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Feb 8, 2021

Recommended Smart Home Gadgets in the Philippines 2021

Technology has progressed, and it's a known fact that electronic devices help make our lives easier. Today, we're here to introduce to you a list of recommended smart home gadgets you ought to buy in the Philippines.

We can only say we are progressing when there are visible improvements, and one of the measures that show there are improvements is through the presence of a change in our home. Having smart gadgets not only makes our lives easier but it provides us with additional benefits like improved productivity and further savings.

The influence of newer technology in our daily lives could not be any more significant during these times. Today, we have compiled an exclusive list of several recommended smart home gadgets that are slowly being introduced to our homes.

Recommended Smart Home Gadgets in the Philippines

1. TP-Link Tapo C200

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The TP-Link Tapo C200 is a budget-friendly indoor security camera with pan and tilt functions. It offers great quality video that you can access from your smartphone.

The design of the TP-Link Tapo C200 is very small and compact compared to a traditional security camera. The TP-Link Tapo C200's camera has a 114-degree vertical range and a full 360-degree horizontal range giving you a wide area of sight. Options to manually adjust the camera angle or have it scan different areas at certain times is also available.

The most important part of a security camera is video quality and the TP-Link Tapo C200 does not disappoint with the 1080p video and built-in 850nm IR LED giving you a night vision of up to 30 feet. Video recordings are stored on a local microSD card in the camera. As a deterrence to any unwanted guests, there is a built-in siren that can be triggered when motion is detected.

As mentioned earlier, the video feed from the TP-Link Tapo C200 can be accessed using an app available for iOS or Android. Additional features include a two-way talk function and more importantly, motion detection alerts. The TP-Link Tapo C200 does not come with a battery pack, meaning that the security camera needs to be plugged in via a 2m cable provided in the package.

2. BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV

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Security is very important in our homes, and especially during these difficult times, you can never be too careful. The BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV is an affordable outdoor camera with numerous features that are very useful and will help give you peace of mind when you're away from home.

The BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV is a very durable outdoor CCTV with an IP66 rating that gives assurance that it will be able to endure the hottest and coldest temperatures. The BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV can be placed in any strategic location with no problems using the mount.

The BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV does not only work well in tough conditions, but it can also operate well both day and night thanks to its IR night vision. There's also a built-in LED light that will allow you to record everything clearly, and the 5MP camera has a 4x digital zoom. The CCTV can rotate 270-degrees and tilt 100-degrees which covers a wide area. There is also an intelligent auto-tracking feature where it can detect motion and trigger the option to record or take pictures.

In the event where you want to communicate with someone in front of the CCTV, there is a two-way radio speaker available. Another notable feature of the BESDER 5MP PTZ CCTV is its Wi-Fi connectivity where you can access your recording or live feeds from your smartphone.

3. 4 in 1 Fingerprint Digital Smart Door Anti-Theft Security Lock

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The popularity of smart doors has only grown given that they give you additional layers of security and also look good aesthetically. This smart door lock also comes with a very budget-friendly price while sporting a premium finish.

The 4 in 1 Fingerprint Digital Smart Door Anti-Theft Security Lock is made of precision zinc alloy which is both lightweight and durable. The brushed metal design does not only look excellent, but it is resistant to high temperatures, dust, and water.

There are four ways to unlock the door―the first is through a fingerprint sensor which can save up to 90 different fingerprints, password unlocks (up to 10 passwords), swipe card, or a key. The smart door uses a semiconductor live fingerprint recognition that gives an extra layer of security and ensures your fingerprint is not duplicated. The package comes with a set of keys and 2 induction cards.

Through wear and excessive force, traditional door handles tend to suffer and break but the 4 in 1 Fingerprint Digital Smart Door Anti-Theft Security Lock has a handle-free state feature. When the door is unlocked, it allows it to turn 180-degrees without any resistance while protecting the internal lock body from external force damage.

The 4 in 1 Fingerprint Digital Smart Door Anti-Theft Security Lock is powered by 4 AA batteries that can last up to 12 months. The Digital Smart Door Anti-Theft Security Lock is equipped with a small horn that warns you if the battery is low and needs replacement. If you did not manage to change the batteries in time, there is a provision to power the unit through a USB charging port.

4. Cherry Home Smart Video Doorbell

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The Cherry Home Smart Video Doorbell looks like an ordinary doorbell with a very simple design. But what it may lack in appearance it makes up for in its features, making your regular doorbell obsolete.

The Cherry Home Smart Video Doorbell is made to be weatherproof, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet or damaged under the hot sun. The primary purpose of this doorbell is that it adds security to your home. It does this through its motion sensor that can detect outside movements and warns you with an indoor chime. The 1080p video along with the 140-degree wide camera will give you a better picture of what's going on outside. The two-way radio is a secondary tool you can use to communicate with the person outside your door if you need further verification.

In addition, the Cherry Home Smart Video Doorbell supports up to 128GB microSD card which is equivalent to recording continuously for 15 days―meaning, that you can also use your doorbell as a CCTV camera.

