Smart Homes Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:08:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What do i want for Christmas? – Gift Ideas Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:40:16 +0000 We answer the question – What do i want for Christmas? With Christmas around the corner, most of us are planning on what to present our near and dear ones this Christmas. This tradition of giving gifts has been followed for several generations. Irrespective of the religion we belong to, all of us love celebrating …

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We answer the question – What do i want for Christmas?

With Christmas around the corner, most of us are planning on what to present our near and dear ones this Christmas. This tradition of giving gifts has been followed for several generations. Irrespective of the religion we belong to, all of us love celebrating the season of Christmas and indulge in the spirit of Christmas by exchanging gifts with our loved ones. What do i want for Christmas? is the question.

This tradition of gifting during Christmas time has made it one of the most profitable seasons of the year. Fancy stores, supermarkets, mega malls and various other shops prep up and decorate to welcome all the joy and warmth that comes with gifting your loved ones.

This gifting tradition also comes with a whole lot of anxiety on the giver of the gifts as well as on the receiver end. The choice of gift that one makes tells a lot about the giver as well as how the giver of the gift perceives the receiver and his tastes. This is what gets us all in a dilemma in choosing the perfect gift for your loved one.

When making the choice of a gift, one needs to take into consideration the tastes and preferences of the person to who you are planning to gift it to. Knowing your loved ones makes it much easier to gift. For some of us it may be our first time in gifting a loved one, while for others, we may be standing in a dilemma looking all around us, at the gifts and goodies, thinking which one to pick this time.

So why not just make a wish list of all that we desire so that our partner would get a clear understanding of our likes and dislikes. It also is of great help in not making a wrong choice of gift which makes the other person indulging in pretenses that you got for them the perfect gift!

So keeping in mind various tastes and preferences and the surroundings that the person to whom you are gifting it to is in, we have compiled for you a complete list of the perfect Christmas Gift ideas that include everything from gadgets to makeup, fitness accessories to pet supplies, garden assortments and what not.

Read on to know more about the list of gifts that can make a really good surprise for your loved one and make your wisest choice this Christmas!

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Amazon Fire Tablets:

Gifting tablets have become one of the newest trends this Christmas. With new models coming into the market very often, it is one of the most popular choices to surprise your loved ones with.

You can even gift your kids a cool tablet this Christmas. Let your kid learn how to operate a tablet so that he/she would become smart and knowledgeable in this modern technological world.

Read on to know more about the latest and hottest tablets in the market to gift your loved one this Christmas.

  • Amazon All New Fire HD 10

    What do i want for Christmas - Amazon All New Fire HD 10
    Amazon All New Fire HD 10

High definition screen:

The Amazon All New Fire HD 10 is one of the much-loved tablets as it features a large display which is a 1080p full HD screen.

Lots of storage space:

With this tablet, you need not worry anymore about storage space, as it comes with 32 GB storage and a 2 GB RAM. You can also expand the storage up to 256 GB by inserting a micro SD card. Store all of your favorite movies, videos, songs, downloads, images, and lots more on the free unlimited cloud storage.

Long battery life:

The battery life is amazing for long hours of use as it lasts for about 10 hours. With this tablet, you get to enjoy High definition movies, videos, high processing games and more on it.

Capturing perfect moments on camera:

Capture all of your life’s moments on camera and freeze it for a lifetime on the Fire HD 10 that features a 2 MP rear camera for clicking photos and shooting videos. The front-facing camera is perfect for selfies as well as for video chatting and skype calls. You get to shoot 720p videos on this tablet.

Alexa Hands-free:

The Fire HD 10 tab is the very first Fire tab with Alexa Handsfree. With this tab, you get to quickly access all of your needs from information, entertainment, music, games, audiobooks, calendar, events, sports scores, weather telecasts, news and lots more. All you need to do is just ask out loud and the results are right in front of you!

It operates in a hands-free mode and is the perfect tab especially when you have got your hands all busy or dirty and you really need to use your tablet at the very same moment. It makes all of your daily tasks stress-free and easier.

  • The Amazon All New Fire 7 Kids Edition

    The Amazon All New Fire 7 Kids Edition
    The Amazon All New Fire 7 Kids Edition

Wondering what to gift your kids this Christmas? Well, you could surprise them with the Amazon All New Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet.

Kids friendly:

The Amazon All New Fire 7 Kids Edition is designed just to bring a smile on your kid’s face. It is the first tablet to bring in all kinds of Kids crazes for kids ranging from 3 to 12 years. Kids get to access more than 15,000 kiddie books, cartoon shows, kids tv shows, kids movies, educational apps, games and lots more.

Designed for even the most active kids:

Every Fire 7 Kids tablet comes with a kid-proof case accompanied by a 2 year worry free guarantee. So parents need not worry about damages caused to the tablet and kids get to play on these tablets and explore them to their heart’s content. You need not worry about mayhem at home, spills from their meals, bumps and falls as they play with it.

Comes with parental controls:

With the Fire 7 kids tablet, you get to control all of your kid’s activities on the tablet. You can customize it to the likes and dislikes of your kids. You get to set up 4 individual child profiles on it. With it, you can monitor and set up bedtime curfews and much more strict controls over the content viewed and usage of the tablet by your kids.

Kid safe Browser:

With the Fire 7 Kids Tablet, you can allow your kids to access the kid’s safe browser without worrying about your kids watching unwanted stuff on the internet as well as other content which is not meant for their age. You can also get to monitor your kid’s online presence and the content that is being watched by them.

Returns and repairs are available:

Accidents happen in every household, especially with kids involved. The 2 years worry free guarantee covers all kinds of accidents that happen with your kid’s tablets. They replace them with new ones for free in case of accidents and damages during this two-year period.

  • The Amazon All New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

    The Amazon All New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
    The Amazon All New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

This Christmas you could also check out and gift your kids with the Amazon All New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. It is designed just for your kids.

Kid’s friendly browser:

Get the maximum web experience through all New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition web browser. It is designed especially for kids keeping in mind their young age and their need for an expanding knowledge. This web browser blocks all inappropriate content which is not meant for kids to see. It is incorporated with the common-sense media and kids gets to access over 56,000 websites, YouTube videos, games, kids movies, and lots more.

Built for even the most active kids:

This Fire HD 8 Kids edition is equipped with the kid-proof case which can withstand and protect even the toughest of falls and accidents. The 2 years worry free guarantee that it comes with keeps parents’ minds free from worries and you also get to replace the tablet with a new one completely for free.

Downloaded content on the go:

With this tablet, you get to download all of your kid’s favorite content from the internet or Wi-Fi. It can then be saved easily on the tablet’s memory storage and it can be accessible by your kid while you are on the go.

Enables parental controls and monitoring:

On the Fire HD 8 Kids edition tablet, you get to customize your kids content and activities. Parents can also monitor all of their moves so as to ensure that their kids are not viewing inappropriate content or content which does not suit their age and minds.

All that your kids love:

This tablet holds all that your kids love. They get to access more than 15,000 books, audio books, videos, colorful pictures, images, kids’ movies, cartoons, games, educational apps, and lots more.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Luxury Beauty Products:

Are you planning on gifting your woman with a gift she would love for Christmas? What better gift than Make-up? Well, this Christmas you can gift the female members of your family with Luxury Beauty Products. They will love you even more for it!

Read on to know more about these products:

  •  English Laundry Notting Hill Eau de Parfum Giftset

English Laundry Notting Hill Eau de Parfum
English Laundry Notting Hill Eau de Parfum

This Eau de Parfum set is a lovely Christmas gift to gift your lady love. This classic perfume has a blend of some of the most exotic fragrances combined in one bottle. All of it is specially created to give you a perfume that is known to stand the test of time. It still retains its freshness even after several tiring hours.

A bottle of this English Laundry Notting Hill Eau de Parfum combines nuances of bergamot, lemon, lime and other luxuriant natural scents of jasmine, peppercorn, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and amber.

All of these scents are wrapped up to give you a sensual classic musk that is bound to capture the attention of everyone around you and getting heads to turn your way. It is an enticing scent that attracts others to your magnetism and charm. It comes beautifully wrapped in a compact packing with the scent intact.


  • Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex

    Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex
    Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex

The Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex is a special skin formula which is a NIACIN powered Skin Therapy that is created to give your lady love the flawless and gorgeous skin that truly reflects her beauty both inside and out.

It comprises of Micro Nutrients and NIACIN that works its way deep into the delicate layers of your skin and keeps it smooth and supple. It is primarily a repair cream. It is one of the popular choices among women as it is known for its beauty treatments.

It contains the 5% Pro- Niacin Patented Formula. It is also known for preventing sun damage and restoring sun and aged damaged skin to its former glory. It offers 24-hour skin protection, prevention, and Repair.

It taps into the natural protective power of your skin and builds an effective barrier building system that protects your skin and keeps it looking younger. It acts to release NIACIN continuously and to stimulate the natural regeneration of one’s skin. Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex is clinically proven to give you the following results:

  • Improving the appearance of your skin which is damaged by the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Reduces the appearances of the fine lines and wrinkles on one’s face.
  • Improves the tone of one’s skin as well as the firmness and texture of the overall facial skin and hands.
  • Fortifies your skin against further damages and harmful pollution.
  • Defends against sun damage and damage caused due to the aging process.

  •  RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

    RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner
    RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner is an advanced formula which is specially formulated to give women amazing eyebrows. It enables women to enhance their appearance through beautifully crafted eyebrows. It merely enhances the appearance of your natural eyebrows.

It is the perfect remedy for eyebrows which look sparse and which have undergone damage due to scaring, damages caused by styling, environmental effects or through an accident. RevitaLash Cosmetics Eyebrow Conditioner gives women more beautiful and well-shaped eyebrows with a much bolder appearance. It is known to effectively remove brittleness and prevent damage to the eyebrows.

It is suggested that it should be applied every day so as to condition the eyebrows from the very root and boost its growth. This will lead to the growth of much healthier and luscious looking eyebrows. However, before application, the user should go through the instructions provided on the box, very carefully.

It is one of the top-selling, award-winning formulas. Around 92% of its users have reported having bolder and luscious eyebrows after its application.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Kindle E-Readers:

If you are a book lover, then you are in for a huge reading treat this Christmas. There are a whole lot of new Kindle E-Readers for you to choose from. They are very handy especially when you are looking for comfort as well as reading at the same time. It is ideal when you go traveling all over the planet, as you can get all of your favorite books at your fingertips with these kindle readers.

Read on to know more about them.

  •  Kindle E-Reader

    Kindle E-Reader
    Kindle E-Reader

Thin and light for the user to handle:

If you desire a Kindle E-Reader that is thinner and lighter for use, then this is the one for you. You get to easily access all books from different authors all over the world at the largest library of audiobooks. It is designed in such a manner to offer you convenience by easily switching between reading and listening. This kindle E-Reader is Bluetooth enabled.

Easy on the eyes:

It is easy on your eyes with a large display which offers complete clarity on all that you see. It is also quite user-friendly. With it, you need not worry about screen glares, and adjustments according to the surroundings and lighting facilities.

With the Kindle E-Reader, there need not be worried about blue lights damaging your eyes and causing you eye strains. You can read it for hours and still doze off with a good night’s sleep. It has a large 6-inch display screen for comfortable reading.

High battery back up:

It has a high battery back up power that lasts for weeks. There are no constant disturbances in the form of alerts and notifications, just the pure pleasure of reading books and getting lost in them.

Your new best friend:

Well, before, you had books as your best friends. But with the arrival of the Kindle E-Reader, it has replaced books to become your very best friend to spend enjoyable moments and get lost in a whole different world which the book portrays for you. There are thousands of books for you to choose from and several authors as well, from different nationalities, races, etc.

  •  Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

The Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader is also a 6-inch E-Reader. It features built-in light, Wi-Fi facilities, and exciting offers.

High-resolution E-Reader:

The Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader is much loved for its high definition display. It features much more pixels when compared to the previous E-Reader versions. It is an excellent choice for reading your favorite books with crispiness, and text which is displayed with laser quality.

Next generation reading experience:

This E-Reader offers you an amazing reading experience that you have been longing to have. It offers you displays with clear fonts, and you get to customize all of your book reading settings.


You get to read in style as well as in comfort with this glare-free version. The screen adjusts automatically by itself to suit the brightness or dimness of your surroundings.

6 weeks battery life:

Fed up of continuously plugging in your E-Reader so that you can read at your favorite spot? Well, this one comes with a long battery life that lasts you up to 6 weeks without charging.

One hand reading:

The compactness, lightness and the dimension of this E-Reader enable you to do all of your reading with one hand. You can lie down and read or sit and read or turn it into any other position and still be able to read all that you love.

No more tired and burning eyes:

Say goodbye to tired and burning eyes by getting this E-Reader. It is perfect for all forms of reading and is suitable for all situations and surroundings. It sends the light to the very surface of the display for an easier reading experience, unlike the tablets, phones and other such gadgets. You get to read in comfort without eye strains.

