A lesson I learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic: it's worth investing in your home. Yes, it's fine to declutter your home, and I'm not encouraging excessive spending or hoarding. But when the home is for both work and play, it's probably a good idea to spend on items that can make a real difference in your quality of life. So give yourself a treat, whether it's a sweet new home theatre system, a comfy chair, or even something as simple as a laptop stand. Here are five useful gadgets for the home:
Ambi Climate 2
Add some cooling smarts to your aircon with the Ambi Climate 2. Not only does it let you easily control your aircon with an app, this smart home gadget taps on machine learning to acclimatise to your cooling preferences. The only downer is that you'll need one Ambi Climate 2 (around S$200 each) for each aircon unit, so it can get pricey for larger homes.
Keep your home clean with minimal effort using the Dyson Omni-glide. One of the lighter and more portable cordless stick vacuum cleaners around, the Omni-glide has a new dual-head Fluffy head that swivels easily in all directions, and moves smoothly over hard floors and carpets alike.
Lenovo Smart Display 7
How do you improve the definitive smart display, Google's own Nest Hub? You add a camera. As a result, Lenovo's Smart Display 7 can do video calls, unlike its rival. But I find it works best as a digital photo frame. Its built-in Google Assistant is also always ready to answer your queries and commands.
LG C1 OLED
Seeing is believing. The LG C1 OLED will convert anyone skeptical about the virtues of OLED technology into a true believer. Don't trust us, just check it out a retail store. This year's version is also arguably the best TV now for gaming. It supports variable refresh rate technology such as Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium, and is able to deliver 120fps at 4K resolution for compatible games.
Ring Peephole Cam
Video doorbells are perfect for those who are big on delivery services. But most of them require you to drill holes in the wall. Unless it's the Ring Peephole Cam, which cleverly uses the existing peephole in your door. It's easy to install and the removable, rechargeable battery can last several months. Get a separate chime, the Ring Protect subscription, and you're all set.
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