Why an Intel 10th Gen Laptop is for you!

Are you looking to upgrade your laptop and wondering whether an Intel 10th Gen laptop is for you? Well, lets have a look at what’s on offer and how it translates to a better user experience no matter what we’re using your laptop for.

INTELLIGENT PERFORMANCE WITH THE POWER OF AI

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Laptops with 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors learn and adapt to what you do, leveraging the benefits of built-in AI instructions to help you get things done faster and more fluidly. Consider any photo or video editing you’re already doing or interested in learning. The built-in AI can automatically select subjects or objects in a picture, fill in missing pieces in photos, make blurry images clear, and even create artificial backdrops in videos without the need of a green-screen.

THE NEW WI-FI FOR OUR CONNECTED LIVES 

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The Wi-Fi demands of your digital life keep expanding with more connected devices and higher-bandwidth needs – like video streaming, gaming, and dealing with increasingly larger file sizes. Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) enabled PCs and wireless networks deliver a generational advance in Wi-Fi performance, traffic management, interference avoidance, and security for best-in-class connectivity. This is the new Wi-Fi you’ve been waiting for.

ULTRA-VIVID, NEXT GENERATION GRAPHICS 

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If watching movies or gaming is a core purpose of your laptop, then you’re going to love the 10th Gen. A new graphics architecture supports incredibly rich and vivid entertainment experiences like 4K HDR and the performance needed for 1080p gaming. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Plus graphics and Intel® UHD Graphics bring immersive, visually stunning experiences to laptops.

DESIGNED FOR FAST-PACED LIVES

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Enabling the most innovative laptop and 2-in-1 designs with the power of AI, next gen graphics, and best-in-class connectivity, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors redefine the laptop experience for those who are always on the go.

Compatible laptops are in every budget as well. The 15.6″ HP Laptop 15-DA2018TU for example is a great entry level compatible laptop with High Definition display, a 256GB Solid State Drive and HP TRUEVISION, giving video chat vibrant clarity, even in low light.

Or there’s the stunning ‘laptop of tomorrow’ Asus Zenbook Duo. This unique design lets you take your creativity and productivity to the next level with the full-width Asus ScreenPad™ Plus built in just above the keyboard that works seamlessly with the main display.

Finally, for fans of the 2-in-1s, there’s the Lenovo Yoga C940 2-IN-1 Laptop. Co-engineered with Intel® for advanced mobile performance, the Yoga C940 will power through your day, combining sleek portability with up to 17.5 hours of battery life. And if you need an extra boost, the rapid-charging battery will give you 2 extra hours in just 15 minutes

Click HERE to find out about all the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor compatible computers in the Bing Lee range.

 

Gift Ideas for your Mum, Sister, Girlfriend or Wife

The special ladies in your life are often the most deserving of a thoughtful gift at Christmas time, but sometimes they are also the hardest to buy for. How about giving them a gift they’ll truly adore and more importantly use. Hair styling products are at the top of many people’s wish lists this year and luckily there’s something in the Remington hair care range for just about everyone’s needs.

FABULOUS HAIR WHEREVER YOU GO

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Whether your loved one is travelling for work, leisure or even just one night away, chances are they’ll need to do their hair in the morning. This is where a styling gift pack is a lifesaver. The all-time favourite AIR3D, with a unique 3D airflow path, now comes in the premium pearl white with a matching travel size straightener. This compact styling gift pack is the perfect travelling duo with their own travel case, making it even easier for your loved one to take their favourite hair tools anywhere they go.

FROM PARTY-READY CURLS TO SUPER SLEEK STRAIGHT HAIR WITH EASE

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If you know someone who doesn’t want to spend their whole morning or night styling their hair, or perfecting the exact way to flick a traditional straightener to create party curls, then the Remington Curl & Straight Confidence is for them. The unique 2 in 1 design, means you can work waves, create coveted curls, or have super sleek straight hair all with the one device. The twisted plates help those that normally struggle to curl their hair with straighteners. As an added bonus the ultra-smooth, ceramic coated plates are infused with anti-static tourmaline to help combat frizz.