  • The all-new Kindle Oasis E-Reader

    The all-new Kindle Oasis E-Reader
    The all-new Kindle Oasis E-Reader

This can also prove to be the best Christmas gift for your loved ones as it is newly launched in the market and has amazing features that you can’t resist.

Largest screen resolution display:

The all-new Kindle Oasis E-Reader features the largest and biggest screen resolution display for a Kindle reading experience like never before. It features a large 7-inch display screen which displays all the text with absolute clarity in any light. It displays more pages so that you don’t need to keep turning too many pages to get to the end of the book.

The matter is crisp with laser quality for the texts. It is like reading on real paper without any glares and sunlight reflections. You get to read all of your text and books even in the harsh sunlight.

Feels light as paper:

What is the use if you have a kindle reader which does not provide you with ease of reading due to its heavyweight? Well, this one solves it for you. You get to read all you wish and in whichever position you feel comfortable in. The ultra-thin 3.4 mm display along with the strong cover glass and the sleek aluminum back ensures that it is lightweight for you.

Large storage capacity:

With the Kindle Oasis E-Reader, you get to download all of your favorite books and store them on your E-Reader to read at your convenience. For this, it is equipped with a large storage capacity of 8GB and 32 GB.

Read books on the go:

Reading has never been easier with the Kindle Oasis E-Reader. You get to personalize your reading settings, font sizes, text clarity, boldness levels, alignment of texts and more. Read books wherever you may be and while you are on the go.

Perfect adaptive lighting:

The Kindle Oasis E-Reader comes with an adaptive front light and adjustable reading light to suit your surroundings. The automatic screen brightness lights up or dims your screen depending on your surroundings, whether you are out in the harsh sunlight or in a dim room or in a completely dark room.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Watches:

Watches have been traditional Christmas gifts since time immemorial. Watches are symbolic and they stand for perfection, edginess and a bolder look when worn on a man’s wrist. While on a woman, it stands for elegance and flawlessness. So, this Christmas, gift your loved one with a watch to show them how much they mean to you.

  • Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Gold-Tone Watch

    Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Gold-Tone Watch
    Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Gold-Tone Watch

The Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Gold-Tone Watch is a watch that will never go out of style. It radiates a rich and sophisticated look. Just a perfect choice to gift your Dad, Husband, Fiancé, Brother or any male member of your family.

It will look bold and big on your man’s wrist. It comes with a black IP case which protects the watch. The other features include an automatic dial and a durable gray silicone strap.

The Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Gold tone watch is known for its performance. It carries itself perfectly by combining a sporty and edgy look. It is specially designed to look charming on your man’s hand.

The watch weights approximately 1.1 pounds with a case diameter of 44 mm. It is also one of the most preferred choices for men as it is water resistant to 100 m which are approximately 330 ft. Thus, you can wear your watch into the water without worries of it getting destroyed. However, you can wear it only for swimming and snorkeling, but not for diving.

  • Michael Kors Women’s Darci Rose Gold Tone Watch

    Michael Kors Women’s Darci Rose Gold Tone Watch
    Michael Kors Women’s Darci Rose Gold Tone Watch

The Michael Kors Women’s Darci Rose Gold Tone Watch is an excellent watch for gifting to your lady love or to other female members of your family, this Christmas. They will love you for it, as this watch radiates elegance and grace.

There can be no better gift than this to surprise the ladies this Christmas. This bracelet watch adds a finishing look to the overall ensemble, no matter what the choice is. It is suitable for any occasion and matches with every kind of ensemble that you plan on wearing.

What makes it even more alluring is that it is expertly crafted to add to the beauty of your lady love and it will never go out of style.  If taken proper care, it could last you for generations! The strap of this watch is made up of stainless steel which contains a fold over clasp with a double push-button safety closure, and an elegant looking tonal dial.

The entire watch is in rose gold tones. It comes with a 39-mm stainless steel case along with a mineral dial window. This watch is water resistant and it can be worn on the wrist while under water. However, it can be used only up to 50 m, which is approximately 165 ft. It is suitable only for short swimming durations and not for diving and snorkeling.

  • Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

    Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch
    Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

The Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch is designed for those of you who have an active fitness life and are fitness freaks. This can serve as a perfect gifting option this Christmas for all the fitness freaks of your circle. Read on to know more about this amazing watch.

Step by step guidance:

You can indulge in your very own dynamic coaching with a step by step guidance coaching offered by your very own watch. It offers you complete on-screen guidance to get you through the exercises. It takes you through the very end of every move and routine.

Your very own favorite playlist:

Well, you cannot take on your phone or iPod for an extreme workout as they will surely be damaged. But you could surely wear your fit bit iconic smartwatch during your workout sessions and it will play for you all of your favorite tracks from your personal playlist.

water resistant and hardcore:

It is completely water resistant to enable you to head out for long swims. You can also go biking, run, jog, and other multi-sports activities.

Long battery life:

This smartwatch battery is designed to last you for more than 4 days. But it depends on the activity that you are indulging in. It tracks all of your activities throughout the day and collects that information for future updates.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Home Automation Devices:

We all love our homes and it is where our heart is. So this Christmas, why not gift your loved ones and your home with Home Automation devices that keep your home safe, up to date and cool? These home automation devices could turn out the be the best ever Christmas gift.

  • Schlage Keypad Deadbolt Home Security Kit

    Schlage Keypad Deadbolt Home Security Kit
    Schlage Keypad Deadbolt Home Security Kit

The Schlage Keypad Deadbolt Home Security Kit is designed by the Schlage Lock company to keep your home and your family safe and secure. This security kit comes with Nexia Home Intelligence.

Keeps your loved ones safe:

With this Home security kit, you can assign codes to your loved ones for them to easily access and enter. You can also get notified of who is entering your home and leaving as well. You can also set it to automatically switch on the lights at home to make it appear that someone is actually there. You can operate, manage and monitor every move from your office computer or even while you are on the go, on your smartphone and tablet.

Schlage Home Keypad Deadbolt:

With this, you can easily manage and monitor all that is happening at home. The deadbolt features a keypad which does not wear out easily, an illuminated keypad to easily access it at night. Another amazing feature of this deadbolt is that it is programmable to the settings of up to 19 different and unique user codes.

Schlage Home Dimmer Module:

The Schlage Home Dimmer Module ensures that it is much easier for you to control all of your plug-in lamps at home. With this dimmer module, you can easily turn on all of your lights at home on or off or you can even dim them to the degree that you want to.

You can do all this and more with this amazing device while you are far away from home. This is to give the impression to others that you are actually at home and not elsewhere and that your home is not empty at the moment.

  • Wink Bright Smart Lighting essentials

    Wink Bright Smart Lighting essentials
    Wink Bright Smart Lighting essentials

The Wink Bright Smart Lighting is a smart way to light up your home with the Alexa technology and what better gift than this on an occasion like Christmas. Light up your home this Christmas and make the celebrations brighter.

Wink Bright:

The lighting facilities and operation is connected to the wink app on your smartphone, which can be downloaded and set. All of your lights at home can be turned on or off and dimmed to give the desired effect. You can do all of this while you are away. All it needs is just a tap on the wink app on your smartphone.

Home Sitter:

The Homesitter lighting facility is designed to turn on all of the smart lights on or off so as to mimic the presence of a human being at home, when in fact they are not. This is the perfect setting to keep your home safe from burglaries by giving them the impression that someone is at home.

Moonlight syncs:

According to your local surroundings and the sunrise and sunsets, the Moonlight syncs also functions accordingly by turning your lights on or turning off.

Supports other products and brands as well:

The Wink Bright Smart lighting essentials are designed to support other products and branded devices to keep your home safe and secure and to ensure comforts for you. To these, you can add locks, alarms, sensors, thermostats and other house security essentials as well.

  • Universal Devices Home Automation Controller Smart Hub

    Universal Devices Home Automation Controller Smart Hub
    Universal Devices Home Automation Controller Smart Hub

This Christmas create a smart home with the Universal Devices Home Automation Controller Smart Hub, which uses Alexa technology. This smart Hub can prove to be the gift of the year for your home or your loved one.

It is a fully independent Home automated device which you can control anywhere and while you are on the go, by accessing your smartphone. It comes with a built-in logic system which keeps track of events, safe web server, and a clock that keeps accurate time.

Hands-free access:

It comes with the Alexa technology that provides you a hands-free technology. All you need to do is speak out your command and Alexa does the work for you.

The Alexa can do all of the following activities for you:

  • Switching the lights on or off.
  • Dim or brighten the lights in the house.
  • Increase or decrease the room temperature by turning the thermostat on or off.
  • Checks as to whether the front door is opened or closed.
  • Opens or locks the front door for you.
  • Adjusting the settings on devices and other household gadgets.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Pet Products:

Is your loved one fond of pets? Then this Christmas, you can surprise him/her with some of the pet products to keep them as well as your pet friend happy. There can be no better gift than these pet products for an animal lover. So, go ahead and gift your loved ones a gift they would love to use for their loved one- their pet.

  •  Snoozer Luxury Pet Sofa

    Snoozer Luxury Pet Sofa
    Snoozer Luxury Pet Sofa

The Snoozer Luxury Pet Sofa is the best way to pamper your pet this Christmas. It’s specially created and designed so that your pet can enjoy a good snooze on it. It comprises of furniture grade Micro Suede. The inner parts of this sofa are made up of a spring-bound fiber that provides enough of space for your pet to stretch out and snooze away in pleasure on this sofa.

It gives your dog complete comfort as well as style. No need for special vacuum cleaning. All you have to do is just pop the sofa cover into the washing machine and turn the tap on cold water to clean it and provide your dog with a fresh cover to snooze on.

The Snoozer Luxury Pet Sofa comes in multiple colors and in various sizes. You can choose the size of the sofa to suit that of your pet and its needs. The sizes of this sofa are 30L X 20W X 12H inches. The large sofa sizes are 40L X 30W X 13H inches. And the extra-large pet sofa is the size 54L X 36W X 15 H inches.

The entire product weighs around 15 pounds. You don’t get these pet sofas in your local stores, so hurry and get it this Christmas and please your loved one as well as your dog with his favorite snooze sofa.

  • Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium

    Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium
    Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium

The Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium is also a perfect Christmas gift to choose this Christmas for those of you are looking for an eye-catching and attractive centerpiece for your living room. Enjoy the pleasure of having a tropical looking fish aquarium in your living room or bedroom to add to the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. With this aquarium, you don’t need to bother about feeding the fish and maintaining the aquarium.

It is a masterpiece of glass artwork that is designed and crafted to charm the viewers. It is beautifully crafted and designed to express the small islands of Venice and the deep blue lagoons.

The Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium is actually an artwork of Murano Glassblowers. The viewers get charmed by the beauty of this piece with colorful fishes swimming in the aquarium, underwater reeds, and plants, glass rod decorations that add to the charm.

The Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium creates the perfect illusion and gives it a magical experience, unlike any other showpiece. It adds to the beauty through its reflection of the natural light that catches on to the surface and reflects out. This makes it look more vibrant and magical.

Each piece of the Smithsonian Murano Glass Aquarium varies in size and beauty. Each piece is like one of a kind. The entire glasswork is approximately 5 inches in height d7 inches in width.

  • Acrylic Bird Carrier Travel Cage

    Acrylic Bird Carrier Travel Cage
    Acrylic Bird Carrier Travel Cage

Are you a nature lover and a lover of birds? Do you carry your little birdie everywhere you go? Well, this Christmas you and your little birdie are in for a little treat with the Acrylic Bird Carrier. It is actually a travel cage in which you can carry your bird along with you where ever you go. It is suitable for all varieties and types of birds, especially the parrots.

These bird carriers are spacious and airy that gives your bird the pleasure of sing along. These bird cages will be the envy of all around you. You can easily carry your bird to the vet for its medication as it is easy to handle and carry about.

This cage is also perfect for you to carry your little birdie out for vacations and fun holidays along with you and your family. It is also kids friendly and it acts a temporary vacation home for your bird. Each birdcage piece that is delivered is professionally well packed in a double wall box.

Lots of ventilation:

The Acrylic Bird Carrier Travel Cage comes with lots of air slots on either side of the cage. This lends it plenty of ventilation facilities for your bird to enjoy.

Handle as well as a perch:

The handle of this bird carrier can be used for you to carry your bird along with you where ever you go. At the same time, this handle can also be used as a perch for your birdie to sit and swing on.

Food and water facilities:

Your birdie needs food and water, so every bird cage has got to have a provision for food and water. This one has too, and they are specially designed to suit your bird’s needs. There are separate cups for both food and water for your bird.

Beautifully handcrafted:

The Acrylic Bird Carrier Travel cage is beautifully handcrafted to give it a lovely appearance, especially with your little birdie inside. The entire birdcage is 15 x 15 x 23 in height and the interior dimensions of this bird cage are 14 x 14 x 18.

