Edifier MS50A Smart Speaker Review – Spotify & Alexa but no microphone for improved privacy

Edifier has predominantly focussed on active speakers and TWS earbuds. They are now expanding into the increasingly competitive market of smart speakers. The Edifier MS50A is a good first attempt as well. It is a compelling choice thanks to its reasonably low price tag and smart speaker functionality without the privacy concerns of an always-listening … Read more

Insteon Guide: Windows 11/10 Home Hyper V installation for Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP)

Following on from my previous Insteon posts about setting up Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP) and cheap PCs to run as a server for Docker/Insteon. This post is a guide for anyone wanting to get Home Assistant Windows Portable working on a PC running Windows Home. In my HassWP original post, I installed Home Assistant … Read more

What Features are Most Common in Smart Speakers?

The term “smart” is the right term to use when describing the latest advancement in the development of smart speakers. Smart speakers play your favorite music, automatically control the electronic components of your home, and give answers to questions asked verbally by anyone inside of a house. According to the audio experts at Selby, smart … Read more

How to use Insteon devices without a cloud connection – Set up Home Assistant on Windows

Yesterday, I reported that Insteon has gone out of business and shut down all their cloud services with no notice. The Insteon app uses the Insteon servers to process the requests from the app, effectively making it useless. Things like schedules are stored on the hub, so these will continue to be processed. However, not … Read more

Insteon smart home automation servers are down & the company is believed to have gone bust

Update: I have written a basic guide on how to get Insteon working with Home Assistant on Windows. Update 2: Confirming what we already knew, Insteon has formally ceased trading and has posted a notification on the website. Users are also being contacted with a Important Notice to Creditors. It is currently being reported that … Read more

TP-Link Tapo P110 Energy Monitoring Smart Plug Review vs Kasa HS110 & KP115 – Half the Price, Almost Identical

I recently wrote a post on ways to try and reduce your electricity bills. One of the main tools I have used in identifying power-hungry devices is the now discontinued TP-Link Kasa HS110. It is a superb smart plug, and have used several of them in combination with the KP105 to monitor and control some … Read more

Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual Camera Review – The Best Doorbell Camera for 2022

I have loved most of the Eufy Security products I have reviewed in the past few years. I was first incredibly impressed with the EufyCam 2C, which had a spotlight and colour video and superb battery life, outclassing competing brands. More recently, I was equally impressed with the Eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, being … Read more

Ultenic K10 Smart Air Fryer Review – An alternative to the Proscenic T22 Smart Air Fryer

I have always loved the idea of smart kitchen tech. Being able to schedule or remote start cooking, so my food is ready for when I get home is very appealing to me. I have previously reviewed the Proscenic T21 smart air fryer, and I was impressed and still use it today. Recently Ultenic sent … Read more

We.lock Smart Lock Review [SOHO-EU] – Pin code & RFID smart lock makes this more convenient to use than Bold

We.Lock, or Welock, depending on which site you go on, is an affordable Chinese brand specialising in smart locks. They offer a wide range of locks catering for different markets. This includes locks to cater to US deadlocks and a different set of products for the EU market, which typically having a more secure multi-point … Read more

Airthings View Plus Review – An impressive 7 sensors including radon and particulate matter

Since taking an interest in Indoor Air Quality and using and reviewing air purifiers I have found my hay fever and breathing has improved quite a bit. With so many people suffering from allergies and breathing issues I think air quality is an area of health that is becoming increasingly important to people. I have … Read more

Trifo Lucy Robot Vacuum Review – Camera-based VSLAM mapping and home security

UPDATE – New Discount Offer: Available on Amazon here Before price: £299.99 After price: £219.99 (£50code+10%off code) Discount code: mightygadget Start Date: 07/03/2022 8:00 GMT End Date: 20/03/2022 23:59 GMT    There are a huge number of robot vacuums on the market nowadays, and many of them all seem to offer the same features, with few offering anything worthwhile that differentiates themselves. I have recently covered quite a few robot vacuums … Read more

Boundary Smart Alarm Review – DIY monitored smart home security to rival SimpliSafe

Boundary is a new UK based company specialising in DIY Z-Wave powered smart home security systems. This system aims to be an alternative to big names such as SimpliSafe, providing a similar set of features, including 24/7 monitoring with police response if you select the top monthly plan. Both of these brands aim to disrupt … Read more

Aqara A100 Zigbee Smart Door Lock Launched with Apple Home Key Support

At MWC 2022, Aqara has officially announced the A100 Zigbee smart door lock. On paper, it looks amazing with multiple methods of unlocking, including: Fingerprint Homekit / Siri / Google Assistnat Aqara Home User passwords and one time passwords NFC cards Then you also have a mechanical key backup, and the lock has an 18-month … Read more

Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro Review vs Philips Series 3000i

I have previously reviewed the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan and attributed its air purifying feature as a significant component in the improvement of chronic nose congestion I have suffered. I also personally own the well-reviewed Philips Series 3000i and have reviewed some cheaper air purifiers. The problem is that the Phillips and Dyson air … Read more

Bold Smart Lock Review – A different style of smart lock vs Yale Linus & Nuki

I have reviewed several smart locks now, and I still use the Yale Linus smart lock on my front door and the Ultion smart lock on my backdoor. The Bold smart lock is a relatively new option on the market that has an attractive design and works a bit differently than competing options Specification 100% … Read more

Twinkly Dots Smart LED String Announced at CES

I have been quite impressed with the Twinkly product range so far. They have expanded away from their excellent Christmas tree string lights into a more mainstream product range such as LED strips and the Twinkly Flex. As CES 2022, the company has now launched another product suitable for all year use but still works … Read more

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