Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Energenie MiHome Smart Plugs | Review & Giveaway


Smart home devices are becoming more popular with the tech-savvy and those wanting to make their life easier and simpler. I've always been into gadgets, so was delighted to be trying out the Starter Kit from Energenie (£79.99)*. The pack contains three smart plugs, the MiHome Gateway and a remote control. MiHome is Amazon Alexa certified and will connect with other platforms including IFTTT, Nest and more so you can set this up with your other smart home devices. A free, easy to use app for either iOS or Android will help you get up and running and allow you to control your devices from your phone.


The system can be set up quickly with minimum effort. I found it so easy to do it via the app as it guides you through each step. There is no messing around connecting it as you can simply scan the QR code on the back of gateway unit and it recognises what you are setting up. Setting up the plugs was also nice and easy and I was putting them around the house in no time, being able to control them from the app whether this is switching them on and off or setting up a timer. A geofencing feature can be applied to your devices which is based on your phone's location, so it could automatically turn the plugs off after you get a set distance away, or alternatively, put them on when you are nearly back so your home is ready for when you step in the door.


A remote is also supplied with the starter kit which is capable of controlling up to four devices. You can do this either individually or all of them together using the master control buttons. I find this comes in useful when you don't have your phone to hand or want to keep it next to the sofa. I've always been keen to get smart home items so have really enjoyed using these smart plugs, it's made my life that little bit easier. The great thing is that you can keep adding more devices including for other areas of your home including heating, lighting and appliances so I'd definitely want to get some of these in the future.

Giveaway

If you want to get your hands on your own Energenie Starter pack worth £79.99 then check out the competition below and get entering!

Win the Energenie Smart Plugs (3 Pack) #5
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Szczecin, Poland Vlog & Photo Diary


I've always loved travelling and exploring new places. A few months ago we decided to book a cheap trip away to Szczecin, Poland for a few days not really knowing much about what was there to see or do. Even though I normally like to plan everything out before booking it, I have no regrets about picking cheap flights to a random place and just going with it. The town turned out to be a really nice place to visit, with a picturesque river and some interesting architecture. Getting to learn more about the war by exploring the tunnels used to take shelter many years ago was an eye-opener into what people went through. I tried to capture some of what I saw, both in the photos below and the vlog at the bottom of the post. Laura has some other photos of our trip which you can see in her post.






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Monday, 16 October 2017

MYNT Smart Item Tracker & Remote Review


Losing items is something I'm rather good at, particularly putting down the essentials such as my phone, wallet and keys. Bluetooth trackers are becoming a lifesaver for these situations and mean you may never lose anything important again. MYNT have created a smart item tracker (£18.99)* that can be attached to literally anything you want, whether this is your wallet, keychain, laptop, remote, child's clothing or even to use it as a pet tag. This tracker has a very sleek and elegant design and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It's only 1/8th inch thick, 2 inches in length and 1 inch wide. 


Even with its small size, it's still packed full of features that can make your life a whole lot easier. Separation phone alert will give your phone a real-time notification when it leaves a preset area so you can be alerted before you get a chance to lose your item. This function is a step up from just being able to see where your item is after you've already lost it. Separation location allows you to see where your item is and lets you follow directions using the map to be reunited with your possessions. 

The distance indicator will make it quicker to find your stuff and prevent you stressing about getting it back. Being able to track your items from your phone is great, but what happens when you lose your phone? The MYNT tracker is a bi-directional anti-loss device that can be used to locate your phone. Long pressing the button on the MYNT will make your phone ring to help you get it back, probably from the back of the sofa or at the bottom of your bag. Alternatively, whichever item you've tagged will allow you to ring the tracker from your phone and can quite easily manage multiple devices all in the smartphone app.


Additional options on the MYNT tracker let you use it as a camera remote, music remote or even as a presentation clicker. Some extras that are supplied are the tracker loop, a keyring, a spare battery and a couple of adhesive pads for when you want to attach it to solid items. I've loved using this tracker and playing around with all its great features. My favourite function at the minute is the separation phone alert as it prevents me leaving the house without my valuables. I can definitely see myself investing in more of these in the future to tag up multiple items so I can keep track of all the important things I own. 

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