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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 8 – A Tesla for Your Garden

After several months with the Automower it’s time to look back and take stock. But first here are a couple of things we’ve not covered yet. Running Costs & Battery Replacement The manual quotes the Husqvarna 430X Automower power consumption at 30 W during cutting and also quotes a ‘mean energy consumption at maximum use’ of 20 kWh/month in a […]

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Our New Home Server Isn’t a Server – The Synology 1813+ NAS Review

Like most of you, our storage requirements have been growing over the years.  Our first Jukebox server was built in 2005, mainly to store music files.  Then in 2009 Jukebox MkII was born and with it a reduction in power consumption along with a major leap in performance and capacity to cope with high definition video […]

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

When I bought my new MacBook Unibody back in 2009 I had envisaged keeping it for two years.  Shortly after I got it though, Apple tweaked the design by adding a new SD slot and built-in battery as well as restoring the FireWire port and ‘Pro’ moniker.   In the end I’ve had that machine for […]

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Drobo – DroboShare In-Depth Review

Drobo – DroboShare In-Depth Review

We’ve spent may hours with Drobo and DroboShare over the last few weeks preparing our review. We’ve finally put down the camera, finished the text and graphics so today we can published our findings.  Read on for the in-depth review including video, photos, graphs and screen grabs from Windows, Mac and Linux.  Oh, and our […]

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T-Mobile MDA Vario II SmartPhone

T-Mobile MDA Vario II SmartPhone

Smarthome enthusiasts love to control and monitor their homes remotely. I’ve found nothing is as well suited to this as a Smartphone. Whether you communicate with your house via SMS text messages or email, or view your CCTV cameras remotely, nothing beats the screen size, data connectivity and portability of a Smartphone. My last three […]

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Sonos Long Term – Review

One of the most popular projects that readers of Automated Home embark upon, is moving all of their media files (music, video, photos etc) onto a central server. Many of us have ripped our entire CD collections to MP3s on our hard drives over the last few years and, if you’re like me, also taken […]

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