smart home

Tend Secure Lynx review

The Good: Tend Secure’s Lynx Indoor camera has 1080p HD live streaming, free 7-day event-based cloud storage and solid facial-recognition software. Oh, and it only

Amazon Fire 7 review

PROS Terrific value Enough power to handle any Android game Decent battery life CONS Feels slow Basic build Low-resolution screen KEY FEATURES 7-inch 1,024 x

4 Ways Microsoft Plans to Win the Future

Moving far beyond Windows on the desktop, Microsoft wants to provide the platform for all of your devices, from handsets to headsets. At its recent

HTC U11 Hand-on Review

KEY FEATURES 5.5-inch quad-HD display Snapgradon 835 / 4GB RAM 64GB storage / microSD ANC USB-C earbuds included No headphone jack 12MP camera w/ OIS

Fitbit Alta HR v Misfit Ray: Battle of the fashion-conscious fitness trackers

Which stylish fitness band is for you? There are plenty of fitness trackers that focus on hardcore tracking rather than looks, but what if you’re

Amazon Echo vs Google Home – which is better?

Two internet giants are competing to be at the heart of everything you do – from playing music, online shopping and searching the web to

CoWatch review : The first Alexa smartwatch is let down by some niggling software issues

While the CoWatch does bring some interesting ideas to the smartwatch table and shows plenty of potential, ultimately it doesn’t mask the niggling issues that

Zappiti Duo (2017) 4K HDR Media Streaming Player Review : Going from strength to strength

Pros Relatively simple to set up Excellent build quality Comprehensive connections Good, back-lit remote 4K HDR support Immersive audio capability Frame-packed 3D is no issue

TP-Link Deco M5 router review : This mesh network comes with a side of antivirus

TP-Link’s Deco M5 isn’t the absolute fastest whole-home Wi-Fi system on the market, but it delivers very good performance and a strong set of features.

Y-Cam Protect Alarm System review

PROS Easy to configure Well priced Uses same app as for Y-Cam’s cameras CONS No pet-safe sensors App doesn’t always give helpful error messages No

Singlecue Gen 2 review

THE GOOD: Using the Gen 2 Singlecue feels really cool, and the gesture tracking works well most of the time. THE BAD: The menu system

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40/$60

Since Amazon launched its own media streaming device, it has successfully refreshed the main set-top-box, adding faster processing, better remote access, 4K Ultra HD support

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 : Rumors vs Reality

This year’s big smartphone war is between two highly anticipated flagships. Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will fightApple’s iPhone 8. Collectively, the devices will look to

7 Reasons Not to Get a Galaxy S8 Right Now

Why You Won’t Want the Galaxy S8 Right Away The Galaxy S8 is finally available for pre-order, and we don’t blame you for wanting to

BloomSky Sky2 Weather Camera Station review

THE GOOD: The BloomSky Sky2 weather station captures HD photos and stitches them into time lapse videos. Its sophisticated sensor array is powered by a

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Hands-on Review : FIRST IMPRESSIONS – It’s gorgeous

HANDS-ON WITH THE NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY S8+ It’s official, there is no Galaxy S8 Edge – instead there’s the regular Galaxy S8 flagship and the

Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-on Review : FIRST IMPRESSIONS – This is the future of phones

HANDS-ON WITH THE NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 Phones are stale. Whether it’s an iPhone 7, Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium or any other flagship

5 reasons why Google Home will beat Amazon Echo

Google Home is among the most interesting of the search king’s current hardware offerings, not least because it sets the stage for an epic showdown

Logitech ZeroTouch review : This Android smartphone holder puts Amazon’s Alexa in your car

Logitech’s ZeroTouch smartphone holder has been on the market for almost a year, but I’ve ignored it because my beat doesn’t include mobile devices. That

Zmodo Torch Pro review

THE GOOD: Zmodo’s $200 Torch Pro camera light, doorbell and Wi-Fi range extender work together to deliver prompt motion alerts and a high-definition live feed

Panasonic KX-HN6002EW review

OUR VERDICT As an expandable smart home solution with numerous optional sensors, this starter pack has plenty of further potential in terms of protecting an

D-Link Omna review

THE GOOD: D-Link’s $200 Omna security camera captures 180 degrees of zoned motion activity and promptly sends related push alerts. View locally saved videos in

Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Starter Kit review

PROS Easy installation Nice design A smart thermostat isn’t essential Makes zoned heating easy CONS Expensive to kit out your entire house No heating history

Swann DVR8-5000 review

PROS Excellent video quality Robust hardware CONS DVR is noisy No IFTTT channel Fiddly apps No cloud storage KEY FEATURES 1080p recording 2TB DVR HDMI

Android Wear on iPhone : Our guide to getting your Google / iOS smartwatch fix

What you can and can’t do with Android Wear on iOS and what devices will work When Pebble announced it was on its way out,

Smanos UFO review

PROS Wide field of view Vertical and ceiling mounts CONS Temperamental apps No IFTTT channel No cloud storage KEY FEATURES 1080p recording Night vision Built-in

Tizen v Android Wear : Which smartwatch OS is right for you?

It’s fair to say that no-one has truly answered the smartwatch question yet. Google’s Android Wear and Samsung’s Tizen OS provide two of the best

Neato Botvac D3 Connected review:

THE GOOD: The Neato Botvac D3 Connected is the least expensive robot vacuum we’ve ever tested. Despite its affordable price, it’s a true smart appliance

Ezviz Mini 360 Plus review

THE GOOD: The $80 Ezviz Mini 360 Plus’ two-way audio was particularly clear and you get a lot of features for the price — 1080p

Control4 EA-1 Home Automation System Review

PRICE $600 AT A GLANCE Plus 50 context-sensitive programmable buttons on remote IR, serial, and IP-based control Amazon Alexa voice-control integration Minus Controller generates a