Homes today are smarter than ever. Clocks, speakers, lights, and even vacuums can be talked to or controlled via apps nowadays, leaving lots of room for customization and automation. CGM has worked with plenty of brands in so many “smart” markets and have come up with a list of our favourites.

Here are CGMs nominees for Best Smart Device 2021/22:

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 with Wireless Charging

Writer: Dayna Eileen
Score: 7
Price: $119

Before the Lenovo Smart Clock 2, my phone sat on its side, charging, being used as my alarm and my clock overnight. Those days are gone. This clock does everything I need it to do in my room and on my desk. The display is clear, and not too bright, making it great for bedtime. It features a light ring around the base of the clock that acts as a nightlight, if needed, and even comes with a wireless charging pad to place my phone on at night—no more cords!

Once set up, the clock looks nice. It’s an excellent desk piece. I use it in the office for the time, to listen to music, and to charge my phone. At home, it’s my alarm clock, charger, and helps me control my smart devices like lights and the TV. The Lenovo Smart Clock 2’s multi-functionality is great, and not having to plug my phone in every time I settle in is a bonus.

The price point for the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 with Wireless Charging is a little high for what it offers, but weighing that against its aesthetic and the parts that function flawlessly leaves me conflicted. I love the device on its own, but could do without the charger altogether.

iRobot Roomba j7+

Writer: Dayna Eileen
Score: 8.5
Price: $849.99

Unboxing the Roomba j7+, it wasn’t in a million pieces, just the back base, power cord and the Roomba itself. A couple of extra parts came with it, a filter and sweeper. I was surprised with how little instructions came with it. It essentially tells you to plug it in, and download the app. The iRobot app does most of the work from there on out. It guided me through the process, naming our Roomba, connecting it to the Wi-Fi, and getting it started to begin mapping out our home.

I really didn’t think a Roomba was right for us, with the clutter and lack of open space in our home, I just didn’t believe it could work. After trying the iRobot Roomba j7+, however, I’m hooked. It saves me time, it keeps the floors tidy, the kids think it’s the coolest thing in the world, when the base isn’t preparing for takeoff. I have no intention of going back to life without it now. The iRobot Roomba j7+ is a part of our Alexa family now.

The iRobot Roomba j7+ has found its place in our home. Though it doesn’t replace the deep clean of a regular vacuum, it certainly makes the day to day easier, and you can’t put a price on that long term.

Ring Doorbell Pro 2

Writer: Steven Green 
Score:
Price: $249.99

The Ring …….

Source: https://www.cgmagonline.com/articles/features/best-smart-device-2021/

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