The Pros and Cons of Alexa Controlled Smart Power Outlets

The article titled Save 38% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works With Amazon Alexa – Deal Alert on MacWorld suggests seizing on a deal for a smart plug, or power outlet. The power outlet can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone, and might help close the gap between American and European outlets, the latter of which often have on/off switches to avoid wasting energy while things are plugged in. The article details,

Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you’re away, or engage a “countdown timer.”… The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control.

Besides the convenience and energy savings, reviewers also mention that you can group together controllers for a command like “Alexa, turn on the living room lights.” For those with a bit of the hoarder in them, this could be extremely useful to brightening a room without digging around for cords and switches. Fewer rave reviews mention some issues with TV compatibility or errors following power outages.

Chelsea Kerwin, May 11, 2017