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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.

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.

842264 goodmans canvas DAB radiGoodmans Canvas

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on 16 Jul 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 4 Jul 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 16 June 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 13 June 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 12 June 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 7 June 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 28 May 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.
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 25 Apr 2015
A recent visit to a trade show introduced me to a company developing products for the kitchen that were controlled by remote.
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 24 Mar 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 4 Feb 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 16 Jan 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.
Over the years I have reviewed a number of coffee machines, all have been very popular with readers, some seem to think that the coffee from ‘Pod’ machines is not hot enough, so this unit that uses fresh milk that it heats could be their answer.

838305 BOSCH Athlet upright lightweight vacuuBosch Cordless Athlet

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on 12 Dec 2014
Happily you not need to be an Athlete to use this rather nice cordless vacuum otherwise that would certainly have ruled me out. In fact from setting it up to first use was less than a couple of minutes, no screws it just clips together.