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THE HOME HAIRDRESSER

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Ok, we all know a budding home hairdresser. Whether they’re saving time by cutting their kids hair, practicing their skills on their partner’s hair, or saving money by giving the family dog a quick trim. A home grooming kit is a handy device practically every home should have. The Remington High Precision Haircut Kit features 24 pieces, making maintaining various hair lengths and trimming around the ears as easy as ever. It also features a premium chrome finish and stainless steel blades that self-sharpen and never need oiling.

GENTLE STRAIGHT HAIR

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Smooth, sleek, straight hair never goes out of fashion. Yet, regular straightening with heat can damage your hair if you don’t protect it. Daily styling can sometimes mean you lose that natural sheen and experience colour fading. If your loved one is grappling with these issues with their current straightener, you’ll want to look at the Infinite Protect Straightener. This little beauty lets you style whilst keeping your hair looking healthy and vibrant. The Infinite Protect Straightener has an Intelligent Sensor and Advanced Ceramic coated plates infused with Shea Oil & U.V. filters. Basically this means your hair has 2.5x more protection and 5x longer lasting colours*.

*vs. Remington straightener with standard coating at 230°C

Breathe Easy this Christmas

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An Australian Christmas can mean an abundance of impurities in the air at this time of year. There’s a lot of pollen and dust around, both popular irritants triggering allergies and if you’re in the east of Australia there’s smoke and ash from the bush fires wreaking havoc on the air quality this year.

Experts will tell you there is little we can do to minimise the effects of exposure to these air impurities while outside. This is particularly bad news for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. One of the best ways to create an environment that will let us breathe easy is with air purifiers.

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Dyson have created some efficient and stylish air purifiers featuring the essential HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter is a type of air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and smoke. Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan is designed with an activated carbon and glass HEPA filter which captures gases and 99.95% of ultra fine particles from the air around you. It also has a clever night setting so you can set the sleep timer for between 15 minutes and 8 hours, meaning you can keep cool and comfortable during the night.

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If you want a fan that does the whole job and more you’ll want a Dyson Pure Hot+Cool™ Purifier Fan Heater. It is Dyson’s latest purifying fan technology and automatically purifies the whole room, while also cooling you in summer or heating you in winter. It is so clever it can automatically detect airborne particles and gases, diagnose and report them in real time; allowing you to monitor the air quality through the Dyson Link app.

You can rest easy knowing Dyson purifiers are certified asthma and allergy friendly by Airmid Healthgroup laboratories and Sensitive Choice approved by National Asthma Council Australia.

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Another great way to battle irritants is to keep your house free of them. The best way to remove surface dust can be done by a quality vacuum cleaner designed to get all the dust, pollen, pet hair and grime. Dyson comes to the rescue again with a vacuum cleaner for every job and person.

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The Dyson V11 Absolute handstick is a completely cordless vacuum designed for the whole house. It’s long stick design means it can reach into all the corners of your home – both high and low and with the push of a button can be transformed into a handheld vacuum – perfect for a quick clean of the car. It is also great on carpets and hardwood floors. Stiff nylon bristles drive deep into carpet to remove ground-in dirt. Soft, anti-static carbon fibre filaments capture dust from hard floors and crevices. Full-width brush bar cleans right to the edges.

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If you have a big house with a variety of floor types to clean, then the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Multi Vacuum is your work horse. This vacuum has a large high capacity bin and with the Dyson’s Ball technology it can manoeuvre easily around furniture, corners and will pick themselves up if knocked over.

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Do you have a home filled with the love of the family dog or cat but plagued with the never-ending build-up of pet hair that comes along with it? Getting the stubborn hair out of carpet and furniture is a breeze for the Dyson Ball Animal Upright. This powerful vacuum is designed for a home with pets. While it can do everything a Dyson is expected to do the Dyson Ball Animal Upright has been built to achieve the strongest suction of any vacuum. With its self-adjusting cleaner head and re-engineered brush bar, bristles dig deeper into carpets to remove more dust and dirt. And the Tangle-free Turbine tool has counter-rotating heads with brushes to remove hair and dirt from carpets and upholstery.

