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Something on the Side: Dysonís vacuum really sucks Ė in a good way

14 May 2015 by
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Something on the Side: Dysonís vacuum really sucks Ė in a good way

In this Something on the Side issue, SEAN BACHER reviews the Dyson V6 cordless vacuum, Guardian Eye Lite outdoor camera, Fitbit Charge HR, Seagate Seven 500GB external hard drive and the Amped Wireless AC1750 WiFi extender.


Dyson V6 cordless vacuum


Many cordless or handheld vacuums have been infamous for their lack of suction power. They are great for a few crumbs around the house, but thatís about it. However, this isnít the case with the Dyson V6. The vacuum creates a cyclonic effect via a magnet that spins110 000 times per minute, generating enough suction to pick up dirt on just about any floor type. The battery will last up to 20 minutes, and there is even a boost mode for really stubborn dirt.


Expect to pay: R5100

Stockists: Visit www.dyson.co.za



Guardian Eye Lite outdoor camera


Once mounted and linked to a WiFi network, the Guardian Eye Lite outdoor camera can be accessed remotely via any smartphone, tablet or computer. It features three infra-red LEDs that display night-mode scenes with brilliant clarity. Features like motion-triggered alerts, an SD card slot and the transmission of audio make it an ideal home security accessory.


Expect to pay: R2549

Stockists: Visit www.voxtelecom.co.za



Fitbit Charge HR


The Fitbit Charge HR continually measures a userís footsteps, distance walked, calories burned and heart rate. This data is then synchronised with a smartphone, giving the wearer an up-to-date overview of daily movements. The Charge HR also includes a silent alarm and displays the date and time. Sleep patterns and times are recorded but, unlike its predecessor, the Charge HR does not have to be manually put into sleep mode.


Expect to pay: R2499

Stockists: Visit www.zastore.co.za



Seagate Seven 500GB external hard drive


The Seagate Sevenís enclosure is made entirely of steel, which makes it thin and sturdy. It is compatible with most operating systems and connects via USB 3. In keeping with the driveís style, Seagate has moved away from the standard USB cable and used a braided design, making it more flexible and easier to use in cramped situations. With its dimensions and weight closely resembling that of a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Seagate Seven is a great addition to a business travelerís backpack.


Expect to pay: R1500

Stockists: Most reputable electronics retail outlets nationwide.


Amped Wireless AC1750 WiFi extender


Most users these days have numerous notebooks, TVs, smartphones and computers all connected to their home WiFi network. The problem is that many of these devices sometimes fall outside the range of the WiFi signal. To remedy this, manufacturers have been manufacturing WiFi extenders, but these are often cumbersome and difficult to install and setup. However, with the Amped Wireless AC1750 WiFi extender, users just need to find a suitably placed electrical outlet and plug in the extender. No setup or additional software installation is required and the WiFi coverage is extended by 10 000 square feet. A word of warning, though: before you plug in the extender, make sure your WiFi is properly secured with passwords.


Expect to pay: R2000

Stockists: Visit www.ampedwireless.com


* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher



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