The dimensions of this cage are perfect for all kinds of birds, whether you wish to keep a big bird, medium-sized birds, and small birds. The entire birdcage is lightweight and very strong. It is easier to carry your bird anywhere due to its lightweight.

Special perches:

This cage is equipped with numerous perches. One of it acts as a handle as well as a perch. Another one is used to keep bird toys to keep it occupied. On these perches, your bird can sit in any position and in any direction. The perches can also be easily removed to suit your needs.

Carriers can be reassembled:

This bird cage is specially designed and created to offer you convenience. You can easily break down this bird carrier in case you do not have enough of space to carry it with you, and then once you reach your destination, you can reassemble it back into a full birdcage. The entire process of re-assembling will take you just 3 minutes time.

For the re-assembling process, all it requires is just a good Philips screwdriver to get it back up.  The material of the bird carrier is built with a quarter inch cast acrylic. Each piece on the birdcage is laser cut and highly polished to give it a smooth and charming overall look.

  1. What do I want for Christmas – Lawn and Garden Products:

Most of us work too hard and go through dull and boring routines in our day to day life. So, when we get an occasion like Christmas to have some fun time, we go all out to enjoy these precious moments with our friends and family.

The backyard and the front garden are the perfect spaces to have a refreshing, rejuvenating and fun time. These moments can be enhanced and be made more fun with these lawn and garden products.

Set up a bonfire and dance with good food and drinks while merrymaking or set up a refreshing bubble massage spa amidst the beauty of nature as you get lost in your thoughts.

  • Suncast Horizontal Storage Shed

    Suncast horizontal storage set
    Suncast horizontal storage shed

The Suncast Horizontal Storage set offers solutions to all of your storage problems. Get all of your solutions to outdoor storage by using this storage set. With this storage set, there is no shortage of all the opportunities to store your requirements and valuables.

Designed for strength:

The Suncast Horizontal storage set is designed and created for strength and stability in your storage options. It is made up of a durable, tough and long lasting double walled resin. The floor of this storage set is also quite tough to hold heavier items.

Maximum security:

The Suncast Horizontal Storage set is equipped with a 3-door locking system that is designed to keep your stored items secure and safe. The lid is easy to lift. However, you can do so only with a prop rod. The bolt on the doors to the lid is secure and strong, yet easy for the user to open it.

The manufacturers have provided this storage set keeping in mind complete security for your items. So, they have specially designed a lid which is lockable along with other added security measures.

The exteriors of this storage set are 4 feet 5 inches. W X 2 ft. 8 – ¼ in. DX 3 ft. 9-1/2 in height. The Interior dimensions are 4 ft. 1 in. W x 2 ft. 4-1/4 in. DX 3 ft. 7 in. H.

Low maintenance design:

Most of the storage sets are quite difficult to clean and maintain because of their design and structure. However, the Suncast Horizontal Storage set is designed to make cleaning and maintenance very easy for you.

Easy assemblage:

You can dismantle all of its parts to carry it with you for easy storage and space. Once you require it for storage, you can easily reassemble it and set it up with just the right tools. Even in this reassembling process, you make use of just the basic minimal tools for reassembling.

Warranty period:

The Suncast Horizontal storage set comes with a 10-year limited warranty period in case of malfunctions and other defects within this limited warranty period.

Weather protection for your storage shed:

The manufacturers have also kept in mind your requirements against weather hazards that tend to damage your precious stored items. So, each storage set is specially equipped with water resistance barriers against winds and water, as well as UV protection against the harmful rays of the sun.

  •  Intex 77 IN Pure Spa Portable Bubble Massage Spa set

This Bubble Massage Spa Set can be a luxurious treat for your loved ones given their hectic and tiring life. This gift can come as a relaxation and a good break from the daily chores to treat themselves with something special.

So, go ahead and gift the ultimate spa experience to your loved ones this Christmas and make them feel extra special on this special festive occasion.

Ultimate spa experience:

The Intex 77 Bubble Massage spa set is designed to give you the ultimate bubble spa experience. It is designed to give you pleasure with its built-in hard water treatment system. It gives you a soothing experience with the water lapping gently on your skin.

The added built-in and easy to use control panel can be used to set into motion the multiple 120 high powered bubble jets. You can also adjust the remote-control panels to make the jets work its magic in gentler motions on your skin.

The heating system along with a combination of adding your own personal settings to the temperature ensures that your time in the spa is soothing and refreshing, just the way you want it.

Safety features:

This bubble spa is provided with an insulated cover and a lock. This acts to minimize the loss of heat and this also acts as an extra safety feature.

Easy maintenance:

With a spa comes the added headache of maintenance and cleanliness. However, with the Intex 77 Bubble massage spa set, you need not have worries of maintenance. It requires low maintenance as it is equipped with easily replaceable filter cartridges. All these fittings, provisions and replaceable parts ensure that you enjoy a cool, refreshing and pleasurable bubble spa.

Other features:

The Intex 77 Bubble massage spa set also includes several other features like the new technology heating system, replaceable filter cartridges which are 2 in number, an inflation hose, a chlorine dispenser, a thermal ground cloth, test strips, etc.

The capacity of the bubble spa:

This bubble spa is designed and created to fit at least 4 people. It is capable of holding about 210 gallons of water in it. The maximum water temperature which it is designed to hold is 68 degrees to 104 degrees.

Structural stability:

The Intex 77 Bubble massage spa is equipped with the latest fiber tech construction. This gives your massage spa a much higher structural stability. While you enjoy your spa, the surface is maintained comfortable and refreshing for you to enjoy your bubble spa.

Lightweight and strong:

This bubble spa follows the industrial standards to give you better and enhanced bubble massages in your favorite spa. It is lightweight with amazing fibers that add strength to the spa. It is also known for its durability and long-lasting effects.

  •  Solo stove Bonfire

    Solo stove Bonfire
    Solo stove Bonfire

What better gift than a Bonfire for Christmas. This could turn out be just that perfect gift that can well use during Christmas and later on as well. In fact, it is the best Christmas gift that can be used all through the winters. Your loved ones would just love it and be ever thankful for it.

Perfect for bonfires:

The Solo Stove Bonfire is just perfect for your backyard and patio bonfires can just be perfect as it does not give out much smoke, and it does not ruin your clothes with bonfire grime and remains of the fire.

It is a much-loved stove bonfire as it is made up of stainless steel, combustion limits, efficiency in the airflow and equal circulation of air, sophisticated outdoor design. It was engineered to give you just the perfect bonfire moments with your friends and family in your backyard or front porch.

Efficient burning and smoking:

The Solo stove bonfire produces just the right fire you need for your bonfire. During the process of burning, it produces less smoke. So, all of the logs of wood that you put in get burnt completely without you having to deal with half-burnt logs of wood.

Secondary combustion:

The Solo Stove Bonfire comes with a double wall that facilitates for maximum airflow and increased burning of the fuel used like logs of wood or coal. There are bottom vent holes that let out the excess heat and combustible air. It also permits fresh air to enter into and facilitate more and continued burning of the logs of wood and fuel.

Fewer bonfire smudges:

Due to the low smoke emits, there will be a lesser amount of grime, dirt and bonfire smudges on your clothes. You get to enjoy more time out with your friends and family at the bonfire instead of worrying about your clothes.

We hope we have answered your question – What do I want for Christmas?


Bottom Line

Christmas comes each year and with it comes all numerous traditions that have been practiced through the generations. Some of these Christmas traditions are decorating the Christmas tree with goodies and twinkling lights, the crib with baby Jesus in it, Christmas dances, making up sweets, kulkals and yummy mouth melting cookies, exchanges Christmas gifts on Christmas eve, the Tradition of Santa Claus coming down the Chimney and lots more.

One such tradition which is followed by everyone is gifting your loved ones during this season of Love. With the above list of gifts to present your loved ones for Christmas, you can be sure that they will love them as well as you for it.

These gifts are not just any ordinary gifts that you can gift to your loved one, these are the gifts that they utilize in their daily life and that can be purposeful for them, and this reason they will love you more for gifting them such precious gifts.

If you want to make your loved ones feel special on Christmas day, gift them with these awesome gifts this Christmas and show them how much you love having them in your life and how much they mean to you.

Christmas is the time of joy and celebration with love at every corner. With over 4 billion people celebrating Christmas all around the world, it is really a special occasion for bonding, gifting and creating memories that last a lifetime. So, make this Christmas all the more special by gifting your loved ones with some of the above mentioned special gifts and make them feel special too.


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Lifx vs Hue – The Smart Lights Showdown Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:29:39 +0000 LIFX VS HUE – A DETAILED COMPARISON     Home gadgets make your life way more easy and convenient than you think they can. Smart lightings are not left behind. These can be shockingly useful and also do some really cool things like switching off when you go out, turning on when you get back …

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Philips Hue vs Lifx
Philips Hue


Home gadgets make your life way more easy and convenient than you think they can. Smart lightings are not left behind. These can be shockingly useful and also do some really cool things like switching off when you go out, turning on when you get back home, making lights hotter or cooler for you depending on the temperature of the day and your preference, they also flash to remind you of occasions, making lighting much more helpful than before.

But in any case, it is super difficult to select the correct lightings for your needs, given the variety of choices that are available out there.

While a bad lighting system may fail in a large part of it and be a torment for quite a while. A decent smart lighting system is quite simple and convenient to use, and also gives you a lot of alternatives on how to set up your home.

In this article, we are going to compare two of the best lighting systems that have brilliant lights, namely Lifx vs Hue.

Philips Hue
Philips Hue
Colour Ranges from 2000K to 6500K Ranges from 2500K to 9000K
Lifespan 25,000-hour lifespan  23 years at 3 hours per day
Size/Fitting Three bulb shapes (A19, BR30, and PAR19) and 2 different fittings (E26, GU10)  Two bulb shapes (A19 and BR30) and three fittings (E26, E27, and B22)
Smart Hub Compatibility Wink hub, Wink hub 2,
Smart Things hub
Smart Things hub
Lumens 800 lumens  1,000 lumens
Software Has more third-party apps for different light control options More user-friendly design and color wheel



Lifx and Hue are two of the best splendid lightings that are easily accessible today. These are both magnificent choices that give amazing color, shape and feel all around your home.

Lifx is splendid and is beneficial for any occasion. It gives you the brightest possible lights and has a lot of customizations. While, Hue is the best choice for complete customization, simplicity, and control through the entire home. It also gives amazing ease of use of the application and also gives good control over the smart lights.

Both Lifx and Hue have their own committed applications (apps) that accompany the already specified voice control capacity they have with smart speakers like Alexa. Both applications work perfectly with iOS and Android gadgets, and both of them enable you to control your lights, set timetables and hues, and even have a great time with highlights where you can play with settings like brightness and darkening highlights.

Though both the applications are quite similar to each other, Lifx allows for more control on a single screen, whereas the Philips Hue constrains you to pick a shading at that point and then hop to another screen to set the lighting. Shades can be adjusted from one area to another, which makes tweaking your brilliant lights to your inclination easy. Talking about the equipment of Lifx and Philips, there are quite a few distinctions. One of these distinctions is the competence that influences the decision of Lifx or Hue.

Lifx is composed of a short, round and hollow plastic edge that permits the globule’s gleam sparkle brighter and achieve more light. The knobs also allow more extensive conveyance of light beam to give your home a brighter vibe.

While in Hue, the equipment is outlined with a globe-like plastic that lets the light ricochet around and sparkle in a funnel-shaped shape. This looks cool if you are hanging it from a roof or in a bedside light holder. The Hue can cast itself gleaming down on everything inside its range. It also has a more extensive outline plot for more pillar reach.


LIFX is an amazing lighting system for any home. LIFX lights do not require a hub to connect to your Wi-Fi arrangement, it spares you those extra wired gadgets around your router. LIFX lights have excellent shading and brilliant choice of colors. The LIFX 1000 model can be set to a wide assortment of hues from red to violet, and anything in between. The knobs can put out a splendid 1055 Lumens (60-watt brilliant globules put out around 800 Lumens), however, hues do get blur to some degree at the brightest setting. LIFX lights can be set up to work with Amazon Echo and it also works with Nest. The organization has recently announced that Apple Homekit bolster is coming soon. However, it is doubtful whether the current knobs will be upheld once it is discharged.


There are a variety of models and variants available in LIFX lights. We are listing a few of them below:


    Lifx Mini
    Lifx Mini

As the name suggests, it is a mini light and every mini bulb wears a conservative outline, yet at the same time puts out a solid 800 lumens of light at crest splendor, which is generally equivalent to a 60W radiant regardless of just 9W each.

The Lifx Mini has globules, which include infrared night vision diodes to enables to see even the lightest of things for your surveillance cameras during the evening. Like the current Lifx globules and the Mini LEDs, each house has their own Wi-Fi radio, enabling them to communicate straightforwardly with your home system. That implies that you can control them from any place with a web connection, and it additionally implies that you don’t have to bother about the connectivity, as it comes with an exceptional center point to decipher their flag.