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Finally, the Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld is perfect for smaller homes, dedicated rooms, or the car. It is light, ergonomically designed and cord-free – making it hassle free. It is perfect to grab for the regular clean ups in the kitchen. Or use the crevice tool to reach awkward gaps and small cracks. Or simply make your life easier and use the combination tool to gently dust in the home and car.

Headphones Christmas Gift Guide

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The way we consume media and entertainment changes from decade to decade. The one thing that doesn’t change is our love of audio. It started with the early vinyl records allowing music to be enjoyed in the home, and the AM radio band delivering news and radio-serials into wirelesses across Australia. Then we listened on more portable devices – transistor radios, Walkmans, and iPods. We now embrace audiobooks, podcasts, YouTube, Spotify, and the multitude of other streaming services available.
One thing integral to our modern experience of sound is the headphones we use. Whilst you may start off using the headphones included with your phone purchase, you should know there’s a world of enhanced audio experiences out there which will not only enrich what you’re listening too, but can make the experience easier and hassle-free. Headphones are now used in a variety of ways and for different reasons. Here’s our top headphone gift-guide for your loved ones this Christmas.

TRULY WIRELESS

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Wireless headphones provide users with the experience of complete cordless freedom. How often have you taken your headphones out of your bag to find them in a tangled mess? If you’re looking for a gift for someone who will love the idea of no more tangled wires and prefer untied movement, wireless headphones is the pick for them. Wireless headphones can be in-ear, on-ear or over-ear styles, so you can still opt for your favourite design without sacrificing comfort, portability or sound quality.

Bing Lee has a huge range of wireless earbud headphones to suit everyone, and the Urbanista Stockholm True Wireless in ear headphones is a great example of how freeing these type of headphones can be. Stockholm True Wireless allows you easy access to adjust volume, switch tracks, and answer calls with just a touch. With a 3.5-hour playtime and a slim charging case that gives you 3 additional charges, you have a total of 14 hours playtime. Simply charge your headphones, connect your Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. Going wireless is perfect for working out or multitasking without having to stop and detangle cables.

NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES

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If the person you’re buying for travels often or lives in a busy household, noise cancelling headphones is what they need for undisturbed audio. Instead of forcing you to turn the volume up, noise cancelling headphones use clever technology to make your surroundings quiet. Environmental noise is reduced thanks to tightly-sealed ear cups, filtering guards or other design features. They drown out the rumble of a train carriage or plane engine so you can relax as you travel.

The Panasonic HTX90N embraces the much loved and well known design of retro headphones. These wireless headphones have a noise cancelling function to immerse you in a dynamic, high quality world of music no matter the background noise. The retro shape and classic colours mixed with the latest audio technology means the HTX90N headphones deliver enduring timeless value. Noise cancelling headphones come in a variety of styles from on-ear and over-ear to completely wireless. Bin Lee has a great range of noise cancelling earphones from brands such as Audio-Technica, B&O Play and Sony — all available in-store and online at Bing Lee.

IN-EAR HEADPHONES

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In-ear headphones can otherwise be known as “earphones” or “earbuds”. They’re the headphones that sit snug inside your ear canal. Despite their mere size, in-ear headphones produce great sound clarity and quality. They’re the most portable type of headphones because they’re lightweight and conveniently small to carry. In-ear headphones are great for frequent travellers, commuters and students. Many designs have an integrated microphone so that you can also take and end calls easily.

If this sounds like the ideal gift then the urBeats Headphones will be a great pick for delivering amazing sound and style, plus tangle-free cords. They are designed for music lovers who also want the combination of sound and style – they make a great gift for the teenagers and students. UrBeats deliver pure audio in an ultra-lightweight and durable package. The tangle-free cable with built-in-mic will also help you effortlessly switch between music and calls so you can enjoy premium, uninterrupted sound.

