Smart TV’s don’t exist in every household, with many people still using “dumb” TV’s on a day-to-day basis. Up until fairly recently, to get various streaming services (the likes of Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Movies, Now TV, YouTube etc.) onto the aforementioned “dumb” TV, you would have had to have hooked up a laptop/HTPC (Home Theatre PC) to your TV, or suffer poor performance from the streaming sticks of yore. Roku have a great, budget option for TV’s up to Full HD (1080p) resolution: the Roku Express.
I purchased the Google Home Mini – Google’s first “hockey puck” sized home assistant, directly competing with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot – for my wife for Christmas and we’ve been using it every day for the last month. Google’s offering almost one-up’s Amazon’s, utilising their massive technical capabilities/know-how to provide you with the best day-to-day assistant that you need in your home.
Smart lighting is an ever growing market and nowadays you have plenty of options/brands too choose from. I’ve personally used and reviewed Philips Hue, LIFX and TP-Link over the past 6 months and I’ve more brands to go (Hive, Osram etc.). Today though, I’m looking at the newest iteration of the standard colour LED bulb offered by LIFX – the A60 “Gen 3” – and comparing it to my existing “LIFX Colour 1000“.
The Philips Hue bulb ecosystem is ever expanding and so are the accessory options to go alongside. You’re no longer limited to a bulb that only fits in one type of light socket and controlling the bulbs has generally been restricted to requiring a smartphone in-hand in order to tweak brightness levels, colours and turning said bulbs on/off without using your main light switch.
The Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch aims to simplify that control, by providing you with fine-tuned brightness control, access to multiple scenes and basic on/off functionality, all from a slim, wireless, wall mounted, magnetic remote control!