Another variant of Lifx is the Lifx Beam. It is an arrangement of color changing light bars that you have to adhere to your dividers to help light up the place and make it look lively. Each bar is around 12 inches long and contains 10 distinct “zones” of colors that you can control, program, and animate using the Lifx application on your Android, iOS, or Windows device. The Lifx Beam light bars and their stunning technicolor zones work similar to the Lifx Z shade changing light strip.


LIFX presented smaller than the usual forms of its Wi-Fi-associated brilliant lights and now the organization is back again with another item known as the LIFX Tile. It is a progression of five boards that are supposed to be mounted on a divider and can illuminate a wide range of hues. The tiles have 64 free zones each and bolster 16 million hues. Since the zones can be controlled freely, a solitary board can show various hues in the meantime. LIFX Tile appears to be principally ornamental, intended to make bright impacts amid the day and irritable lighting around evening time.

Lifx Z LED strip
Lifx Z LED strip

Lifx is the best alternative in the color changing smart globule class and it has recently presented “Lifx Z,” which is an arrangement of multicolor LED strips that you can stick up under cupboards or behind your TV set. They associate specifically to your switch using the Wi-Fi, simply like Lifx lights do, and even let you “paint” each strip with numerous hues. The starter unit accompanies two 1-meter strips and the module control supply with the extra 1-meter strip. The Lifx Z strips have a very straightforward interface where the strips are connected together and then they are connected to the power connector. The Lifx application will guide about connecting with the Wi-Fi flag and it will also connect them with your home system, after which you will be good to go.

Pros of LIFX

  • Works with Amazon Echo and Nest
  • Awesome lighting and shading choices
  • No hub is required

Cons of LIFX

  • Not bolstered by Apple HomeKit
  • Costly for a solitary light

 Buy Lifx Kit >> 


On the off chance that one name which is synonymous with shrewd lighting, is the Philips Hue. With its shading, changing globules and application control, Hue is the principal item to truly indicate what can be made possible with brilliant lighting. With changing times and different lightings, Hue has also evolved with a lot of models and variants. Also, the framework of Hue now bolsters Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home as well as Smart things. What’s more, it has its own sequence of switches and movement sensors as well.


Hue also has a huge collection of different variations in lighting. A few of them are mentioned below:

  1. Hue White and color ambiance Starter kit

With Hue white and color ambiance you can change your lighting experience into an exceptional one. This Home lighting offers shaded lighting that can be matched up to your music, TV, and diversions for impressive effects. Be innovative with 16 million hues, play with light and explore all the 16 million hues in a flash and change the look and environment of your room entirely. Moreover, this will help get you out of bed just the way you like, which helps you in beginning your day feeling invigorated. With the Hue iOS and Android applications, you can control your lights remotely from wherever you are. Just connect your Hue lights with the extension and begin finding the unlimited conceivable ways of lighting up your home. Control your lights from your cell phone or tablet with the Hue application and add changes to your framework to suit with your lights.

  1. Hue White ambiance Starter kit

Hue white ambiance helps you to doze off and wake up with ease. The soothing lights of this starter kit empower your mind and help you to think, read and unwind. Set the correct atmosphere based on your preferences with a scope of white light, from cool sunlight to unwinding warm white light. Remain centered with finely tuned splendid white light. It can enable you to complete things rapidly and proficiently without distractions. Set clocks, notices, alerts and more for the full Hue involvement. Hue even works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, and Google Home and enables you to control your lights with your voice. In the event that you have forgot to turn your lights off before you stepped out of your home, you can easily do it from wherever you are remote with its app and also switch them on if need be.

  1. Hue Light Strips

Hue Light Strips extension pack gives you a chance to make perfect lighting mindset at home with your cell phone or gadgets. You can choose either curves, shapes, flex or anything, its completely your choice. Essentially you can also match up your lights to your hue bridge. Once that is done, you can control your lights remotely from any place in your home. Be it from the parlor, the dining table or from your room, this amazing gadget can control any light associated with the bridge. Hue light strips depend on ZigBee, which is a low power, safe, and solid innovation that helps in controlling your lights. New highlights and enhancements persistently add to the framework. Bend, shape and fix your hue light Strips to adjust them with the furniture and give new light impacts to the finishing. Because of the incorporated sticky tape of the Hue Light Strips, it’s easy to place the item at any place and on any item.

  1. Hue Bloom

With the new Hue Bloom, add a Hue Iris to your framework. A stylish mode light that sits on your work area, your rack or the floor and lights up your walls with wonderful shaded light. Hue bloom is intended to make circuitous surrounding lighting and is an ideal approach to feature particular furniture or architecture highlights in your home. Furthermore, it is a fitting based item. You can stretch, move it around and put it wherever a power attachment is accessible. Put it on your TV bureau, your bedroom, your work area or just underneath your most loved painting. You can place it beyond anyone’s ability to see, and these amazing lights will assure that you receive compliments for your interior. Connect your Hue Bloom lights with the extension to control your lights from your cell phone or tablet with the help of the Hue application.

  1. Hue Go

Add a Hue Go with white and shaded lights to your framework. The Go has rich looks with a straightforward and simple packaging. It is remote, versatile and rechargeable, up to 3 hours. Control it through the Hue framework or by means of the button on-product. Hue Go can be the most adaptable light in your home. You can connect it to an electrical plug and use it to paint your walls with hued or white light. Unplug it from the electrical plug and Hue Go turns into a convenient centerpiece that you can use to bring out the best light for your needs. It is controlled by a rechargeable inward battery and can last up to 3 hours. Likewise, in easy mode, Hue Go can be completely controlled with your gadgets. The implicit savvy battery ensures most extreme utilization as well. Though Hue Go is not waterproof, it can withstand high dampness.

Pros of Hue:

  • Technical changes make Hue a standout amongst all other globules available
  • The overhauled Hue Bridge is less noisy
  • Cutting edge highlights incorporate help for Apple’s Siri and Apple Watch

Cons of Hue:

  • Almost as costly as the original Hue
  • The Application still has the opportunity to get better
Buy Philips Hue Starter Kit >> 

Lifx vs Hue Conclusion

There are many advantages and disadvantages to both Hue and Lifx, and with the kind of color changing globules these days, both of these can be a great deal in terms of usefulness. In any case, if it is the hues that you are thinking about, then Lifx is a better pick than the Philips Hue. It produces brighter and bolder hues of each color, gloats a superior application, and it gets unique out of its combinations with IFTTT and Alexa. While the Hue has been the better with the connectivity and other technical things in general.

But since the knobs connect straightforwardly to your home system over Wi-Fi without the need of any center point, Lifx is the less demanding pick, to begin with. However, it’s your choice, after all, to select what suits your needs best lifx vs hue.

This was all about the Lifx and Hue LED Strips. There are other cool LED products that you may want to discover. For example: LED Grow lights. These are very specific LEDs that are used for indoor plantations. Doesn’t it sound cool to you? Well Yes! LED grow lights technology was invented by NASA, and there are serious plans of NASA for using these lights to grow plants on other planets (if we ever get a chance to visit one). However, now this technology is available for end user as a product for indoor farming.

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Wink Hub 2 vs Smartthings – Which One Should You Buy? Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:18:16 +0000 WINK HUB 2 VS SMARTTHINGS              Smart homes are getting popular nowadays; They are no longer regarded as luxury items, but belongs to one of the necessities for all in this technology-defined era. As a consequence, numerous home automation systems are now entering the market and working their way into the hearts of the people. If …

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Smart homes are getting popular nowadays; They are no longer regarded as luxury items, but belongs to one of the necessities for all in this technology-defined era. As a consequence, numerous home automation systems are now entering the market and working their way into the hearts of the people. If you’re looking for your own smart home there are loads of options like Smart Things, and Wink Hub 2.

These hubs connect to your smart home devices from a simple mobile. Furthermore, there are numerous devices for smart homes with extra features, but it may be the hardest decision to decide which smart hub controller, you should purchase, spend the time to configure, and enjoy automating your home with. These Wink and Smart Things ended up both being extremely capable little boxes, and for basic home users, either device will most likely get the task done.


A smart hub is a piece of hardware that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi connection and can be controlled from a smartphone, from any place. Once installed, it then connects to other smart devices in the home, behaving as a gateway, allowing you to control each and every piece of smart tech you own from one convenient spot. The main essence of the smart hub is simplicity.  It tackles the issue of needing a different app for every different smart gadget in the home head on. Well, it not only frees up storage space on your smartphone, but also serves to economize time, effort and cut down on complication. No more flickering about the phone to try and recover the right app to check the right device.

Each smart hub will come with its own dedicated app that should be able to control other apps all from this one part of software loaded on your phone. The quality and connectivity of these apps are a big factor to consider when buying a system.




wink hub 2 vs smartthings
Smart Things Hub



wink hub 2 vs smartthings 1
Wink Hub 2
Set up By broadband internet connection By broadband internet connection
User connectivity Ethernet port, App Wi-Fi (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Ethernet port, App
Paired to the hub 117 connected at their DC office 530
Compatibility & support ZigBee, Z-Wave, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Ecobee3, and IP-connected devices Bluetooth LE, Kidde, Clear Connect, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Amazon Alexa, Program recipes with IFTTT
Range 50-100 ft 50-100 ft
Power source AC Power, Battery Backup AC Power



  • Similar Performance: In terms of execution, both Wink 2 and Samsung Smart Things deliver what they promised. It also provides an easy way to automate Z-Wave and Zigbee-compatible devices and also other devices using other platforms.
  • Smaller Footprint: While both Wink 2 and Samsung Smart Things do not have a pleasing appearance, Smart Things is exactly half the size of Wink 2, which makes it easier to conceal. It is also the best choice if you have a smaller space and would like to hide your hub behind a TV or place it near your router.
  • Battery Backup: Both Smart Things and Wink 2 will continue to operate even when they get disconnected from your Wi-Fi network, but Wink 2 will go offline when there is a power outage.  With the backup batteries on Smart Things, you find two hours of continuous operation with the automations you save along the local storage.
  • Easier to Use: Everything about Wink’s mobile app is geared towards user-friendliness and it is comfortable to use.  In complete contrast, the Smart Things mobile app feels clunky and confusing.
Wink App
Wink App


  • Allows More Connected Devices: All the devices have restrictions to the number of devices you can couple it with. Wink 2 can connect to 530 devices.  Whereas Smart Things, on the other hand, does not have that limitation and you can join an unlimited number of devices to it.



It is comparatively easy to set up the both systems. Wink hubs can be connected instantly to your Wi-Fi network, whereas Smart Things need to connect via an Ethernet cable. Setting up Smart Things is also pretty easy and it takes about 10 minutes to complete the installation process. You do have more or less flexibility as it pertains to positioning the hub inside your home but keep in mind that the Wink hub needs to be a distance away from your router.  Wink recommends that the hub should be placed at least 15 feet away from yourwireless router if you’re connecting the two via Wi-Fi.


Hooking up with both hubs to a GE smart switch using Z-Wave is impossible because only have one hub can be hooked up at a time. Moreover, we can notice how fast the hubs were able to change the switch. It is noted that the Wink hub 2 was a little bit slower than Smart Things. The oldest version of Wink hub 2 was wireless and it may be even slower without Ethernet connectivity. The current version of the hubs is plugged into the router so that, it can achieve higher speeds. They are both very reliable hubs. Furthermore, no issues arise regarding connectivity.In general, this can vary from house to house and depending on the Internet speed.


Wink hub 2 and smart things are compatible with other devices. It is necessary to check the compatibility of the hub with each and every device. The Wink Hub 2 not only features both Z-Wave and Zigbee compatibility; but also includes some of the less popular mesh networking standards. The Wink Hub 2 works with a huge array of smart-home protocols and devices. In addition to that, Wink Hub 2 supports Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Lutron Clear Connect, Kidde and Google’s Thread.

Additionally, the Hub 2 works with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, and you can control it using Android, Android Wear and iOS devices. Wink’s site lists around 66 products that the Hub 2 can control, including everything from thermostats such as the Nest and ecobee, to water-leak sensors and garage-door openers. By comparison, Samsung lists about 175 different products that its Smart things hub will connect including Google Home, a number of Bose speakers and sound bars, and, of course, Samsung appliances. The Samsung Smart Things Hub also gives you Z-Wave, Zigbee, and wifi compatibility, and is backed by one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world.


Considering the customization, Wink 2 provides the door-window sensors, motion sensor and smart plug which were very responsive. Every installed device reacted instantly to the commands using the Wink app, and the Robot automations worked like a charm. The Lights Out Robot, which had the Cree light bulb turn off when we leave the premises, worked without a hitch. So did the Camera Robot that had the Nest Cam turn on when a door sensor was triggered. There is no trouble while setting and turning on the Ecobee3 thermostat using the Wink app, and received accurate temperature and humidity readings in real-time. Live video from the Nest Cam was sharp, with none of the lag we notice with the Smart Things hub.

