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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

THE ULTIMATE MULTI-TASKER IN OUR HOME – THE TV

If you aren’t already taking full advantage of what your modern big screen TV  can do, we’ll show you exactly what is now possible.

Long gone are the days when TVs took up valuable real estate in our living rooms for the pure task of passive entertainment viewing. There was a time when TV cabinets were designed with doors to hide them away when not in use, whilst some home designers suggested keeping them out of lounge rooms entirely.

TVs are more than just a device to watch the midday movie or the nightly news on. Just like many things in our life these days, it has learnt to multi-task.

Here are some of the ways you can take advantage of the technology built-in to new big screen TVs.

VIEW MORE THAN JUST FREE-TO-AIR BROADCASTING

With free-to-air viewership slowly in decline we’re seeing the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Stan, and FreeView Catch Up platforms as the more popular way to consume TV shows and movies. Fortunately, every modern television out on the market today will have the ability to deliver these streaming services via in-built software that seamlessly connects to the internet and can tap into your streaming accounts.SONY X85F - KD85X8500FSony’s 85″ 4K UHD Smart Led Android TV ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to versatility and built-in technology. It has Chromecast incorporated into its smart design so you can easily cast your favourite entertainment like YouTube or Netflix. The Android TV offers content search abilities that work as fast as you can talk. With advanced voice control and connectivity with Google Play, this 4K TV allows access to movies, TV shows, apps, or broadcasts in an instant.

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Panasonic’s 75″ PREMIUM 4K UHD SMART LED TV comes with the My Home Screen 3.0 platform. This user friendly and customisable interface makes it easy to cast shows and clips from streaming and catch-up services, as well as online sites like YouTube.

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND RADIO STATIONS

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Listening to the radio in your home through a stand-alone device is a thing of the past as apps and digital devices become more accessible and intuitive. Just like the TV and movie streaming services, you can now listen to your favourite radio station and music on yourTV.

While many Australian radio stations are already broadcasting in digital via apps, making it easier to be found on a smart TV, there is also access to thousands of international radio stations and podcast providers available through your TV. Lucky for us modern TV now have some pretty outstanding built-in sound systems to enhance your listening experience.TCL - 55C6US - 55” QUHD ANDROID TV

TCL’s 55” QUHD ANDROID TV offers itself up as an ultimate entertainment hub, boasting some impressive sound delivery. TCL has partnered with one of the audio industry leaders, Harman Kardon, to produce exceptional sound with a premium built-in design, raising the bar in home entertainment experience.

IT SHOULD BE SEEN WHEN NOT HEARD

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TVs are getting thinner and more streamlined every year. When wall mounted, a big screen TV complements your home in the same way a piece of art does.

But what about the unpleasant blank-screen issue that makes a TV stand-out for all the wrong reasons in your living space when not in use? TVs now offer the ability to do away with the blank-screen issue by offering the capability to display stunning photographs, content or digital works of art on the screen when not being used.

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Samsung’s Q7 QLED 4K UHD TV has an ‘Ambient Mode’ that not only allows you to play photos when not in use, but can seamlessly blend into the background by matching the colour or pattern of the wall it is mounted to.

The Q7 offers slim fit wall mounts and one thin cable that attaches everything cleanly to the TV. Ultimately letting you store your devices out of sight by connecting them to the One Connect Box.

VOICE RECOGNITION AND INTUITIVE REMOTE CONTROLS

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The remote control has seen its own evolution over the years. Starting with the humble days of actually getting up off the couch to change the channel, to a wired remote, wireless remote, and now voice recognition.

Whilst voice recognition can be utilised by external devices like the Google Home to navigate TV, film and music streaming services through your TV, it is much easier when the software is built-in.

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The LG OLED 65″ TV C8 AI ThinQ offers an enhanced interactive experience by employing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to deliver intelligent voice activated control. Meaning you can control the TV with just your voice, and you can ask it certain questions while watching a movie. Such as ‘what is the name of the song being played?’, or ‘what is the name of the actor?’ etc. Pretty impressive stuff!Hisense Series5_75_2018_1400x830-1Whereas, Hisense’s 75″ Series 5 UHD SMART LED TV has given you the option of controlling your TV straight from your smartphone. The VIDAA U 2.5 Smart TV platform and RemoteNOW is an exclusive Hisense app that allows you to control your ULED TV and customise your favourite apps, channels and inputs straight from your smartphone.

6 game-changing things you need to know about LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners

No, not all vacuums are the same! Here are six things that make LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners the latest must-have home appliance.

How great can a vacuum really be? Most of us detest plugging one in and relentlessly rolling a vacuum head over and over and over a stubborn cluster of crumbs.

