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

Aqara announces Matter based motion sensor & door/window sensor. Hubs to be updated to work with Matter & ZigBee seamlessly

I have been impressed with the Aqara products I have reviewed recently. The Zigbee based system is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable way to set up a smart home. While Zigbee is a fantastic smart home protocol, there is a new kid on the block called Matter, which is backed by the Zigbee … Read more

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

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2021 Discounts Many of the brands I have discussed below have some excellent Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts. These include: All the Yale Linus range have 25% off taking them down to the lowest price ever on Amazon according to Keepa. This includes: Yale Linus is reduced from around … Read more

Ring Smart Alarm vs Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm vs Somfy Home Alarm vs Simplisafe vs Netatmo – Which is the Best Smart Alarm in the UK – With Black Friday Deals

Black Friday 2021 Deals It is that time of year again. Most companies are offering some big discounts and this could likely swing your opinion for one of the below systems I have compared. Yale Black Friday All the Yale Sync systems on Amazon currently have a discount. The Yale IA-320 Sync Smart Home Alarm … Read more

Best Smart Thermostatic Radiator Valves – Programmable TRVs with WiFi / Bluetooth to save on heating costs this winter

Following on from my smart electric radiator post, this post covers smart programmable radiator valves. Most press coverage and advertising focus on smart thermostats, which allow you to control your boiler via an app and, in some cases, set up various automation. Quite frequently, this coverage makes grand claims about how you will save money … Read more

Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1 Review – Smart Home Automated Blinds on the Cheap

Shortly after reviewing the £1k+ Luxaflex PowerView automatic blinds, Aqara offered me a more affordable alternative, the new Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1. This is an adaptor that will convert existing roller blinds that have a beaded chain into automatic blinds. As the Luxaflex blinds let in too much light during the daytime, I decided … Read more

Luxaflex PowerView Smart Home Blinds Review

Most of the smart home tech I cover leans towards the more affordable end of the spectrum that most consumers can implement themselves. However, higher-end products are always in demand giving buyers more options. I recently was had the chance to try out Luxaflex PowerView for a basic installation in my spare bedroom. This is … Read more

Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 EU Double Rocker Review – EU/UK smart light switch with no neutral wire

Following my review of the Aqara Camera Hub G2H, I have been checking out the Aqara M2 Smart Hub and the new Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1. The Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 model I have used is the no neutral, double rocker EU variant. It is exactly the same as the standard H1, but … Read more

Aqara Smart Home Launches Official Amazon Store – 10% discount code with new Aqara Camera Hub G2H available for £58.49

Aqara has been a popular smart home system for many users looking for an affordable solution for a while now. In the early days, this meant buyers were importing products from various grey import sites such as AliExpress. In recent years the brand has expanded into the European market, with a large range of official … Read more

Ezviz BC1 Battery Powered security camera launched with a better spec than the Eufy 2C with colour night vision, 365-day battery & human detection

Last year I reviewed the Ezviz C3A battery-powered security camera. It was good, just not as good as the Eufy 2C or Eufy 2. Now Ezviz is back with what appears to be a very well specced camera that is highly competitive against the rest of the market. Ezviz BC1 Features The new Ezviz BC1 … 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

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 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

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