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Philips Hue Smart Plug test: a handy connected plug in the Hue ecosystem

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Ergonomics

Better late than never. Even though the Hue Smart Plug was released in 2019, we are trying to catch up. The smart plug is one of the most compact we tested. With a width of 51 mm, a depth of 80.6 mm and only 100 g, it fits into any socket. Nothing but Konyks Priska Max Easy turns out to be more discreet.

In white plastic, it is made of a type E plug, compatible of course with French sockets. There is only one ground plug on the Philips, which is quite classic for a socket. However, Meross had surprised us by his Smart WiFi Plug MSS310 two ground spikes. Very practical 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. Depending on the status, an LED lights up in red or green.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Ease of use

The Hue Smart Plug delivers up to 2300W and 10A, the equivalent of the Amazon Smart Plug† If that might seem flimsy, the Philips Hue makes up for it with more-than-noticeable connectivity. The socket is compatible with both Bluetooth and ZigBee. To make the latter connection, you have to go through the Hue Bridge. This connects to the home’s internet network via Ethernet and then communicates with the Hue devices via ZigBee.

If it is possible to control the socket remotely via the app, other devices can do this. The Bridge ensures that Hue equipment can interact, and can therefore switch on the socket via, for example, the Smart Button or a motion detector.

The Hue Smart Plug and the Hue Bridge.

The Hue Smart Plug and the Hue Bridge.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Application

We start by connecting the Hue Smart Plug via the ZigBee connection bridge. You then have to plug it in near the Bridge and open the Hue app. The procedure is smooth: the Hue Bridge is quickly detected, as well as the connected plug that now appears in the app, in the ‘lamps’ category.

The pairing procedure with the Hue Bridge.

The pairing procedure with the Hue Bridge.

Philips of course believes that the Smart Plug controls a new lamp, which is not necessarily the case. Indeed, the user can choose to integrate an unplugged lamp into the Hue universe by plugging it into the plugged-in socket, but a multitude of options are available to him. He may prefer to hook up a fan, coffee maker, air purifier. In short, anything is possible.

The different options available in the application.

The different options available in the application.

Once registered, the socket is operational. Some features are unlocked in the app, even if they are very limited. In particular, it is possible to create routines to switch the Smart Plug on or off at fixed times. But it is especially the automations that are interesting. This option allows the connected objects integrated into the Hue universe to communicate with each other. The user can choose to switch on the socket, for example, if he wakes up at the same time as his lighting. This is all the more important that by connecting to your Hue account, the equipment can be controlled remotely, outdoors. If this functionality is an undeniable asset, unfortunately it is one of the few offered by the Smart Plug.

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

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

We then decide to connect the socket via Bluetooth. It happens this time in the Hue BT app. Although the pairing procedure is different, it is just as simple. Once Bluetooth is activated, the app will detect the outlet that is then available. Through this procedure, it is not necessary to purchase a connecting bridge to take advantage of the options; however, it is not possible to control the socket remotely. It’s up to you to decide which option is best for you.

The Bluetooth app.

Strengths

  • Easy installation.

  • Add a disconnected object to the Philips Hue environment.

  • Compatible with various voice assistants.

Weak points

  • Very few features.

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

Conclusion

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Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

How does the assessment work?

With the Smart Plug, Philips is doing what it does best: connecting objects and allowing them to interact. Thanks to this socket, the user can add disconnected equipment to the Hue universe and thus take advantage of the functionalities offered by the ecosystem. However, a connecting bridge is required to gain access to the remote control. Apart from this advantage, the Smart Plug has no other functionality. In the absence of Hue connected objects, it would therefore be wiser to opt for a much more complete socket.

subnotes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

  • Ease of use

    Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

  • Application

    Editor's rating: 4 out of 5