El­gato Eve En­ergy

HomeKit con­trol of dumb de­vices

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

£45 FROM El­gato, el­gato.com FEA­TURES Blue­tooth 4.0, iOS app (needs iOS 9.1 or higher)

De­sign & fea­tures

Eve En­ergy’s width and height aren’t much larger than a reg­u­lar plug, and it’s a lit­tle smaller than Belkin’s de­vice. It juts out just over 5cm from a wall. The man­ual switch on top is smaller than Belkin’s, yet easy enough to press.

Get­ting started

On iOS 10, you can set up En­ergy in the Home app, but it’s bet­ter to fol­low El­gato’s in­struc­tions for its Eve app to get any firmware up­date. It’s also a bit clearer than Home for defin­ing com­plex au­to­ma­tion trig­gers, but its am­bi­tion can make it seem more com­plex than Belkin’s app at first sight.

Ease of use

Both de­vice’s apps track en­ergy us­age over time, and take a sin­gle kWh rate to es­ti­mate your run­ning cost. El­gato’s app can cal­cu­late cost based on the last minute, day or week of en­ergy us­age. It pro­vides a vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, too.

Con­nec­tiv­ity

Re­mote con­trol re­quires some ad­di­tional kit: ei­ther a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV, or an iPad run­ning iOS 10 that you’ve set to act as your Home Hub. The max­i­mum load you can run through Eve En­ergy is 2500W (11A).

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