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VIMVIP Smart Plug review: This space-saving plug is smarter than it looks

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The Good The Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and offers options for scheduling, timers and scenes.

The Bad This smart plug is unattractive and it isn’t HomeKit compatible. You won’t get power monitoring or an away mode to simulate activity in your home.

The Bottom Line You can turn devices on and off with the Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket via app or voice assistant. You’ll be able to schedule device power and create scenes, but capabilities beyond that are limited.

6.0 Overall
  • Features 6
  • Usability 6
  • Design 5
  • Performance 7

The Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket smartens your ordinary objects. It's one of dozens of smart plugs on 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 HomeKit, either. Still, there are enough upsides to this budget-friendly smart plug to make it worth a look.

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The Vimvip Wi-Fi Socket includes a USB 2.0 charging port. 

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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.

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