Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1 Review: Simplicity is its DNA

Aqara is an modern house expertise firm that produces a variety of merchandise designed to make properties safer, extra handy, and extra energy-efficient. Aqara’s product lineup consists of clever house sensors, cameras, switches, and different gadgets that may be managed and monitored utilizing a cell app. Their merchandise are appropriate with varied good house platforms, together with Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and extra. Customers have many choices to combine their Aqara gadgets with different modern house services. 

At present’s evaluation is a few tiny gadget from Aqara. This little gadget is ready to ship nice enchancment to your private home residing with the minimal effort from the customers. 

What’s within the field

The Aqara Curler Shade Driver E1 is available in a small and compact bundle. All of the house has been used successfully and I can hardly discover any gaps! Listed below are what I discovered within the field.

  • Aqara Curler Shade Driver E1 x1
  • USB-C to USB-A cable x1
  • Double-sided adhesive tape x1
  • Spare rotating plate x3
  • Enlargement tube x2
  • Screw x2

The boss woman voluntarily requests to put in this evaluation unit in her studio. If I’m not mistaken, that is the primary time she truly pays consideration to an merchandise I evaluation. I’m pleased to see how straightforward it is ready to discover a place to go. Truly, isn’t it a fantastic signal of the potential consumer demand available on the market? 

Set up is significantly straightforward

Beforehand, I used to be having a little bit of a tough time discovering the perfect location for an outside safety digital camera. Such a query doesn’t exist for this curler shade driver. I simply merely connected it to the tip of the curler shade chain and repair it on the wall, that’s it! You may both select to drill holes and use the screws from the bundle, or take the simple method and use the double-sided adhesive tape. I’m not an enormous fan of drilling holes in my home, subsequently the tape clearly turns into a great resolution for me. If you’re going to take the identical path as me, be certain that to take action with further care – the adhesive tape could be very, very robust! There isn’t a straightforward approach to alter the place or re-align after the applying.

The Aqara Curler Shade Driver comes with 4 completely different rotating plates to swimsuit beads with diameters between 3 to 6mm on the shade chain. You will want to interrupt the safety sheets on the rotating plate cowl to let the beaded chain undergo. It’s possible you’ll contemplate sprucing the sting utilizing a small filer or sanding paper; it takes little or no effort however undoubtedly cured my OCD.

The ‘good’ a part of this machine

Now the set up is full, we will simply press the up/down button on the shade driver to regulate the shade. Keep in mind after we introduce the Aqara, we stated that they make good house services, proper? However this doesn’t appear to be something near a ‘good house’. What’s lacking? Nicely, the key weapon that makes all that potential is Aqara Digicam Hub G3, an final resolution that connects all Aqara merchandise and creates a unified, all-in-one good house consumer expertise.

The Aqara Digicam Hub G3 is a brilliant house safety machine that mixes the options of a safety digital camera and a sensible house hub. It’s designed to offer 24/7 house surveillance and to combine with different good house gadgets, similar to sensors, lights, and switches. One of many distinctive options of the Aqara Digicam Hub G3 is its skill to behave as a hub for different Aqara good house gadgets. This implies you can join different Aqara gadgets to the Digicam Hub G3 and management them by the identical app. 

As a result of there are such a lot of options and potentialities you are able to do with Aqara Digicam Hub, I actually need to share a few of my experiences with you, particularly the monitoring and alarm system. However, it’s not lifelike to squeeze every part into this single evaluation and, I want to concentrate on one factor at a time. Due to this fact, we’ll put together one other evaluation only for the Digicam Hub G3 in a number of days, keep tuned!

Aqara House is a brand new playground

After organising the hub, we are actually prepared to attach the shade driver in Aqara House, the official cell app.

Aqara adopts an honest UI design in its app. With a pleasant boarding course of, I used to be in a position to arrange a brand new account and register the curler shade driver to the digital camera hub in simply seconds. It surprises me that this Digicam Hub G3 truly helps the 5GHz Wi-Fi band. This not solely streamlines the community setup but additionally offers an enormous benefit for video streaming and distant management whereas I’m away. Nicely completed Aqara!

