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I have not yet been able to try any products from Meross, but what you read in the Amazon reviews does not seem to provide any reason to stay away from the products. On the contrary: Meross seems to be a brand that produces smart home devices with HomeKit support cheaply but with reasonable quality.
There is currently (until March 7.3.2021, 4) the set of XNUMX HomeKit sockets with a decent discount, which you can take advantage of as follows.
This means that the new total amount of EUR 44,99 should already be visible in the calculation on the right.
Please make sure that you do not choose the set with the blue stickers, because this is even cheaper, but there is no HomeKit support. This means that you can then neither switch the sockets via Siri nor the Home app.
I would like to get rid of a few details about the sockets, which are certainly important for one or the other when making a purchase decision:
Excerpts from here a couple of reviewsthat I could find on Amazon. I will try to get such a set for test purposes and then there will be a separate report on these devices. Meross seems to be doing a lot in the HomeKit area and the products fit well into the blog.
The integration is done in about a minute. You can do this with the Meross app or directly via the Home app on the iPhone or iPad. A flashing power button indicates the pairing mode. Switching on / off also makes a pleasant "click" noise that is not annoying. Scenes and routines can be easily created in order to control several devices with and / or automations at the same time.
Another customer wrote:
So far I have used the higher-priced Koogeek sockets as a third-party product for Siri. Unfortunately, those with Siri often had a "hangover". Now I have exchanged all 8 Koogeek for the Meross version with HomeKit support and lo and behold, there are no more "hangers" ;-).
There are also critical voices about the Meross app:
You don't need your own Meross app to control the sockets. You can switch them via the Home app or another HomeKit app. However, you need the app to transfer updates to the sockets. BUT: I didn't succeed in integrating the sockets into the Meross app. I've converted half of my WiFi, only 2,4 GHz, only one AP online, but it doesn't work.
I think things like this will be fixed with firmware updates. The negative rating comes from 10/2020 and maybe the app has already been revised in the meantime. But I can also report that if I could put the sockets through their paces.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.