Back in stock! These app-powered plugs can also be controlled via smart speakers.
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"Alexa, turn on the home theater." That's the dream, right? The TV, sound system, ambient light strip and whatnot all power on as if by magic. The trick that makes it all possible? Smart plugs, the kind that connect to your home Wi-Fi network and control things via app and voice commands.
This deal sold out quickly the last time I ran it, but I'm glad to say the vendor just made more inventory available. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amysen (via Amazon) has a four-pack of Wi-Fi smart plugs for $18.11when you clip on the on-page $5-off coupon and apply promo code CFNGW6LG at checkout. Regular price: $28.89. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
If you click through and see something other than that four-pack, it means Amysen's inventory is gone again. (It happens, especially with smart-plug deals.)
These round plugs are among the most compact I've seen -- plugging one into a standard two-socket outlet won't block the other socket. I'm using a pair in my house right now, and they've been flawless. (Your mileage may vary, of course.)
As noted about, outlets like these let you control lamps, appliances and the like. You can set schedules and timers, which is great if you want to switch lamps on or off at designated times (that's how I use mine) or you've got a slow cooker you want to kick on midway through the day.
Also of note: These are compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, meaning you can say things like, "Alexa, turn on the lamp in the living room." The accompanying instruction manual is illustrated and admirably easy to follow.
So if you've been wanting to join the smart-home revolution, here's your chance to do it on the cheap. Really, really cheap.
Note: This deal was published previously and has been updated with new pricing and availability.
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