The Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket smartens your ordinary objects. It's one of dozens ofon the market designed to add voice control and automation to the otherwise dumb devices and small appliances in our homes. A two-pack of the Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket costs just $21. That's pretty cheap, but the savings come at a price. You won't get power monitoring or away modes. It doesn't work with , either. Still, there are enough upsides to this budget-friendly smart plug to make it worth a look.
The Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket's design isn't much to look at. In fact, it's downright ugly. The rectangular body sits offset to the outlet and it's lined with waffly grooves that don't seem to have a purpose, except to invoke my memories of 90s home intercom speakers. Still, Vimvip's Wi-Fi Socket gets points for saving enough space to fit another plug into the adjacent outlet. It also includes a USB 2.0 charging port on the side. That's a nice addition we don't see enough of in other smart plugs.