Affordable & Cool Smart Home Automation Devices In Malaysia In 2021
[This is a sponsored article with Celcom.]
As our devices become smarter and more interconnected, it no longer costs a bomb to automate and simplify our daily lives with these smart devices.
Here are some cool devices for under RM400 that should have a place in any tech-savvy home. We have not been sponsored by brands to include or exclude them from the list. Product prices are subject to change, but are below RM400 at the time of writing.
A note from the sponsor: New Celcom MAX ™ plan puts both your mobile data and home internet on one bill, at a lower price. It offers lifetime savings, a pair of free Mesh Wi-Fi, and discounts on Microsoft Surface LTE and Sharp Android TV products. Find out more details at the end of this article.
1. Khind VC9X6A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (RM388)
The Khind VC9X6A robotic vacuum has a few cleaning modes that can be set to clean specific areas or go around the house cleaning the edges. Coupled with anti-drop and anti-collision features, the bot should be less likely to get stuck in tight spots.
The vacuum cleaner also has a cleaning function so families can focus on what matters most to them instead of doing household chores.
Alternative: ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO T8 + is more expensive, but comes with more features such as defining priority cleaning areas via mobile, larger battery and higher suction power.
2. Google Nest Mini (RM 169.99)
The Google Nest Mini is a smart speaker and voice assistant in one. So imagine if you have your hands full when baking a cake, but want some music. Say: ‘Hey Google, play Blinding Lights‘, and you’ll have music right from the Google Nest Mini.
Also, if your TV is connected to the voice assistant, you can command it by voice to change the channel or YouTube video your kid is watching. If your home is fully connected to the voice assistant, it can be the central point of contact, controlling other devices through voice commands.
Alternative: The Apple HomePod mini is Apple’s take on voice assistants, but it’s not readily available in Malaysia.
3. Tuya curtain motor (RM382.91)
Tuya Curtain Motor is a 3.2m smart curtain motor and rail that allows you to use your phone or voice to close and open the curtains. It comes with an in-app time control feature that you can set to wake your kids up at school even if you’re not in that room.
In addition, you can also choose the speed of the curtain movement. There are other track lengths available, but the longer they are the higher the price.
Alternative: If you want a solution that is fully adapted to your home, Smart Curtain Malaysia provides personalized layouts.
4. Townew Smart Dustbin (RM238.88)
The Townew Smart Dustbin is equipped with a sensor to automatically detect the movement of your hand to open the lid. Alternatively, a light pat or nudge to the sides would work as well.
That’s not all, push the trash can button and it will help seal the trash bag inside. Once sealed, the lid will automatically open so you can remove the trash. To use this auto-seal feature, you will need to purchase the correct trash bags that complement this feature.
5. Yeelight smart bulb (€ 59.98)
You can change color and brightness of the Yeelight smart bulb WiFi enabled via mobile or voice, which is perfect for a romantic touch of lighting during date nights, or for turning off the light when you are comfortably in bed.
Bulbs can also be grouped together to provide synchronized lighting for an entire room. They can be scheduled according to a defined family schedule to lighten or tone down depending on your activities.
Alternative: The Philips Hue lighting ecosystem comes with different types of lighting such as downlights, light strips and motion detectors for all your lights at home intelligently.
6. 6L Automatic Pet Feeder with Wi-Fi (RM299)
The 6L Pet Vending Machine with Wi-Fi can be configured to feed your pets on a timer or manually through the mobile app. The charger is powered by an external power supply and batteries. So in the event of a power failure, your pets can still be fed if the timer is set.
The charger also comes with a two-way audio system, so you can talk to your pets through your phone and see them on video. Alternatively, it can play a recording of your voice to call them out at mealtime.
Alternative: This SKYMEE Owl robot can be both an interactive toy and a treat dispenser, controlled via a mobile.
7. Smart Frog Electric Dryer (RM168)
The Smart Frog Electric Clothes Dryer can hold up to 5 kg and can dry clothes in 1-3 hours.
It also has a switch to toggle between hot air and cold air, so if you need it to dry quickly, use the hot air feature. The cold air can then cool the warm clothes before putting them on.
It’s small and portable too, so you can pack it for your office meetings or travel.
8. EZVIZ C3W variant 256 GB (RM399)
As an HD outdoor wall mounted Wi-Fi camera, the EZVIZ C3W comes with additional smart features like two-way audio, allowing you to talk to anyone the camera has eyes on.
If you’re not at home, you can set its motion detectors to activate a loud siren and strobe light to scare off intruders upon detection. This trigger will also send a notification to your phone through its app.
The memory capacity allows it to record video history which you can view remotely. The camera has 3 night vision modes and AI powered person detection, which reduces the number of false alarms triggered by animals.
9. Samsung Ezon SHS-1321 Smart Digital Door Lock (RM389)
Other than unlocking your door with a password (or RFID card key), the Samsung Ezon SHS-1321 has additional security features. For example, 2 random numbers will appear which you will need to press before entering your PIN code. This prevents strangers from guessing your password because the fingerprints are spread over the lock screen.
If you are going away for a few days, you can also set an Away mode which will automatically sound the alarm if the lock is activated in the house.
Its thermal sensor can detect high temperatures inside the house and activate its alarm in case of fire. The door also unlocks automatically for quick evacuation.
Alternative: igloohome Smart Deadbolt 2S has features like time sensitive codes and unlocking via bluetooth. If you are expecting visitors, you can generate unique PIN codes to send to your guests so they can let themselves in.
A stable and secure connection for your smart devices
A stable internet connection would optimize the use of most of these smart devices above. With the new Celcom MAX ™ plan, you get both mobile data and home internet on one invoice, at a lower price. Here’s what you can get from the plan.
Additional details for Celcom MAX ™ subscribers:
- Lifetime savings of RM21 / month when you subscribe to Celcom Max ™. This means that even after your 24 month contract ends, Celcom will honor the price as long as you continue the subscription.
- Get the Celcom Mesh Wi-Fi that extends the range of your Wi-Fi connection that regular routers have a hard time reaching.
To note: Celcom MAX ™ 500 Mbps plan subscribers will be entitled to 1 free set of Celcom Mesh Wi-Fi, while plan subscribers will have to pay RM 25 per month.
- Subscribers to the 300 Mbps plan or higher are entitled to a 6 month free subscription to iQIYI or iflix for their entertainment needs.
- Always stay connected with the Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTE 128 GB + Surface Go Signature Type Cover for RM3,400 (RRP: RM4,033) or a Microsoft Surface Pro X LTE 256 GB + Type Cover for Surface Pro X for RM5,800 (RRP: RM6,438).
- Get the Sharp 60 inch Android TV (4TC60CK1X) and the 42-inch Sharp Android TV (2TC42BG1X), priced at RM 2,400 (RRP: RM 4,999) and RM 1,200 (RRP: RM 1,749) respectively. Be entitled to a RM500 or one RM100 discount voucher depending on the TV purchased.
- the First 100 subscribers will get their first month’s bill canceled.
- Learn more about Celcom MAX ™ here.
- Get Accurate Celcom MAX ™ FAQs here.
- Read what we have written about Celcom in the past here.
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