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Product Review: SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor (2018)

Continuing with the new devices from Samsung we have the newly reimagined SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor. I am a partial fan of the original SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor so I had high hopes going into this. Let’s take a look at all of its features and see how it worked.

good

  • The more modern design looks better
  • Price is better than the previous generation

bad

  • Performance of all sensors is the same as the old version
  • Vibration Sensor still does not work

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The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is an all-in-one open/close, vibration, tilt, and a temperature sensor and I do like the idea behind having all of these sensors in one small device. The design of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is the biggest difference over the previous version. They have streamlined the design quite a bit by adding a nice radius to all of its angles and making it a bit slimmer. These design changes make for more of a wife pleasing look in my home and I am sure many of you will have a similar experience.

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The other “design” change that Samsung implemented on the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is in the battery. Samsung changed from a CR2 battery to a CR2450. This change allowed for the Multipurpose Sensor to be made thinner as I previously mentioned and should end up having an impact on battery life although I am not sure that will be for the better. CR2 batteries like used in the previous generation Multipurpose Sensor are rated for 800mAh at 3 volts vs the CR2450 used in the current generation Multipurpose Sensor rated at 620 mAh at 3 volts. Over time I should be able to better gauge the barry life impact but for now, at least on paper it looks like battery life will suffer but I think the tradeoff to allow the Multipurpose Sensor to have a smaller profile is worth it.

As far as a performance enhancement on the latest version of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor, there is none. I am pretty upset by this. While most of the sensors in the original Multipurpose Sensor work well, the vibration sensor has never worked the way I feel it should. I have always had a hard time getting the Multipurpose Sensor to detect vibration. One of the uses I would love to use a Multipurpose Sensor for is on my washing machine and dryer so that I could trigger automation and notifications based off of there cycles completing. I have talked to many fellow home automation junkies and this is also something they would like to use this sensor for but it just does not work, unfortunately. With so many contact, temperature and tilt sensors on the market I would think that vibration is the one aspect that Samsung would want to be spot on and to me, in my tests it seems there is no change in vibration performance, in fact, I can not see a performance increase on any of the sensors inside the Multipurpose Sensor.

 

So this revision of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor it appears that Samsung chose to only make aesthetic changes and do nothing about performance except perhaps decrease the battery life. To me this is a questionable revision and I am not sure why they did it. With that being said the price did come down $5 from the previous generation so I am happy about that but also would not recommend anyone “upgrading” from the original SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor to this new Multipurpose Sensor. However, if you are looking to add these sensors then absolutely save yourself the $5 per sensors and get the new over the old Multipurpose Sensor.

Overall Rating

three-star

The new SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors shows no signs of being any better than the previous generation so I am not inclined to give it a high review score. While I do like the new aesthetics of it they are not enough to make me run out and buy these to replace my existing Multipurpose Sensors.

Has anyone else tried out these new SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors? Let me know your thoughts on them in the notes below.

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I am passionate about the IoT and connected devices. Using connectivity to automate our lives will empower civilization to achieve greatness.

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