CNET First Look
Wink smart home hub's second round isn't a knockoutThe Wink Hub 2 may have a sturdier build, but it suffers from some of the same weaknesses as its predecessor.
[SOUND] [MUSIC] So the smart home hub promised to consolidate all different connected home gadgets to make one universal place where you can access all of your devices. That's with the original Wink Hub did and what put the Wink Hub 2.0 right in front of me is also suppose to do. Available now for $99 bucks The Wink Hub is supposed to be an improvement over the original model. It has a few different things. It added bluetooth. It's supposed to be more reliable. It's supposed to be safer. It's supposed to make all your connected devices connect more easily. But my experience testing it is that it's roughly the same as the original. And that's really frustrating because I was hoping To find that smart home idea where I can control everything altogether. Now the one major bonus you don't have to commit to a specific protocol so you can have Digby, you can have D-wade, you can have Wi-Fi, you can have Bluetooth, you can have clear connect multron and you don't have to connect to Alexa or Apple home key. You can have it all. That's great. But in terms usability, it was still a little glitchy. I still have some issues creating robots which has winx version of rule which is kind of difficult and I got a user error. It says, Internal Error 500 every time I tried to Create one and it didn't actually work for me. So there are definitely still some kinks that Wink needs to work out. So I didn't get into everything here. I tested out a lot more stuff. For that check out my full review at CNET. COM. But overall I think that this is a reasonable option but it still needs a little more work to be the smart home ideal consolidation device that we've been waiting for. [BLANK_AUDIO]