smart home

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don’t count LG out

JBL Link 20 Google Assistant smart speaker review

OUR VERDICT It may not be the pinnacle of sound dynamics and coherence, but this full-sounding smart home speaker is more flexible than most. FOR

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

PROS Loud, rugged speakers withstand rough treatment Alexa without the power cord is great Megablast lives up to its name in volume Charging dock is

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 review: This already impressive indoor/outdoor security camera gets better

The second-generation Arlo Pro comes with higher resolution, improved motion detection, and more flexible installation options. The Arlo Pro 2 adds polish to an already

Fabriq Chorus review: This Alexa-powered smart speaker is an excellent value

It sounds great, can operate on battery power, and comes with a charging dock. If you don’t mind not being able to ask Alexa to

Guardzilla 360 review

The Good: The $230 Guardzilla 360 is outfitted with a 360-degree livestreaming camera; it can see everything in a room at the same time. The camera

Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

PROS Affordable camera undercuts the competition Cloud storage plans are more affordable for multi-cam setups 1080p day and night vision is solid CONS Free service

Amazon Echo 2 review

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 was Year of the Rooster – but we’re inclined to suggest it’s also been the year of the smart speaker.

Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

The Link-U 4G SmartCam with is a quirky security camera if portability is a high priority, but its app could use some work. Pros LAN,

Linksys EA8300 Max Stream AC2200 Router review

The Good: The Linksys EA8300 gives quality coverage throughout your home, while offering the newest features. MU-MIMO, band steering on 5GHz and Alexa integration are all

Samsung Gear Sport Review

PROS Solid set of fitness-related features Samsung Pay is convenient Circular touchscreen and scroll wheel easy to use Standard 20mm straps CONS Underwhelming design No

Alexa vs. Siri vs. Google Assistant: Which Smart Assistant Wins?

As if managing our interpersonal relationships weren’t already challenging enough in this digital day and age, now we have to worry about talking to artificial

Drayton Wiser Review

Pros Excellent value Simple controls Clean and friendly app Cons No IFTTT support No geofencing support Key Features Review Price: £199/$263 Boiler relay included One-,

Mobvoi TicHome Mini review

OUR VERDICT A Google Home Mini alternative that you can bring anywhere, the TicHome Mini justifies its slightly more expensive asking price. FOR Portable All

Google Pixelbook review

The Good: The Google Pixelbook has a sleek convertible design. Its sharp touchscreen is bright and colorful. Performance is fast, lag-free and smooth. The dedicated Google

Amazon Echo Plus review

The Good: The Echo Plus keeps the original Echo’s design (and its beloved volume ring) while adding in an aux-out jack, a Zigbee radio to control

Best smart analogue watches 2017

Helping you pick a traditional watch with added smarts What’s the difference between a smartwatch and a hybrid smartwatch? They might sound like the same thing, but

Amazon Fire TV Review

Pros  Snappy operation  Stable connection  4K and HDR  Slim and sleek design  Simple UI Cons  Amazon content takes priority  No Now TV  Must use bundled

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn’t have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed

Smart speakers – everything you need to know

2017 will be seen as the year of the smart speaker. But what is a smart speaker? And what does it do? We give you

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast hands-on review

Right on trend, Ultimate Ears’ new smart speakers are another portable alternative to Amazon Echo and Sonos One. We’ve long been fans of Ultimate Ears’ portfolio

Amazon Echo Dot v Google Home Mini: The affordable smart speaker brouhaha

Which impulse-buy speaker is for you? For the longest time, the only affordable way to get into the smart home game was to lean onto

Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera review: A smarter security camera

The C2’s smart sound alerts can tell you when your smoke alarm is going off and when your baby is crying. While the Lyric C2

August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

PROS Sturdy hardware that’s straightforward to install Floodlight is effective Integrates well with other August devices CONS Requires existing doorbell wiring No Apple HomeKit support

Google Home Max vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home: What’s the difference?

After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home

Vivint Smart Home review

The Good: Vivint offers a wide array of products that are all compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant and controlled via the Vivint app. The

Google Home Mini Review: The First Great Echo Dot Rival

THE GOOD Attractive design Inexpensive Great audio quality for size Can control Android TVs and Chromecast THE BAD Hard to see status lights from across

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max : Which Should You Buy?

With the launch of the Mini and the Max, there are now three Google Home devices from which to choose. From controlling dozens of smart

And finally: The Apple Watch could soon monitor your blood pressure

That’s right, it’s time for And finally — your chance to look back on the lighter wearable tech stories from the past seven days. Not only did we see

Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2

With all the hype surrounding the release of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and their “world’s highest rated smartphone camera,” it’s easy to lose