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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.

890185 D Link DCS 8627LH Full HD Outdoor Wi Fi CamerD-Link Outdoor Camera

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 19, 2020
Most recent ‘outdoorcameras that have crossed my desk have been battery offerings that would require you to climb up to change the battery or recharge it. They of course require only fitting, this offering from D-Link is wired so it needs to go through either a wall window or door frame to get power and to deliver its signal to you.
Normally I get a lot of ideas from ‘Christmas In July’ events, of course with the Pandemic there were none but one clever PR company sent links in a very large PDF file with some of the items available to review during what is normally a quiet month August and here is the first of those offerings a pair of pocket pruners that are also a multi-tool.
The Neos Indoor Camera was developed in association with an insurance company and their clients were the first to benefit from it. Here are two more items that can save the householders money by avoiding water damage problems and the second a sensor kit so you can know when a door or window is opened or movement is detected.
This looks outwardly rather similar to the Krups Piccolo XS machine published in December 2019 but that was a manual machine and this one is automatic in that all Nescafe Pods now have a number of strokes to represent the amount of water to make the perfect drink. You adjust the dial on the machine and the correct amount of hot or cold water is then dispensed.
This is an outdoor (IP65 waterproofing) camera, it uses custom batteries that form more than half of the units overall size. Fitting can be done by anyone happy to climb a ladder and it should take only a few minutes but do not try to install it before you have linked it to your phone.

888910 Ring Video Doorbell 3 PluRing Doorbell 3 Plus

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on May 15, 2020
Earlier versions had one problem for my door frame they were slightly too wide. This version solves this and indeed another problem that I had never thought of. So the people at Ring have listened to my moans and probably that of others and now both are solved.

888778 Imou 1080P Indoor Security CamerRanger IQ from IMOU

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 27, 2020
This is an indoor security camera, the colour option works in lower light than a lot of others and while easy to setup once you have decided what ‘password’ it wants you to enter to link, then it offers a great deal more options in the settings than almost any other such camera and for those who want them it can provide so many choices over the basics.

888563 logitech c922 streaming web camerLogitech C922 Webcam

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 15, 2020
Web Cams until the recent CoronaVirus were something that sat in the top surround of a panel of your Notebook/Tablet, often people worried about being spied upon, recent panels I have seen now have no Web Cam. So hence the need for decent offerings like this one from Logitechh that can keep friends and family in touch.

888219 Vax OnePWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum CleaneVAX Blade 4

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Mar 20, 2020
The latest vacuum cleaner from VAX also handles hard floors. The previous one that I saw was the Blade 2 and there are a number of changes not least is the fact that the battery is removable and can fit all of the latest range of VAX products.

887974 Vax OnePWR SpotlessGo Cordless SpotwasheVax ONEPWR SpotlessGo

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Feb 17, 2020
This is designed to collect spills and stains without the need to have a whole room item which is often the reason why professional carpet and floor cleaners exist. That wine stain fully removed along with 99% of any bacteria with this small handheld unit. The other main drawback with the full-size cleaner is where do you put the furniture while you use it.
This indoor camera is shaped like a wheel and has a slightly magnetic base so it stays where you put it. Like most such items it is controlled by an App. The setup is therefore almost entirely on your phone. Place the camera and insert the long micro USB lead and answer a number of questions on the phones screen and then you have a working security camera.

887512 icebreaker poIceBreaker Pop

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jan 3, 2020
Picture a normal mid sized ice cube tray and place another upside down on top of it and you arrive quite close to what you have with IceBreaker Pop. There is more to it including the ability to keep other items frozen for longer.

886683 Krups KP1A0140 Nescafe%CC%81 Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee pod machinKrups Piccolo XS

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Dec 9, 2019
It’s the nations favourite Pod coffee brand often known as Nescafe Dolce Gusto, for those who like Starbucks coffee it now includes Starbucks brand coffee to work in their Pods. So what does this ‘XS’ machine offer well first it is rather small with a water tank to match. So probably the ideal unit for a single user or just maybe a couple.
In the morning there are two stimulants to get you out of bed one you will know about as you reach older age -your bladder - and the second the smell of a fresh brewed cup of coffee, even the sound of the beans being ground could do it.

