Building out a smart home can be a long, painful process, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to do it is to buy some smart plugs, like the Koogeek P2. It’s an inexpensive way to turn nearly any regular device into a “smart” device that can be controlled via voice commands and apps, as long as it uses a regular plug.
So how well does the Koogeek smart plug hold up? Let’s dig in and find out.
Like most other smart gadgets, you set up the Koogeek P2 with its companion app that you can grab off the Play Store. This app allows you to control all of your Koogeek accessories, plus set up automation schedules so things will turn on and off around your schedule with minimal input from you.
The app works decently enough, but I did have some hiccups trying to get things paired. It tells you the basic stuff, like to keep the P2 plugged in while it pairs, but then it asks you to keep the phone “near” the plug with no audio or visual indicator of whether or not you’re close enough. Can I walk around the room with my phone? Do they need to be touching, a la NFC pairing? I don’t know, but it did fail the first time and I had to go through the process again before things started working.
I left my phone on the ground below the plug, FYI.
Once you’re up and rolling, you plug your device in and let Koogeek handle turning it on and off. You can use a lamp, a television, a microwave, a Christmas tree, pretty much anything you want that you think you can automate. Lamps make the most sense, although there are dedicated smart sockets to handle bulbs. But if you want versatility, the P2 can handle pretty much anything without issue. Fortunately, once you’re all plugged in and set up on the software side, you’ll pretty much never need to touch anything again. I exclusively controlled a lamp with automation and voice commands, and it was flawless.
If you’re planning on using voice assistants to control Koogeek accessories, there’s a big caveat here; there’s zero Google Assistant support right now. They’ll support Alexa voice commands, and they integrate with Apple’s HomeKit, so if you have an Echo or some Apple phones or tablets, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you’re going to have to rely on the Koogeek app to actually control things, which seems considerably less smart than we’d like.
The P2 features a ring of light around its face that lights up while it’s plugged in and functioning, which can double as a night light for midnight snack runs or to scare away monsters for your kids. There’s a glowing indicator LED on the front as well to let you know the status of the device. Green is good, red is bad. Simple stuff.
You’ll find a button on the top of the plug that lets you manually turn on and cut off devices that are attached to it, just in case you need to turn off the light and your phone is dead/lost/whatever.
The good news is that the P2 has a much slimmer profile than its predecessor, but it’s still a pretty bulky device. In my outlets, it used up enough space on either the top or bottom to block all but the smallest plugs on the other socket, which can be really inconvenient in a home setup. I ended up using a separate adapter and plugging the Koogeek into that, except the plugs were upside down…
Sure, it’s not pretty. But you know what? It works.
So is the Koogeek P2 Smart Plug a worthwhile investment? If you just want something affordable to cover a few appliances and electronics around the house, definitely.
It’s a sleek design that won’t look out of place in a normal living room, and the app works pretty well after the initial setup. Alexa and HomeKit support are a plus, and if you’re building up a smart home, you probably have something in one of those ecosystems, anyway.
If you’re looking for a device with its own robust system of automation though, it’s a tougher sell. Koogeek only offers a small assortment of smart plugs, and they don’t tie into anything besides Amazon and Apple’s automation systems. They’re also far from the cheapest available, which would’ve helped to offset some of the cost.
But for $35 (and some discounts if you buy in bulk on Amazon) it’s a very budget-friendly way to automate some things around the house and impress your friends.
Buy it now: Amazon