smart home

Synology DS416play NAS review: multimedia cloud at your fingertips

PROS Design and Hybrid RAID makes it easy to hot swap drives Solid file transfer speeds 4K online transcoding on the fly DiskStation Manager (DSM)

Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera?

We were so impressed with the first Logitch Circle camera – which is included in our list of best indoor smart home cameras – that we

Meizu Pro 7 Plus Review: True Flagship From Meizu

A few days back Meizu has launched a phone that made a huge stir around it. The newly launched Meizu Pro 7 Plus and its lighter variant,

And finally: Samsung Gear Sport pops up at FCC and more

Looks like we know what Samsung will be releasing on August 23 Welcome to And Finally, our weekly round-up of rumours and rumblings from around

Honeywell Lyric C1 review

The Good: The $120 Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera has free cloud storage, local storage via an included 8GB card, motion zones and geofencing

These are the best soundbars of 2017 (so far)

TV speakers suck, but not everyone has the room—or the budget—for an A/V receiver and six or more loudspeakers. A soundbar can fit under or

SimpliSafe SimpliCam review

The Good: SimpliSafe’s $100 SimpliCam is an affordable DIY indoor security camera that you can add to an existing SimpliSafe system — or use as

How to use your fitness tracker to actually get fit : Turn your tech trinket into habit changer

Fitness trackers are like gym memberships. When they’re all shiny and new, it’s easy to think they’re going to change our lives and help us wave

Hive Camera review: Worth adding to your smart home?

THE GOOD Easy to use Reliable connection Feature-packed THE BAD Slow setup Big Brother is watching The Hive Camera is the latest accessory for the

Amazon Echo Show vs Amazon Echo: The battle of the Alexa-powered flagships

It’s time for show or tell For a long while, Amazon Echo speakers were just that – speakers. All you could do with Alexa is

Netgear Arlo Go Review: Roaming Free with 4G

THE GOOD Cellular connection works without Wi-Fi Terrific video quality Intelligent, easy-to-use software Flexible scheduling and modes Geofencing turns camera on/off according to your phone’s

LG Smart Security Wireless Camera review: DIY security backed by ADT professional monitoring

This all-in-one home monitor increases security with an extra set of eyes. The LG Smart Security camera is a great option for those who want

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home

The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you’re looking for a security system, or just a

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Rumors vs Reality

This year’s big smartphone war will involve flagships from the two biggest phone makers. Samsung’s Galaxy S8, introduced this spring, is waiting to take on

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we’ve had some time with the HTC U11’s newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That’s Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant, but placed on

Element EL4KAMZ17 series (Amazon Fire TV Edition) review

The Good: The Element Fire TV with Alexa delivers better built-in voice controls than any TV available, including search, playback control and smart-home command. It

Nest vs Hive: Which is the best smart thermostat?

NEST VS HIVE – WHICH SMART THERMOSTAT SHOULD YOU BUY? Nest and Hive are the two most high-profile smart thermostats for anyone looking to heat

Amazon Echo: First 7 things you should do to get Alexa started

Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, do you know what Alexa

Honor 9 Review: Watch out, OnePlus

THE GOOD Great battery life Smooth performer Compact and shiny Smart software THE BAD Fragile back Jittery video Our Honor 9 review takes an in-depth

Apple watchOS v Samsung Tizen: Battle of the smartwatch platforms

From app support to fitness, we see how the two operating systems match up Apple versus Samsung. These two tech giants have been fighting it

Amazon Echo vs Show vs Dot vs Tap: which is best smart home speaker for you?

Honestly, not everyone needs an Amazon Echo. Sure, it’d be nice. But most of us don’t have $179 (£150, around AU$230) burning a hole in

Netatmo Healthy Home Coach review

PROS Neat app Responds quickly to changes in the air CONS Apple HomeKit integration is limited No IFTTT channel Limited range of sensors KEY FEATURES

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can’t do with this Alexa device

A few years ago, Amazon quietly announced a new gadget, the Dash Wand, but it’s taken until now to give it a wider, official launch.

Best Smart Speakers: Amazon Echo, Google Home and More

Put a Virtual Assistant in Your Home There’s a good chance that your first smart home device will be a smart speaker. For one, it

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

PROS Alexa is as useful as ever Hardware is solid and soberly handsome Touchscreen-enabled apps show some promise CONS Short list of touchscreen-enabled 3rd-party Skills

SpotCam Sense review

PROS Solid motion detection IFTTT support is great for tinkerers Temperature sensor is useful CONS No local storage Weak mic Geofencing isn’t built-in KEY FEATURES

The best budget fitness trackers UPDATE 2017

Decent, basic fitness trackers don’t have to leave a hole in your wallet. Whether it’s imports from China or the budget lines of Fitbit and

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What’s the difference?

Back in November 2015 Amazon released Amazon Echo, its all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. And it’s not taken long for other

Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Home: the battle of the smart speakers

Apple has unveiled the new Apple HomePod, its play into the smart speaker space that’s coming later this year for $349 (about £270 or AU$460).

Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo: How do they compare?

APPLE HOMEPOD VS AMAZON ECHO Apple has just launched the HomePod, which means it’s finally joined the AI battle for your home. It’s a bit