It can be one of the most time-consuming chores because there’s the transition from rugs to tiles, and carpet to floorboards. Then there’s the hard to reach places like the corners of the staircase or the inside of the car. Ugh. The struggle is all too real.

That’s if you have the wrong vacuum.

LG has now released an incredible gamer changer on the home appliance scene with their range of CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners. As the name suggests, these vacuums are completely cordless – meaning you have complete freedom from tangled cords and can clean up mess in any space conveniently!

 

Pretty impressive at first glance, right? The CordZero range has so much more to offer than the obvious cordless freedom, so we’ve gathered six of our favourite features about the CordZero collection that will change the way you look at cleaning.

Busts the dust with 5 Step Filtration

Let’s start off with the technical features that CordZero has to offer. Don’t be overwhelmed because we’ll take you through step by step – to a total of five steps to be exact. This dreamy cleaning machine uses 5 Step Filtration immediately from the second you turn it on to moment a particle of dust lands in its bin.

This deconstructed image shows exactly what’s going on in this lightweight vacuum (i.e.… a lot!). For a simplified explanation, dust and larger dirt particles are separated in steps 1–3 and deposited in the dustbin, while smaller particles including fine dust are filtered in steps 4–5.

 

These super vacuums have something called an Axial Turbo Cyclone™ design, which generates powerful mini whirlwinds of air that suck in and separate dust particles and dirt.

The built-in superfine spiral blades direct the airflow to help enhance dust separation. It’s ultra-powerful on large and small dirt particles. Check out how thoroughly it picks up sprinkles from a shaggy rug!

Improved performance with the lightweight Smart Inverter Motor® P9

The motor of any machine is arguably the most important part. LG uses a brushless Smart Inverter Motor™ in CordZero that spins at a rapid speed. It drives the fan to generate internal cyclonic airflows inside the vacuum to help separate and filter dust particles, as we mentioned in point 1.

The key feature to note is that the LG CordZero vacuum is designed with a brushless motor, which means it works with minimal mechanical friction during operation. Motors with carbon brushes may create carbon dust which wears over time when the motor is operating. Since the Smart Inverter Motor™ doesn’t use any carbon brushes, it generates minimal carbon dust.

By magnetic separation of the components (yes, we’re putting science caps on), the motor is more durable and will have a longer life. Such a long life, in fact, that LG offers a 10-year parts warranty on the motor!

The physical design of the motor itself is powerful yet small and lightweight, which allows the new and improved design compared to LG’s previous handstick vacuum cleaner.

Strong and thorough cleaning with the Power Drive Nozzle

The cleaning head also has a secret gem hidden within: the Power Drive Nozzle.

This special motor on the inside of the head rotates the roller so it can effectively clean from any floor surface. It lifts dust, dirt and even pet hair from carpets and off hard floors. Watch the short clip below to see it in action!

More battery time with the Dual Power Pack

With 2X models (A9 MASTER 2X, A9 MULTI 2X and A9 PETNBED 2X), interchangeable and rechargeable batteries are easy to swap over for continuous cleaning.

The two lithium-ion batteries in the LG CordZero handstick provide a possible total of a huge 80 minutes’ worth of vacuum time! (When operating in ‘normal’ start mode and without a Power Drive Nozzle™.)

By simply pushing the buttons on both sides of the battery, you can slip the battery in or out. What better way to speed up time spent on chores!

Comfortable operation with Thumb Touch Control®

Now that you know how it works on the inside, you’re probably wondering if all that technology makes the vacuum heavy or difficult to use. The short answer is: no.

CordZero is as cleverly designed on the outside as it is on the inside. These vacuums have an ergonomic Opti-balanced Handle™. This special handle reduces strain on your arm and wrist for relaxed and comfortable use – even when vacuuming the whole house!

The cleaner body of the CordZero is also specifically designed to face the floor at a 45 degree angle. Why? So that the centre of gravity of the motor and the battery are optimised to reduce muscle strain. Unlike other vacuums, it provides for an effortless position when cleaning the floor.

Perhaps the most noticeable comfort feature is Thumb Touch Control®. All the functions (on, off and power levels including turbo mode) are easy to control and are enabled with a touch of a thumb. LG has put all the control in the palm of your hand – literally!

Did we mention it’s also adjustable? There’s so much to love!

Easy, versatile storage

So you know what’s going on inside the CordZero, you’ve cleaned up the mess on the floor, and now you’re ready to kick your feet up. Packing away is just as easy with three storage options: Floor-standing mode, Wall-mount mode, or Compact mode.

The versatility in storage lets the CordZero fit into any space of your home, just the way you want.

