Category: Smart Home

Robot Vacuum Mapping: How This Technology Revolutionizes Home Cleaning

Robot Vacuum Mapping: How Does It Work? For us parents, cleaning is a necessary chore, especially if you have kids in the house. A few years ago, I was looking for a vacuum cleaner to help me clean the floor regularly. Through extensive online research, I found out that some of them aren't worth trying. Some models had horrible reviews because all they do is wander aimlessly and force you to do the cleaning yourself. Fortunately, many enhancements have been done to robot vacuum over the last few years. Today, many high-end models are powered with advanced mapping technology...

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EufyCam 2 Review – The incredible battery life justifies the cost vs EufyCam 2C

I have previously reviewed the EufyCam E and the EufyCam 2C, with the 2C being my favourite wireless surveillance camera to date. The EufyCam 2 is the more expensive model, but the true successor to the EufyCam E I reviewed last year, with an incredible 365-day battery life. eufy Security eufyCam 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System,365-Day Battery Life, HD 1080p, IP67 Weatherproof, Night Vision, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, 2-Cam Kit,No Monthly Fee £349.99 Buy on Amazon Sale eufy Security, eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Camera System, 180-Day Battery Life, HD 1080p, IP67 Weatherproof, Night Vision, Compatible with Amazon...

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Ultion Smart Lock Review – The best smart home lock I have reviewed to date (All in one Z-Wave Danalock by Brisant Secure)

I have covered smart locks quite a lot in the past, it is an area of smart home technology I have always loved the thought of but it has never seemed to gain much traction in the mainstream market, unlike lighting or home heating. I have already reviewed the Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock and the Nuki Smart Lock. Both are excellent in their own right, but both have a few niggles that the Ultion Smart Lock potentially addresses. Smart Lock popularity in the UK One of the significant issues in the UK has been lack of compatibility...

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Hikvision DS-2CD2386G2-I 8MP Acusense turret IP camera Review – Colour Night Vision CCTV with AI detection

Most of the CCTV / home surveillance reviews I have done have been for affordable consumer products. However, after being impressed with the night time performance of the H.View HV-500G2V5 5MP colour night vision camera and installing BlueIris, I have become a little obsessed with wanting to upgrade my cameras. The Hikvision DS-2CD2386G2-I is one of the latest cameras for the world biggest name in the industry. The G2 at the end of the product number gives away the generation. I will preface this review by saying if you are running BlueIris, then you probably don't need the generation...

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Top 4 Best Apps to Monitor Your Electricity Consumption

Would you like to minimize the amount of power that your home or small business is using? First off, you can compare and shop for Texas Electricity Companies to make sure you pay reasonable rates and don't overspend. Then, consider reducing the costs while sticking to the services you are already using. It is no secret that the process of cutting back on the monthly electricity expenses starts by monitoring them. Then comes the analyzing part where you see how the energy is consumed around your home, compare monthly fees, notice what you pay for the most, and understand...

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Eufy RoboVac G30 vs G30 Edge vs 30c vs 30 – New robotic vacuum cleaners from Anker continue confusing product lineup

I love Anker and its various sub-brands including Nebula, Souncore, and the smart home orientate eufy. I have reviewed a few eufy RoboVacs now, they are all excellent, but eufy has one fo the most confusing product lineups in the robotic vacuum cleaner industry. 12 different models currently available Currently, on the UK website for eufy, they have 7 different models, with two new models launching from Monday wi Search on Amazon for eufy RoboVac it is even more confusing with 12 separate listings. With no logical naming convention There is not even a great deal of logic applied...

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Modern Access Control Systems for Your Smart Home

Are you looking to build a smart home? Creating a modern living space starts with ensuring safe, secure entry. Contemporary access control systems (also known as keyless entry systems) secure your private space from unwanted visitors while providing a smooth and pleasing entry experience to your friends and family. They also deliver a great first impression of your futuristic paradise. Modern home security systems make use of credentials such as codes, FOB, key cards, or biometrics to provide convenient and quick access to people you authorize. They also monitor and record the movement of people entering the house. Let’s...

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Ezviz C3A HD 1080P Wire-Free Security Camera Review

I have reviewed a lot of Ezviz products in the past year, or so, they have one of the most comprehensive ranges of home surveillance on the market. One thing they did not have was a battery-powered wireless camera, which is a little odd considering how popular this market is. Now that has changed with the launch of the Wire-Free C3A Camera. It is a slightly strange concept, the cameras themselves work individually similar to how Reolink works, but then you can pair the camera with a base station to improve performance (similar to Arlo and Eufy) Ezviz C3A...

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Arlo Video Doorbell finally comes to the UK for £179.99 undercutting Ring & Google Nest Hello

I love smart video doorbells, they are probably one of my favourite bits of new technology in recent years as I used to miss the doorbell all the time which is very inconvenient due to the nature of my work. While the home surveillance market has become completely saturation, good options for video doorbells are far less common and they are even rarer in the UK. Ring has dominated the industry for years, but they have had a poor time with their brand image recently with concerns over their privacy. They seem to have addressed these problems now, but...

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Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera (Presence) gets upgraded with Siren – Pre-order now for £319.99

I reviewed the Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera (formerly Netatmo Presence) just over a year ago, and it has been one of the best surveillance cameras I have reviewed, and I still use it today. Netatmo was one of, if not the first companies to offer AI object detection with their camera, the indoor one is smart enough to recognise peoples faces, while the outdoor one will recognise people in general, animals, cars and normal motion. This allows the camera to send far more accurate alerts to you while still recording general motion. It was also one of the first...

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What is the best portable air conditioning unit in the UK? Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide 2020

Weather-wise we have had an amazing Spring, shame about everything else. Hopefully, as the lockdown eases the weather will continue to be amazing through summer which will may make the current situation marginally easier. However, with warm weather comes warm nights and uncomfortable sleeping, and there is nothing worse than a bad nights sleep. For me it has a significant impact on my mental health, not what I need right now. Personally I use a fan to help with sleep, if you buy one with a large number of speed settings you can normally get it running silently and...

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Anova Sous-Vide Precision Cooker 2.0 Review – I am a sous-vide convert, but it’s not cheap Score 85%

Anova Sous-Vide Precision Cooker 2.0 Review – I am a sous-vide convert, but it’s not cheap

Anybody that has ever watched a cooking show will be aware of sous vide cooking. The name makes it sound pretentious, and then the concept of cooking your food in a plastic bag of water doesn't sound all that appealing. With the promise of perfect results, it is something I have always wanted to try, but in the past, the devices themselves have been quite expensive, and I feared it would end up being another gadget neglected in my cupboards after a few weeks. While that may still happen in the future, for now, I have loved it my...

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