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Honeywell's next-gen Lyric thermostat is kind of one-note (pictures)

The $250 Honeywell Lyric 2.0 suffers from some of the same old problems as the first-generation model.

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Meet Honeywell's Lyric 2.0, a update to the brand's original Lyric thermostat.

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This model is full of smart functionality; it connects over Wi-Fi, has geofencing capabilities and works with Apple's HomeKit platform.

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The installation is fairly straightforward if you're familiar with HVAC systems and know the particulars of your own heat and A/C setup.

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When in doubt, ask a professional installer (or a knowledgeable friend) for help.

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And keep in mind that you'll need to connect a C, or "common" wire for HomeKit's Siri voice control integration to work.

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The hardware looks and acts the same as the last-gen Lyric thermostat.

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You can view the current and set temperature from the thermostat.

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You can also press the cloud button on the left of the display for an at-a-glance local weather update.

And, you'll reach the settings section if you hold the cloud button down for 5 seconds.

Look to the related Lyric Android and iOS app for advanced features and options.

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