Another great use for in-ear Bluetooth headphones is for runners and gym-goers. They’re cleverly designed to fit comfortably and withstand physical movement as you work out. Check our Bing Lee’s full range or in-ear headphones in-store or online.

OVER-EAR HEADPHONES

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Looking for a gift that is not only a dream to wear but timeless? Over-ear headphones are the most comfortable type of headphones. They’re the most padded along the headband and in the ear cups, making them a clear front-runner in the comfort category. Aside from their good fit, over-ear headphones deliver rich, dynamic bass and well-balanced audio – making them the perfect headphone gift if you’re unsure of the tastes of the person you’re buying for.

The Sennheiser HD 4 series of Wireless Bluetooth headphone is a gift any music lover will cherish. You can use it at home, in the office, or you can take it with you. Versatile and vibrant, the new HD 4 series offers you the complete Sennheiser quality package in a range of durable, closed-back over-ear headsets that fulfill the needs of a music lover who leads a mobile life. And don’t forget the amazing sound experience, powered by proprietary Sennheiser drivers. Over-ear headphones are versatile and perfect for any sound. Rock, hip-hop, metal, electronica and other bass-driven music all sound as premium as possible when listened to through over-ear and on-ear headphones. Find out which one will make the perfect gift in-store at Bing Lee or online.

SPORTS HEADPHONES

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Australia is a nation that loves its sport. When we’re not playing our sport outside, we’re busy enjoying the great outdoors any way we can – rain hail or shine. So, if you’re looking for a gift for someone whose routine takes place both in and out of the water, headphones like the JBL Endurance DIVE is designed to keep up with them. These nifty little headphones open up a world of workout options with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Its sleek PowerHook™ design powers on automatically when you slip it behind your ear, while a secure wireless neckband keeps it in place. An added bonus is you can leave your device behind because it has a 1 gigabyte memory storage (up to 200 music tracks), accessed with touch controls. Plus with the 8 hours of battery, Dive is ready to hit the pool, track, and gym all in one day.

Discover Bing Lee’s full range of sports headphones which will make an ideal gift for the fitness guru in your life.

 

Hassle-Free Spring Cleaning

Spring has well and truly made itself known. We can start to enjoy our gardens coming to life, the flourishing cherry blossoms and the warmer days tempting us to take a dip at our favourite swim spot.

Spring also serves as the perfect time to fling open your bedroom doors, cupboards and wardrobes and declutter and clean the house thoroughly. Go through all the boxes of odd and ends to be sorted, file all the piles of mixed paperwork, finally dust the often strategically ignored shelves and furniture items around the house and remove all the dust and pet hair hiding in carpet and corners of rooms.

To make your job even easier here’s the low down on Dyson’s best products to help with a spring clean.

GOOD-BYE CORDS

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Anyone who has ever vacuumed a house can tell you how inconvenient corded vacuums can be. The sheer limitations caused by the cord length, the need to continually unplug it and plug it back in from room to room. And then there’s the delicate dance you need to engage in as you swerve from side to side to avoid running over the cord as you tango your way around the vacuum cleaner. Dyson allows you to say goodbye to cord hassles and just get on with the job of spring cleaning. Being cordless makes them super portable as well. Some, like the Dyson V7 Cordfree vacuum can even be wall mounted with their charging unit for easy storage. There are a range of heads and accessories that can be used for cleaning carpet, hard floors and hard to reach nooks and crannies. It’s worth noting that being cordless, stick vacuum cleaners do have a limited run time, so make sure they are fully charged before big cleaning jobs and always return them to the charging unit after use.

DUST AWAY ALLERGIES

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Giving your house a really good vacuum can help control irritants that contribute to allergies and the nasty hay fever that comes along with spring.

Dust build up can cause a lot of allergy issues for those sensitive to it. The Dyson Soft Dusting Brush attachment is perfectly designed to lightly dust surfaces and makes quick work of hard to clean areas like window blinds. The soft dusting brush gently removes dust and allergens from flat surfaces, delicate areas and upholstery.

