Buyer’s Guide: Home Automation

From smart speakers to connected coffee makers and web-enabled washing machines, Stephen Errity rounds up some of the hottest new devices designed to make your home life easier

Google Nest Audio Star buy

Price: €99

Nest Audio is Google’s smart speaker made for music lovers. Google has made this device 75 per cent louder and with 50 per cent stronger bass than the original Google Home.

It features a 19mm tweeter for consistent high frequency coverage and clear vocals and a 75mm mid-woofer for bass. Google’s engineers performed 500 hours of tuning to ensure balanced lows, mids and highs, so nothing is lacking ...