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

The Best Smart Locks for uPVC External Doors With Multi-Point Locks in the UK

A quick Google search for the best smart locks in the UK reveals a lot of poor advice that is not tailored to the UK market. You have plenty of night latch options available, including the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock; these are excellent but generally not the primary lock used on our external doors. … Read more

Netatmo Smart Outdoor Cameras now work with Apple HomeKit Secure Video

The Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera (formerly Presence) was one of the first floodlight cameras to enter the market and it is still one of the best. While Netatmo haven’t flooded the market with new devices each year (currently just 7 options in their security range) they have continued to improve things over the years. The … Read more

Reolink Argus 2E Review – The cheapest battery-powered outdoor Wi-Fi camera on the market

Following on from the review of the flagship Reolink Argus 3 Pro, I have also been testing the most affordable option in the range, the Reolink Argus 2E. Priced at around £65 with no need for a home base, this is one of the cheapest brand name options on the market. Specification Video Resolution: 1080p … Read more

The Best Affordable Smart Home Technology and System For 2021

Most of us think that having a smart home means a newly constructed house with very complicated systems.  It’s a myth! The idea of a smart home is simple yet beneficial. It simply means that your place has smart home technology that connects with your appliances.  It automates common tasks and can program almost every … Read more

Annke C800 Zoom Review: 4K 8MP & 4x optical zoom for business surveillance that is an affordable alternative to Hikvision

The Annke C800 Zoom is a slight departure from my regular POE camera reviews as I would regard it as a more business orientated camera ideal for providing surveillance for SMBs. Annke C800 Zoom Specification & Features Image Sensor:1/2.5″ Sony STARVIS IMX274 Image Sensor              Video Resolution: 8MP (3840 X [email protected]/15 fps) Video Compression: H.265+/H.265/H.264+/H.264 Lens: … Read more

Reolink Argus 3 Pro Review – A great alternative vs Eufy 2C & Arlo Pro 3

The new Argus 3 Pro sits at the top of the range for the wireless cameras from Reolink. Compared to the Argus 3, you now get 2K video, and this is the first wireless camera from the brand to offer person/vehicle detection. Specification Image Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS Sensor Video Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (4.0 Megapixels) … Read more

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