Aqara introduces Knight Series Q1 smart switches in the Chinese market

Cupertino, May 5, 2024

Ahead of the highly anticipated release of Aqara's M3 hub (read more about it HERE), the company continues to roll out products for its home market of China. The latest release is a new light switch collection called the Knight Series or Q1 Series. This new collection builds on an earlier switch collection, the Z1 Pro, which was itself an iteration of the Z1. The difference between the Z1 and Z1 pro was essentially a software-based slider that could dim the Aqara lighting or even adjust the position of smart blinds or curtains, something the Z1 didn't have. Below you can see a video of the Z1 Pro slider function in action with the T1M ceiling light, from 8'21”; Q1 series Z1 Pro series

However, the Q1 series doesn't really offer anything significantly different from the Z1 Pro, just a design change, albeit minor: the Q1 has squarer edges, as opposed to the rounder edges of the Z1/Z1 Pro- series. custom printing or engraving options available

What the company does offer is the option to have the buttons on the switch printed or engraved with meaningful descriptions to help those who don't know what the different buttons are assigned to. This is both useful and potentially problematic; Since all the buttons can be disconnected from their wired relays, you can remap button presses to control virtually any other Aqara product, so you have to be pretty sure you stick to the description on the buttons.

As with the Z1 and Z1 Pro series switches, the Q1 is offered with one, two or three button options, the latter containing a fourth software button to which single, double and long press actions can be assigned, which is as such exposed to HomeKit. All Q1 variants come with a slider on the side. All of the above ranges can be used with or without a neutral wire, something Aqara has been investing in for some time to make a reality. Space Gray White

The Q1 is also offered in two colorways; Space gray or white. The older Z1 offered multiple color options, just like its own predecessor, the H1M (lost yet?). This brings the total number of Aqara switch collections to a whopping seven – if you don't count the display panel switches, or original and T1 variants! The Q1 Pro series, although listed on their website (under Knight Series), doesn't appear to be available for purchase yet, and of course these will only be available in Minland China, at least officially. In the meantime, for international consumers, we still have the Aqara M3 hub to look forward to.

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