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Bathroom mirrors seem like the perfect place to add smarts: think touchscreens, voice assistants, maybe even personalized beauty tips. Sure, we're not quite there yet, but the $400 Viio Vezzo Bluetooth Mirror does take that first step toward connectivity (although the Vezzo doesn't ship to the UK or Australia yet, its pricing converts to about £330 and AU$530).
In light of the promise of such technology, though, the Vezzo falls disappointingly short. It offers a few useful features, but they fail to cohere in any compelling way. And worst of all, the mirror -- an inherently visual object -- boasts no visual components, instead relying on Bluetooth speakers to stand out on the market.
For now, unless you crave the Vezzo's exact cocktail of features, you'll want to keep your money and wait for a truly smart mirror to revolutionize your bathroom.
The Vezzo is a 24-inch by 32-inch mirror that includes a border light for makeup work, an anti-fog button for when things get steamy and a Bluetooth button for connecting your phone. Between these three primary features, it's a surprisingly simple device.
That simplicity contributes to a sleek design. The Vezzo looks modern, but blends surprisingly well with a variety of decors. The mirror is powered directly, using a plug for the outlet you typically find beside vanities. Of course, anyone who uses a blow dryer, straightener, trimmer or any number of other grooming gadgets knows those outlets are a hot commodity. Luckily, you can unplug the mirror for 6 hours at a time, as it has a backup battery.
The Vezzo's biggest strength is its ease of use. After a relatively quick install -- you have to anchor the mirror to the wall using a thin metal plate -- just tap one of the three touch-sensitive buttons on the front to activate the features.
That's right: the Vezzo doesn't even have an app. When I realized this, I was simultaneously intrigued by the decidedly simple interface and disappointed by the Vezzo's meager features.
The Vezzo costs $400. A speaker comparable to the Vezzo's costs well under $100. Mirrors with similar LED lighting and anti-fog features cost around $290. So it's not a bad deal for the whole package. The problem is, none of the features stand out and they don't work especially well in tandem.
Here's what I mean:
Moreover, a hanging mirror like the Vezzo works best for a half bathroom -- where steam isn't much of an issue, you probably won't be applying makeup often and you won't be spending tons of time listening to audiobooks. In other words, the Vezzo's design and features seem to be working at cross-purposes. In the end, the Vezzo feels like a more polished MacGyver gadget -- a half-bath mirror with some full-bath features tacked on. And even if it does work in some full bathrooms, none of its features make it feel new or essential.
While reviewing the Vezzo, I had to actively resist my expectations for what a "smart" mirror should be. Why knock a product that isn't trying to be what you expected it to be? But the promise of a connected mirror is inescapable: you don't spend mornings listening to mirrors -- you spend mornings looking at them. Without something like a touchscreen, or even just visualized weather or traffic updates, the whole device feels a little underwhelming.
The Vezzo isn't for everyone, but it's also not a terrible product. If you need LED lighting and anti-fog features on a hanging mirror, it isn't a bad deal. Throw in a middling Bluetooth speaker, and it might be a device worth considering.
But if you're looking for something special -- or even just a device with solid speakers, don't buy Viio's Bluetooth Mirror. Wait for something better.