Amazon Echo Spot
(€140, Amazon.co.uk or Littlewoods)
Amazon recently started selling its series of voiceactivated Echo devices in Ireland. But these were largely just smart speakers used as vessels for its Alexa voice system. Its new Echo Spot device adds a circular touchscreen which can show you video content, a clock and other information. It also comes with a built-in camera, in case you want to make video calls (with other Echo devices). The whole package arguably has a more home-friendly design.
Sony Bravia AF8 (€2,949, Harvey Norman)
If you’re in the market for a top-end new telly, they don’t come much better than this at the moment. As well as 4K and HDR, Sony’s AF8 incorporates one amazing feature that does away with the need for a separate soundbar. The entire screen acts a speaker, through a vibration system. It comes in 55-inch or 65-inch variants.