Whereas Smart things provide Dashboard, Things, and Apps. The Things view displays each connected device and their current status. Here you can turn devices on and off, add new devices, and configure existing devices. The Dashboard view contains five of the most widely used device categories, including Home and Family, Doors and Locks, Lights and Switches, Damage and Danger, and Motion.

In the Dashboard view you can check the current status of people and connected devices, as well as view recent activity. The Home and Family category uses the SmartSense Presence Sensors to tell you when family members have entered and left the house. The sensors have a range of 50 to 150 feet, depending on the location of your Hub and the materials used in your home’s construction. The cool thing about SmartSense is that you can have Smart Things turn on lights, unlock doors, and send text messages when someone arrives home. Likewise, you can have it turn things off and lock up when someone leaves. Each sensor can be customized for individual family members, and you can assign a photo to each sensor to identify it on the Dashboard.


By comparing the above features and the advantages of wink hub 2 vs Smarthings that are useful to us

Buy wink Hub 2 if

Wink Hub 2
Wink Hub 2

Wink Hub 2 is the first smart home hub, which is a decent improvement over the original. It is mainly designed for the mainstream consumer with a sleek design, enhanced connectivity, and security features that create a best-in-class experience. Wink Hub 2 builds upon the industry-leading Wink Hub, with new features that connect your home faster, more securely, and more reliably. The Wink’s app also makes it very easy for newbies to connect several smart home gadgets under one roof.

The Wink Hub 2 works with a wide range of products, so if you’re planning to buy a hub, you might want to check first if it will work with the devices you own or want to purchase.

Buy Smart Things if

Smart Things
Smart Things

As more and more affordable home-automation products hit the market, consumers will be looking for a hub that will unify all of their devices seamlessly and a single app to control them. As of now there is no clear winner in the race to become “the” do-it-all solution, but there are plenty of hubs, and each one has something unique to offer. The Smart Things Hub is also inexpensive and it too has limitations, but it has one thing the other two don’t: the Smart Things Labs. That, and a developer community dedicated to integrating lots of devices into the Smart Things family, puts the Smart Things Hub at the top of the home-automation pack. Smart Things is easy to setup and no monthly recurring fees to be paid to security companies; it brings a good level of ‘smartness’ to your home.




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ECOBEE 4 vs ECOBEE 3 vs NEST vs HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:23:14 +0000   Our take on ECOBEE 4 vs ECOBEE 3 vs NEST vs HONEYWELL LYRIC ROUND What is a Smart Thermostat? Nowadays, we notice that there are changes in the climate, it’s time to start thinking about keeping your home and surroundings cool or hot according to your seasonal change by saving money. Luckily, smart thermostats have …

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What is a Smart Thermostat?

Nowadays, we notice that there are changes in the climate, it’s time to start thinking about keeping your home and surroundings cool or hot according to your seasonal change by saving money. Luckily, smart thermostats have made it more comfortable to keep your surroundings neither too hot nor too cold by saving time and energy in the process. A smart thermostat helps you save on heating and cooling costs. These two items alone account for 50 percent of the average home’s energy expenses.

Smart thermostats are a smart technology that let you remotely control your home’s temperature via a tablet, smartphone or desktop for greater control over your central heating.  These thermostats represent the latest and greatest way of home heating and cooling technology. Smart thermostats are designed in such a way that it is easier to control the temperature in your home, even when you’re not there. They also have intuitive programs that allow you to customize the climate of your home depending upon your schedule and individual demands.

A smart thermostat gives you more efficient, more user-friendly and more accessible control over your home’s heating using three basic components. The first component plugs right into your boiler and can wirelessly talk to the second component. The second component is the in-home device that is the thermostat and main control. The third component is an app that is downloaded to a smartphone or electronic device like a tablet and so on. Users can remotely control the thermostat/main control device via the app, Users can also set their heating or cooling temperatures from anywhere.

Most homes use low-voltage heating systems with 24v power supplies, including gas, oil, hot water, and heat pump systems. Most 110v systems, like electric baseboard heaters, are not compatible with any smart thermostat. It’s always a safe idea to double-check what system you have before purchasing a smart thermostat. One of the most significant things to look after your thermostat is whether your thermostat requires a C-wire. Because some older HVAC systems use high voltage, they aren’t compatible with smart thermostats, as Wi-Fi thermostats require low voltage. If you purchase a smart thermostat, make sure your home has a C-wire or that the thermostat comes with an adapter. In that respect, there are several smart thermostats that are now available in the market. Here are a few of the best smart thermostats available along with their features and other details.


When it comes to smart thermostats, there is a handful to choose from, but the best ones that stand out are the Ecobee4, Ecobee 3, Nest and Honeywell Lyric Round. Each of these four smart thermostats are unique in their own way, so before we dive in and talk about the similarities and differences between them, here’s a brief overview of the Ecobee4, Ecobee 3, Nest and the Honeywell Lyric Round.

All four thermostats are priced between $130 and $300.  But price does not affect functionality. These four companies have different concepts and ideas. These thermostats adapt based on how you place it. Over time, it learns to define according to its observations. It takes around a month for this process to kick in. With further manual fine-tuning, thermostats will continue to learn, furthering the automation process.

ECOBEE 3 Smart Thermostat

Ecobee 3
Ecobee 3


The smart wifi unit of the current market is the Ecobee 3. This very gadget provides you the supreme functionality and a different level of automation and comfort by reducing your work by fastening and adapting the device at a proper temperature. Obviously, this Ecobee thermostat does that work on itself, it interprets the requirement very easily and automatically performs the change in temperature with the right settings. The Ecobee3 Thermostat, can manage the temperature of the entire house using different sensors placed in different areas and rooms.


Some of the noteworthy features of the Ecobee 3 are as follows:

  • Room sensor – Ecobee Room Sensor is an add-on with the unit. With the aid of this exclusive unit, you can make use of the correct and individual information regarding the temperature and atmosphere of the each and every room. As mentioned, this unit senses various parameters of the room in which it is placed and keeps a check on the temperature of the room, the humidity present in the room as well as the ambiance of the room. And using all of these, the unit guides the thermostat to keep the correct temperature of the house as per the demand.
  • Temperature adjustment – You may face several issues while setting up the temperature of a unit. But the Ecobee 3 thermostat model makes the temperature adjustment process very simple and comfortable. So, being a user-friendly unit makes this product more demanding.
  • Follow me – With this feature, this very smart Ecobee product gets to recognize your location in the house with the help of sensors. Now, you can place the selected sensors during work and adjust the temperature of the house with the help of the average observational temperature according to your motion, for the total mansion. Or you can even select all the sensors regardless of your motion.
  • Smart Sense – The Ecobee 3 thermostat helps to keep your house at the best indoor temperature at which you are well-to-do. And this is done with the help of the information that the product provides using the Wifi to understand the weather around your house. So that it can analyze the weather conditions and make the required modifications in the indoor temperature.
  • Humidity feature – If you are having a humidifier at your place, then you may require this Ecobee thermostat to avoid any kind of frost getting built up on the windows when it is chilling outside and therefore aids in maintaining humidity inside the house.
  • Reminders and alerts features – The Ecobee designers and engineers have gained a prominent inclusion of an attribute that can provide you alerts regarding any discomfort during the performance of this thermostat or even if any of the components is not working efficiently. This facilitates you to maintain a proper eye on all your equipment and therefore you can efficiently utilize them.


Ecobee 3, has produced a distinctive product that carves out a marked sense of individuality in the relatively saturated market of wireless thermostats. Most of the wireless thermostats that you may encounter are shaped in a Hockey puck – like manner. The Ecobee3 distinguishes itself from the competition by coming in an incredibly stylish shell. The device is housed in a 3.9 black square shaped shell with rounded corners.

In terms of width, the wireless thermostat comes in under an inch thick. The device’s physical package completes itself with a 3.5-inch full-color touch display. Behind the device, a white walled plate contains 11 terminal connections for heat pumps, air handlers, cooling, heating, and accessories. Consumers who are interested in the compatibility would be interested to observe that the Ecobee3 is compatible with most 1 and 2 stage HVAC systems that are currently out in the market.


  • Remote sensors can be used to monitor temperature of multiple rooms
  • Highly energy-efficient and can save up to 25% on energy bills
  • App and web portal are easy to use and highly functional.
  • The touch screen of the thermostat is very clear and responsive.
  • The connectivity of this thermostat is very reliable.
  • The setting of this thermostat unit is highly customizable.


  • Tricky Installation
  • Some settings are difficult to set
  • The system may use a lot of power
  • This thermostat does not have light and motion sensors.


Honeywell brought its first-generation Lyric smart thermostat in 2014. That first-generation model was problematic, but Honeywell has learned from its mistakes and the second-generation Lyric is much safer. The stylish round appliance occupies a bit more wall space than the Nest, with a large glass display that has several touch-sensitive buttons, and a control wheel that revolves about its circumference.

The Lyric is compatible with a wide scope of HVAC hardware, including single- and multi-stage heating and cooling systems; heat pumps with and without auxiliary heat; geothermal and hot water heating; 24V gas fireplaces; and humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, and ventilators. The Lyric doesn’t absolutely need the presence of a C (common) wire.


This Honeywell Lyric wifi thermostat includes the most necessary features which are as follows:

  • Design Features – The design of the unit is crafted in a classic round shape with a clear polished glass surface which makes the thermostat unit more admirable and appealing. With the edgeless shape and superior finish of the Honeywell product, it has righteously secured its place in the market of advanced gadgets and into the homes of the consumers as well.
  • Motion sensing Illumination – A great feature of a thermostat is the motion-sensing illumination that turns-off the display of the thermostat when there is no one nearby the unit and turns the display on when you pass by or are within a particular radius of the unit. This saves power and hence makes the unit energy efficient and user-friendly.
  • Geofencing – A really unique and ideal feature of this smart thermostat is the geofencing feature. It helps the Honeywell thermostat to know your precise location which would in return help in switching the unit on and off.
  • Moreover, the device gets turned off as soon as you are away from your home and require no more warming your place, but as soon as you reach the house, the device gets to know your location and hence it switches itself on so that by the time you are home you get a comfortable atmosphere in the room as you desire. It manages this with the help of your smartphone’s location.
  • Notification – This Honeywell smart programmable thermostat can notify you regarding the temperature of the room and outside the house and even the climatic conditions like whether it is humid, warm or cold out there. This feature helps you to modify the temperature of the unit and make yourself more comfortable.
  • Lyric App – This Honeywell thermostat app helps in making the usage of the unit better and sophisticated so that you do not have to be there around the unit all the time to make any alterations. Not only this but with the smartphone Honeywell thermostat app, you can even keep a check on your device and command it to do something from a distant place.
  • Energy Calculator – This is the most useful feature that will help you analyze the use of energy that your thermostat does. It gives you about an hour based statistics that will provide you with a detailed knowledge of the use of energy every hour.


The Lyric thermostat is a round device, with a white interface and chrome trimmings. It has a rather small round touch pad in the center that normally displays the temperature. On top of this brand new smart thermostat, you will find a screen shaped like an arc that provides the information of the Lyric whether it is cooling or heating up. This thermostat also has a weather icon to the left, which, upon touch, will tell you the local weather.

On the right, you have the ‘Away’ button, which will allow you to set your preferences for when you are not at home. The way in which you can operate the device, meaning turning the temperature up or down is by gently turning its outer ring. As far as the design goes, the Lyric Round thermostat also comes equipped with a white plastic shield that you may choose to use or not, depending on whether you wish to cover up any holes in the wall.


  • The swing range of this Honeywell device is very precise- up to 1-degree temperature regulation is possible.
  • Another feature of Honeywell Lyric thermostat is able to detect your presence in a certain perimeter of the device.
  • The customer service provided by the brand is very appreciable.
  • It is an easy to use interface


  • It becomes quite difficult when there is no data tracking feature in this model.
  • There is no facility of control lock in this product.
  • The module does not possess any type of alert for too high or too low temperature.
  • Weak mobile map
  • Weak sensing capabilities

ECOBEE 4 Smart Thermostat

Ecobee 4
Ecobee 4

Ecobee 4 is the latest and more advanced version of the two models of ecobee which offers a more practical approach, relying on the sensor and on the touchscreen rather than the app. This device is one of the most expensive out of all the above-mentioned thermostats


  • Alexa voice service – Users can speak with their Ecobee4 thermostats and have them adjust the temperature, set a timer or even read the news. This thermostat is equipped with far-field voice technology that enables you to understand user instructions from across a room.
  • Home kit feature– The Home kit is huge which control everything with your cell phone, especially if you want to control smart things in your home from far away. It is provided with a touch screen which detects the local weather.
  • Room sensors – The Ecobee4 is built with room sensors to better manage cold and hot areas. This ensures comfort is delivered in all spots of a room at all times.
  • Easy to use – The Ecobee4 is designed to be very easy to use i.e. users can adjust temperatures and comfort settings from virtually anywhere through their smart devices. The device also works with Samsung and Apple Homekit and other kits as well, making it friendly for users that are loyal to other brands.
  • Highly energy efficient – Compared to other thermostats, Ecobee4 saves an average of 23% on costs per year.
  • Easy to install – The instructions are very simple to understand and implement.
  • Geofencing – Geofencing is another amazing feature of HomeKit. When you arrive or leave your home it can set different scenes and it will change the thermostat appropriately.


