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Homes and Gardens

From the latest lawn mower to hedge trimmer to that great new way to BBQ, or inside that wizzy vacuum, cool fridge. A big topic this one, with new gadgets appearing daily! Come and read other members experiences or opinions, or share your own with the rest of the community.

842436 Edifier M1380 Home Audio SpeakeEdifier M1380

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 23, 2015
Making a change from the numerous Bluetooth speakers that have come my way recently is an offering from Edifier that can be purchased as part of your weekly Tesco shopping expedition.

846399 Arlo Smart Home   2 HD Security CamerNetgear Arlo

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jul 20, 2015
There are a lot of different brands of security cameras about, some very high end, others aimed at the home user. They all have one thing in common wires. Here a truly wireless solution that means not only no drilling through doors but also the ability to move them about at will.

842264 goodmans canvas DAB radiGoodmans Canvas

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 16, 2015
As with the Oxford and Go products, this next DAB/FM radio is part of the Goodmans line up of offerings.
I visited the Withings stand at the Wearable Technology Show early in the year. You have already heard about their ‘health’ watch, here something else that was on display at the show a camera to monitor your home but with an extra feature.

842118 Goodmans go portable dab radiGo with Goodmans

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 4, 2015
As part of Goodmans’ range of radios, this next offering adds a number of extra features.

841985 Goodmans Iconic Style Contemporary DAB FM RDS RadiAn Oxford Radio

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on June 16, 2015
Well known for its range of radios, Goodmans has come up with a model whose title makes me think of times gone by.

841806 Nespresso Pixie Clip Black and Lemon Neon Espresso MachinPersonalised Coffee Maker

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on June 13, 2015
At one time we used to be known as a nation of tea drinkers. Now, however, there has been a sea change and coffee has taken over as the national beverage of choice for those not hooked on something with a stronger effect.

841890 Vax Air Cordless Upright Vacuum CleaneVax Air Cordless Switch

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 12, 2015
A cordless vacuum means no restrictions on distance from the power plug; it also has two LEDs on the shoe so no excuse for not getting into those dark corners in fact with its smaller overall shoe size it gets into places most cannot penetrate.

841886 wilko hedge trimmeWilko Hedge Trimmer

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 7, 2015
As you reach a certain age what was an easy task with a pair of shears becomes a three cup of coffee job and a long soak in the bath afterwards. So why not let a budget priced electric hedge trimmer make it as easy as it never was?

841493 Amazon Fire TV SticAmazon Fire TV Stick

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on May 28, 2015
Recently my late evening television viewing habits have changed. The reason for this has been the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV Stick product. This piece of kit consists of the Fire TV Stick device, USB lead and power adapter, remote control with AAA batteries and a HDMI extender cable.
Think of it as a vacuum cleaner that washes and dries and you are on the right track. If you have empty rooms its brilliant as you work in straight lines, it washes and dries as at goes along so clear everything away for those new looking carpets.

841425 Piper NV Night Vision HD Security CamerAdding Piper Functionality

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on May 21, 2015
It does not seem all that long ago that I was first introduced to the Piper product. Actually it was around two months ago that I came across this home security device which streams live images to your smartphone and sends out warnings regarding events that are taking place within the area it is protecting. Now the next version of the product, originally created by Russell Ure in 2012 and powered by IControl Networks, is available. This latest version goes by the name of
The Vax PowerPlus Steam VPW2S is a versatile cleaning tool for around the garden and patio. Use the pressure washer to blast away all dirt and grime from outdoor surfaces and then hygienically steam clean critical areas.
This is not Samsung’s latest and greatest high end model but it is being sold by AO at a very competitive price so much so that they class it as a best seller, so what exactly do you get for your money and is it a good value purchase.

840989 SMARTER iKettle Silicone SkiRemote Water Boiling

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Apr 25, 2015
A recent visit to a trade show introduced me to a company developing products for the kitchen that were controlled by remote.

840796 Samsung ME711K microwave oveSamsung Microwave ME711K

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 10, 2015
A quality microwave that is available from AO.COM at an amazing price. This is not the latest and greatest that seems to be able to everything but the washing up. However it is a very competent offering at a price only normally found with the entry level models.

840490 philips smartimage 234E5QHAW monitoA Philips Monitor

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Mar 24, 2015
With a choice of connection options and added technology, a new monitor from Philips certainly has eye-appeal.
Edifier has recently added to its range of Bluetooth aware speaker products with another 2:1 system.

839511 Blaupunkt BLA 40 233 budget HD televisioValue TV from AO

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Feb 4, 2015
I have looked at a number of high priced Smart TVs here something for a lot less with of course a lot less features it has Freeview and is an HD TV, but a lot of the extras like optical out are not included in this bargain buy.

839064 Russell Hobbs 20810 Purifry Health FryeRussell Hobbs Purifry

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jan 16, 2015
A lot of homes these days do not have a proper kitchen so a small oven type device can have its place. This small unit can fry – without fat – grill roast and more. The nearest thing I have previously reviewed is the Philips Airfryer.
Having recently looked at two bagless upright cleaners it seems only right to review a similar bag less cylinder option. Here a 700watt option from Hoover that is an immediate winner from me for one small feature that it has.