At £729 this is ridiculously good value for a 40in Smart TV that boasts “4K ultra-high definition” — the latest standard with four times the picture quality of Full HD.
Internet-connected features include TV on demand including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Netflix. Plus you can use social apps including Facebook and Twitter on the big screen, while watching television. Visit richersounds.com
Berg Little Printer
It’s not a huge surprise that a printer can connect to the internet. But one that fits in the palm of your hand? Little Printer, price £149, prints messages on to a till roll. Subscribe free to services including news headlines, recipes, stories, games, puzzles, pictures to colour in and more. The personality-packed gadget can also receive and print messages and photos.
Control your central heating and hot water, and monitor energy use, from anywhere in the world, with this internet-connected thermostat, for £179 or £249 installed. It’s more than just a fancy controller. It can learn your preferences, create its own schedule, teach you about your energy habits and even detect when you leave the house and turn off the heating.
Livescribe 3 Smartpen
This pen connects to the internet. Write notes in a special paper notepad and they are instantly transferred to your iPad or iPhone and saved online in Evernote. The pen simultaneously records audio — so click on a word in the digital note and hear what was being said at the time of writing. Amazing. Ideal for lecture notes, Livescribe would make a great back-to-university gift (£129.99 at Amazon) Visit livescribe.com
Pure Evoke F4
The Evoke F4 radio, from £179.99, lets you listen to FM and digital radio stations and also uses wifi to connect to the internet. Enjoy more than 20,000 radio stations from all over the world along with popular programmes and podcasts on demand. The built-in Bluetooth allows you to stream music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The iKettle, £99.99, has built-in wifi so it can connect to your smartphone via the internet: press a button in an app to boil it. That may sound ridiculously lazy, but the app also wakes you with the message: “Good Morning! Would you like me to pop the kettle on?” which does appeal. Four temperature settings make it ideal for coffee, tea and herbal infusions.
AGA iTotal Control
An Aga is the last appliance you’d expect to be internet-connected, but the iTotal Control (from £10,590) has a built-in mobile phone SIM card. So you can control the ovens and cooking zones using a dedicated website, via smartphone app or even by text message. There’s also a touch screen hidden behind one of its doors.
The internet-connected WW9000 washing machine, £1,699, can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet anywhere — handy if you forgot to hit the “go” button or you want to delay a wash. The machine’s own touch screen is easy to use and its intelligent dispenser stores a month’s worth of laundry detergent, so you don’t have to think about it.