CNET First Look
These Serena Shades get along with SiriLutron's HomeKit-compatible window dressings will smarten up your home for a steep price.
[MUSIC] Smart shades are a really cool feature to add to any smart home. The problem is once you start getting a look at the market, you realize just how expensive they can be. For these Lutron Cerena shades, for instance, you'll have to pay at least $350 to get one shade. So that means that right now, while outfitting your whole home with smart shades Seems like it would be really cool, it would actually set you back thousands of dollars. That said, these shades perform pretty well and could be really nice for some vaulted windows or if you have a small apartment or a single room that you want to outfit with shades. The cool thing about these shades in particular Is that they're Home Kit compatible. That means that you get Siri voice control as well as integration with other Home Kit compatible devices, and even some devices that aren't. Overall, I really liked working with these shades. They're quiet, they're unobtrusive, app control is really intuitive, and setting them up actually is really easy. You'll only start to run into some performance hiccups when you start trying out The features, like Geofencing, or Siri voice control. But even the problems with those two features were really minimal, when taking into account the overall success of the product. [SOUND]