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

JBL Link View Review – A Google Assistant Smart Display with excellent audio

With the success of the Amazon Echo Show, it was inevitable that Google and others follow suit with their versions. With Google, this came via third parties initially in the form of the LG Smart Display and the JBL Link. This has now been complemented by Googles own Home Hub and the newly announced LG … Read more

JBL Link Bar with Android TV & Google Assistant Announced

JBL has announced an interesting all in one solution that will no doubt appeal to a lot of people. The JBL Link Bar is a soundbar with Google Assistant and Android TV built into it – allowing you to reduce the clutter around your TV by having one device rather than 2. With the system … 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

Amazon Echo Spot Review

The Echo Spot was finally released in the UK this week and can either been seen as a budget mini Echo Show or very expensive Echo Dot with a screen. Does it find a comfortable middle ground between the two devices? While the Echo Show is large and ugly, the Echo Spot can only be … Read more

Home Automation Christmas Gift Guide 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.91″ background_layout=”light”] Thanks to Amazon Echo devices and Google Home the home automation trend has boomed this year. So, what are the best gifts to get for the people wanting to get into home automation? Smart Assistant / Speakers The first obvious choice is a smart speaker/assistant with the following options: [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column … Read more

Black Friday 2017 – Amazon Echo & Google Home Discounts

Both Amazon and Goole are offering good discounts on their smart speaker products. On Amazon, you can pick up the new Echo and Echo Dot for £69.99 and £34.99, respectively. Amazon is selling the excellent TP-Link Plug for just £9.99 (usually £29.99) when bought with any Echo device. If you prefer the Google ecosystem then … Read more

Google disables touch-activated listening on Home Mini due to 25/7 recording issues

The Google Home Mini isn’t even being shipped yet, but one of the review samples sent to Artem Russakovskii from Android Authority had a serious bug with it that was recording sounds in his house 24/7. He noticed the bug because the device would flash its lights even if he hadn’t issued the OK Google … Read more

Sonos One Launched: The Sonos Smart Speaker

With Amazon, Google, and Apple all having smart speakers now, it was inevitable that the multi-room streaming specialist Sonos would enter the market. The Sonos One is essentially a Sonos Play 1 but with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in. In 2018, Sonos says it will support Google’s Assistant, too. Available for pre-order now and priced … 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

CES 2017: NVIDIA announces new Shield TV console, with Google Assistant support.

The stock of the original NVIDIA shield has been dwindling the past few months, so it probably comes as no surprise that a new one has been announced at CES 2017. The new Shield TV doesn’t appear to have had any major upgrades to its internals, though specifics are vague at the moment. We don’t … Read more

Google Home Believed to be $130 at Launch. 4K Chromecast $70

We heard about Google Home at the annual I/O developer conference, it is basically a smart spear in direct competition to the Amazon Echo. It is a logical step for Google too, Goole Music is a big service for them, and Google Now is a voice assistant they have been pushing hard the past couple … Read more