Philips Hue Smart Plug test: a useful plug-in connector in the Hue ecosystem

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Ergonomics

Better late than never. Although the Hue Smart Plug was released in 2019, we are trying to catch up. The smart plug is one of the most compact we have tested. With a width of 51 mm, a depth of 80.6 mm and only 100 g, it fits into any outlet. Only Konyk’s Priska Max Easy is more discreet.

In white plastic, it consists of a type of E-plug, which is of course compatible with French sockets. There is only one ground plug on the Philips, which is pretty classic for an electrical outlet. However, Meross surprised us by equipping its Smart Wi-Fi Plug MSS310 with two ground connectors. Very convenient when connecting the device, but this remains a detail.

Traditionally, there is a switch on the side of the socket to turn it on and off. An LED then lights up red or green depending on its condition.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Convenience of use

The Hue Smart Plug delivers up to 2300 W and 10 A, which is equivalent to the Amazon Smart Plug. If it can seem weak, Philips Hue makes up for it with more than noticeable connectivity. The shelf is actually compatible with both Bluetooth and ZigBee. To make this last connection, go through Hue Bridge. This connects to the home Internet network via Ethernet and then communicates with the Hue devices via ZigBee.

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If it is possible to remotely control the socket via the app, other devices are capable of it. Bridge actually allows Hue equipment to interact, and therefore turns on the plug, for example, via the Smart Button or a motion detector.

Hue Smart Plug and Hue Bridge.

Hue Smart Plug and Hue Bridge.

The smart connector is also compatible with various voice assistants. We find the unmatched Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but also Apple HomeKit and Microsoft Cortana, the latter two only via the connecting bridge.

In addition to these features, Philips smart connectors are basic to say the least. No hours or even away mode to simulate being at home. Above all, the Smart Plug does not offer consumption monitoring, which is very popular on the TP-Link Tapo P110.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Application

We start by pairing the Hue Smart Plug via the ZigBee connection bridge. You then need to connect it near the bridge and open the Hue app. The procedure runs smoothly: Hue Bridge is detected quickly, just as the connected connector now appears in the app, in the “lamps” category.

The mating procedure with Hue Bridge.

The mating procedure with Hue Bridge.

In fact, Philips obviously believes that the Smart Plug commands a new lamp, which is not necessarily the case. The user may indeed choose to integrate an unconnected lamp into the Hue universe by plugging it into the plugged socket, but a host of options are available to him. He may prefer to connect a fan, a coffee machine, an air purifier. In short, anything is possible.

The various options available on the application.

The various options available on the application.

Once registered, the outlet is operational. Some features are unlocked on the app, though very limited. It is especially possible to make routines for switching the Smart Plug on or off at fixed times. But above all, it is the automations that are interesting. Thanks to this option, the connected objects integrated in the Hue universe can interact. The user can decide to turn on the socket when he wakes up at the same time as his lighting, e.g. This is all the more significant so that the equipment by connecting to your Hue account can be remotely controlled outside the home. Unfortunately, if this functionality is an undeniable asset, it is one of the only ones offered by Smart Plug.

You must log in to your Philips Hue account to unlock the remote control option.

You must log in to your Philips Hue account to unlock the remote control option.

We then decide to pair the plug via Bluetooth. It happens this time on the Hue BT app. Although the pairing procedure is different, it is just as simple. When Bluetooth is activated, the app detects the socket, which is then available. Through this procedure, it is not necessary to purchase a connecting bridge to take advantage of the opportunities; however, it is not possible to remotely control the plug. It is up to you to decide which option is best for you.

The Bluetooth app.

Strengths

  • Easy installation.

  • Add an unconnected object to the Philips Hue environment.

  • Compatible with multiple voice assistants.

Weak points

  • Very few features.

  • Limited use in the absence of other equipment from the Philips Hue series.

Conclusion

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Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

How does grading work?

With the Smart connector, Philips does what it does best: connect objects and make them interact. Thanks to this socket, the user can add unconnected equipment to the Hue universe and therefore take advantage of the functionalities that the ecosystem offers. A connecting bridge is nevertheless necessary to access the remote control. Apart from this advantage, Smart Plug has no other functionality. In the absence of connected Hue objects, it would therefore be wiser to choose a much more complete outlet.

Subnotes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

  • Convenience of use

    Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

  • Application

    Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

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