In my home, we have plenty of hot and cold spots. Since we’re in Texas, we have more hot spots than cold spots :). I’ve been looking for different ways to monitor and control the temperature throughout my house. Along the way, I found the Eve Degree Temperature and Humidity Monitor. Is this new product something to buy? Let’s find out.
Features and Benefits
The Eve Degree is essentially a miniature HomeKit-enabled temperature sensor with a temperature display. The Degree uses Bluetooth to communicate with your phone and other smart home technology. The form factor is small, fitting in the palm of your hand. This allows the Degree to be easily mountable on a wall or piece of furniture. The Degree can withstand temps from 0 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The Degree is also somewhat water resistant.
The Eve Degree can send data to the Elgato Eve app on the app store. You can also use the device to send data to your iPhone’s homeKit Home app.
What are the drawbacks?
Starting at $69.95, I expect a lot for my money. My first gripe with the Degree is that it can only be powered through a watch battery. I would much rather have the option to plug in the Degree to an AC outlet or use a rechargeable battery. Replacing a watch battery for each sensor I buy every year seems pretty lame. I assume that an AC power option would also allow the Eve Degree to use WiFi to report out data. I would much rather have both BLE and WiFi as a connectivity option.
I also think the Eve Degree is just to much. If I’m looking for a HomeKit-enabled interior thermometer, there are just too many other options on the market. I couldn’t imagine buying two of these to monitor different parts of my home and being happy changing out batteries each year at five dollars a pop.
The only instance where I’d recommend the Eve Degree is a situation like where you had a wine cellar, wanted to monitor its temperature and humidity, but didn’t have an outlet available. I think that the Eve Degree is perfect in these fringe cases where you want to monitor temps, but don’t have AC power in that room. Other than that, I think there are just too many other competing options.
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