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UNMISSABLE SMART HOME UPGRADES
T3 Magazine|August 2020
UNMISSABLE SMART HOME UPGRADES
Spending more time indoors? Then you need to make sure you have the top smartest tech working for you
David Nield

LEADING LIGHTS

PHILIPS HUE GO

The Hue Go lamp can work via Bluetooth or via a Hue Bridge, giving you a choice of 16 million colours – it’ll even work on battery power for a few hours if you want to take it out to the garden.

Philips Hue Go Smart Light Light any moment anywhere - control light your way with this portable Hue light Shop Now

SELECT SPEAKERS

SONOS BEAM

If you need high-quality audio for music and movies, go for Sonos – the Beam works as a soundbar for your TV, but also streams tunes from all the major streaming services, and has Alexa and Google Assistant on board.

Sonos Beam - Compact Smart Soundbar Experience incredible sound while streaming music, watching TV and movies, enjoying podcasts and audiobooks, or playing video game. Shop Now

AMAZON ECHO STUDIO

The Echo smart speaker has come a long way since 2014, and the Amazon Echo Studio model is proof of it: high-fidelity audio, Dolby Atmos to offer immersive sound, a built-in Zigbee smart hub, and of course Amazon Alexa.

Echo Studio Immersive sound – 5 speakers produce powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs. Dolby Atmos technology adds space, clarity, and depth, making Echo Studio the best-sounding Echo device. Shop Now

BOSE PORTABLE HOME SPEAKER

Not all smart speakers are tethered by a power cord, and the Bose Portable Home Speaker lets you take your tunes on the go: it offers 12 hours of battery life, excellent sound quality, and Alexa and Google Assistant built in.

Bose Portable Home Speaker Enjoy 360 degrees of deep, clear, lifelike sound and powerful bass, no matter where you play it, no matter what you listen to. Shop Now

AMAZON ECHO SHOW 5

The smart speaker has now evolved into the smart display – capable of showing you videos, news, weather and more, not just speaking to you. The smallest five-inch Echo Show model is the perfect bedside table companion.

Echo Show 5 Smart display with 5.5” screen and full sound, ready to provide you entertainment, help manage your day better and connect you to friends and family - just ask and Alexa will respond instantly. Shop Now

PICK OF THE PLUGS

TP-LINK KASA HS100

You don’t have many specs to pore over when it comes to smart plugs, and the Kasa HS100 covers all the key functions well: it can even turn lights on and off at random to make it look like you’re at home.

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug HS100 Control devices connected to the Smart Plug wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone. Shop Now

NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT

The ‘Learning’ is the key element here, as Google’s smart thermostat will automatically adapt to your routine to save you as much on your energy bills as possible – and of course it works well with the Google Assistant too.

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August 2020