The new room sensor for temperature and humidity from qingping comes with easy-to-read E-Ink display and Apple HomeKit integration. We took a closer look at the sensor.
However, the device is not quite new. The almost identical sensor from Xiaomi ClearGrass has been around for quite a while. Also with Bluetooth, but without HomeKit so far.
We were already very satisfied with the predecessor model without HomeKit. Although these models can also be unofficially integrated into HomeKit, it takes a bit of extra effort via a Homebridge plugin and a few necessary tweaks to the Raspberry’s Bluetooth interface.
With the new qingping H-version sensors, however, adding them to HomeKit is now as usual a breeze and done in just a few steps: Scan HomeKit code, assign room, done!
However, the possibility of easy HomeKit integration is also somewhat reflected in the price. The sensors from China without HomeKit are available for a purchase price of around EUR 15, while the new H-version sensors with HomeKit average around EUR 28.
Visually, the sensors have a simple design. Diameter 7.5 cm, height 1.5 cm and for power is included button cell type CR2430. Even though the round design might be a matter of taste, the display is easy to read thanks to the energy-saving E-Ink display.
The measured values of the sensors also give no reason for complaint. In direct comparison with other sensors, e.g. from Eve or Netatmo, they are almost identical.