Transform Your Home into a Smart Home with These 12 Essential Devices

Cupertino, August 29, 2023

Smart buttons are niche, but useful products. They work by running a series of automations or commands each time you press the button. For example, you can program one of these to turn off or dim your lights, lock your smart door lock, adjust your thermostat, and set an alarm on your smart speaker. Place the button next to your bed and you won't have to wonder if you remembered to lock the door. It is possible to set these tasks individually for each piece of smart home technology. However, sometimes it is easier to press a button.

There are several good options here, but Flic makes a decent product with the Flic 2. You can get a set of three for around $80, with online bundles also coming with the required hub. It offers the same level of control as most other smart home controls, and it integrates with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit routines for some added functionality. There is also Google Assistant support. Flic has promised to support Matter, but the Flic 2 buttons don't have it yet.

There are other companies that make smart buttons. Govee, Aeotec, TP-Link and even Philips make one for their Philips Hue bulbs. Check out the different options to see which one suits you best. Flic is in the middle of the road when it comes to price, so it's a solid place to start.

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