The Last 12 Months Has Been A Great Year For Con­sumer Tech

It’s that time of the year when we hand out gongs for the best prod­ucts of the year, and this year there are some re­ally ex­it­ing winners.

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For a start 2016 was a year when we saw some ma­jor ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy.

Wire­less net­work­ing is sud­denly sig­nif­i­cantly faster, se­cu­rity cam­eras are now 4K and TV dis­play tech­nol­ogy has taken a quan­tum leap with the ar­rival of new Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion dis­play screens.

This tech­nol­ogy is not iso­lated to top end de­vices as the new Philips TVs sold at JB Hi-Fi and the Bauhn UHD TVs sold at Aldi are tes­ti­mony to.

In the tablet and note­book space Len­ovo has taken PC tech­nol­ogy to a new level with their Yoga Book. This de­vice not only al­lows one to draw di­rectly to the screen or write notes on a writ­ing pad and have them ap­pear on screen, it also has a new Halo key­board which has led to a com­plete de­sign over­haul for note­books.

When it comes to con­tent and the stream­ing of con­tent it took Net­flix to rev­o­lu­tionise the mar­ket. But it’s no good hav­ing a stream­ing ser­vice un­less you have a home en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem that de­liv­ers you con­tent seam­lessly whether it’s down­load­able movies, free to air TV or from the likes of Stan, Net­flix or Ama­zon Prime.

The real stand­out dur­ing the past 12 months has been the new Mini and Mighty home en­ter­tain­ment boxes from Fetch TV. These boxes have taken home en­ter­tain­ment to a new level due to their soft­ware, func­tion­al­ity and the speed that these boxes process com­mands. There is no lag like there is with a lot of their com­peti­tors.

In the smart­phone mar­ket, LG who are nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with OLED TVs and ap­pli­ances has de­liv­ered a cracker new smart­phone. The V20 took us to­tally by sur­prise. It’s thin, fast and highly func­tional.

This year we have some great winners and we hope that you en­joy the choices we have made in this is­sue of SmartHouse.

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