Since we’re still stuck indoors, why not make yours more intelligent with these amazing smart home gadgets of 2020.
For most of us, 2020 was the year of staying at home. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your home looking smart, stylish, and innovative at the same time.
Smart home gadgets are creating huge waves in the market right now, especially thanks to tech giants like Samsung, Amazon, Apple, and Google to name a few. By having a more connected, secure, and innovative smart home, you’ll have everything you need at the touch of your fingers. But the term ‘smart home gadgets’ is pretty vague these days; what determines a smart home gadget?
Essentially, it’s anything that is connected to your home internet and that can be accessed wirelessly and remotely. Think smart home speakers, smart refrigerators, smart lighting, smart home security systems, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. There is also the different ecosystems that come with having a smart home — Android users would be better off on Google Assistant or even Amazon Echo while Apple users will want to keep with its HomePod system. In the end, it’s all down to your usage and how you want your smart home to be like.
Don’t worry though; we’ll include both sides so nobody feels excluded. Scroll down to check out the full list of smart home gadgets to have in your house this 2020.
Smart home speakers
Apple HomePod Mini
Having launched just two months ago, the Apple HomePod Mini is the latest addition to Apple’s smart home speaker system. Unlike its predecessor, the Mini features a much smaller spherical shape as opposed to its larger cylindrical dome. Siri comes equipped with the HomePod Mini alongside 360° audio, filling your room from such a small device. The HomePod Mini is also compatible with all Apple devices, be it your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even AppleTV.
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Google Nest Audio
Google has been in the smart home speaker market for quite some time now — the Google Home Mini has become a popular smart home gadget for many over the past years. If you’re looking for an upgrade or to further build on your Android smart home, the Google Nest Audio is the latest to come out from the search engine. The Google Nest Audio works very much like how the Google Home and the Home Mini — it’s a smart home speaker that is capable of learning and adapting to your very needs. Want it to turn on and off your lights? Done. Set a house-wide alarm for dinner? Easy. Let your family know you’re on the way home via Google Assistant? Sure.
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Dyson Lightcycle Morph
Looking to light up your home in more ways than one? The Dyson Lightcycle Morph is just the tech you need to keep your place bright at all times. This intelligent light stand can be used in a myriad of ways, all the while adapting and transforming itself as the day goes by. The Lightcycle Morph is able to adjust its brightness levels automatically to suit the conditions of the room. You can also control the brightness levels and more through the Dyson Link app, which makes it that much easier to have control over your lighting without even having to physically be there to change it.
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Philips Hue Starter Kit
Have you always wanted to adjust the brightness or the glow in your room? You can now do just that with the Philips Hue Starter Kit, which features three E27 LED light bulbs as well as the Philips Hue Bridge, allowing you to connect and sync your smart light bulbs into one central location — your smartphone. These smart LED light bulbs offer white and colour ambience transformations, allowing you to swap the colours around your room with ease.
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LG GX 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV
For quite some time now, LG has been at the forefront of OLED panel technology in TVs, so much so that it’s also the supplier for said panels to many of its competitors. This just goes to show just show renowned LG has become. If you’re looking to upgrade your current TV, might we suggest the LG GX 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV? It features LG’s very own self-lit pixel technology, promising the truest blacks like never before. It also comes with its own artificial intelligence — AI ThinQ with Amazon Alexa on-board as well as a host of smart TV features like various streaming platforms as well as Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos.
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Samsung The Frame QLED TV
Samsung is another big-name player when it comes to consumer electronics, particularly smart TVs. The Frame QLED TV is one such example of Samsung being able to pair its innovative technologies into a modern-day TV without an exorbitant price tag. The Frame acts as both an art piece as well as a display piece to showcase other works of art. Samsung provides you with all the streaming capabilities one can ask for, coupled with its quantum-dot LED technology, making it so that whatever you’re watching comes in crystal clear quality. Check out our review here.
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Soundbars are the perfect accessory to have in one’s home entertainment system these days. But soundbars aren’t usually smart devices; its purpose was to provide a more crisp and audible experience. However, the Sonos Beam is here to change all that. This smart soundbar works great no matter what you fancy — movies, music, and podcasts are just some of the ways the Sonos Beam can be enjoyed. It also supports over 100 streaming services, Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, as well as Amazon Alexa. To sweeten the deal, the Sonos Beam is also significantly smaller than your average soundbar.
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