There’s a new notification for firmware updates quickly after the curler shade driver was added to the hub. I didn’t waste a second and proceed to replace. Generally, firmware updates would resolve bugs and potential causes when the machine has surprising behaviour. It takes roughly 15 minutes to put in the most recent firmware for the shade driver E1 and comparatively quicker for the Digicam Hub G3. It’s possible you’ll contemplate brewing a cup of espresso or performing some stretching whereas ready for the replace to finish 🙂


Mixed with a gateway, this curler shade driver is ready to obtain instructions despatched out of your cell. Nonetheless, what I’m actually enthusiastic about is the automation characteristic.

I’ve a listing of eventualities for the shade driver E1 to motion when sure standards are met. Let’s see how Aqara House achieves these duties for me. 

Situation A – Preserve the shades closed when:
  1. It’s sunny, and;
  2. The outside temperature is above 30°C, and;
  3. Through the day time, and;
  4. I’m at house
Situation B – Open the shades to 70% when:
  1. It’s raining, and;
  2. Through the day time, and;
  3. I’m at house
Situation C – The shades are closed when:
  1. throughout nighttime, or; 
  2. I’m not at house


This machine truly breaks my very own document of the size of opinions of all time. As a consequence of private causes, this evaluation is delayed for weeks. Nonetheless, it additionally offers me some further time to verify the consistency and reliability of the automation. My verdict is, it really works like a allure. So far as I can keep in mind, that is in all probability the one time that I’ve not had any single downside throughout the evaluation, and that’s unbelievably spectacular. 

What’s good, and what’s unhealthy?

The design of the curler shade driver E1 is easy and sensible. The double-sided stick tape is a salvation military for individuals who don’t need to drill holes within the wall. In actual fact, I had a priority earlier than utilizing the sticky tape and nervous about whether or not the necessity to drill or not, it is because the shade chains in my home are comparatively tight to tug. That seems to be an unfounded fear after virtually three months of use. The rotating plate is highly effective and in a position to preserve efficient management of the chain beads, simply be certain that to make use of the appropriate plate to suit the beads. 

As for the draw back, I puzzled my mind and might solely consider one tiny hiccup. Through the configuration of eventualities, I used to be confused by ‘Time’ and ‘Appearing Time’ for a part of the situations to be met. For some cause, after I set a ‘Time’, I couldn’t save the state of affairs efficiently. Other than that, the shade driver E1 is an ideal resolution so as to add good management for the curler shades. 

Oh, I virtually forgot. the Aqara curler shade driver comes with a USB Kind-C charging port. The built-in battery can last as long as 2 months with a full cost. You don’t have to fret about charging the machine each few weeks.

One other matter chances are you’ll want to bear in mind is, the Aqara curler shade driver can not be part of the community by itself. With out the hub, it will merely act as a two-button controller to open and shut the shade. Nonetheless, the excellent news is, Aqara gives some selections for the gateway to work with the shade driver. I’ll listing them under in your reference. 

Ought to I purchase one? 

I might extremely advocate attempting this product in addition to Aqara’s ecosystem. This curler shade driver is an honest resolution for each family to think about so long as you’ve got a window shade/blind with a beaded wire. It doesn’t require any prior abilities or expertise for the set up. You will see that the Aqara House to be an intuitive, and noob-proof software to make use of. However take note, this shade driver works greatest when getting used with an Aqara hub. The essential mannequin Aqara Hub E1 ought to do the job in the event you want to preserve the associated fee consistent with your price range. 

As I discussed earlier, this good shade driver has been commissioned for 3 months, and I’ve by no means had any points with it throughout this era. It is a well-polished product that streamlines your every day exercise with the minimal effort and, has confirmed to be a dependable helper to my house. 

Much like a safety digital camera and, for merchandise on this class, I might count on them to work constantly for couple of years. From this satisfying consequence after three months, I’m satisfied that the Aqara Curler Shade Driver is absolutely able to delivering the companies I requested for. It’s actually easy to put in and enjoyable to make use of. 

Costs and the place to get them

Aqara Curler Shade Driver E1 is accessible in Australia for $119.99. 

Here’s a listing of locations the place you possibly can store for this merchandise:

There are some choices for the Aqara gateway (hub) you possibly can simply discover on Aqara’s official web site:

Aqara Hub E1 ($49.99) / Aqara Hub M2 ($99.99) / Aqara Digicam Hub G2H Professional ($119.99) / Aqara Digicam Hub G3 ($194.99)


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