El­gato Eve But­ton

Con­trol the mood at home

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge

$49.95 From El­gato, el­gato.com Fea­tures Blue­tooth LE, CR2032 bat­tery

With­out Hey Siri, you have to tap your iPhone or iPad to con­trol HomeKit. That, or buy a pro­gram­mable re­mote that can in­voke a lim­ited num­ber of ac­tions.

Eve But­ton has an ad­van­tage over its ri­vals: it doesn’t need a bridge (and a plug socket) to talk with Ap­ple’s tech.

In the Eve or Home app, you can set what hap­pens for a sin­gle press, dou­ble-press and long press. Each can ac­ti­vate one or more scenes, set the state of ac­ces­sories, or a combo of those. We no­ticed a pause between press­ing the but­ton and get­ting re­sults. It wasn’t long, just not in­stant.

We set the but­ton to light up our liv­ing room when clicked, a dou­ble-press to do the same in our hall­way, and a long press to turn off all lights and our HomeKit-con­nected power switches — great when head­ing to work or to bed.

The but­ton it­self is com­pet­i­tively priced, though not cheap. Still, we quickly grew to ap­pre­ci­ate it as a fix­ture near our home’s en­trance (though it’s de­signed to be por­ta­ble). Just bear in mind you need an Ap­ple TV with tvOS 11 or an iPad set as your home hub for it to work prop­erly.

the bot­tom line. A prac­ti­cal HomeKit add-on, but like many ri­vals it’s a bit costly. El­gato Eve But­ton Noth­ing to plug in Eas­ily por­ta­ble A bit pricey Needs a HomeKit hub Solid

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