It has an exquisite design. Even if it has the same overall traits like the Ecobee 3, Ecobee 4has a sleeker, better design. The iconic design features a beautiful blue-line at the top which acts as a portal between you and Alexa. The Ecobee4’s design still can’t match Nest’s gorgeous iPod-inspired thermostat, but it dominates in every other category. Its touchscreen display is easy to use and fast to respond. Instead of the Nest’s predictive algorithm, the Ecobee4 relies on a remote sensor.

Complete with temperature and motion/proximity detection, the sensor makes it easier to determine if someone’s home or away. It’s also a nice accessory for tracking rooms with hot or cold spots. Visually, Ecobee 4 features a beautiful touchscreen that displays the mode, humidity level indoors, current temperature, settings, updates, and alerts. Compared to Ecobee 3, the touch screen is much more responsive and works easier.


  • Very flexible heating and cooling options
  • Displays outside temperature on the thermostat
  • Can text or email you if your house gets above/below certain temperatures and/or humidity levels.
  • You can keep statistics and create tons of reports


  • Plastic
  • Lengthy Installation process
  • Only 1 sensor in the box
  • Screen resolution


NEST Smart Thermostat

Nest Thermostat
Nest Thermostat

The product that first popularized smart thermostats still stands at the top of its field. Nest Labs introduced the first smart thermostat in 2011. The Nest Thermostat offers a compelling combination of DIY friendliness, sophisticated design, easy-to-use features, and automatic energy-saving settings. It is an expensive, top end piece of kit, loaded by tech experts, which is pleasing to the eye to boot. The Nest has the impeccable capability and design credentials that monitor your usage and activity and readjusts the temperature levels as necessary. This is where its energy saving features come into their own. Its responsiveness to changing circumstances means that you can enjoy comfortable temperatures whenever required.


  • Auto schedule – The Nest Thermostat has a pronounced feature of Auto-Scheduling. Thus the nest programmable thermostat adapts to the way of living and habits and helps in saving the energy and hence lowers the electricity bills which is a great deal to do. Within a period of a few days this smart device understands the temperature that you like and as a result, it maintains the house at that temperature after a week of observation.
  • Farsight – With this feature, the Nest unit gets to know your presence as soon as you reach into a certain radius and consequently gets the display turn on to show you the time, temperature or weather. In this way and with the help of this feature, the Nest 3rd generation thermostat saves the power and reduces the bills.
  • Check feature – This feature of the Nest smart thermostat unit is available in the Nest thermostat mobile app which helps you to keep an eye on how it works. Moreover, with the help of this feature, you can check the history of the energy consumption of the unit.
  • Home/ Away assist feature – Being a smart and programmable thermostat, the Nest thermostat unit has an admirable feature which switches off the unit when there is no one present at home. So even if you forgot to turn off the unit, it gets turned off automatically and helps you in saving energy.
  • Leaf feature – Whenever you adjust the temperature of the thermostat to change the climate of the room, you will have the display of it on the beautiful screen of the unit. In addition to this, whenever you choose the temperature that saves the energy, there will be a green leaf below the temperature display to make you aware that setting the unit at this temperature will save some power from usage.
  • Wifi feature – The Wifi feature of this thermostat helps it to get it connected to your smartphone, laptop or even to a tablet which provides you with the authority and power to control the temperature of the device remotely from any corner of the house.


Nest Thermostats are the most attractive and best built smart thermostats and they ooze out style and premium build quality. The centerpiece is the thermostat itself: a stubby, cylindrical aluminum unit with razor sharp color display. It has been at the heart of all Nest’s advertising and with good reason. The machined finish is flawless and the aluminum chassis rotates for menu navigation and manual temperature adjustment using a weighted, clicker motion that makes you want to needlessly adjust it. Moreover, with such a simple yet elegant design, this Nest Thermostat has a much simpler operation as well.

The outer metallic ring of this unit is the main operator interface with the help of which you can operate the unit and change the climate and temperature of your house. This ring can be rotated to change the setting of the device and by pressing the same towards the wall you can enter different menu lists. Adding to this, you can also go through the menu and the options to choose whichever suits you and hence can operate comfortably with the help of this simple yet clever ring.


  • Super industrial design.
  • Capable of doing the self-learning
  • Intuitive to use and setup.
  • Exceptional smart learning.
  • Excellent software support.


  • Thermostat requires a constant power connection.
  • Less granular control than Honeywell Evohome.
  • Can’t control hot water.
  • This product is expensive.
  • Offers only a 2-year


       Weight 1.4 pounds 1 pounds 0.53 pounds 1.4 pounds
Dimension 4x4x0.9 inches 4x1x4 inches 1.2×3.3×3.3 inches 4x7x7.1 inches
Colour Black Black Stainless steel White and silver
Power/battery life 35000 hours 2 lithium metal batteries Battery powered AAA sized lithium batteries
Screen Touch screen Touch screen LCD screen LCD screen




Based on our comprehensive testing, the Ecobee4 is the best overall choice in this category because its sensors let you deliver the right temperature on a room-by-room basis. It also identifies the rooms which are occupied and comes with an intuitive app, and it works with Apple’s Homekit among many other smart home systems. The 4th generation of the Ecobee smart home thermostat brings all of the things we loved about the last generation and adds Alexa to it. It’s a strong product compared to other competitors from the likes of the Nest and Honeywell. If you do not yet have a smart home thermostat, then go for the Ecobee 4, which is the best when compared to all.

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Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus – Which is the Better Indoor Camera? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:54:01 +0000 All home security cameras have something unique to offer and Netgear always comes up with unique features. It is very important for any security camera to be user-friendly and provide ease of use. These are the main criteria for determining the true value of a home security camera and Netgear never fails with it. The …

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All home security cameras have something unique to offer and Netgear always comes up with unique features. It is very important for any security camera to be user-friendly and provide ease of use. These are the main criteria for determining the true value of a home security camera and Netgear never fails with it.

The overall quality, appearance, performance, durability, and cost of all Netgear products are outstanding. And today we are going to review two such Netgear products that have advanced and valuable features. This article on Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus will help you make an accurate opinion about these two Netgear Arlo products.

Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus
Arlo Q

Features of Arlo Q

Arlo Q is basically a consumer-targeted, webcam-based security camera that has an amazing high-quality video resolution. It works without a base station and also doesn’t require batteries.


  • Amazing 1080p video quality that captures crisp, rich and bright videos even during night mode
  • Two-way audio is available that is clear and distant
  • Powerful comprehensive tools for sound and motion detection
  • Rapid speed detection
  • Free cloud plan included for 7 days or 1 gigabyte
  • Additional cloud storage can be purchased for additional support
  • Deeper and versatile scheduling that is flexible and efficient
  • Several active time slots can be scheduled
  • Continuous recording capability
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Intuitive and simple app that uses direct navigation
  • App available on all iOS, Android and Amazon FireOS
  • The App has several icons that let you play live, record video, push to talk, take snapshots and adjust audio, image size and brightness.
  • Zoom and Pan Function is very responsive and interactive
  • Web portal similar to mobile app in navigation and functionality
  • Custom modes can be created
  • Delivers the fastest email and text alerts within seconds

Issues of Arlo Q

  • The App has a single-user interface, which means you can’t share with family or friends with the same account.
  • Sound and motion detections seems to be unfiltered through server algorithms
  • Can’t differentiate between pets and people, hence causing unnecessary false alarms
  • Speakers are underpowered and audio can be indistinct sometimes
  • Only one mode can be active a time, though you can schedule several slots
Arlo Q Plus vs Arlo Q
Arlo Q Plus

Features of Arlo Q Plus

Arlo Q Plus is primarily a security device, but it has some very convenient options for use. It has excellent 1080p HD resolution video coverage. Night vision technology makes it excellent in performance and basic coverage.


  • Excellent video quality
  • The field view is wide enough to see 3 different walls at a time
  • Can speak with guests directly back and forth
  • User-friendly App
  • The app is available on all Android and iOS devices including PC
  • Multiple easy to use options available in the app like arming and disarming the device
  • The audio quality is clear and performs well in detecting sound
  • Live streaming also gives excellent video quality
  • Richer software
  • Zoom provides magnification up to 8 times providing fine details
  • Email or text alerts will be immediately sent within few seconds
  • High performance in sound and motion detection
  • Free cloud storage of up to 7 days or 1 gigabyte
  • Easy and quick setup process

Issues of Arlo Q Plus

  • The PC software is not so secure
  • Audio quality is indistinct sometimes
  • Transfer speed is not so good
  • Smartphone or PC should be connected to the same network to give them access
  • Individual arming and disarming of every Arlo Q Plus must be done

Should you upgrade to Arlo Q Plus?

Talking about Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus, Arlo Q has vast software options with intuitive scheduling and various custom modes. It also has versatile sound and motion detection capabilities along with excellent image quality. But Arlo Q Plus has quite a few additional features as compared the Arlo Q.

The first being the security gaps, Arlo Q Plus fills in all of the security gaps that the Arlo Q left off. Arlo Q Plus is also capable of working even with poor internet connection, with its PoE adapter and SD card slot that is built-in. It also provides a much stronger and reliable Ethernet connection.

Except for these few differences, Arlo Q Plus vs Arlo Q are all similar in all its features and functionalities. Both the security cameras are few of the best options available in the market. But, Arlo Q Plus is the best for business security monitoring.

Arlo Q Vs Arlo Q Plus Advantages and Disadvantages

Arlo Q
Arlo Q


Advantages Disadvantages
HD video quality with brilliant detailing. Unfiltered server algorithms
Integrated infrared lights for excellent night vision Unnecessary false alarms
Network connection with a single cable over Ethernet Single user interface
Field view up to 130° angles for smart alerts Underpowered speakers
Additional backup storage available  


Arlo Q Plus
Arlo Q Plus


Advantages Disadvantages
Excellent video streaming with 1080p HD Quality Single-user mobile app
Built-in speaker and mic for two-way audio Indistinct audio quality
Excellent night vision that captures even the smallest details Expensive as compared to Arlo Q
130° wide angled lens for smart alerts at the slightest movement Difficult Custom Mode Setup
USB storage available using an SD card slot Expensive subscription
Upgradable CVR (Continuous Video Recording)


Our Take on Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus 

Arlo Q is an excellent security camera that has great video quality and brilliant motion and sound detection. Although it is a little expensive, it gives great value for the price with its powerful features and flexibility.

While Arlo Q Plus is an effective, unpretentious and independent security camera. It’s automatic alerting system comes as an advantage. For the kind of performance and safety it offers, the price is definitely worth it.

Both the Arlo Q Plus vs Arlo Q security cameras work exactly as they are intended to and this makes it clear that Netgear Arlo is focused on making products that resonate with the customer’s needs.


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Ring Video Doorbell 2 – All known Features, Compatibility, Release Date Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:07:36 +0000 Ring Video Doorbell 2 Launched Ring launched its new on 19th June 2017. The company Ring continues to make improvements to their popular line of smart video doorbells. Last year ring launched the , which added 1080p video and configurable motion-detection zones. This was a major upgrade from the 720p . The Ring 2 has …

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 Launched

Ring launched its new Ring Video Doorbell 2 on 19th June 2017. The company Ring continues to make improvements to their popular line of smart video doorbells. Last year ring launched the Video Doorbell Pro, which added 1080p video and configurable motion-detection zones. This was a major upgrade from the 720p Video Doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring 2 has 1080p recording and motion zones, and also includes the feature of interchangeable battery packs from the original Ring Video Doorbell.


So now that you can swap out the Ring Video Doorbell 2 battery, you can keep your doorbell online 24/7 with two batteries in rotation. Alternatively, you can connect the device to the doorbell wiring.


Features of Ring Video Doorbell 2 :


  • 1080HD video recording and on-demand video
  • Rechargeable and interchangeable battery pack
  • Wide-angle camera lens
  • Motion-activated alerts
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • Weather-resistant
  • Adjustable motion sensors
  • Easy installation
  • Lifetime purchase protection
  • Night-Vision Sensors
  • Two-Way talk


With Ring 2 you are home always. You can answer the door from your phone, tablet or PC.


The Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with adjustable motion sensors. When anyone triggers the motion sensors or presses the doorbell you are alerted via the Ring App.


Once you answer the alert, you can see live feed from the camera and converse with the person at the door from anywhere.


