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Belkin's slim, power-tracking WeMo Insight Switch (pictures)

Belkin introduces a new smart power plug with an improved design and energy consumption tracking.

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Original WeMo vs. WeMo Insight Switch

Belkin's pair of smart plugs, side by side.
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Bigger and brighter

The status window in the new WeMo Insight Switch is easier to see from a distance. The LED could still be brighter.
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Micro-USB port, standing by

Belkin says the new USB input could support add-on devices in the future.
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Still too tall

The WeMo Insight Switch has a smaller body, but it can still block an adjacent power outlet.
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Could be worse

It's better this way.
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Basic WeMo app screen

Here's the standard screen for the Insight switch, with all of the power draw data on display.
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WeMo settings

Belkin doesn't expose a ton of settings, but at least you can adjust a few important ones.
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Standby threshold

On this screen you can raise or lower the power draw level the WeMo Insight Switch uses to determine whether it's in standby or power mode.
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Set your rate

Set your local power rate to get the most accurate usage cost data.
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Data exporting

Like numbers? Belkin will send you a ton of them via this exporting tool.
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Belkin CSV file

The WeMo app will send you a trove of data, reporting on daily energy usage, cost, and so on.
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IFTTT makes everything better

The WeMo Insight Switch IFTTT channel has plenty of free, useful recipes like this one.

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