Cync, the brand formerly known as C by GE and now owned by Savant, is making a big push into the smart home category with a new smart thermostat, home security camera, and nearly a dozen smart lights. It's a sizeable expansion from its previous offerings, which were limited to a few bulbs and plugs.
Just as significantly, these products are all relatively affordable — the most expensive is $129 — and will work with Matter, a new smart home standard that will launch later this year. Here's a brief rundown of everything Cync announced, and when they'll be available.
Cync Smart Thermostat
While it's not as cheap as the $59 Amazon Smart Thermostat or the $99 Google Nest Thermostat, the $129 Cync Smart Thermostat is competitively priced. More importantly, it can be installed without a C-Wire, or common wire, which should make it easier for more homeowners to install themselves. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Cync Smart Thermostat can also work with remote temperature sensors ($29 each, sold separately), so you can tell it to keep the heat on until that room in the far corner of your house has warmed up. Unlike the remote sensors that work with the Ecobee SmartThermostat, though, Cync's sensors can only detect temperature, not someone's presence, so it'll warm up that room whether or not there's someone there.
The Cync Smart Thermostat is available now at Lowe's, Best Buy, and Amazon.
Cync Outdoor Smart Camera
The Cync Outdoor Smart Camera comes with a key feature not found on many of the best outdoor security cameras: local storage. That means you don't have to rely on an Internet connection if you want to save video from your camera. However, if you want to save videos to the cloud and get access to features such as motion, sound, and person detection, you'll need to sign up for a Cam Sync subscription, which is $30/year.
The Cync Outdoor Smart Camera will be available in both a wired or a battery/solar powered configuration. It records video at a resolution of 2K/1280P and has night vision, though it does not have a built-in spotlight or floodlight. The camera will be available in February for $99 for the wired model and $129 for the battery-powered version. The solar panel accessory will cost $44.
Cync smart lights
Cync has 11 new smart lights coming out, which include general-purpose bulbs as well as decorative filament-style (a.k.a. Edison) bulbs, candelabra, and globe bulbs, and there will also be two recessed lighting options. They will come in both white and color. The bulbs will be available in March, and will start at $11.99.
|White Reveal||A19/soft white||800||$11.99|
|Full Color Reveal||A19/full color||800||$14.99|
|Full Color Reveal||BR30/full color||750||$21.99|
|Soft White Candelabra||BC/soft white||500||$13.99|
|Soft White Medium||BM/soft white||500||$13.99|
|Soft White ST19||ST19/soft white||500||$14.99|
|Soft White G25||G25/Soft white||500||$14.99|
|Full Color G25||G25/Full color||500||$24.99|
|Full Color ST19||ST19/Full Color||500||$24.99|
|Full Color Wafer||4-inch/ Full color||760||$34.99|
|Full Color Wafer||6-inch/Full color||1000||$39.99|