X-Sense’s new Wi-Fi linked smoke alarm (mannequin XS01-WT) appears an identical to the interconnected mannequin XS01-WR we reviewed in 2020, however it provides a key characteristic that alarm lacks: Wi-Fi connectivity, with all of the trimmings included.
This attractively designed, pint-sized gadget—it measures simply 3.1 inches throughout—connects to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks (i.e., it’s incompatible with a 5GHz community) and is linked through the ever-present Good Life app and Tuya IoT platform, a administration system that gives broad assist of all method of sensible merchandise from varied distributors. The concept, after all, is that along with a piercing 85dB alarm (measured at 10 ft), you additionally get notified in your smartphone if there’s smoke within the room.
This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best smart smoke detectors, the place you’ll discover evaluations of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when looking for such a product.
The X-Sense XS01-WT gives a photoelectric sensor that solely detects smoke, not carbon monoxide. It’s powered by a single, replaceable 3-volt lithium CR123A battery (included), however the Wi-Fi radio drains it far more rapidly than the non-Wi-Fi unit. X-Sense specifies a battery lifetime of just one 12 months for the cell right here, in comparison with 5 years for the interconnected detector (each have a helpful lifetime of 10 years). In my testing, I discovered the sensor to be conscious of smoke and the alarm to be loads loud. It’s simple to silence through the onboard mute button or by the app.
The Good Life app is nothing particular, however smoke detectors actually shouldn’t require an entire lot of app-based administration. What you really need is a push notification if smoke is detected, the power to silence false alarms with out requiring a ladder, an exercise log, and possibly an occasional self-testing system.
Whereas it’s not a lot to take a look at, the Good Life app offers all of those options and acquits itself properly sufficient in doing them. I had no hassle rapidly setting the unit up and encountered no operational points with it throughout my testing.
When you want multi-room alerting, word that the X-Sense Wi-Fi doesn’t supply any interconnectivity options outdoors of its Wi-Fi capabilities, although a single unit will most likely be audible anyplace, even in a big house. Whereas some Good Life gadgets are appropriate with Alexa and Google Assistant, the X-Sense XS01-WT isn’t.
The perfect information is that the X-Sense Wi-Fi is affordable. Whereas a competing product just like the Nest Protect will run you $119, the X-Sense Wi-Fi is simply $40 when bought individually (pre-coupon), and as little as $34 every when bought in a five-pack. Certain, you surrender some degree of sophistication right here, however at one-third the value of the Nest and far of the identical performance, it’s exhausting to not advocate.