886412 Google Nest MinGoogle Nest Mini

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Nov 13, 2019
Early this year I told you about the Google Home Hub, now Google have launched another range of products. I will start with probably the smallest the Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) that is truly small but it has a big sound with twice the base of the first generation offering.
This is a foldable chair that fits into the back section of a backpack, it can be used separately from the backpack or still attached to it, so ideal for those journeys on a packed train where you can find a corner but cannot find a seat.

886163 Orbitsound ONE P70W V1 Airsound SoundbaOrbitsound One P70W v2

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Nov 6, 2019
A recent very noisy event at an iconic London institution had me see a range of audio items one such was this soundbar from Orbitsound and if you delve through the Gadgetspeak archives you will find other such reviews from them.

885868 Neos SmartCam security camerNEOS Smart Cam

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 7, 2019
Originally only available for those taking out insurance from this company, it is now available for all. I looked at the early offering in February. Now it comes with packaging more fitment options and the chance to get far longer video clips.

885624 Philips Viva Collection Air Fryer XXPhilips AirFryer XXL

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 25, 2019
Over the years I have reviewed a couple of earlier – and smaller – versions of this item. When I saw this at the recent Philips demonstration day ‘Xmas In July’ the claim was made that it could cook a whole chicken in a small amount of time so never one to turn down a challenge I accepted.

Family or Isolated View

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Sep 19, 2019
When televisions began to dominate our Living Rooms, neighbours would pop in to view important televised events. But today it does not happen.

885608 Ring Door View Cam Video doorbelRing Door View Cam

Published in Homes and Gardens by adrianmorant on Sep 15, 2019
The Ring Door View Cam combines a video camera, motion sensor and two-way talk with a traditional wide-angle viewer so as to improve front door security.

885191 Decor Microsafe Containerdécor Value Pack

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Aug 16, 2019
Another of the items I saw at the Homewares show in June. This time a set of five – three of one size and two of a smaller size – that are sold as a value pack and since they arrived have been put into service both in my fridge and my microwave.

884959 Ring Video Doorbell Pro KiRing Video Doorbell Pro

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jul 22, 2019
If like me the place where your door bell lives is quite a thin door surround then this latest offering from Ring may just solve the problem as it is that much thinner than earlier versions of their doorbell with the camera to allow you to see who is calling so if it is someone you don’t want to see just stay in your seat and ignore the ring.

884979 Salter Loud Digital Kitchen Timer  355 BKXCDSalter Loud Timer

Published in Homes and Gardens by adrianmorant on Jul 19, 2019
The Salter Loud Electronic Timer model 355BKKR will suit those who work in noisy kitchens or are hard of hearing and so have difficulty in hearing other timers.

885039 vizio soundbaAmerican Sound Bar

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 16, 2019
Vizio dips its toe into the UK marketplace with the launch of one of its sound bar systems.

884908 GTech Hylite cleaneModular Cleaning

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 11, 2019
With its full page adverts in National Daily Newspapers and television adverts, Gtech is known for pushing the boundaries associated with various product offerings.

884891 snips microwave rice cookeSnips Food Boxes

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jul 10, 2019
This is one supplier who kept their promise to send samples of their items for me to review from my visit to the annual Housewares show in London. So here a microwave rice steamer and a larger than normal storage box with or without inset basket.
The Salter electric knife sharpener is easy to use and provides an effective way of putting a good edge on one’s straight-edge kitchen knives.

884585 cookwarKOCHblume Cook line

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 24, 2019
A visit to annual Exclusively Housewares show had me given four assorted silicon kitchen tools to scrape and whisk with - at least that’s what I assume I was given them for – they come in a range of colours and one thing they all had in common is their ability not to melt at temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius and for those like me of the older generation that close to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

884403 hive outdoor security camerHive View Outdoor

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 17, 2019
I do not watch much live TV on commercial channels but two adverts stick in the mind, the first one for a remote doorbell and the second where a lady has a range of garden ornaments and once one was stolen she installed one of these Hive cameras and now tells the thief – when he returns – to get out of her garden.