Tag Archive: ‘Smart


Step into the smart light scene with this $120 Philips Hue White Ambiance 4-bulb starter kit

Start here. Expand infinitely.

Amazon has the Philips Hue 4-bulb white ambiance starter kit on sale for $ 119.99, a savings of $ 30 from its regular price. This price drop makes it just $ 20 more than the regular white starter kit, which doesn’t allow you to change the color temperature of the lights. While it may seem like a small difference, the ability to manage the variant of white that the light is displaying is a huge  [Read More…]

Nanoleaf Remote review: The Smart Home conversation starter

Fun, fancy lights deserve a fun, fancy remote,

AC Score 4

Broadly speaking, the appeal of smart lights has always been the ability to control them intelligently. Whether from an app on your phone or a command delivered to your digital assistant of choice, smart lights are able to offer a massive array of options. And while these lights do a great job walking the  [Read More…]

A Father’s Day tribute to beloved music in the age of smart speakers

Turn it up to 11. For dad.

In 2001, my dad bought me my first “hi-fi”, the classic Altec Lansing 641 computer speakers, which included four oversized satellites and the biggest subwoofer I’d ever seen. The system put out 200 watts RMS, and had among the beefiest amplifiers ever put inside a standalone system. The sub alone weighed over 30 pounds (maybe more, it’s hard to remember) and could shake my whole house with the right bass-heavy  [Read More…]

Samsung’s new Chromebook Plus is a smart move that keeps it competitive

The Chromebook Plus will compete nicely with other products in its price range throughout 2018 thanks to a nice refresh by Samsung.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus holds the distinction of being our choice for the Best Chromebook since it was first made available last year. The price-to-feature ratio is simply outstanding, and while it was bested by other models in either category, none came close when considering both. That was about to change with the introduction of  [Read More…]

Hisense H9E Plus 4K Smart TV series with Android TV goes on sale in the US

Back at CES 2018, Hisense was one of the brands that announced a partnership with Google to bring the Android TV platform to an upcoming line of products. Now that line called the Hisense H9E Plus is available for purchase in the US.

There are two models to choose from:

Hisense H9E Plus with 55-inch display (55H9080E Plus) – starting at $ 648 Hisense H9E Plus with 65-inch display (65H9080E Plus) – starting at $ 998

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Combo an Amazon Echo Dot with TP-Link’s smart plug for just $51 today

Buy more, save more.

As part of its Gold Box deals of the day, Amazon has an Echo Dot and TP-Link Smart Plug combo for just $ 50.98, a savings of $ 39 from their regular pricing. These items normally sell for around $ 50 and $ 40 respectively, but both are currently on sale for a bit less. Even compared to the discounted pricing, this bundle still saves you an additional $ 9 off and makes  [Read More…]

Grab the ecobee4 Alexa-enabled Smart Thermostat for $209

It’s learning.

Smart thermostats are awesome and honestly, you should have one in your home. This Alexa-enabled ecobee4 is one of the best on the market currently, and this discount is only a few bucks more than a previous low. Right now you can pick one up for just $ 209, which is $ 50 lower than it normally sells for.

You can control it with just your voice or through the free ecobee iOS and Android  [Read More…]

Sonos Beam is a smart TV soundbar launching July 17 for $399

Pre-orders are available now!

During an event in San Francisco on June 6, Sonos announced a new product called the Sonos Beam. Sonos Beam doubles as both a smart speaker and soundbar for your TV, and it’s packing a lot of features for its $ 399 asking price.

First off, the Beam takes up much less space than Sonos’ last soundbar, measuring in at 60% smaller and 28% shorter than the Playbase.

Sonos Beam connects to your  [Read More…]

What happens when your smart Android TV goes dumb?

If a manufacturer abandons one of the biggest purchases in a home, is there anything that can be done?

Chinese manufacturer LeEco did exactly what a lot of us expected to do. It blew into the U.S. with all the bling and bluster you’d expect from a Chinese upstart that was looking to basically be the next Amazon, only without the fuss of time and build-up.

And then it flamed out and  [Read More…]

Save money on watering your lawn with Rachio’s $136 smart controller

Stop wasting water and money.

Amazon has the 8-zone Rachio smart sprinkler controller on sale for $ 135.99 right now. Recently, it’s been selling for around $ 180 at Amazon, but normally sells for closer to $ 200 elsewhere. This Rachio controller can replace your old, basic one in just a few minutes and provide smarter controls for up to eight different sprinkler zones. If you need control of more zones, you can opt for the 16-zone  [Read More…]