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I’m declared to be packing up all the electronics I “won’t need until after the move.” What does that even mean? I need all of my electronics all of the time. Instead, I’m assuming to write a review of these Aukey smart outlets. I’m really just surfing Amazon and planning out our new smart home.

Aukey makes aggregate from headphones to keyboards. I’ve come to expect a assertive level of affection from its articles – they usually aren’t the best, but they’re often the best value – and these smart outlets are no exception. They feel well-made, there’s annihilation wrong with how they look, and they work as advertised.

Look: they each have a button. You plug it in and push the button to turn it on and off. It works. You can buy the single constituent model in a 2-pack on Amazon for $27.99, and the double-plug model for $26.99.

Now that that’s over with, let’s talk about smart homes. My goal is to let Alexa or Google Abettor handle as much of my life as possible. I can’t be agitated with flipping switches, blame buttons, or axis knobs. I need a basic abettor to do those things for me. Otherwise I’ll be forced to face the fact that I’ve wildly over-estimated my family’s need for Amazon Echo Dots and Google Minis.

But a real smart home – like Matt Farley’s – is way, way cooler:

Farley is a lot smarter than I am. I’m just going to buy accessories and download apps.

We’re acrimonious out new appliance when we move, so I’m not quite ready to decide on smart lamps, LED lighting, or which adorning lights we’ll purchase. I might need an Alexa wall clock, I’m not sure yet. But I know I’ll need smart outlets. My TVs don’t have Alexa or Google Abettor integration. Those are among several other accessories I’ll want on my voice-control network.

Aukey’s aren’t the only smart outlets I’ve tried. Amazon’s own smart plugs work well (but the ones I purchased didn’t affection Google Abettor support), and I’ve used other, cheaper plugs. But, I’ve acclimatized on these two Aukey models because they’re humble and acknowledge to commands quickly. When I tell Alexa to turn off the lights I mean now, not eight abnormal from now.

Also, set-up is a breeze:

  1. Download the Aukey app.
  2. Set up an account.
  3. Plug in the smart outlet.
  4. Turn it on (wait for light to blink).
  5. Follow the in-app instructions.

I set up each outlet for both Alexa and Google Assistant. The entire action takes about 1-2 annual per assistant, per outlet. Once set up, you can manage the outlets and affix them to “routines” in your Google Home or Amazon Alexa app.

My plan is to set up routines for all of my affiliated devices, so that I can change the mood in any room in my home with a single voice command. “Alexa, it’s date night,” for example, might activate soft lights, shut the TV off, and play Teddy Pendergrass Radio on Amazon Prime Music. Meanwhile, “Hey Google, it’s movie night,” might extinguish all brilliance with the barring of the bias-lighting behind the TV.

The sky is the limit when you’re ambidextrous with an empty slate, but I do need to keep my costs down. Aukey’s almost bargain price point for these outlets makes them a winner for my budget.

I have one complaint about the Aukey smart outlets: when you slide a plug into them you appointment attrition at the last few millimeters. I really have to jam the cord into it to get it flush, and it always seems like I’m going to break something. Each of the Aukey smart outlets I tested had the same issue. Don’t get me wrong, nothing’s absolutely broken – it seems more like a “tactile feel” botheration than a accomplishment one. I just wish it was smoother.

I’m planning to use these Aukey smart outlets to fill in any gaps in voice-control advantage in my my new home. That means, of course, I highly acclaim them.

But, I’m going to need a lot more tech if I’m going to reach “Wall-E” levels of human laziness. Stay-tuned for more recommendations and reviews from a guy who is arcade for smart accessories on the internet instead of allowance his family pack for their accessible all-embracing move.

Published February 28, 2019 — 18:03 UTC

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