Ring 2 comes with a 30-day trial to the ring cloud. You can save, review and share your videos with anyone at any time. After the trial period you can pay per camera with the Basic subscription plan, or add unlimited cameras with the Protect subscription plan.


If you are away from home and are just interested in checking up on your property you can do that by the live feed option in the Ring App.


Ring Video Doorbell 2 Appearance :


The doorbell is 2.4 x 2.4 x 5.1 inches and weighs 9.6 ounces. There are two interchangeable faceplates. The faceplates are included with the purchase of Ring Video Doorbell 2. According to the decor of your home, you can choose between Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel as the faceplate.

Ring App
Ring App

Compatible devices for Ring Video Doorbell 2 :


The doorbell is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and windows 10 devices. Wi-Fi Connectivity is required for the functioning of the device.


With the purchase of the Video Doorbell 2 you will get a complimentary toolkit and setup guide. This will help you with easy installation. It also comes with lifetime purchase protection. If your Doorbell  gets stolen, Ring will replace it for free.


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Arlo vs Arlo Pro – We Help You Decide Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:37:43 +0000 Arlo vs Arlo Pro a Complete Guide to Help You Make The Right Choice Netgear offers great consumer security cameras for monitoring your home. In this article we compare Arlo vs Arlo pro. Both Arlo and Arlo Pro are primarily designed for outdoor use, although they can be used indoors as well. The new Arlo Pro …

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Arlo vs Arlo Pro a Complete Guide to Help You Make The Right Choice

Netgear offers great consumer security cameras for monitoring your home. In this article we compare Arlo vs Arlo pro. Both Arlo and Arlo Pro are primarily designed for outdoor use, although they can be used indoors as well. The new Arlo Pro has a few additional and appealing features, so it is important to know the difference between the two devices. Every feature included in the Arlo is also available in the Arlo Pro, but it expands by adding a few more.

Let’s read on to find out more about both these devices and the differences between Arlo and Arlo Pro.

Arlo vs Arlo Pro Features

Arlo Camera arlo vs arlo pro
Arlo Camera



Arlois a basic, entry-level Wi-Fi enabled security camera system. The camera of this device is compact and wireless that runs quickly. It requires a base station and a power outlet that can be connected to your router.


  • Arlo runs on 2.4GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi signals
  • The resolution on the camera is 720p
  • Wireless batteries
  • It is weather-proof as well as water resistant
  • Has infrared night vision and HD video quality
  • It uses a PIR device to detect motion
  • The base unit is easily configurable
  • You can view multiple cameras on the same screen at once
  • The viewing area and range is basic without any obstructions
  • Night vision is limited to 20 -25 feet only
  • Sensitivity can be adjusted and motion alerts can be set based on your preferences
  • Additional USB port is available, for extra storage you can just swap out another USB drive
  • The Arlo app is available on all IOS and Android devices
  • Netgear allows you to easily record free of cost for 7 days for up to 5 cameras via their cloud-storage system
  • A library is available, which displays a calendar that can be used to set your schedules for individual camera motion detection
  • It can also be used to view previously saved clips

Issues of Arlo

  • One of the major issues of Arlo is that it lacks a two-way talk.
  • There is also a long lag between the camera motion sensing and notification time.
  • Another big issue is that it comes with non-rechargeable batteries that require replacement every 4 months. However, rechargeable batteries can be purchased separately.
Arlo Pro Camera
Arlo Pro Camera

Arlo Pro

Arlo Pro is a high-quality version of Arlo that gives high performance and comes with a Wi-Fi Security Camera System. It also comes with rechargeable batteries, unlike Arlo.

The set-up process of Arlo Pro is very simple and straightforward. Just power on the base by plugging it into the router and then turn on the cameras. Press the sync button on the base as well as each camera. Now, you can easily monitor the video on your smartphone.


  • The Arlo base station is updated with improved functionality
  • It runs on same Wi-Fi signals as Arlo
  • It also has same720 HD resolution camera for streaming and recording videos
  • Two-way audio is enabled with a microphone and a speaker, allowing you to communicate with the guests outside
  • Arlo Pro camera is of the second
  • It uses a dual PIR device to detect motion, that does a faster and better job as compared to Arlo
  • It goes into sleep mode to save your battery and is awoken by any kind of sound or motion
  • It has a digital zoom feature to slightly enhance the image
  • The base station unit is easy to set-up and easily connects to your home router
  • Similar to Arlo, Arlo Pro also comes with a USB port for additional storage
  • The base is equipped with a 100-db siren that is triggered by any sound or motion detection and sends text and email alerts
  • The Arlo Pro App is available on all the IOS and Android devices
  • You can view more than one camera on the same screen in the app
  • The screen can be viewed in full-screen mode as well for a single camera
  • The camera can also be zoomed, tilted, and panned
  • There are also alarms and triggers to use the motion and sound detection to send email and text alerts.
  • Along with free cloud storage of 7 days for 5 cameras, they also have upgradable packages available with a nominal fee.
  • It also has a pause feature.
  • The batteries are rechargeable. It can be charged using a micro-USB cable via a nearby outlet.

Issues of Arlo Pro

One issue with the Arlo Pro is operating the camera in extremely cold temperatures. Although the operating temperature is said to be -4˚ degrees Fahrenheit, a few users said that the battery indicated a low battery warning on colder days. This warning of low battery level can cause hindrance in the proper functioning of the camera.

Arlo vs Arlo Pro Differences

The major differences between Arlo vs Arlo Pro include:



Arlo Pro

Batteries Batteries need to be replaced on a regular basis Batteries can be charges
Lag time Takes 8-9 seconds to notify about any motion Any motion will be notified within 2-3 seconds
Colder temperatures Works down to 14˚ Fahrenheit Can work down to -4˚ Fahrenheit
Field view Up to 110 degrees wide field view Provides up to 130 degrees wide view
Surveillance Surveillance is better Surveillance is higher

Should you upgrade to Arlo Pro?

No doubt that Arlo Pro has many additional features that make it an excellent choice of camera for your home, but at the same time it also costs a little extra than the Arlo.

Both the devices have great cameras. The difference between Arlo and Arlo Pro is that Arlo Pro has better battery life and does not require maintenance. Although it is pricier than Arlo, it provides the best value for the money and gives a top class performance. As for Arlo, it is a basic security system to watch over your home or business while you are away. It provides you every basic requirement that you would look for in a simple security system.

Considering the up gradation, Arlo Pro is backward compatible with Arlo base and hence, upgrading should not be a big hassle, if at all you want to do it. If you already have the Arlo cameras, you can just get yourself a new Arlo Pro base station, as the camera is fully compatible and works seamlessly. Or you can also choose to buy an Arlo add-on camera that works compatibly with your existing Arlo base station. This will add up some of the Arlo Pro features to your device.

Arlo vs Arlo Pro Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages of Arlo

  • It is wireless
  • It is easy to setup
  • The video quality remains stable regardless of the distance from the base unit, as long as the connection is strong and stable
  • Instant email or push notifications alerts along with reviewable clips
  • The base comes with a USB slot for external storage
  • The app is intuitive and user-friendly
  • Adequate night vision that allows a range of about 25ft even in low light areas
  • The app comes with a pause feature that aids in getting the perfect screen shot

Disadvantages of Arlo

  • Every single camera requires 4 photo batteries
  • No speakers available for two-way communication
  • Pushing the wireless range to its maximum limit can result in draining the batteries faster
  • If the scene gets busier, the motion detector will be triggered frequently, which will, in turn, deplete the batteries faster

Advantages of Arlo Pro

  • ​Rechargeable and removable 2440 mAh batteries
  • Faster motion and sound alerts
  • Tilting, Panning and Zoom-in features
  • Backward compatible with the Arlo base

Disadvantages of Arlo Pro

  • Although it is weather-proof, there were battery issues encountered at lower temperatures
  • A little expensive
  • The siren is equipped on the base, instead of the camera. It should be placed on the camera to scare off any intruders
  • Batteries drain faster if the wireless connection is pushed to its limits in order to boost the signal to reach the base

Arlo vs Arlo Pro Our Take

Overall it comes down to whether you want cost effectiveness of Arlo vs Arlo Pro  features and power packed performance. While Arlo is cheaper in price, shelling out a little cash for the Arlo Pro gets you a lot of additional features and better functionality.

There is not much difference between the Arlo and Arlo Pro. But considering what exactly you are looking for, you can still get an efficient and power packed cheap home security method with Arlo. However, if you are looking for the one that provides extra benefits with better performance, go for Arlo Pro. All the features that it has to offer are definitely worth the extra cash.

To secure your home further do read our guide on smart deadbolts.

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Amazon Dash Wand – Alexa Enabled Grocery Shopper Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:15:11 +0000 Amazon Dash Wand Amazon launched its new Dash Wand on Thursday, which lets you order groceries by voice command You may remember the Amazon Dash, a small handheld device that made it easier for you to buy groceries and other household items.   Now, Amazon has released a new version of the device, the Dash …

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Amazon Dash Wand

Amazon launched its new Dash Wand on Thursday, which lets you order groceries by voice command

You may remember the Amazon Dash, a small handheld device that made it easier for you to buy groceries and other household items.


Now, Amazon has released a new version of the device, the Dash Wand.

The Amazon Dash Wand includes Amazon’s smart voice assistant Alexa.

The integration of Alexa does not make it as handy as the Amazon Echo but, the Wand is specially designed for you to order products from Amazon. The Amazon Dash Wand has magnets that lets you attach it to your fridge door giving you easy access to add things to your shopping list.


The items you order will be added to your shopping cart and you can checkout via your Amazon App. The Wand let’s you use Alexa skills, this means you can control your smart lights, thermostats or just ask the wand to tell you a new recipe.


You can scan barcodes of products using the wand and they will be directly added to your shopping cart.


The Dash Wand is a few inches long and is made of black and white plastic. The device is also water resistant.


The Amazon Dash Wand is available only to Amazon Prime Subscribers and is practically free of cost. Free? How you may ask? The Wand retails at 20$ and you are provided with a gift card of 20$ upon registration of the device.


If you live in Seattle, Northern California, Southern California, New York or Philadelphia, you can take advantage of the AmazonFresh 3-month trial that comes along with the purchase of the Amazon Dash Wand.

The Amazon Dash Wand is an affordable device in the Alexa range and can be a good introduction to new users of Alexa’s voice commands. This marketing strategy by Amazon may prompt users to purchase other Alexa products in the future. 


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Canary Flex Battery Life: Maximize the Power Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:25:46 +0000 was designed to work anywhere. It is weatherproof and can be used wire-free or plugged in to an AC source. The main question is how long does the wire-free mode last and how to get the maximum out of the Canary Flex battery. The Canary Flex does not have a built in siren or HomeHealth …

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Canary Flex
Canary Flex
Canary Flex was designed to work anywhere. It is weatherproof and can be used wire-free or plugged in to an AC source. The main question is how long does the wire-free mode last and how to get the maximum out of the Canary Flex battery. The Canary Flex does not have a built in siren or HomeHealth technology. These are present with the Canary.

How long is the Canary Flex Battery Life?

The Canary Flex comes with a 6700 mAh lithium ion battery. Canary calls it an “extended-life rechargeable battery”.  The battery is used only when the camera is unplugged and using features like Infrared motion detection, watching live feed and a dropping Wi-Fi connection. If the Canary Flex is plugged in at all times then it will use the battery as a backup power source. On a single charge and at normal usage the battery life of Canary Flex is two to three months.

Improve Canary Flex Battery Life

You can extend the Canary Flex’s battery life by making sure you use the following tips:


Configure the motion detection as per your need

Canary Flex uses the most energy when recording motion. It uses the infrared sensor to do so. The more the motion it detects while unplugged, more the battery is drained.

Make sure that you set your device to private if it’s present indoors and turn on Auto-mode switching.

You can also adjust the recording range of the Flex. A shorter range will help conserve power and increase your battery life.

Let the camera notify you about motion detection only while you are away from home. This can be done via geofencing.


Stable Wi-Fi Connection

Canary Flex needs to be connected to the internet in order to record video. If the Wi-Fi signal is weak, it could cause your device do lose connection to the local network.

If your camera keeps disconnecting from the internet, the constant reattempts at connecting would drastically reduce your battery life.

The Canary Flex uses a low-power standby state when unplugged. This reduces the connection attempts. Nonetheless, the battery life is affected.

Make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection with a strong signal for your Canary Flex.


Temperature Tolerance

Canary Flex has an operating temperature range of -4° to 113 °F with deviations permitted to 122 °F. At temperatures lower than 40°F the ability to hold charge reduces.

Since Canary Flex is easy to move, you should bring it indoors when the temperature is very high or low.

Canary Flex Placement and Live Feed

Place the Canary Flex in an area with minimal background activity. If the device is in wire-free mode and there is constant background activity detected the battery will drain faster.

Limit the number of times you pull live feed from the Canary Flex when it’s in wire-free mode. Live feed drains the battery.

