the $60 that you would spend on the bridge and control the smart plug by using just your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. But this approach has limitations, the 10 Bluetooth-enabled Hue-devices of any type.

philips hue smart plug is installed on Christopher Null / IDG

The Philips Hue Smart Plug is anonymous search, except for a sticker that indicates its supported maximum performance.

If your intelligent lighting needs are simple, there are many, many less expensive ways to meet them. Our top pick in this category, Leviton Decora is DW15P, costs about $25, and a connection to your Wi-Fi network—no bridge required. The same is true for our runner-up pick, currant, WiFi Smart socket, which costs the same as the Hue device, but two devices can independently control (and there is a Bluetooth version currant, costs $25).

in addition to the Philips Hue Smart Plug you can get a real good head from his interaction with the hue bridge, which connects your Hue devices to your Wi-Fi network. With the bridge (with the bridge) you can control multiple devices in your home at once, use Alexa and Google Assistant. The bridge is also the only way that you can control devices is, if you are out of the house.

Here is the hook, but The hue mobile app was developed and refined, which only translate to control lights, and your concept are not always perfect to the smart plugs. The Philips Hue system has built a robust set of routines: you can turn the lights on or off automatically, when you Wake up or go to sleep, to switch pilot lamps, when you come home, and set up timers and schedules. The Hue app doesn’t always know what to do with the plug, though, and users might be confused, the hue of the catch-all group is still “all of the lights”, and not “all devices”.

I found out, finally, the necessary syntax to work with the Hue app most of the time to instruct with the Smart Plug, but the Timer, the device has to “flashing lights” never works (even if you plugged in a lamp).

Philips Hue-app-timer Christopher Null / IDG

timers can be finicky to configure correctly.

The hue Smart Plug is also short on features like energy-monitoring, or a history of log. As well, setup geofencing the Plugin can control you, automatically, when you come and go jumping through various hoops on the Hue website (outside the app) requires, although after I did it, ended this works well in my Tests.

And now the Clou: With a list price of $40, you will have trouble finding a more expensive, less-capable smart-plug on the market—and that’s not even considering the price of the Hue Bridge. If you are already a follower, the Hue ecosystem, you probably already have a bridge, and the hue Smart Plug is not of the price maybe even phase you.

If you do object to the prices, and you have a smart-speaker (such as the Amazon Echo, Google home page), the device can be an equalizer effectively, the boundaries between brands and technologies delete. You will, however, need to come up with different apps, at least when setting up. And if you are just the first steps to your smart home journey you will find much more capable and cheaper options on the market.

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Released on Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:00:00 +0000

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