"The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight loses its way"
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The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight loses its way
Hi, I'm Andrew Kephart for CNet, today I am taking a look at the Leeo smart alert nightlight.
So this color changing night light can not only help you keep the boogeyman at bay, but it'll listen for your smoke detector and carbon monoxide.
And if those sound it'll hear that specific frequency and reach out to let you know something's up no matter where you are.
In addition to that you can use the app to set a variety of colors, you can adjust the brightness, you can set the nightlight to turn on or off when it detects ambient light.
It'll also sense temperature and humidity and you can customize alerts so you know when something's up with those as well.
When the system does get in touch with you, you'll listen to a five-second prerecorded clip.
You can say, hey, it's a false alarm, or you can call 911 right there through the app and it'll connect you to the local emergency services near your night light, not your location.
Which I thought was pretty smart.
So, like I said I like this thing.
I was charmed by it, but I can't quite recommend it yet.
The software has a couple of minor issues right now.
The humidity detector isn't all that precise.
We found it off about 5 to 10% points on a consistent basis and controlling the device with the app works for a lot of the time but sometimes it can be a bit laggy, it can not save your settings and you might find yourself getting a little bit annoyed with the software so I could forgive it all that especially because the alert.
Themselves seem to be pretty responsive.
But the more major issue is that those five second clips are really short and they're really quiet at best.
And inaudible at worst.
This is where live listening would come in super handy.
If the device had a way that you could actually listen.
And of what was going on right then there.
Nope, all you get is that one five second prerecorded clip and it's not enough.
So this night light is a fun toy, but it costs $100, and for that much money, it's just not a smart buy.
So despite the fact that this is simple and fun to use.
Until the price drops or it gets a few feature updates I can't recommend the Leeo smart alert nightlight.
For CNET appliances I'm Andrew Gebhardt.
For more please be sure to check out my full review and all of our other smart home coverage on cnet.com
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