Latest smart home reviews

Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max By Maggie Tillman

Updated The biggest Google Home speaker is the loudest of the lot, and also the priciest, at £399. Is it the best smart assistant speaker to buy?... Read more

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo? By Maggie Tillman

Updated Google Home has and continues to mature since it first launched. If you don't mind waiting for its full potential, it's the voice-assistant speaker to get.... Read more

What is the Pocket-lint daily and how do you get it for free?
What is the Pocket-lint daily and how do you get it for free? By Stuart Miles

Pocket-lint daily is a new daily tech newsletter curated by Stuart Miles, Pocket-lint's founder. Find out how to get it every morning. Read more

Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time By Maggie Tillman

This clock is as simple as it sounds: check the time and use Alexa to set timers. You'll need another official Echo device though.... Read more

Google Nest Hub review: The new hub of your smart home?
4.5 stars Google Nest Hub review: The new hub of your smart home? By Britta O'Boyle

The Google Assistant centre for your smart home: the Nest Hub is the always connected central point to control smart devices, watch YouTube and more.... Read more

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker
4.0 stars Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker By Cam Bunton

The Google Home Mini, is a smaller model of the Google Home that takes a similar design approach with all the same features. Here is our review.... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm By Chris Hall

The Echo Plus is a better Echo all-round than the standard version, but we have to say we preferred last year's design that distinguished it from the... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
3.5 stars Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa? By Chris Hall

If you want to dip your toe into the world of Alexa, the Echo might seem like the obvious choice. But what is it really like?... Read more

BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device
3.0 stars BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device By Adrian Willings

Read our thoughts on the BT Smart Home Cam. An affordable, easy-to-use smart home camera with some weird and wonderful features.... Read more

Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough
3.5 stars Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough By Stuart Miles

Right now it's just a speaker that sounds amazing, but that isn't very smart with its Siri integration.... Read more

iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal
4.5 stars iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal By Britta O'Boyle

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the latest all-singing, all-dancing robot vacuum from iRobot. Here's our review.... Read more

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Honey, I shrunk the screen
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Honey, I shrunk the screen By Dan Grabham

The Echo Show experience is getting better all the time and this is a great entry point. Sure, there are some compromises, but it's value for money.... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot By Chris Hall

A perfect connected bedside companion... Read more

Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner review: A class cleaning performance
5.0 stars Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner review: A class cleaning performance By Adrian Willings

The Roborock S6 is the a flagship robot vacuum cleaner and a wonderful cleaning device that's a fantastic addition to your cleaning arsenal.... Read more

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

With welcome software enhancements and much better audio as well as that larger screen, the Echo Show is getting serious. But is it worth buying?... Read more

Arlo Ultra review: First-class security camera brings 4K HDR
4.0 stars Arlo Ultra review: First-class security camera brings 4K HDR By Chris Hall

The Ultra is a jump in quality, with a great wide-angle lens and 4K high dynamic range capture. It's expensive, but outshines much of the competition.... Read more

Lenovo Smart Clock review: Better than a classic or just overkill?
4.0 stars Lenovo Smart Clock review: Better than a classic or just overkill? By Mike Lowe

A bedside alarm clock with Google Assistant voice integration, this Lenovo just made the alarm clock part of a smarter home setup.... Read more

Google Nest Hub Max initial review: Putting the Echo Show on notice
Google Nest Hub Max initial review: Putting the Echo Show on notice By Chris Hall

The Nest Hub Max is a great addition to Google's collection of home devices, bringing a great new screen and a whole host of new features... Read more

Netgear Orbi Voice review: Whole home Mesh Wi-Fi with Alexa smarts
4.0 stars Netgear Orbi Voice review: Whole home Mesh Wi-Fi with Alexa smarts By Adrian Willings

Netgear Orbi Voice is a satellite system for Mesh Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. It also features Amazon Alexa and Harman Kardon speakers.... Read more

Dyson V11 Absolute review: Cordless cleaning done right
5.0 stars Dyson V11 Absolute review: Cordless cleaning done right By Stuart Miles

The V11 is a cordless vacuum cleaner complete with multiple heads and a LCD display to inform about battery life and modes. How well does it clean?... Read more

TP-Link Kasa Cam KC120 review: Smart home camera is affordable yet imperfect
3.5 stars TP-Link Kasa Cam KC120 review: Smart home camera is affordable yet imperfect By Adrian Willings

An interesting smart home camera with plenty of features and an easy-to-use interface and a decent spec - but it's not without niggles, as we explain.... Read more

JBL Link View review: Bringing bass to the Google goodness
4.5 stars JBL Link View review: Bringing bass to the Google goodness By Chris Hall

JBL was one of the first companies to announce that it was going to be offering a smart display running Google's new system.That was at the beginning of... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot 710 robot vacuum review: Cleans out your house and not your bank account
4.0 stars Ecovacs Deebot 710 robot vacuum review: Cleans out your house and not your bank account By Dan Sung

The 710 offers great cleaning skills. Its only downside is the battery life won't last for large houses. Otherwise it's a great robo-vac to consider.... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

Roborock E2 Xiaowa review: An affordable yet astounding robot vacuum
4.5 stars Roborock E2 Xiaowa review: An affordable yet astounding robot vacuum By Adrian Willings

The Roborock Xiaowa E25 is another robot vacuum cleaner with plenty of smart features, excellent cleaning power and intelligence to boot.... Read more

Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring
4.0 stars Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring By Britta O'Boyle

Hello is Nest's video doorbell and the first to offer facial recognition. It's expensive to buy and run, but it's got the best feature set going.... Read more