You can also try using the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless vacuum to effectively clean carpeted areas where dust builds up more easily, while also transitioning seamlessly to harder surfaces like wood and tiles. If allergens are a real issue for you, try to vacuum once or twice a week to minimise dust, pollen, skin cells and dust mite droppings.

CATS, CARS AND KIDS

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While the bulk of the spring cleaning will involve decluttering, dusting, scrubbing and vacuuming, there are areas of your life that will need cleaning more regularly. Apart from the seemingly endless mess children like to leave behind after every meal or craft session, many cats and dogs will start to shed their winter coats at this time of year. That means a build-up of loose hair balls rolling down the halls mixed with cereal crumbs and left-over glitter.

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A portable handheld vacuum cleaner like the Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld is ideal for quick clean ups like these and you can even choose cordless vacuum cleaners designed specifically for pet hair . Handheld vacuums make cleaning easier and more convenient than ever and are also great for hard to reach places like in the car, where corded vacuums are just too big a hassle to use.

 

 

 

The Unmatchable Travel Companion

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Whether you’re heading off on a road trip around Australia, or a jaunt across the seas, you’re going to want to take a device that will not only capture your memories, but be your personal guide and travel consultant at the same time.

Gone are the days of packing multiple maps, guidebooks, and cameras for a holiday. The most convenient and best performing option these days is to a smart-device. And when it comes to the ultimate travel companion you need not look any further than the range of OPPO smartphones.

Here’s the top five ways an OPPO smartphone is all you’ll need to optimise and streamline your next travel experience.

Capture those memories

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The trusty selfie shot is the staple of every traveler. With the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom you’ll be capturing selfies, landscapes, wildlife and portraits all in stunning clarity with a super HD lens that delivers high resolution and greater colour accuracy for more vivid detail in your photos. A 48MP ultra-clear main camera, 13MP telephoto lens and 8MP wide-angle lens, all make up the Reno 10x Zoom tri-lens setup. By combining three lenses over different focal ranges, this achieves a full bandwidth of 16-160mm, an effective focal length 10 times that of an ultra-wide-angle lens. The tri-camera setup is complemented by dual OIS for ensuring stability, even when fully zoomed during hand-held operation. The technology behind Reno 10x Zoom truly elevates photography to all-new heights.

Explore the nightlife

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Most smartphone cameras let you down in lowlight and night photos. The Reno Z is equipped with a Sony IMX586 48MP ultra-clear camera. Its 1/2.0’’ ultra-large sensors and f/1.7 ultra-large aperture combine with MFNR and HDR software algorithms, protects users from over-exposure in order to create stunning detail in low-light conditions. The new addition of AI portrait optimisation for night photography can differentiate between the subject and background, ensuring that skin tone is accurate and delivers a professional photo every time. The Reno Z further minimises shutter speed for night photography without leaving the default camera mode, paving the way for fast and crisp photos.

Protection from drops

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There’s a reason the original 35mm travel cameras came with a strap attached. Taking pictures when on the move comes with a major risk of damage due to drops and falls. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes with free-fall protection for free spirited adventurers. The drop protection mechanism for has been engineered to sense in real time when the phone is in free-fall and automatically retracts the camera to prevent damage.

A screen perfect for mapping out your adventure

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Navigating on holidays is made even easier with a huge panoramic screen to view your maps on. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom offers you a completely uninterrupted screen experience. There’s no holes or other distractions and a chin of only 3.5mm height makes a huge screen-to-body ratio of 93.1%. You’ll be able to stay one step ahead when viewing your maps on your OPPO travel guide.

A long lasting battery for exploring

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Leave your battery packs and extra cords at home, the OPPO AX5s 4230mAh battery is designed to get you through your day. A long-lasting battery keeps you enjoying every moment with your phone. Whether you’re using GPS, playing games or listening to tunes on a long train trip, or making video calls, now you can do want you want for longer.

 

Celebrate Mum with our Top 10 Gift Ideas!

