Review: Elgato's New HomeKit-Connected Eve Degree is a Sleek, Palm-Sized Temperature Monitor

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    Elgato recently updated its Eve lineup of HomeKit-connected products with the Eve Degree, a temperature and humidity sensor that joins the existing Eve Weather and the Eve Room.

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    Priced at $69.99, the Eve Degree feels like an iteration of the cheaper Eve Weather. It monitors temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure like the Eve Weather, but it's smaller, better designed, and it includes an LCD display.

    Design

    Eve Degree is palm-sized and the tiniest of Elgato's temperature sensors, measuring in at 2.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches. For comparison's sake, the Eve Weather is a good deal larger at 3.1 x 3.1 x 1.3 inches.

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    The Eve Degree features a square-shaped anodized aluminum body with a temperature readout that makes it easy to see the room's temperature without needing to check an app. Compared to the white plastic Eve Weather and the Eve Room, it's more stylish and better able to blend in with a range of decors, plus it's lighter so it's easier to mount on a wall if desired.


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  2. Master Atrus macrumors regular

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    In the post you mention being able to turn on HomeKit enabled fans ... which fans (or conversion kits) are out there? I've only found the Hunter fans that are fully HomeKit Enabled. Or are you speaking more of turning on a light switch that controls a fan? Thanks!
     
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    I also only know of the Hunter fans. I was thinking more fans/humidifiers plugged into one of the HomeKit-enabled smart plugs.
     
  4. ddrulez macrumors regular

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    Looks terrible. Why they throw away the old design? Adding a display with ePaper technology would be look way better.
     
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    I have the original Eve Weather unit tacked outside the house - does a great job with temp and humidity. The biggest problem is the lack of wifi. It has to be within bluetooth range of my AppleTV.

    If I wanted temps inside the house, I'd be inclined to get an Ecobee with remote sensors instead of this dedicated device.

    I am liking the Elgato Eve app - actually using it with my non-Elgato devices as well. Works better for me than Apple's Home app.
     
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    Impressive that they're getting an entire year out of a CR2450, I guess that's the benefit of BLE. Any indication how often they're taking and transmitting readings (about once a minute is typical for most 433MHz remote temp/RH sensors, which generally run 6-12 months on 2x AAA's).

    I find it interesting their sensor goes to 260 mbar, that's almost unbelievably low, I rarely see it below 1000 (in the last 6 months 996 to 1030 mbar). The pressure in the eye of a hurricane rarely gets as low as 900 mbar. 260 is substantially below the pressure at the top of Mt. Everest (about 300 mbar).

    Two comments on the article: 1) sticking the sensor up with adhesive (vs. hanging it on a screw or nail head) will make battery changes difficult; and, 2) "air pressure" is for tires, "atmospheric pressure"* is for weather.

    *: (The judges would also have accepted "barometric pressure")
     
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    Thanks, will fix that wording. Elgato does call it air pressure, though, both in marketing materials and in the app.
     
  9. Dary. macrumors newbie

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    I have a couple of questions and appreciate if you could answer them:

    1. I wonder if this device stores the logs locally, like the temp history, without the need to be connected all the time? If so, how far of history could it handle? One day, a week, a month?

    2. Could the graphs be exported somehow?
     
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    It stores data. If it's like the Eve Room and the Eve Weather (and it seems to be), it can store about two weeks of data before needing to be connected to the iPhone to download that data. So it's ideal to connect every week or so to make sure you're getting all the readings.

    Yes, data can be exported. The visual graphics can't, but the raw data the app uses to create them can be exported as an Excel file that can be opened in compatible apps.
     
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    So appearance trumps functionality? Elgato obviously was going for a minimalistic design that has mobility and portability over it's over appearance. I don't think It should even be a consideration, considering how small it is and it's intent is to be placed in the rooms were you don't have a physical thermostat and or using the iPhone application. Seems you missed this point completely.
     
  12. x34 macrumors 6502a

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    too bad it's bluetooth and not wifi and too bad it's CR2450. netatmo seems to be the better choice here!
     

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