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Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price
4.0 stars

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price

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The personal home security market is on the up, thanks to reduced costs and size of components required to make it all work. Now, we no longer need a dedicated room to setup recorders and monitors, all we need is a small camera and an internet connection.That's... >>

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home
4.0 stars

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home

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The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you're looking for a security system, or just a way to keep an eye on what's going on at home, connected cameras are available... >>

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera
3.5 stars

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera

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Canary's second entry into the cloud-based home security camera arena comes in the form of the Canary Flex. This new camera is designed to be versatile and easy-to-use. Place it anywhere in your home for peace of mind when you're away, or to capture footage... >>

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
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Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

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If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search. Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the number one site we all go to when we want to look up anything. Heck, most people just say "Google it".Beyond search we use Google brands for a... >>

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

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Apple has once again entered the speaker market launching the Apple HomePod, a speaker with Siri built-in that plans to take on not only the Amazon Echo and Google Home but advanced systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected... >>

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
4.5 stars

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right

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Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... >>

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?
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Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?

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Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more popular with several big players now in the market, including Dyson. Some are great, others not so much, but all of them are pricey, typically costing upwards of £600.Neato brought the cost down a little with the... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
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Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple

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Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... >>

Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera
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Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera

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The Logitech Circle camera (or Logi Circle if you're on board with the new branding) is a powerful little home security cam with plenty of strings to its bow.This smart home camera is meant for more than simple security: it's a cloud-based Wi-Fi camera... >>

Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?
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Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?

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Nest has made the move from indoor security, to offering all-seeing protection for the outside of your home. Say hello to the Nest Cam Outdoor.Boasting some of the same features as its indoor Nest Cam sibling, the outdoor version is touted as offering... >>

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

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Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... >>

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

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Ring has had great success with its camera-enabled doorbell over the last year, so much so that it is expanding its product portfolio to now include a clever security cam and spotlight system that will hopefully keep intruders away.The Ring Floodlight... >>

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

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Alongside the new version of the Nvidia Shield TV, an Android Nougat-powered media streamer, the company will be launching the Nvidia Spot.It's a tiny sphere that you plug into an available power socket which works with the Shield TV box and basically... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality
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Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality

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The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more.Available for £50, it's essentially... >>

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa
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Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

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Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US back in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo has finally made its way to the UK. Hurrah.But we're not most excited about the actual speaker part.... >>

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

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It is customary for televisions or home entertainment tech to come out tops during the CES trade show in Las Vegas at the start of each year, but in January 2016, Samsung was talk of the town for its latest fridge freezer rather than its TVs.The company... >>

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

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A hair dryer is just a hairdryer isn't it? Not when it's a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer it's not. Well, that's the claim. We've been using with the new hair dryer to see whether it really is worth its £300 asking price.Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: An... >>

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
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Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

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When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... >>

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

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After what seems like years of planning, especially in the fast moving world of gadgets, Apple's solution to getting your smarthome devices talking to each other has finally arrived.Launching with iOS 10, Apple's dedicated Home app - which is the interface... >>

Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door
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Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door

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In the age of the smart home, the number of home devices being connected to the internet is expanding exponentially. Whether it's a kettle, fridge, vacuum cleaner, the central heating or - in this case - a doorbell, you can control and monitor almost... >>

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app
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Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app

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We can control our music, our heating, our lights, even the vacuum cleaner via our phone, so why not the outside tap?In steps the Hozelock Cloud Controller, a device that fits to your outside tap and then can be controlled either via an app on your phone... >>

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
5.0 stars

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works

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Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... >>

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
4.0 stars

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

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We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... >>

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?
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Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?

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Wi-Fi based home security camera options are everywhere at the moment, with the Google-owned Nest Cam not the first product with its foot in the door, so to speak. We've already seen Withings Home, Netatmo Welcome and Panasonic Nubo to name but a few.Nest... >>

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

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Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for many years now and have had varying levels of success, when it comes to autonomously cleaning floors. Few though have also offered as much fun for the owner as the LG Hom-bot Turbo+, because its augmented reality... >>

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

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Before CES started we were of the opinion that CES 2016 would be dominated by 4K TVs and Blu-ray players. But while there were plenty of excellent sets on show, two of the products that also had tongues wagging like an over-excited dog's tail were actually... >>

Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause
3.0 stars

Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause

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For the smarthome to work effectively and efficiently, you need sensors. There's no way around it. Elgato Eve delivers just that: a number of sensors for you to monitor your home and then have that information relayed to your phone (it's Apple iOS only... >>

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

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Tefal has created a new cooking appliance that promises to be the one kitchen gadget to rule them all.Rather than focusing in on one specific task, such as a mixer or a blender, the Tefal Cuisine Companion tries to do the lot. The company says it can... >>

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

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Noke has gone all the way from Kickstarter project to fully fledged product that anyone can buy. It brings the lock from the time of keys into the future of lights and Bluetooth.The Noke smartlock aims to make keys obsolete sending away with them the... >>

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

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Like father, like son. Jake Dyson is an inventor and engineer extraordinaire. And like father James, Jake's products are fresh and innovative in their category.But the difference between a Jake Dyson product and something from the main Dyson brand is... >>

Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?
4.5 stars

Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?

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The Neato Botvac Connected is by no means the first robot vacuum cleaner to grace us with its presence and it isn't likely to be the last, but it does offer something different to many of its competitors: Wi-Fi.The Botvac Connected, once paired to a... >>

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality
4.5 stars

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality

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Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas.Hive Active Heating... >>

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand
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Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand

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What goes on in your house when you're not there? That's the question that Canary is here to answer with its £159 smart home security system.It sits at home and watches. It watches for movement and, should it sense some kind of tremor in the Force, it... >>

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

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Philips has introduced a new bridge for the Hue lighting system that adds Apple HomeKit functionality to the experience. The move means Apple users can now simply tell their lights to do things without touching their phone, opening the app, or pressing... >>

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?
4.0 stars

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?

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Go back five years and you would have probably laughed if someone told you smartphone or smartwatch-controlled lighting in your home, such as the Osram Lightify, would be a thing one day. Well it is a thing now, and a big thing at that.Philips Hue launched... >>

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

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Since Internet of Things device manufacturer SmartThings was bought by Samsung a year ago, many wondered if the Korean company would close the ecosystem and use it predominantly for its own smarthome growth ambitions. However, that couldn't be further... >>

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

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Increasing numbers of smart home monitoring cameras are available from numerous manufacturers, but all rely on Wi-Fi connectivity. The Panasonic Nubo does things differently, as the world's first 4G home monitoring camera. And we got to check one out... >>

Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are
4.0 stars

Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are

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Smarthome cameras are funny things, always on and always watching. Some love the idea of them, while others are less keen – and we can understand why they divide opinion. It's that thought of being spied on by parents, partners or family members.Of... >>

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

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Dyson has updated its bladeless Hot + Cool fan technology to devise a new model that not only blows warm or cold air into a room as the AM05 we saw in 2013, but also has two ways it can stream the air so it can be focused either at an individual or spread... >>

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

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Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range.With the majority of Hue products you require a... >>

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>