Every day should be Mother’s Day, so why not make this year’s Mother’s Day extra special and show her how much you truly care. Celebrate mum with a gift she’ll not only love but one you can actually use to spoil her with. While there’s no one-size-fits-all gift Bing Lee’s Top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to make mum’s day.

Top 10 gifts to help celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day:

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Serve up some warm fresh bread to start her day right – The mum who loves to bake will adore the Panasonic Artisan Bread Maker machine. And she’ll adore it even more when you bake her a crusty loaf!

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You can’t have breakfast in bed without coffee – The ‘but first… coffee’ mum will love the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting down the hallway thanks to her new Breville Barista Express coffee machine. The built-in grinder allows you to grind only what you need directly into the portafilter. The patented Razor™ dosing tool trims the puck for consistent extraction, while PID digital temperature control delivers accurate water temperature throughout the extraction.

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Give mum her very own at-home salon treatment – The mum who likes to look her best will appreciate you giving her a bespoke at-home salon experience using her new Philips – pro hair straightener.

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The best dinner is one cooked for you – The foodie mum won’t be able to resist the home-made pasta dish you whipped up thanks to the bonus 3-piece pasta attachment on her new KitchenAid… all included in Bing Lee’ special Mother’s Day deal.

Toothbrush

Make your mum’s smile beam in your family photos – The health conscious mum will appreciate the latest in electronic toothbrush technology with the Philips Sonicare Inter-Dental Cleaner. This teeth cleaning bundle includes both a brush, an airflosser which utilises unique technology to combines air and mouthwash and/or water to powerfully yet gently clean between teeth and along the gumline.

Foot massage

Let mum rest those tired legs – The mum always on the go is going to embrace a much needed foot massage thanks to her new Homedics Ultimate Foot and Calf Massager. Give your mum this ultimate gift for a deep relaxing foot & calf massage.

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Keep track of all those steps chasing the kids around – The sporty mum will appreciate a stylish new fitness tracker in the form of a Samsung Galaxy watch. Transition from gym gear to the office outfit, making it the perfect companion to your day.

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An assistant of her own – The techy mum will love her new JBL Link View voice activated speaker. The integrated display allows mum to ask questions, stay connected with loved ones, manage daily tasks and control the smart home with the help of Google Assistant.

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Sparkling water at her finger tips – The environmental mum will love a slick and elegant addition to her kitchen thanks to her new SodaStream. This allows her to create homemade sparkling water and flavoured carbonated beverages in seconds.

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Finally, the ULTIMATE gift – some peace and quiet! Gift your mum some time out to relax and unwind with her favourite music or podcast. Remove all distractions from the general hustle and bustle of the household with some Sony noise cancelling headphones.

 

GIFTS TO BUY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING!

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INSPIRE SOMEONES BUCKET LIST: 

Supermarket windows are fast being graced with baubles and tinsel and carols will soon ring out through shopping centres around the nation – Christmas is here.

While this time of year marks a great time of festivities with friends and family, it also offers a chance to show them just how much they mean to us through the art of gift giving. However, we all have that one person who is difficult to buy for because they seem to have everything they need. Instead of taking the easy way out and giving them cash, why not get creative and consider gifting something that will inspire them to cross something off their bucket list.

Most of us will have a bucket list of things we want to do over our life time. They could range from learning an instrument to travelling to Scandinavia to see the northern lights. Either way helping a loved one tick off an item on their bucket list would be the ultimate gift.

THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL DESTINATION GIFT

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Whether it’s hot air ballooning over French wineries, snorkeling with whales, or backpacking around Europe, everyone has a travel destination on their bucket list. One thing they all have in common is the need to capture the amazing experience in photos. While everyone has a basic camera built in to their smartphones, you can’t go past a dedicated digital camera to capture stunning photos while on an adventure. You have a lot to choose from, be it a compact digital camera to a more feature heavy digital SLR. To browse the full range of digital cameras click HERE.

