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CNET Smart Home
Logitech Pops onto the smart button sceneThis smart button offers killer features at a high price.
[MUSIC] As smart home tech becomes more common convenience is becoming the measure of its success. Sure you can control smart lights in your house but if it's not easier than using a conventional switch, who cares? With convenience in mind Logitech releases the pop smart button, a device that controls all the connected gadgets In your house with the ease of a button press. The buttons connect via blue tooth to the bridge which connects using a Wi-Fi to the rest of the devices around your house. Now for these two buttons and a bridge, the starter pack, it costs 100 bucks. Each additional button will cost you 40. Now I like how easy it is to use Pop, and one of the biggest shortcomings of competitors like the FlexSmart button Is that you have anchor them to a single phone. Meaning mom might not be able to use the button if dad is out of the house with his phone. So POP is better for families, but it's not better for DIY enthusiasts. While Logitech works with IFTTT, which vastly expands its possible functions, it doesn't have the same in app flexibility as say Flip. Which allows for ordering pizza or reading your texts aloud or other kind of cool in-app features. The Logitech Pop's biggest strength is the fact that it works with the Logitech Harmony Hub. So I can press this button and it will actually control the lights for my entertainment set up, the streaming service that it goes to and the TV itself to turn it off. This is really cool integration but it requires yet another expensive Logitech device And that's what POP really comes down to. It adds convenience to your smart home, if you already own a bunch of gadgets, especially the Harmony remote. I really like POP, and I think it works well. That said, I'd like to see more in-app flexibility and, really, a lower price tag before it really stands out on the smart-button market.