With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This week’s hardware: Honeywell Lyric T5 Thermostat
Description: The Lyric T5 Thermostat allows you to take comfort knowing your home temperature will always be just how you like it. It’s easy to install and use and conveniently fits in with your lifestyle. You can program it based on your schedule, or let it adapt to your life as plans change with location based temperature control. Connect with the Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet maximizing comfort when you’re at home and saving you money on your energy bills.
- Control your Smart Home with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately) and Apple HomeKit with voice control using Siri, the Apple voice assistant
- 7-Day Flexible Scheduling or Location Based Temperature control (GeoFencing). Uses geofencing technology to keep track of your smart phone’s location.
- Adaptive recovery learns how long it takes to achieve the right temperature at the right time and automatically runs your system to get to your desired temperature when you want it, with auto change from heat to cool
- Smart Alerts – push notifications for filter changes and extreme temperature warnings keeps you informed
Real world use: Smart thermostats is not a new category of Alexa-enabled devices, and this one from Honeywell is not particularly ground-breaking. But, what is interesting about the Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 is the price – particularly with the gifting season arriving. At $99, the Lyric T5 is probably the best priced for the feature set. This is definitely an entry-level device and you’ll pay $50 to $150 more for other devices with similar features.
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the smartphone $99: Honeywell Lyric T5 Thermostat
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