THE VOICE ACTIVATED SMART HOME GIFT

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Smart homes are no longer a thing of science-fiction – the homes of the future are available now. Smart lighting is the first step into adapting a home with user friendly technology. Imagine being able to program your home lights from the touch of a button or even a voice command. The benefits range from being able to make sure all the lights are turned off at home from the comfort of your desk at work, or being able to switch on the porch lights while in your car in the driveway, to even programming your lights to turn off or on at certain times – great for the early risers in the family. Once you have them in a home you won’t want to do without them again. Consider the Philips Hue lighting system as a great foray into smart homes. For more smart home ideas click HERE.

THE INSPIRING CHEF GIFT

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When you consider the amount of cookbooks available in stores it would be safe to assume Australians love to cook. While this may be the case, many recipes call for items we just don’t own. Why not gift something that will help inspire someone to become the next Nigella Lawson. They can make their own mince and pasta from scratch, so they know exactly what goes into their next tantalising dish of spaghetti bolognaise. Or what about helping with the new year health kick so they can make their own healthy and organic dehydrated food and snacks? Then there’s the bench-worthy KitchenAid mixer – the ultimate chef must-have. For more budding chef inspirations click HERE.

THE FAMILY ORIENTATED GIFT

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We take a lot of photos in our modern digital world. But how often are we getting those memories printed out into tangible photos? When pictures stay on our devices they get lost and we often forget to go back and look at them. Having them printed off in photo form in frames on walls, tables and albums means we can relive those wonderful memories regularly. The quickest and convenient way to do this is with a personal photo printer at home. These also make great devices at a party, where photos taken that minute can then be printed off and shared with guests at the press of a button.

 THE HOW TO RUN A MARATHON GIFT

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Getting fit and healthy is often the basic new years’ resolution, but translate it to a bucket list and it might come in the form of a wish to run a marathon. The only way to get there is to start training. Fuel this inspiration in the form of a wearable fitness device. Wearable tech will keep track of your daily steps, count calories, monitor heart-rate, and record sleep routines, all while also being a stylish watch at the same time. For the best wearable equipment click HERE.

THE ENTREPRENEUR GIFT

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And finally, how many of us want to get out of the rat-race and work for themselves? If you have a loved one planning on running their own business or who has just started one up, the best gift you can give them is technology. The gift of a tablet, 2-in-1, or a laptop is the ultimate first step for the budding entrepreneur. Utilising the flexibility of a portable computer or tablet is essential for any modern business. They are also the go-to technology for all new students starting university next year! For a full range of entrepreneur inspiring computer gifts click HERE.

MORE BUCKET LIST WORTHY GIFT IDEAS

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For more amazing gifts to buy someone who has everything, check out the Bing Lee Christmas Gift Guide.

HOW TO SLEEP THROUGH THE SUMMER HEAT!

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This year meteorologists are forecasting warmer summer days than average, and more importantly even warmer than average nights. While you can escape the summer heat during the day with office air-con, a dip in a pool, or cruising the temperature-controlled shopping centres, night-time is an entirely different issue.

Humans sleep best when the temperature is 17 to 19 Degrees Celsius. Research shows that hot nights can take a heavy toll on our sleep quality and overall well being, with sleeplessness costing the Australian economy $66 billion every year.

As the cost continues to increase, here are some essential home cooling tips to help you sleep better through the summer heat.

LIMIT THE HEAT GETTING IN 

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Thick curtains or drapes can be a good first step towards insulating a room. Blackout curtains will reduce a massive amount of light and heat, and thermal curtains will also help keep the heat out further. The drapes can also reduce energy loss through windows if you are using air conditioning, so it saves on cooling costs as well.

Furthermore, because hot air rises you’ll notice the top story of your home is hotter than downstairs and the heat in the roof cavity can get up to 70 Degrees Celsius. For this reason, you could consider installing roof ventilation systems that rely on wind power to remove hot air from enclosed roof spaces.

SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CONDITIONERS

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A split system is the perfect option to cool your home in the summer. A split system will cool a room or specific area of the home without requiring major renovations. It is comprised of two parts, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit takes up very little room when mounted on the wall and the outdoor unit sits flush up against an outside wall of the home.

