CNET First Look
Switchmate makes the smart light switch simpleThe $40 Switchmate light switch is a neat concept but it's missing a few features.
[MUSIC] The whole idea behind smart light switches, is that it gives you control over your lights when you're not at home, like the Wi-Fi-enabled Belkin WeMo light switch that I reviewed a couple years ago. But this version is a little bit different in that. It costs less at 40 bucks, and it's actually battery powered and magnetic. So there's no installation at all required. That makes this really appealing at first glance, because you don't have to get behind this, you don't have to deal with the circuit breaker. You literally just snap it, and the magnets connect to these screws here And you're done. That's really simple. It also has a really intuitive app and allows for on and off controls and lets you set timers. But that's really it and that makes it pretty limited ultimately even though the installation is a huge plus. It's also kind of loud and it currently doesn't integrate with any third party devices, although Amazon [UNKNOWN] integration is in the works. So if you do happen to prioritize ease of install over everything else with smart light control, this is a reasonable option. It's limited by the fact that it has Bluetooth and not Wi-Fi, and that makes it ultimately tough to recommend to most people. Especially if you're interested in remote light access. [SOUND]