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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.

867008 Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke Carbon Monoxide AlarNest Protect

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on 25 Mar 2016
I was invited to a world-wide launch of several products from Nest early last summer. I asked to review this item and was told two weeks despite numerous reminders nothing happened until I assume a new employee arrived now this is protecting me.
A very striking red colour is the first thing you notice when you take it from the box, the next thing is that there are just three items – that will only connect together one way – and as they click together you do not even require a screwdriver.

867278 Arlo Q Smart Home 1080p Full HD Security CamerArlo Adds a “Q”

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 12 Mar 2016
Following the release of its original Arlo™ home security camera system last year, NETGEAR has now produced the Arlo Q. This is a 1080p HD Security Camera that offers two-way audio features operating as an intercom.

867005 nest indoor web camerThe Nest Cam

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on 11 Mar 2016
Protect your home while you are away is something that many companies seem to be producing items for, some insurance companies even offer a reduction in your premium if the item selected meets their criteria. Here is a solution from Nest.
Well know for its range of home security products, Swann has released its SwannOne kit. This product is meant to provide the user with a range of security features that have been designed to protect your home whether you are present or absent for any reason.

866800 myfox security camerHome Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 23 Feb 2016
I have to admit that I was totally unaware of the company Myfox until I was offered the opportunity to check out a couple of the company’s products.
I was sent this from France and to be honest my French is non-existent so I needed to wait for a translation before I could start seeing exactly what it could do to achieve – what we all want – to save some money from household bills.

866573 smanos x300 alarm systePlug & Play Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 6 Feb 2016
Keeping your home protected from outside influences is the task of this next product. Unlike other offerings it takes a different approach to providing you with warnings.

866144 Dyson v6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Dyson Wand V6 Absolute

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on 25 Jan 2016
This latest Dyson vacuum is both an upright and a handheld cleaner in one. It can perform this seemingly impossible task by having the motor and collection container at the top of the arm remote from the cleaning shoe(s).
This is one of a range of machines by Sage marketed under the Heston Blumenthal name. If you need to ask who he is then you have either being living on a remote island or have no interest in food beyond baked beans and sausages.

865865 Humax FVP 4000T Freeview Play HD TV RecordeFreeview Play

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 26 Dec 2015
As its first foray into the field of Freeview Play, Humax has launched its FVP-4000T set-top box. This product has been developed to combine catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television in high definition resolution with a hard drive of either 500GB or 1TB capacities. This review is based on the 500GB version of the Humax FVR-4000T unit.
The latest PVR from Humax now comes with catch up TV for the times you forgot to set your PVR. It also has the ability to allow up to three channels to be recorded simultaneously. Read on for more details of this coffee themed recorder.

865300 Canary All in One Home Security DevicCanary Style Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 28 Nov 2015
Aldous Huxley may have foreseen the Big Brother scenario but he does seem to have ignored the possibility of Little Brother. I am referring to the current trend of installing security devices within our homes to provide notifications of any unauthorised activity when you are away for any reason. One such device is Canary No this is not the yellow caged bird found in some households although both the company and its flagship product is named after the bird used by miners t
The Workzone Titanium+ drill & driver kit forms part of Aldi’s premium range of tools and accessories. It consists of the two most useful battery-powered power tools -- a hammer drill and an impact driver -- packed into a robust storage case so that everything is together when you want to use it.
Although misnamed as they generally sit below instead of on top of the television, set-top boxes have become a must have feature for the modern living room. With its flag firmly attached to the Good Ship Freesat, Humax has delivered numerous set-top boxes including its HDR-1100S model.
With the Salter Electric Soup Maker one can make a hot nourishing soup in about half an hour. Now that the days are getting colder it will make a useful addition to the kitchen for both the experienced or beginner cook.

864780 lavazza Minu Caffe LattSmall Coffee Machine

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on 14 Oct 2015
As you get older you do not function properly in the morning without your first fix of coffee. If it requires little or no effort to make it so much the better. Here a small device that you’re only real input is to switch it on and insert a pod.
While most vacuums have the floor mastered, most people need to get them upstairs and of course also to vacuum the stairs themselves. The problems of the lead are often solved by an extension but the hose still needs a connection.
Nobody wants their Sunday joint burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. The Heston Blumenthal 5-in-1 digital thermometer from Salter is a useful tool in preventing that and similar problems in the kitchen. But that is not all it can do…

864389 Smanos W020 home security systeHome Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 22 Sep 2015
Developed by Smanos (a combination of Chuango Security Technology Corporation, Chuango Europe B.V. and Smanos Holdings), the WiFi Alarm System forms part of the company’s Smart Home System line up. This particular product has been designed to provide protection against unauthorised entry to your home via doors and windows.
With the perfusion of cookery programs on TV the things that comes through is accuracy, both in weight and timing/temperature so these two items can help with those things. First an accurate kitchen scale and second an oven temperature gauge.

863993 Belkin WeMo SD NetCam Smart SwitcA Belkin Pair

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 10 Sep 2015
This next review brings together a couple of Belkin products that offer to provide some assistance in protecting your home.
The Heston Blumenthal Dual Platform precision kitchen scales from Salter greatly improve the accuracy in weighing of ingredients and so will find favour with anyone who takes their cooking seriously.

863131 Y cam HomeMonitor HD PrOutdoor Security

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 18 Aug 2015
According to the College of Policing if your home does not have any security measures in place then you are five times more likely to be the victim of a burglary than those homes who have implemented simple measures. To give you some idea as to the scale of this type of crime, burglary remains a fixture in the Top Ten crimes committed each month with 33,084 instances reported during April 2015. While this next product will not guarantee to keep your home safe from a break-in, it
The Heston Blumenthal precision analogue oven thermometer model 543 HBSSCR by Salter will be a useful addition to the armoury of any person who takes cooking seriously. It can be seen as a useful aid to achieving consistent results.
This coffee machine takes coffee beans in the top and grinds them and then prepares the coffee adds the water and then makes your coffee. It is a complete process so you cannot get fresher ground beans as it grinds them to make the cup of coffee.

845360 BenQ XL2720Z 27 inch LED Gaming MonitoA Gaming Monitor

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 6 Aug 2015
As a breed apart, dedicated hardcore gamers demand the ultimate performance from their computer equipment set up. Issues, such as motion blur, flicker-free, refresh rate and response time, are considered to be paramount in the gaming world. This is the arena where milliseconds can mean the difference between success and failure. Naturally the monitor, providing the window into the world for ultimate achievers, has an important role to play.
A visit to a central London hotel introduced me to a new product that promised to keep a watch on my home when I was away.

842436 Edifier M1380 Home Audio SpeakeEdifier M1380

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 23 Jul 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 20 Jul 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.