Top 5 Smart Home Tech - Smart Speakers, Smart Plugs etc.

Smart home technology can come at a price, but it doesn't have to be expensive, as you can pick and choose between the growing range of products available on the market.

Even on a budget you can kit an ordinary home out and make it smarter, so these top five smart home tech gadgets are all priced under £100.

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

This small, compact product by Amazon allows you to connect to the Alexa Voice Service, which is a remote assistant, where they can ask questions, play music and toggle other smart home devices.

With this device you are able to take advantage of the various connect music services such as Spotify, TuneIn and Amazon Music. Also you have the ability to connect speakers or headphones via Bluetooth, along with the ability to connect other devices using 3.5mm audio jack.

The Amazon Echo Dot can connect to any existing smart home devices the have already been installed allowing you to control lights, curtains and much, much more.

Amazon Echo Dot - Tesco

Amazon Echo Dot - John Lewis

Amazon Echo Dot - Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot - Currys

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb

Make your pad feel more homely with the Wi-fi controlled LED Bulb from TP-Link. Set the mood with a tap of a button, as you can control the colours emitted from the light bulb using an app on your smart phone. 

Smart bulbs tend to be the first smart home investment people make as they are readily available and also can seem a lot more affordable than other smart home products. 

In conjunction with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or just the app, you are able to set schedules, timers and countdowns so you can make the lights work around your life. 

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb - Currys

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb - Amazon

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug

The TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug is one of the easiest smart home devices to set up, as there is no subscription services required to get it up and running. Once the device is plugged in, you have the ability to remotely turn devices, lights and much more on or off. This can be done via the Kasa App, or using a remote assistant, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

This device is brilliant for running your home on a schedule and appearing at home whilst you are away, giving you extra piece of mind.

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug at Currys

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug on Amazon

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug at Hughes

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell
The Ring Video Doorbell lets you monitor your home from anywhere in the world, and make sure that you never miss a visitor. The smart doorbell connects to your home internet connection and you can view the live video from the Ring app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

This device notifies you if anybody presses the button, or motion is detected. Also the Ring Video Doorbell allows you to have two-way communication with visitors, via the smart phone app.

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at Currys

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell on Amazon

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at John Lewis

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at Tesco

Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor

Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor

Improve the comfort of your home with the Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor. This smart device monitors the temperature, air quality and humidity of your room. 

Another feature of this smart home device, is that it works with Apple's HomeKit, meaning that just like Amazon's Alexa you can ask Siri for information regarding this device.

Also due to the Elgato Eve running on three AA batteries, it means it is wireless so can be moved around the home with ease.

Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor on Amazon

All prices are correct as of Saturday 17th June
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Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gift

With Father's Day fast approaching and another busy working week unfortunately, not all of us have unlimited time to search for the ideal present. In order to be able to cure the mounting pressure to find a last minute Father's Day gift, we have picked a few presents that might be just what you are looking for!

All of these gift have Amazon Prime delivery, therefore allowing you to buy these presents in time for Sunday 18th. Amazon Prime is a delivery service that allows you to get next-day delivery on thousands of products. Currently Amazon are offering a 30-day free trail, which you can sign up to here:

St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit

St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit
Over 75% of men drink alcohol, so let your Dad take up a new hobby with this Indian pale ale beer brewing kit. The kit makes a total of 32 pints, so if you are lucky, you might even get to try some for yourself!

In the beer brewing kit, there are 2 tins of malt extract, 1 sachet of brewing yeast and 1 hop sachet, along with full instructions on how to brew your own brew!

St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit, £26.02, Amazon

Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder

Tile Mate

Is your Dad always losing something? If so then the Tile Mate will help them keep track of where their lost things are! The Tile Mate simply connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and as soon as anything is either lost, stolen or misplaced, then it can be located using the simple app. 

There is also no need to charge the Tile Mate as with it's one-year battery life, zero-charging in required to keep this small, handy device up and running.

Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder, £22.95, Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

With all of our parents getting older, we always try to make things easier for them, and with the Echo Dot by Amazon, you can do just that. The Echo Dot allows your Dad to communicate with the Amazon Alexa Service by which he can ask questions, commands and much more.

The Echo Dot can also play your Dad's favourite tunes from popular music streaming services and also set alarms and reminders. This small device can help any one of any age with everyday life.

Amazon Echo Dot, £44.99, Amazon

Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera

Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera

This compact dash cam, means that when your Dad is driving his journey is being recording, allowing him to have extra piece of mind in the event of any incidents on the road. 

The Nextbase 112 Dash Cam, records at 720p and also has 120° wide-angle view, so everything is captured. It has also been designed to be as simple as possible with a 2" bright LED screen and easy to use buttons.

Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera, £38.95, Amazon

All prices correct of Thursday 15th June

Microsoft Xbox One X - Best games console?

Xbox One X

Around this time every year we hear about the latest and greatest news and releases from major companies in the electronic industry. Currently the most significant news that we are aware of is the announcement of Microsoft's new console, the Xbox One X.

Before E3, Microsoft referred to this console as 'Project Scorpio' which provided great anticipation and excitement to the gaming community, and since the reveal the reactions have been very positive. 

The name of the new console had various speculations after Microsoft trademarked a mysterious 'S' logo not long before the start of E3. Many gamers believed that this would confirm the 'Scorpio' branding of the console, but since the name has been revealed people are still unsure of the relationship of the 'S' logo and this console.

Microsoft have also announced that all Xbox One accessories will work with the new console, and it will also feature all Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles currently playable on current-gen console, as well as all Xbox One games.

Xbox One X Controller

This console has been compared against the power of Sony's Playstation 4 Pro, and to many gamer's excitement this new Xbox One X has proven to be more powerful. It will be capable of delivering 6 teraflops of graphical power, where as the PS4 Pro only delivers 4.2 teraflops.

The Xbox One X also offers a custom GPU that runs at 1172MHz, which is a dramatic increase over the Xbox One's 853MHz. In comparison with Sony's 911MHz the Xbox One X offers a much greater graphical speeds. 

Moreover, Microsoft are also shipping the new console with a 1TB of storage and an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive for 4K entertainment.

In connection with the release of the new console, numerous new games were also announced including Forza Motorsport 7 which will run at native 4K at 60fps. There are 22 console launch exclusives including Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves. are also a fan of gaming pre-orders as they are currently offering a £2 saving, which is applied at the checkout for various games. This offer is only available to Amazon Prime members, and if you want to cash-in on this saving, you can sign up to Amazon Prime here:

Games such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Halo Wars 2, will all have a free update to make them compatible with 4K. 

The Xbox One X is set to be released November 7th worldwide, and is set to be priced at $499 and £449 in the UK.

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