Notion’s second technology of sensors look practically equivalent to the primary technology, however are barely bigger and work with Nest thermostats.

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Notion, a sensible sensor package we examined earlier this 12 months, has launched its second technology of sensors, which add Nest integration amongst different issues. At $219 for 3 sensors and one bridge, Notion would not provide the most cost effective sensor package deal on the market, and although enhancements have been made to this next-generation product, true multitasking choices are nonetheless missing.

The second-generation Notion sensors are noticeably bigger than the primary, and that is as a result of they’re powered by two AAA lithium-ion batteries. That ought to provide an enchancment over the primary technology’s coin cell battery and user-reported dangerous battery life. It’s disappointing and greater than a bit ironic that Notion would not have a solution to notify you in case your sensors are low on battery energy.

One bridge can deal with as much as 15 sensors on its community. In case you have a big home, you may want extra. The vary on these sensors is respectable, however the system will not work effectively if the sensor and bridge are on totally different flooring. 

A single sensor prices $49 and an extra bridge prices $80. Notion’s 5 sensor package with bridge prices $299, and a set of three sensors alone will price you $139. That might shortly add up if you happen to’re outfitting a complete dwelling or each door and window.

Notion app

The Notion app delivers clear directions to get you began together with your sensors and bridge. The bridge plugs right into a wall outlet and connects to your present Wi-Fi. Sensors are added separately by means of the Notion app, by scanning a QR code on the again of every sensor. Of the three sensors I examined, one had a QR code that the app’s digital camera took a number of makes an attempt to seize. The opposite two labored on the primary strive. 

Notion sensors adhere to your door, window or wall floor with a 3M adhesive sticker on the sensor’s again. This second technology can be IP67 mud and waterproof with a brand new, skinny seal across the sensor’s base.

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