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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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