The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

Originally posted in March 2018, I have now updated the post for 2019 to reflect some of the new tech and suggestions. This includes some reader recommendations too In the past couple of years, the home automation industry has boomed, and the traditional Z-wave based systems have lost ground to the new wave of AI-based … Read more

Anker Roav Viva – Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger Review – Voice control navigation and music control

If you can’t control it with your voice is it even worth buying? Love it or loathe it, Amazon Alexa is taking over the world. What started off as a fun voice-controlled speaker has expanded to included wall clocks, microwaves and more. So, it may come as no surprise that Anker under their sub-brand Roav … Read more

Yale launches Sync Smart Home Alarm an Alexa enabled alarm that integrates with Philips Hue for visual warnings

There are a lot of smart security cameras on the market, apart from Yale not many other companies are innovating security in the smart home. I have previously covered their Keyless Connected Smart Lock, and Yale also has a multi-point Conexis L1 lock and handle that can replace your main uPVC door lock. Along with these locks, … Read more

Alexa in everything: AmazonBasics Microwave & Amazon wall clock both feature Amazon Alexa

Amazon has launched a bevvy of new products, expanding their smart hardware set up considerably. It appears Amazon maybe throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks because 2 of the products are a little left field. While they are not the first company to get into the smart appliance game it appears to … Read more

Make your Smart House System Smarter With a Mobile App.

For smart homes to uphold their intelligence, it is necessary that its smart devices are responsive and perfectly interconnected. Without this, it ceases to be a smart home and becomes a pain. In the contemporary household where convenience is the number one thought, we find that it is possible to interconnect most devices and gadgets. … Read more

Sonos Beam – Finally a Sonos soundbar with HDMI

Sonos produce some great speakers, and the soundbar and soundbase are superb options if you have invested in Sonos already. The problem with them is that they use optical and if you are a movie geek this is not the best option for audio as it isn’t compatible with some audio standards. Sonos have finally announced … Read more

Netgear Arlo expands range with new Security Light System

Netgear Arlo has been a huge success with its Arlo range of devices, and they are now even breaking it off to be its own business, losing the Netgear branding. Home security cameras do a good job of night-time recording nowadays, but apart from the IR LEDs they don’t really help scare off potential intruders. … Read more

Inkerscoop WiFi Smart Living Power Strip Review

I have previously reviewed the fantastic TP-Link HS110 smart plug, which I now have 3 of. They are great for powering down devices on a schedule or via Alexa and allows me to fully power down my office room at night and have everything switched on when I get there in the morning. As usual … Read more

Ultimate Ears Megablast Review – Bluetooth, Waterproof, Portable Alexa Speaker!

Ultimate Ears are sub-brand of Logitech after being bought out by them in 2008. Initially, they started out as a custom IEM, and they entered the portable speaker market in 2013 with the UE Boom. The terribly named Ultimate Ears Megablast is their latest offering and is an IP67 rated portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker with … Read more

Brilliant light switches into connected home automation hubs: CES 2018

I think this has to be my favourite smart home tech so far at CES this year. The Brilliant light switch/home automation hub, converts and existing light socket into a hub for all your home automation devices. As you would expect one of the primary functions is to control your lights, but the built-in 5” … Read more

LG ThinQ Smart Kitchen – Alexa powered smart fridge, oven and dishwasher all talk to each other

The smart kitchen has been on the precipice of going mainstream for years now. Samsung launched their excellent smart washer several years ago, and I saw Haier demoing a smart fridge back in 2013. With the massive success of Alexa, home automation seems to have been embraced by the public, and as a result, manufacturers … Read more

Amazon Echo Look Announced – An Alexa powered smart camera to replace your mirror

Alexa has been a huge hit for Amazon so it is no surprise they want to expand their Alexa powered products further. What we didn’t expect was an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you just have to ask the Look … Read more

Google Home Review

Google Home has finally landed in the UK after being available in America for the last few months. Does this smart speaker live up to the hype, and more importantly can it compete with Alexa? As most of you will be aware, Google Home is a small speaker with built-in microphones that can detect audio … Read more

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