SHOWERS

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A cold shower right before bed can help lower your body temperature just enough for you to fall asleep. However, if you have air conditioning in your bedroom you might find a warm shower will be more beneficial. The heat of a warm shower relaxes your body and modifies your body temperature so that when you enter a cooler room your body temperature drops, along with other physiological elements like breathing and heart rate. All this signals to your body that it is sleep time.

 PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONING UNITS

Portable AirCon

If you’re in a rental, consider a portable air conditioner unit. They come in two main designs, ones that use a drainage tank and ones that use a flexible venting hose easily mounted in a window. Both designs are renter friendly and you’re on your way to a cool room with the press of a button. The added bonus of these systems is many will filter and dehumidify the air.

THE HUMBLE FAN

Fan

A portable fan is an essential for any home, it can be moved to any room and/or location of the property where you have a lot more options nowadays when it comes to fans.

Consider a pedestal or desk fan as the easiest and affordable go-to method of cooling your home. However, if the blades concern you why not try a functional tower fan. They take up less space, are safer for little fingers as they don’t have large spinning blades and are often programmable and come with remotes and temperature displays.

THE CONTEMPORARY BLADE-FREE DYSON COOLERS

Dyson

Finally, if you want a step above the rest when it comes to freestanding fans you can’t go past the Dyson cooling fans. They help circulate the air throughout the room with an amazing blade-free design. The fan is even extra quiet, particularly in night mode to help cool you while sleeping in the summer heat. The pure cool link tower fan also has a 360° Glass HEPA filter which captures ultra fine particles from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander.

How to fight allergies in the home

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It’s that time of year again – allergy season!

Allergens and irritations come in many forms. Including pollen, grass, dust, pet dander and mould spores.  To avoid triggering your allergies during the warmer months you’ll need to stop them building up or getting into your home.

AVOID BRINGING POLLEN IN

Pollen in air

Pollen is one of the most common allergens for many Australians. If you suffer from this common allergy trigger you might want to consider how you’re possibly bringing it into your home.

Pollen is usually emitted from plants between 5am and 10am each day, so try and avoid going outdoors in the early morning hours, particularly if it is a dry and hot day, as this may signal it being a high pollen count day.

Pollen can come indoors via open windows and doors, and also your clothes. Consider changing your outfit or showering once arriving home, and also avoid hanging clothes outside to dry if it has been a particular high pollen count day.

PURIFY THE AIR

Dyson air purifier

Pet dander, pollen and other allergen particles may be more easily distributed in the air if there’s not enough moisture. To help filter out these nasty contaminants consider an air purifier. Most air purifiers can remove over 99% of airborne allergens, and ones with a HEPA filter will pick up particles as small as 0.3 microns.

To breathe easy, you can browse the full range of air purifiers HERE.

UPGRADE THE VACUUM CLEANER

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Vacuuming helps control allergens, particularly on carpeted areas where dust builds up more easily. You should also target areas you sit and sleep, as this is where more dead skin cells will be and potentially where dust mites will be drawn to. Try to vacuum up to twice a week to minimise dust, pollen, skin cells and dust mite droppings.

If you need to upgrade your vacuum cleaner browse the full range HERE.

REMOVE HUMIDITY

dehumidifier

Do you suffer from damp air in the home, particularly in the warmer more humid months of the year? High humidity is a serious issue and can lead to mould and mildew growth, whilst also encouraging dust mites. A dehumidifier lowers the air humidity by condensing and removing moisture from the air. It will help battle damp issues and also make your home a more comfortable environment on those muggy Australian summer days.

Browse the full range of dehumidifiers HERE.

KEEP HEATING, COOLING AND VENTILATION FANS CLEAN

It is important to regularly replace or clean the filters in your air conditioner and exhaust fans. Dust and mould can build up, causing bad odours and adding to allergy triggers. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how often it should be done. Furthermore, it is also important to consider removing any additional dust on ceiling, stand-alone and ventilation fans.