For anyone who hates putting on snow boots or a coat every time you have to plug in your holiday lights, the iDevices outdoor switch has an answer for you.
The design appeals to my artistic side but also my inner functionalist.
It's got a waterproof shell and a dual outlet but it's also got a cool night light like its indoor counterpart.
You can activate your outdoor switch using your iDevice's app on your iPhone or iPad.
But also using Siri, despite the app's organization and the Siri integration, though.
Some of the Home Kit features like user sharing And iPod functionality are lacking or just completely absent.
Although home kit plans to let you reach your device when you're not on your home wi-fi network in the future, you can't do that now, which is a major drawback for a device like this.
I like that the outdoor switch is filling a niche that not many other smart switches have filled in the past, but I don't know if the $79 price point is worth it.
I'd recommend this to anyone building a fully integrated HomeKit home or to some serious holiday light aficionados.
But right now until some firmware updates happen, I can't recommend this to the common consumer.
For more, read the full review at cnet.com.
Here at the cnet smart home, I'm David Priest for cnet.
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