Amazon Echo Input review: Plug Alexa into your hi-fi for less
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Input review: Plug Alexa into your hi-fi for less By Dan Grabham

The second-generation Echo Dot was a great little device with two distinct purposes: one to bring Alexa to a powered speaker or hi-fi and secondly to provide... Read more

Hive Hub 360 review: Not quite a complete revolution
3.5 stars Hive Hub 360 review: Not quite a complete revolution By Chris Hall

Replacing the regular Hive Hub, the Hub 360 adds functions such as audio detection. But is it worth the £20 upgrade?... Read more

Ring Door View Cam initial review: A connected doorbell perfect for apartment renters
Ring Door View Cam initial review: A connected doorbell perfect for apartment renters By Stuart Miles

The Ring Door View Cam promises a drill-free install, but is the connected doorbell any good?... Read more

Ikea Trådfri review: Affordable smart lights and plugs
4.5 stars Ikea Trådfri review: Affordable smart lights and plugs By Britta O'Boyle

Ikea has made smart lighting and smart plugs truly accessible to the everyday consumer with Tradfri. It's a great system that we couldn't recommend... Read more

Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable
5.0 stars Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable By Adrian Willings

Looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner that won't break the bank? The Xiaomi-invested Roborock S5, with intelligent mapping, delivers great results.... Read more

Arlo Security Light review: Illuminating, in a connected way
4.0 stars Arlo Security Light review: Illuminating, in a connected way By Chris Hall

A great addition to the Arlo smart system. Although this light works on its own, it's really the connected experience that sells it.... Read more

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

Hive is a great upgrade to your old central heating system. It is a straightforward and easy way to bring smartphone control and smart skills... Read more

Neato Botvac D6 Connected review: The power is in the details
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D6 Connected review: The power is in the details By Adrian Willings

There's no denying the Neato Botvac D6 Connected is one of the best robot vacuums we've tested. It's the little details that make all the difference.... Read more

Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm review: Understated intelligence and fire detection capabilities
4.0 stars Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm review: Understated intelligence and fire detection capabilities By Adrian Willings

A clever smart smoke alarm which, when paired with the app, can be easily used and monitored wherever you are.... Read more

Arlo Pro review: A great home security system
4.0 stars Arlo Pro review: A great home security system By Chris Hall

Arlo Pro offers easy setup and installation, smartphone notifications and no ongoing fees (unless you opt for a Smart plan from £1.99/month).... Read more

Nest Protect V2 review: A smart smoke alarm capable of blowing its own horn
4.5 stars Nest Protect V2 review: A smart smoke alarm capable of blowing its own horn By Adrian Willings

Nest Protect is certainly a powerful and flexible smart smoke alarm that's packed full of sensors and technical wizardry you'll love.... Read more

Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant steals the show
4.0 stars Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant steals the show By Chris Hall

The Lenovo Smart Display makes a strong case for smart displays in visual, with strong Google Assistant support, but lacks on the sound quality front... Read more

Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat
4.5 stars Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat By Britta O'Boyle

The UK model of the Nest Thermostat E has more flexible placement and can be installed by yourself. Here is why it's a great option for smart heating.... Read more

Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home
5.0 stars Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home By Stuart Miles

In 2012 Philips launched Hue, one of the earliest examples of smart lighting, allowing for colour and brightness control from a smartphone or tablet. At... Read more

Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything
5.0 stars Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything By Chris Hall

Amazon's new Echo Dot is an upgrade on the previous model, but the new Echo Input takes away some of its potential purchasers.... Read more

Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping By Adrian Willings

The Neato Botvac D4 Connected is certainly an interesting robot vacuum cleaner. It's powerful, intelligent, features a great design and much more too.... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, great performance
4.0 stars Hive View review: Great looks, great performance By Chris Hall

The Hive View is certainly the best looking indoor camera you can buy, but only offers 24-hours to download the video it captures... Read more

iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner review: Automated cleaning and mopping ahoy
4.0 stars iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner review: Automated cleaning and mopping ahoy By Adrian Willings

The iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner doubles as a robot mopping bot, too. It's surprisingly capable and affordable too.... Read more

Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security
3.0 stars Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security By Dan Sung

Shelling out £300 along with a big, fat subscription on smart home security is not everyone's idea of money well spent and, indeed, why should it be?... Read more

Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum review: A cleaning powerhouse that goes and goes
4.0 stars Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum review: A cleaning powerhouse that goes and goes By Adrian Willings

The majority of modern robot vacuum cleaners are streamlined and packed full of functionality such as compatible apps and pairing with smart voice assistants.Not... Read more

LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts
LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts By Chris Hall

With smart speakers taking many of the tech headlines in 2017, it's no surprise to find that LG wants a slice of this pie in 2018. Say hello to the LG... Read more

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter
4.0 stars Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter By Adrian Willings

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is a version of the company's Nest Cam IQ smart home camera designed for the outside world, ideal to help keep a secure eye on... Read more

Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts
4.0 stars Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts By Dan Sung

Think of a leading smart home device and most will mention the connected thermostat. For us, however, the smart home security camera has become just as... Read more

Panasonic GA10 review: Google Home, but better
4.5 stars Panasonic GA10 review: Google Home, but better By Cam Bunton

The beauty about Google allowing its voice-controlled Assistant to be added to third-party speakers and headphones is great for multiple reasons: it widens... Read more

Somfy One review: Sound the alarm, smart home security gets serious
4.0 stars Somfy One review: Sound the alarm, smart home security gets serious By Adrian Willings

When it comes to protecting your home and your family, there are plenty of smart home security camera options to choose from. So many, that it might be... Read more

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