Canary Flex Mobile App
Canary Flex Mobile App


Battery Notifications

The Canary Flex App displays the charge stats on the home screen. You can monitor your battery levels via the app or set the app such that it notifies you when the camera needs to be charged.


Connect Canary Flex to a Power Source

To do away with the hassle of recharging your Canary Flex you can plug it in to a power source at all times. The USB cable that it comes with is weatherproof, the power adaptor that plugs into the wall is not. This means that you need to get a waterproof outlet cover to protect the AC adaptor of the Canary Flex.

The main advantage of plugging in your Canary Flex is that you can pull live feed at a much faster speed.

What are your experiences with Canary Flex battery life? Let us know in the comments below.

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Schlage vs Kwikset vs Lockitron – Best Door Monitoring System Buying Guide Sat, 10 Jun 2017 07:54:53 +0000 What is a Smart Deadbolt? A smart deadbolt is a device similar to a normal deadbolt but comes along with a lot of cool features and connectivity to a Wi-Fi network. It is an internet-connected device that sends a notification to your smartphone when a guest arrives at the door. Some deadbolts activate with the press of the …

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What is a Smart Deadbolt?

A smart deadbolt is a device similar to a normal deadbolt but comes along with a lot of cool features and connectivity to a Wi-Fi network. It is an internet-connected device that sends a notification to your smartphone when a guest arrives at the door. Some deadbolts activate with the press of the button, while some sense a guest with its motion sensors that are inbuilt.

These systems also have high-definition infrared camera and microphone built-in and offer us the kind of technology that was unheard of a decade ago. You can see who the visitor is and communicate with them via your smartphone without having to open the door. You can also capture videos or even open the door to your guest remotely with a smart pin code.

Smart deadbolts offer a high level of security and privacy that also provides the users with peace of mind and the magic of a connected home. One of the important advantages of a smart doorbell is that, you can ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your home from anywhere.

If you are unsure about what kind of smart deadbolt you should opt for or about the features it has, you would find it difficult to select the right one. But do not worry; we are here to help you with the purchase process of the perfect smart deadbolt for your home. This article is filled with detailed research and information about smart deadbolts that will help you make an informed decision for your security.

Schlage Deadbolt

Schlage is a very famous lock manufacturing company which is almost a century old. It was founded in the year 1920 by Walter Schlage in San Francisco. Schlage produces amazing high-security keys, door knobs, smart deadbolts, levers, doorbells, keypads, cylinder lines and locks. It is one of the most popular brands that produce the best commercial and consumer locks in the US. In the last decade, Schlage has come up with some really amazing designs of smart doorbells that are the internet connected and provide safety and security to your home.

Variants of Schlage Smart Deadbolts

Here are the three most reliable smart deadbolts from Schlage that you can consider for the security of your home:


Schlage Touch Deadbolt

Schlage Touch Deadbolt with Accent Lever
Schlage Touch with Accent Lever

The Schlage Touch is a powerful and strong yet slim and stylish device. If you are someone who goes in and out of the house several times, then this is the device for you. It has a 100% pick-proof lock that makes your life easy and keyless. You can add up to 19 friends and family members in its memory who can enter your home without a key by just entering a code in its touchpad.

With this device installed at your home, you can leave the keys in your pocket or car and enter your home by just entering a code. The door automatically locks behind you once you enter the home. The Schlage Touch has a built-in alarm that will start alerting you if someone tries to tamper the lock or break in. The quality and functionality of this device is simply outstanding.


The Schlage Touch has great looks and comes with four different designs to choose from that can match any kind of door decor. The outer face of the smart doorbell features the touchscreen that illuminates the numbers with soft blue light when touched. This makes it easy to use at night. The touchscreen has a bumpy matte finish that is fingerprint-proof, but it also makes the screen a little less responsive.

The lock comes with a 4 digit code as well as a 6 digit advanced code. There are 3 types of motion sensing alarms. You can adjust the sensitivity accordingly for all 3 modes. If you purchase the Nexia Bridge home automation control unit, you can sync your Schlage Touch to your smartphone, tablet or computer and control it remotely. You can also connect it with your lights, AC, thermostat etc.


Schlage Sense Deadbolt

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Schlage Sense Deadbolt

The Schlage Sense comes with a simple design, convenient features, and a mobile app. It easily detects when the door is unlocked using a key or the keypad. It sends you alerts if your security is at risk. The built-in siren of the lock activates as soon as someone tries to open your door.

The design of the Schlage Sense is quite appealing. It comes in two styles with three different finishes that can easily match the décor of your home. It is a self-contained smart lock and requires a compatible smartphone for regular use.

You can set the auto-lock feature between 15 seconds to 4 minutes to lock the door automatically.

The mobile app of Schlage Sense has a very simple and easy to use layout, where you can add or remove your list of guests with ease. You can assign up to 30 codes for guests and share it with them via email or text message.

For the smart home platform, it is compatible with Apple HomeKit, but not with other platforms like Nest or Z-Wave. For using the video doorbell feature, it is necessary for the Schlage Sense to be compatible with Apple HomeKit. It also uses Bluetooth for communicating with all iOS devices, but it is not compatible with the Android devices, which is the biggest drawback.

Though the Schlage Sense has remote access feature, it requires you to have an Apple TV to connect to the lock. Overall, the Schlage Sense is a great addition to converting your home into a smart home.


Schlage Connect Deadbolt

Schlage Connect Deadbolt
Schlage Connect Deadbolt

The Schlage Connect has a very refined look, comes in two styles with each style having 6 finishing choices. It has some really noteworthy and dependable features for securing your home. The keypad is large with numbers back lit and the touchscreen is fingerprint-resistant. But the inside of the door has a bulky appearance.

The auto-lock feature activates after 30 seconds of unlocking, but it lacks detection of closed doors. It does not have an auto-unlock feature, which makes it more secure overall. The Schlage Connect stores up to 30 different user codes, which you can enable and disable any time you want. You can share these codes with your guests via email or text message.

Schlage Connect has an awesome built-in alarm sensor that has 3 different security options: Activity, Tamper, and Forced Entry. Each setting can be adjusted along with the sensitivity of the alarm. A unique feature of Schlage Connect is the tamper alert that starts ringing immediately when the lock is disturbed.

Schlage Connect does not have its own mobile app or a Bluetooth connection; it depends on a smart home hub to enable a few features. The main control feature of Schlage Connect is a Z-Wave chip that is built-in. iOS app, Android app, integrated video doorbell and various other control features are available only with an automation system enabled.

The Z-wave integration is so seamless, simple and easy to use, and has a number of intuitive and effective features at your fingertips. You can set custom notifications through your smart hub that will alert you of any kind of lock activity. You can connect the lights, security camera, AC, thermostat etc., and access them remotely with the tap of a button.

With all these and many more features, the Schlage Connect is definitely a smart option for your home security.


Schlage Touch

Schlage Touch

Schlage Sense

Schlage Sense

Schlage Connect

Schlage Connect

High-tech home automation features Works well with Apple’s smart home framework and Apple home kit compatible Z-wave compatible
User friendly Simple and intuitive Easy to use
Loud alarm Built in tamper alarm Built in tamper alarm
Simple installation Easy to install Easy and simple installation
Can set up to 19 user access codes Sets 30 user access codes Sets up to 30 user access codes
Bumpy matte finish and illuminated touchscreen Illuminated touchscreen Fingerprint resistant and illuminated touchscreen
Very functional Amazing security and durability Refined and dependable
Number of colors and finishes to match your home décor Numerous designs to match your home decor Comes in variety of designs and colors
Stylish looks Voice-activated Siri control Robust feature list


Steps to Connect Schlage Sense to Apple TV

There are a lot of smart-home controls that are built-in on your iPad or iPhone, but if you want to use voice command Siri when you are not at home, you will have to add Apple TV to your setup. Adding Apple TV to your setup is a handy way of extending your reach of smart home gadgets that use Bluetooth.

The Schlage Sense is compatible and works with Apple HomeKit, which means that remote access is available via Apple TV. For this, your Apple TV must be within the range of your Bluetooth lock.

Follow the steps given below to add Apple TV to your setup:

  • First, make sure that your Apple device is updated to the latest version of Apple TV software.
  • Now, install the Schlage Sense App and use it to add the Sense lock to your home for added security. Follow the steps provided by the App to complete the pairing process.
  • Next, go to HomeKit’s settings on your iPhone and tap on“Allow remote access”.
  • Now, connect Apple TV to your iCloud account. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and connect it.

You have successfully added Apple TV to your setup. Now you can use the Schlage Sense from Apple HomeKit.

Enable Bluetooth on your phone and use either the Schlage Sense App or Siri voice control to operate and control your door lock. The app may take a few seconds to respond while connecting remotely as compared to connecting using Bluetooth.

There are several other manufacturers as well that deal with smart doorbells and locks, which clearly means that Schlage has got a few competitors out there. Let us have a look at a few more products from other companies and compare them with Schgale.

Lockitron Bolt Deadbolt

lockitron bolt
Lockitron Bolt

The Lockitron Bolt is basically a remake of the older version with some significant changes and added features. It has got some excellent and reliable features. The product is very robust and offers a lot of functionalities. Though it has replaced the company’s original product, this smart lock has several essential updates.

It does not have built-in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi connectivity comes via an external unit “Bridge”. Bridge allows you to connect to the company’s website. By connecting to the website of the company, you will have control on your smart lock no matter where you go.

The Lockitron Bolt is compatible with both iOS and Android smart devices. You can access your smart lock on these devices with the help of the Lockitron and can also share instant access with friends and family.

Bridge uses Bluetooth in order to connect to the web. With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can grant others access to your home. The Bluetooth door lock also replaces your bolt lock.  The Lockitron Bolt still works without Bridge connectivity at your door. Bridge acquisition is optional while it is recommended. The remote access is not there in the base package. But the updated Lockitron Bolt smart lock gives you consistent power for local use with Bluetooth and web accessibility with Bridge, also enabling the remote access.

The Lockitron Bolt notifies you whenever someone is at your door, knocks at the door or rings the doorbell. You can let anyone enter your home with the help of a virtual key. As soon as your door lock is opened, you will immediately receive an email. With a lot of new features and the essence of old features, the Lockitron Bolt is all set to rule the market.

Kwikset Premis Deadbolt

Kwikset Premis
Kwikset Premis

The Kwikset Premis Homekit provides an easy and secure way of controlling home security using an iPhone or iPad. The SmartKey system allows you to re-key your own locks, which means there will be fewer keys on your keychain. The Kwikset also comes with the advantage of patented security features like SmartKey and SecureScreen.

The Kwikset Premis has a very decent smart lock, a good-looking build, a well-designed Kwikset app that has numerous features and also excellent controls that can manage multiple users. It has no exterior LEDs or digital chimes.

You can program different codes for yourself, family members, friends, housekeepers and name them. They can easily get in and out of the home without requiring keys. You will receive immediate notifications via the iOS whenever the door locks and unlocks. You can assign a 4-8 digit code and choose what time those codes will work without having to give 24/7 access to everyone.

One drawback is that you won’t be able to access the lock outside the Bluetooth range unless you have an Apple TV that can act as a relay.  The touchpad is also a little less responsive.

It works with Apple Homekit, the smart-home control service. You can lock or unlock the doors by commanding Siri to do so, you can remote access via Apple TV and also lock the door while keeping your pad on lockdown. The “Code Disabled” mode is another brilliant feature that deactivates all the codes temporarily and restricts to keyed entry only.

Schlage vs Lockitron vs Kwikset – Comparison Chart

Now that we have given a brief description of both the smart locks and their features, below we are providing a comparison table of all the 3 smart locks, Schlage Sense, Kwikset Premis HomeKit and Lockitron Bolt.

Schlage Sense Kwikset Premis HomeKit Lockitron Bolt
Works well with Apple’s smart home framework and Apple home kit compatible Apple home kit compatible Does not support Apple
Simple and intuitive app Well-designed app with numerous features External unit called “Bridge” supports a lot of features
Easy to install Easy installation process Easy and quick installation
Amazing security and durability Excellent security system New and enhanced security system
Voice-activated Siri control Voice activated Siri control No voice control
Sets 30 user access codes Numerous codes can be programmed No codes introduced yet
Numerous designs to match your home decor Only one design One standard design
Illuminated touchscreen No digital chimes or exterior LED No LED screen
No notification Message notification on use of door Email notification on door usage
Built in tamper alarm No tamper alarm No tamper alarm



So this is a detailed review of a few of the best smart deadbolts in the market. We hope that this article has helped you in having a deep understanding about the working of smart deadbolts.

Choosing a smart deadbolt for your home is not an easy task, but after comparing the features, drawbacks, and level of security of the above mentioned Schlage and other smart deadbolts, you can select the best one for your security.

Smart deadbolts are a great investment, so choose only the best model to have superior safety and protection features.

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