5. Google Nest Mini

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Google has been very successful with its range of smart speakers. The Google Nest Mini second gen is again a dependable, cheap, easy-to-set-up smart device, which works well as your assistant at home with its built-in Google Assistant.

This entry-level and relatively small-shaped Google Nest Mini can be placed in any location thanks to its compact size. There are options to choose from in a range of different colors to fit your style. The Google Nest Mini has a fabric mesh top and a rubberized base. The buttons to increase and lower the volume, as well as the location of the controls for the microphone, are located on the side of the Google Nest Mini. You will also find that on the underside, there is a universal mount available and ready for mounting on the wall.

Improvements and updates to the Google Nest Mini include an updated tuning software that has greatly improved sound quality from the previous version. Voice detection is still great even with a noisy background. A major addition is the faster assistant response time through a machine learning chip. The Google Assistant's ability to access other smart devices makes it a very good buy for its affordable price.

There are new features available as well, like the ability to make phone calls through Google Duo and the option to transfer content like music onto the Google Nest Mini.

6. Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro

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Xiaomi is known to produce very affordable gadgets at an affordable price tag. Sadly, the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro isn't as affordable as their other products, but with features comparable to even premium brands or models, its price tag is pretty justifiable.

The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro looks like your typical robot vacuum with a round shape, but that's the only thing it has in common with its competitors. In terms of design, the shirt tower is flanked with an orange accent which functions as one of the laser mapping sensors. The paint finish of the vacuum is glossy but it is adequately protected by rubber bumpers on all sides.

The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro is lined with numerous sensors and this is to prevent it from falling off the stairs or colliding with other objects. This robot vacuum can both mop and sweep at the same time, although you have to set up the attachments depending on the function you want to execute. Putting or changing attachments is very simple and you don't have to flip the vacuum over.

To set up the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro, you have to download Xiaomi's home app so you can pair your device with the vacuum. The app's cleaning option is amazing with options to subdivide rooms in your home which allows you to choose different cleaning modes for each room.

One of the highlights of the Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro, and generally one of the most important features everyone looks at when purchasing a vacuum, is its suction power. The vacuum-mop has 4 different suction powers, with a peak power of 2100Pa, which is twice the power you would find in any other robot vacuum. The mopping efficiency of the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro is also great. It has two modes you can choose from with two different patterns to select. More importantly, the battery of the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop Pro is a 3,200mAh capacity which means it can last 2.2 hours between charging.

7. LASCO Smart Wi-Fi Bulb

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Going for a smart light bulb was difficult in the beginning because of the large price gap between ordinary light bulbs and their limited functions and compatibility. The LASCO Smart Wi-Fi Bulb is everything you could ask for with a lighting fixture.

The LASCO Smart Wi-Fi Bulb has a durable aluminum alloy body with a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours. It also has a patented aluminum heat release duct that enhances the life of the LED lighting. The bulb also has 4 different modes with adjustable color and brightness. There are a total of 16 million colors to choose from and this is all programmable to your preference. The color changes can follow music and sounds.

The LASCO Smart Wi-Fi Bulb is compatible with the LASCO app or Smart Life app. There are options to connect the LASCO bulbs to Google Home or Amazon Echo to activate voice command options. Connectivity and control are made easy― as long as you have Wi-Fi or mobile data, you can even program it to switch on/ off at a particular time.

8. Xiaomi Youban Smart Air Fryer

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The Xiaomi Youban Smart Air Fryer is a great multifunction cooking tool that is easy to use and can provide many health benefits. What's great about this air fryer is that it's inexpensive compared to its competitors while offering several premium features.

The main highlight of an air fryer is that you can cook regular meals oil-free and because of the unique cooking technology, it manages to make food taste just as good or even better. The 360-degree hot air circulates at high speed and maintains the temperature constant ensuring that the food being cooked is evenly heated. The Xiaomi Youban Smart Air Fryer has a simple compact design but can accommodate up to 2.6L of food with the non-stick compartment that has an anti-rust layer. Its anti-fingerprint keys keep the air fryer looking clean. The non-sticky touch controls have very clear symbols to make it easy when using the different cooking functions. The one key operation along with the temperature protection and more importantly auto stop, are some great features only available for more premium models.

9. Wi-Fi Smart Plug

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This may seem like a very simple smart gadget but don't let that fool you.

The Wi-Fi Smart Plug works like your regular plug but it can turn your appliances on or off. It can operate via an app―you can use Google Home and Alexa or even download an app called Smart Life available on Android and iOS.

The power consumption of the Wi-Fi Smart Plug is very low making it a good investment in helping cut down electricity use. The highlight of this device is that you remotely check and control the power of any appliances from your smartphone.

Conclusion

Although our country is not as advanced as others, slowly, many of us have adopted to using smart home gadgets in our daily lives. Although there are instances where new technology can actually be a hindrance to our growth, this is not always the case. Embracing new technology that is available to us can make our lives easier and let us be more productive with our time.

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