Maker of smart home appliances Wyze is expanding its range with a new plug connected that can be reserved today in a package of two for $ 15. The device is fairly standard: it connects to a power outlet, communicates with the mobile Wyze app and allows you to check the power and check for whatever is connected, whether it is a lamp or a coffee maker.
It works with Amazon & # 39; s Alexa and Google Assistant, but especially not with Apple HomeKit, as is the case with many smart plugs out there. It also has a number of fun features, such as planning, a maximum load of 15 amps for devices that use more power, and a vacation mode that randomly turns on certain lighting devices to create the impression that you are at home for potential burglars. The plugs work with the existing Wyze cameras & home security sensors, so you can synchronize automation between them, such as turning a device on or off when a door opens or closes.
That said, it is worth noting that the most important field of Wyze – ultra-cheap smart gadgets that are reliable and of high quality – does not fit so well in the market for smart plugs. There are dozens of well-reviewed smart plugs on Amazon, often sold in packs of two or even four, for $ 15 to $ 30. And Amazon also makes its own, which of course is placed high in the search results. That means it will be harder for Wyze, who made a name for selling indoor security cameras & for much cheaper than the competition, to stand out, especially when the basic functions of a smart plug are not that complicated to remove get it.
That said, if you already own a few Wyze products, you are probably familiar with the company and you may be more inclined to expand your existing smart home ecosystem with wall plugs from the Seattle-based startup. With $ 15, Wyze is still on the low side and beats Amazon, Gosund, Kasa, Teckin and other top sellers with a price of $ 10 or more. Wyze says that from today you can order a few smart plugs from the website, with a shipping date of August 10 for early buyers. Those who miss the early-access batch will receive their Wyze Plug units in September, the company says.