Digital mirrors are the new hot tech among inventors. That’s what DGMK and IronShark thought and developed such a smart mirror DIRROR. We were able to test beta version over the past week. Our conclusion is given at end.
Over-sized tablet with mirror display (+ video)
Checking the weather forecast and a few e-mails in the morning while brushing your teeth, planning the quickest way to work and snapping a few headlines for small talk in the office – something like that, developed by Google employee Max Braun in January 2016. Similar tinkering has been circulating ever since – one cooler than the other.
Smart mirror DIRROR has chosen a slightly different approach: Here it is not a mirror that is turned into a smart mirror, but an over-sized Windows 10 tablet. The rather massive variant with a 27-inch display is 1,390 euros, the smaller 23-inch model costs 1,190 euros and the 10.1-inch model is still just under 600 euros.
Good technology installed, many areas of application
The price can be explained – at least in part – by the built-in technology: Windows 10, 128 GB memory, 4 GB RAM, Intel Atom-X7-Z8700 with 2.4 GHz clocking and four cores, WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 make the DIRROR quite a fixed and smooth running design object.
And as such, it has to be seen in view of the price and look. The areas of application are diverse – in the kitchen as a central whiteboard for the family, in the office for the latest news or in the living room as a control center for smart home or entertainment. Smart mirror DIRROR calls these application purposes itself.
Mirror is only moderately good, spontaneous use is eliminated
Only in the bathroom does the DIRROR not make so much sense – the mirror is only moderately good. This is mainly due to the mirror display, which is darker than a normal mirror and – logically – smudged at some point by the touch. In addition, I would not know if I would hang a 1,390 euro mirror full of technology in the bathroom, where there is also a bit of humidity.
The DIRROR is switched on and off via a toggle switch. According to the operating instructions, it is explicitly not designed for continuous operation. The start process then unfortunately always takes a few minutes until DIRROR and Windows 10 are at operating temperature. This means that spontaneous use is practically eliminated.
Not enough variety in design
The big advantage of the DIRROR is of course Windows 10. If you want to fill out many different applications with the device without having to fiddle around forever (see Max Braun), you will be happy with the DIRROR. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, emails, browsers, weather, games, diagrams or the periodic table – the App Store is known to have a lot to offer. But who actually stands in front of the wall and checks his Twitter feed using a mirror? Questionable.
In terms of design, I would also like more variety. Smart mirror DIRROR is currently available in light, medium and dark brown, each with a very bulky frame. On the one hand, this has the advantage of hiding the technology well. On the other hand, it does not necessarily make the device compatible with every facility. In my facility, which is very clearly structured and minimalistic, I didn’t think of many places during the test where I would like to hang it.
Via Bluetooth to more input options
It gets exciting when you get DIRROR really actively integrated into your (working) everyday life. For this one should be able to connect keyboards or speakers with Bluetooth 4.0. But also here: When do you really need that? I can only think of two really suitable applications: as a modern jukebox and eye-catcher at a party or for artists and museums, in order to display the works of art in a slightly different way or to be able to interact with them.
The applications mentioned by DIRROR (see above) are nice, but personally not worth 600, 1,200 or 1,400 euros to me. I am excited to see how and whether the Smart mirror DIRROR can prevail. I type: At first only as a collector’s item for nerds with the necessary change. But: The market is open, let’s see what’s coming.