The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

Let’s be honest. A SmartHome is a better home these days. And with it being warmer and warmer outdoors, especially with three consecutive 90 degree days in the summer here in Washington, DC, you want to make sure the environment that you live and sleep in is healthy enough for you. Being someone with Respiratory Asthma, air quality and humidity is a huge thing for me to consider as my body takes climates completely different from others. That and Post-Nasal drip is a bitch.

Luckily I had the opportunity to review a product that’s slogan is something I want to say to myself every Sunday when I realize I have to prepare for work on Monday. “Feel Better. And with CubeSensors stylish air quality monitoring cubes, I’m getting just that.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

Now I’ve played with my share of “smart” home products, but felt pretty stupid after trying to install them. Not this one. Let’s start with the packaging. Upon receiving the CubeSensors, my first thought was “damn, the packaging is better than Apples’ Products. With directions like “open here”, I was impressed (it takes a lot, despite what you might think) but I won’t bore you with that. It was beautiful.

Straight out the box you are greeted by two small white squares with a chrome finish that actually look rather stylish. The white colorway was actually pretty refreshing, and I’m glad they didn’t decided to make a black and chrome option as it looks more cleaner, and goes with the theme of ‘smart air’. Also included in the box are a pack of either 2, 4, or 6 cubes which can range between $299, $499, and $599. I was lucky enough to get the 2 pack, which went perfect for a two bedroom apartment. Also included are a pair of USB cables and a very cool base station that allow the CubeSensors to be charged, and each CubeSensor’s full charge lasts roughly three weeks.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

When you first tap onto the top or shake your CubeSensor, you’ll get a designated color, being either red, green, or blue, telling you it needs one of a few things. Red obviously being the worst of the colors, with green stating it’s fully charged, down to blue notifying you that your current environment is in good conditions.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

It’s recommended that you place each CubeSensor that you use close to where you spend the most time. I personally sat one in the Living Room, and one in the Bedroom on the nightstand beside my bed, respectfully. Not having to worry about charging them nightly made it look a whole lot neater as well since they did not need to be plugged in at all times to be used. There are a few tips that you could read on CubeSensors Tips page if you ever need to figure out where to place them as well.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

Once the CubeSensors are charged you will head over to your browser and sign up, as well as make a shortcut (add to home screen) because there is not a designated app for the CubeSensors. This is one thing that I do dislike, but the “shortcut” does actually work fluidly so it’s not much of a problem. It’s also said that the CubeSensors sleep feature works with existing hardware like Fitbit or Jawbone Up (which I have neither) but this is perfect for someone who does.

The premise of the CubeSensors is to help you optimize your living space for better sleep, as well as focus on advising you how to live more comfortably, without using numbers.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

CubeSensors kept it straight forward and simple with me, telling me things I wanted to know but honestly couldn’t fool myself to know without it. Sure I know my bedroom is bright at 6pm, but CubeSensors will say “too bright to take a nap”, that’s brilliant! It’s also comforting that it let me know that my bedroom was too stuffy and that I “may want to invest in a humidifier”, which is something I never actually considered.

GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors

Some people might think that the CubeSensors can’t possibly do this just by sitting in your room all day, but the good thing is the data that CubeSensors gets from it’s surroundings, it analyzes EVERYTHING, including:

  • Temperature
  • Air Quality
  • Humidity
  • Noise
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Vibrations
  • Light
All of this data happens in real time which will adjust if you actually do decide to “open the window for some fresh air” like it states. If this is something that you do not want dictated for you, say for example you like to sleep in a warm bedroom, you can set your own rules or change them. You can even be notified if the air you’re breathing is too dusty and polluted (for someone with Asthma, this is clutch).
GearDiary The Air Up There: CubeSensors Are Superior Air Quality Monitors
All in all, the CubeSensors certainly are unobtrusive and certainly give off a nice classy flair in it’s small packaging. The only downside to the cubes might be the fact that they do not have an off/on switch, which is understandable since they promise at least a three week charge.
If you can afford the premium to be told that you should maybe turn a light on if you plan on reading that book in a dimly-lit room, I would certainly say the CubeSensors are a product everyone should purchase. If you have a home with children, especially those with allergies, this is for sure a product that will be beneficial to them as well. Considering that, if you would like to purchase a CubeSensor, feel free to start with two of them for $299 from CubeSensors’s site.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: The form factor was excellent and the battery life was top notch.
What Needs Improvement: Needs an actual app for devices. The web app seems amateur-ish.


About the Author

Greg Alston
Diehard Apple fanboy, and lover of all things tech. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Greg enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends, live sporting events, good bourbon, Tetris, and pizza. In that order.