Author: James Smythe

LightwaveRF Smart Home Automation Review

Lightwave has released a new controller that is compatible with Alex and you can read the review here LightwaveRF is a UK based company specialising in home automation / smart home products. In comparison to other smart home companies, LightwaveRF seems to sit a bit in the middle ground of products they offer. There are a lot fewer sensors than Smartthings but a lot more sockets and switches to fully integrate home automation features into your home. It appears to be a less thorough system than Z wave but also easier and cheaper to implement. The LightwaveRF focusses on...

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Panasonic Viera 4K LCD TV (TX-55CR852B) Review

The CR852 is Panasonic’s top of the range model TVs featuring a curved Ultra HD 4K LED screen, quad-core processor, FireFox OS and Freeview Play. Currently priced at £1,299.00 does this TV compete with the current market leader Samsung? Design The first thing you will notice when getting the CR852 out of the box is its weight and overall unusual design. Unlike my Samsung 55-inch TV this is a surprisingly weighty TV at 26kg, which I don’t think is a bad thing. The design choices will certainly be a cause for concern for some. The TV stand stretches the...

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Huawei Mate S Review

The Huawei Mate S is one of the newest phones from the Chinese brand Huawei. While this company may not be quite the household name of Samsung, it is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, and the manufacturer of the superb Nexus 6P we reviewed recently. Priced at around £399.99 with a 5.5-inch screen the immediate question is whether this is as good as its slightly larger cousin the 6P and can the custom EMUI software compete with the pure android experience, or even other similarly priced phones from LG and Samsung. Specification Operating System Android 5.1.1...

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Competition: Win a Panasonic SC-HTB485EBK Sound Bar

To champion the latest Viera TV range, we’ve teamed up with Panasonic to offer one lucky reader a brand new Panasonic Sound Bar worth £160. You’ll be able to enjoy watching your TV with the highest quality of sound. Panasonic Viera TVs, which I got to see in IFA, Berlin, as part of the Viera VIP Club, produce stunning images and are packed with ‘4K Pro’ technology, allowing you to view TV in remarkable quality. Many Viera TVs from this year’s line up now feature 4K pro technology as standard. 4K allows content to be viewed in four times...

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Gigaset SL450A GO Wireless DECT and VOIP / SIP Phone Review

Gigaset have just launched their new SL450 wireless DECT handset with VOIP and SIP capabilities. This phone is an excellent option for small offices, shops and home offices. The basic specification of the Gigaset is: 1 Analogue connection Up to 6 VOIP lines, including SIP Up to 2 IP calls in parallel DECT/GAP Bluetooth®, Micro-USB, Headset connection 2,5 mm net worldwide telephony, Gigaset GO Apps, Online Services, E-Mail Notification 200 hours’ standby 500 address book entries Address book synchronisation Upto 6 handsets in total 240 x 320 Colour display Setting up the unit was surprisingly easy you just plug...

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