Flic 2 review: press here to turn on your smart home

Living in a smart home may allow you to control everything from a phone, but it can be a frustrating experience if your phone is not at hand. Shortcut Labs Flic 2 Smart Buttons can help by automating a wide variety of smart home devices and routines with little buttons that can be taped to the wall or even used.

Cute as a button, the white Flic 2 devices are small. They are 0.3 inches thick and 1.2 inches wide; they weigh only 5 grams. Looking like a small stack of Necco wafers, Flic 2’s round buttons are half the size of Eve Systems’ square Eve button.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart home systems, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Each Flic 2 button has adhesive on the back so it can be pasted on the wall, under a kitchen counter, or on a refrigerator door. The adhesive can be used a couple of times if you change your mind, but a magnetic option would have been a good idea. There are even optional metal clips to use a Flic 2 button.

three flic 2 buttons in one cabinet Flic

You can apply stickers to the buttons on Flic 2 to identify their functions.

The buttons on Flic 2 come in any color you want as long as it is white. They are IPX4 rated, which means the buttons can be safely splashed with water, so they are fine near a sink or shower. The manufacturer does not publish an ingress protection rating for dust intrusion. You can read all about IP codes in this other story.

The buttons have a tri-color LED and are powered by a CR-2032 battery that Shortcut Labs says should last three years of moderate use. It took about a minute to change a cell and press the Flic 2 switch.

Flic 2 buttons are powered by cr 2032 coin cell batteries Flic

The Flic 2 buttons are powered by CR2032 button batteries that should last two to three years.

How Flic 2 works

The key to the success of Flic 2 is that your Hub LR acts as a command clearinghouse and communicates wirelessly with a house full of buttons. It can handle connections to 63 buttons at once for a home full of smart devices.

Flic 2 covers the smart home basics by working with Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi devices. In contrast, Eve only works with HomeKit devices. Flic 2 adds voice control via Alexa and Siri, but lacks Google Assistant support and cannot be paired with Hubitat or Aeotec smart home hubs.

flic 2 hub lr Flic

The Flic Hub IR can be connected to your router with an Ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi. You must have an internet connection on your router for the buttons to work.

At 3.3 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches (LxWxH), the hub is easy to hide but requires power from a USB adapter; It comes with four outlet plugs for use in different countries. In addition to a headphone jack to connect Flic to speakers, the hub has a port to use an infrared transmitter to integrate a TV, stereo, or other device that uses an infrared remote control.


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