Archive for the ‘Home Appliances’ Category

Lovebox – wireless display for thoughtful messages – reviewed

Monday, February 7th, 2022

Both my reviewer and maker sense tingles when I come across something like Lovebox. Starting in a French makerspace in 2015 and released in its final form in November 2021, Lovebox was the brainchild of Jean Gregoire who was keen to build a simple way to connect people across distances. Before iMessage started to gain […]

Eufy Floodlight Security Camera Reviewed

Monday, August 16th, 2021

This review has been far too long in the making. Why? The Eufy Floodlight camera requires a somewhat professional installation and while you can DIY it – which is kinda, sorta half what I did – you’re still going to need a hole from indoors to outdoors in order to supply the mains AC required […]

TP-Link KL430 smart LED strip review

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Okay let’s get the elephant out of the room. I’m a “maker” by trade and helping other people build their own RGB lighting setups is – along other things – what I *do*. I’ve spent countless hours working on Python libraries to make LEDs of various types light up, and I watch over the rpi_ws281x […]

Eufy T8300-M SpaceView Baby Monitor Review

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Eufy’s HD baby monitor arrived just in the nick of time to rescue me from a rather tired and lofi old hand-me-down. Not sure if the baby is supposed to have control of the monitor? @AnkerOfficial @EufyOfficial — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) January 6, 2021 I was looking for a replacement and it took me […]

Eufy 2K Video Doorbell Review

Friday, March 26th, 2021

I’ve always recoiled a little at the idea of complexity, of “internet of things” and of allowing the technology – that I work with all day, every day – to creep too far into my life. I don’t even build many projects with the hardware and software I’m part of making and selling. I’m content […]

Eufy HomeVac S11 Go Reviewed

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Since discovering the liberating wonder of cordless vacuum cleaners I’ve been wanting to try one not made by… well, you know who. Fortunately Anker’s household orientated sister brand Eufy just so happen to make a cordless Vacuum, and they’re being rather kind to me lately so I took the gamble and gave one a look. […]

De’Longhi EC146.B Espresso Coffee Machine Reviewed

Monday, April 9th, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of coffee. One of the perks of living with a lifestyle blogger who has “tea” in her blog name is an almost endless supply of the stuff (and tea too, as it happens). My go-to for many, many years has been the classic Nespresso machine for which […]

FingBox: Troubleshoot & Monitor Your WiFi

Monday, November 28th, 2016

With the Internet Of Things cascading down upon us like a great waterfall of WiFi-connected junk (and some good things too, I’m sure) the humble home WiFi network is now playing the role of arbiter to a whole cluster of connected home devices. This tangled mess of technology leads to the common and frustrating of […]

Masterplug 6-Plug Power Block With USB Ports Reviewed

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

USB isn’t going anywhere fast as a way of charging mobile devices, so it seems only logical that it would find its way into power blocks as a far more convenient way of delivering that necessary power than juggling a handful of socket-monopolising mains adaptors. The Masterplug series of Power Blocks offer exactly this; combining […]

Samsung FlexiClean SU8860 Review

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Okay, so I’m dipping my toes into household electronics. It’s an odd detachment for a gadget blog, but some of us really do like gadgets from all walks of life. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the luxuary of using an upright vacuum cleaner. The wife thinks they’re noisy and cumbersome, and she’s […]