Aqara Smart Home Launches Official Amazon Store – 10% discount code with new Aqara Camera Hub G2H available for £58.49

Aqara which is, or at least was, one of Xiaomi’s subsidiaries has been a popular smart home system for many users looking for an affordable solution for while now. In the early days, this meant buyers were importing products from various grey import sites such as AliExpress. In recent years the brand has expanded into … Read more

Ezviz BC1 Battery Powered security camera launched with a better spec than the Eufy 2C with colour night vision, 365-day battery & human detection

Last year I reviewed the Ezviz C3A battery-powered security camera. It was good, just not as good as the Eufy 2C or Eufy 2. Now Ezviz is back with what appears to be a very well specced camera that is highly competitive against the rest of the market. Ezviz BC1 Features The new Ezviz BC1 … Read more

How much does it cost to run a portable air conditioner, and how quickly does it cool a room?

With the temperatures continuing to soar and the Met Office issuing an extreme heat warning, many of us have been looking to buy a portable air conditioning unit. If, like me, you are vaguely aware of these, you will know they cost a lot to run, they are loud, they are big and awkward to … Read more

What is the best portable air conditioning unit in the UK? Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide 2021

[Updated 17-July-2021] This is an updated post from 2020. With the weather hotting up it has once again become unpleasant to sleep so I have been looking for the best aircon available to buy right now. – With warm weather comes warm nights and uncomfortable sleeping, and there is nothing worse than a bad nights … Read more

Can Savant Home Automation Make My Home Safer?

In recent years, more and more homeowners have been falling in love with smart home technology. While smart home tech can revolutionize your life at home, it can also become quickly overwhelming when you have countless remotes for all your new devices. This is why companies like Savant Home Automation have engineered advanced home automation … Read more

Reolink RLC-510WA Review – An affordable 5MP Wi-Fi security camera with person/vehicle detection

The Reolink RLC-510WA was announced back in March. Similar to most of the recent Reolink launches, the main feature upgrade here is the new smart object detection for people and vehicles, allowing you to minimise notifications and make it easier to find recorded events. The RLC-410W would be the likely camera this replaces, so you … Read more

Yeedi Vac Station Initial Review – An affordable robot vacuum with visual smart mapping & auto-emptying

In a few days time the Yeedi Vac Station wil be available to buy with an RRP of $499 but a $100 early-bird coupon available for anyone that subscribes to their newsletter. I was quite excited about trying out this robotic vacuum and had planned to do a full review of it. Unfortunately, the review … Read more

The best smart mapping robotic vacuums for multi-room cleaning in the UK [Camera vSLAM & LiDAR Mapping]

Robot vacuums have boomed in popularity in recent years, for good reason, no one enjoys vacuuming. I have reviewed a lot of robotic vacuums, most of them being Eufy RoboVac vacuums, but also other brands. I use the Eufy daily in my kitchen, and it has worked amazing. However, it doesn’t clean all the rooms … Read more

SwitchBot Smart Humidifier Review – An affordable smart humidifier with IFTTT and voice integration

Following on from yesterdays SwitchBot Bot review, I have also been using their smart humidifier. This is not currently discounted on Amazon UK for Prime Day, but it is is available directly from SwitchBot for just £24.60 vs £45 on Amazon. Features: Set the desired humidification efficiency from 1-100% 3.5L/0.9Gal tank, it can work up … Read more

SwitchBot Bot Review – An innovative & affordable smart home solution

The SwitchBot Bot has been around for about 3 years on Amazon, originally funded on Kickstarter. The Bot is a simple and relatively affordable way to add smart home controls to your old none smart devices. The device itself is battery operated and sticks onto whatever device you plan to automate. When activated, a little … Read more

Reolink Prime Day Deals – 25-30% off, including RLC-820A & RLC-810A 4K PoE CCTV Camera +Reolink Go 4G camera

Amazon Prime day for 2021 will run from the 21st of June until the 22nd. It is a great time to pick up certain products. Amazon regularly discounts all the tech from companies they own, including Ring security products and Echo devices. Many other companies get in on the action too. Reolink will have at … Read more

Realme Announce Watch 2 & Watch 2 Pro for £70 & £50 + New LiDAR mapping TechLife Robot Vaccum for £260

As part of the Realme GT 5G launch, Realme announced the launch of three new AIoT products – the Realme watch 2 & 2 Pro and the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum – as part of an accelerated AIoT product strategy for the next five years. The TechLife robot vacuum sounds particularily interesting, a LiDAR equipped … Read more

SpotCam Video Doorbell 2 Review – Can a £90 video doorbell compete vs Ring, Eufy & Arlo?

I love video doorbells; they are one of my favourite pieces of smart tech. However, they can be quite expensive; the latest Ring Video Doorbell 4 and the Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell are both £179. The SpotCam Video Doorbell 2 comes in at a much more wallet-friendly £89 with the added bonus of including … Read more

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell now compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa & Siri

Netatmo is an unusual company in the world of tech; they don’t seem to have a big yearly launch cycle introducing dozens of new products with refreshes of old. For example, I am now on the Ring Video Doorbell 4. Instead, they seem regularly roll out upgrades for existing hardware. The latest upgrade is for … Read more

Haier FD 70 SERIES 7 Fridge Freezer uses artificial intelligence and integrates with the hOn App for a smarter kitchen

I don’t typically cover white goods, but I have previously expressed my frustration at how slow smart home tech has taken to enter the kitchen appliance market. I reviewed the Samsung WW9000 washing machine back in 2014, which was one of the first Wi-Fi-equipped smart appliances. In recent years, smart home kitchen appliances have slowly … Read more

Ring Video Doorbell 4 Review – Better than expected compared to the Video Doorbell 3 Plus

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 was announced last month and is now available to buy. On paper, it only offers incremental changes from last year, so existing users won’t feel the need to upgrade. The headline change is the rollout of colour pre-roll from the black and white on the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. … Read more