From smart security systems to wireless charging units, there are a few things that have locked our attention this month; and we’ve rounded them up to showcase the very-best gadgets you need to check out.
Xiaomi MiHome Smart Security System
Home security systems are necessary evils in South Africa, and Xiaomi has a fantastic solution for those who don’t want to splurge on an expensive wired option with lots of hiccups. The Xiaomi Smart Sensor set comes with a hub unit, two window/door sensors, two motion detectors, and a wireless button to activate. It pairs with a mobile app that allows you to set unique scenarios (i.e. if a window has been left open for a specific amount of time) which will alert you or trigger an alarm. The hub is loud enough to alert anyone within proximity in the house and having the ability to arm the entire set (or specific sensors which you can customise) from your phone or with a simple ‘click’ of the button is a nice add-on for any home.
Price: from R2,399
With more and more people looking to mid-range devices as opposed to purchasing the top-of-the-line, wallet-punishing flagship, Nokia is offering a fantastic Android option in the form of the Nokia 2.3. The features won’t blow anyone way (there is only 2GB of RAM and no finger-print scanner), but with a sizeable 6.2-inch HD+ screen, 13MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, a larger 4,000mAh battery, the Nokia 2.3 will offer more than enough for the average user, who ends up not utilising all the fancy bells and whistles on their R10k+ smartphones anyway.
Moshi Otto Q
Wireless chargers are still easing their way into our lives, but Moshi’s stylish Otto Q will make the leap a whole lot easier. The slick Qi Wireless device is inspired by Danish furniture design, and you can tell, thanks to its neatly embedded material and clean metallic trimming – and it works well too! You can charge your Qi-compatible devices quickly by simple popping it on the surface, and you can quickly view your phone’s charging status thanks to a little LED indicator on the front face, so you don’t have to keep picking up your device and interrupting the charge.