Your smartphone can control a lot of things these days—your smart home lighting system, your thermostat, even your TV. Sometimes though, it’s useful to have a physical and tactile button to control such things. That’s the thinking behind the Logitech Pop Smart Button, which offers you a traditional way to control your smart devices.
So what’s so special about the Logitech Pop? The premise and promise is straight forward. You’ve got a bunch of smart stuff in your house—speakers, blinds, lights, thermostats, you name—and Logitech wants to give you a button that you can click to make those smart home items do stuff.
That’s it. There’s no screens, no speakers, no anything. The Logitech Pop is a smart switch, a smart home unitasker if you will, and that’s that. It’s a plastic square button that you stick onto a wall or surface with an included adhesive pad, change the battery every few years (they claim it lasts up to 5 years in the face of normal daily use), and other than that you don’t really need to think about the switch beyond in the initial programming—it just becomes like a light switch, albeit a light switch with super powers of a sort.
Priced at $60 for a starter kit comprising of one smart button and a home bridge, or $100 for the same kit plus an extra smart button, the Logitech Pop Smart Button isn’t exactly cheap to get started so that begs the fundamental question: does it deliver on its premise and is a light switch with super powers worth it?
Setup Is a Simple Affair
I like it when a new gadget or piece of tech arrives because there’s a certain excitement in trying out a new tech toy. Invariably though, setup takes a little while and I end up leaving said gadget to another day when I have the time spare to get to wrestle with it. The Logitech Pop Smart Button is a rather uncommon gadget in that regard as it’s really quick to get started.
Setup is a matter of downloading the free Logitech Pop app and following onscreen instructions. Essentially, you plug the home bridge into a power socket, ideally centrally placed within your home, and Logitech Pop Smart Button does the hard work. It’s no harder than pairing any other Bluetooth device to your phone, such as a set of headphones. Pairing the smart buttons to the bridge (and your phone) is just as easy and typically only takes a couple of taps.
That’s clearly where the Logitech Pop Smart Button strengths lie. It’s remarkably simple to use — the kind of technology I could hand over to my mother and she’d have no problem setting up.
Where things get a little trickier is setting up the buttons to do what you want them to do. For the most part though, there’s a fairly gentle learning curve. This is a gadget that’s as complicated as you want to make it. Once your button is paired with the bridge, you can hit the plus sign on the app to assign it to a room or…
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