How to wall mount a TV (properly!)

After the excitement of purchasing a brand new HD, 4K, OLED or QLED TV, the best thing is bringing it home. For the best cinema-like feel in the living room, most people are ditching the entertainment unit or stand of the TV and opting to hang the screen on the wall.

Once mounted, the viewing experience is completely transformed! You’ll get an unobstructed view, a minimalist look and, best of all, comfort from the perfect eye level!

However, it’s not uncommon to take a little while to get to that stage – first is the process of actually hanging the TV. You want to make sure that you’re not drilling unnecessary holes into your wall and that you’re setting up all the wiring properly.

Most importantly, wall mounting a TV needs to be done with all the essential precautions for the safety of yourself and your family. The TV needs to sit securely on the wall, ensuring nothing is loose or unstable.

Here’s how to wall mount a TV properly.

Finding the right wall mount

Not just any wall mount will be suitable for your TV. Wall mounts differ depending on what brand, how heavy and what size your TV is.

Always read the packaging to ensure that your TV lies within the minimum and maximum TV size and weight range of the wall mount.

Another thing to take note of is whether you want the mount to tilt, swivel or hang the TV snug against the wall. The best way to decide is to visualise your living room and where you’ll be watching from.

If your couch is much lower than the hanging point of your TV, you may choose a tilting mount. If you have a wide living room, you may opt for a swivelling mount.

If you have a Samsung QLED TV, don’t forget that Samsung has created a No Gap Wall Mount for seamless hanging.

Measuring and fixing

Because you will be drilling holes into your wall, you’ll want to be certain of instalment the first time around. Here is the basic how-to, along with some helpful tips!

  • Read the instructions/manual twice before proceeding. It will prevent you from missing an important piece of information before it’s too late.
  • Also before proceeding, make sure you have the necessary tools and equipment, as well as any screws or fixtures that may not already be included in your wall mount pack.
  • Check that you have the required amount of powerpoints within reach and that all ports will be accessible.
  • Set aside the necessary amount of time (and a little extra) to complete the task – you don’t want it to be a rushed job!
  • Some steps might be a two-person job, especially if you have a large TV, so have a friend lend a helping hand.
  • Double check all measurements before drilling into the wall and mark with a pencil.
  • Always level after measuring so that you don’t end up with a TV that slopes to one side. These clever wall mounts have a level built into them to make your job easier!

If you’re ever in doubt, head down to your nearest Bing Lee Store. Our friendly staff are happy to give you advice on which wall mount is right for you and how to get your TV hanging in no time!

5 pieces of entertainment that are better on a QLED TV

Is your TV providing you with less-than-premium quality? Here’s how Samsung’s QLED TV will drastically transform the way you enjoy these five forms of entertainment.

If you don’t know a whole lot about Samsung’s QLED TVs, you’ll want to read this post on why they’re picture perfect. QLED uses Quantum Dot technology and LED panelling to produce outstanding quality in the colour, clarity and detail of the picture on the screen.

 

We know that you’ll love QLED no matter what – whether you’re binge-watching shows on Netflix, playing the latest HDR video games or streaming from your favourite YouTube subscriptions.

Any content on a QLED is gratifying in its own right, but we’ve narrowed down our five favourite things to watch on Samsung’s best TV yet.

Try them out for yourself and let us know in the comments below what entertainment you love on your QLED!

Horror films

Most TVs don’t provide a cinema-like quality and disappoint people who look forward to a much-anticipated scary movie. Why? Because horror films are generally dark (literally speaking) and their frames can be hard to distinguish.

Because of the deliberate lack of lighting used by directors to create suspense, the details of the scene often get lost and fade into blackness. But that doesn’t mean your TV screen can’t show clear-cut lines or deliver impressive contrast.

With QLED, nothing gets faded into the background.  In fact, you’ll be able to easily decipher between the different shades of black in the scene. Just take a look at the cat in the example below.

The precise colour control of Quantum Dot technology makes it easy for your eyes to catch that shadow in the corner or the masked man approaching…

Cartoons

On the flip side of why you’d want to watch horror films on a QLED, you’ll also want to switch to a QLED to watch cartoons for its incredible display of bright colours.

QLED delivers 100% colour volume. As Samsung explains, “It is how bright each colour can be shown, while maintaining the same rich hue it has at lower brightness (luminance) levels.”

Rather than colours appearing dull or washed out, as on standard conventional TVs, QLED doesn’t shift colours to appear inaccurately. It means that colours reach their richness individually and evenly so that you’re left with overall dazzling colour.

It’s this technology that will give you a much more vibrant and pleasant viewing of anime, animated films or cartoon TV shows. You see animations in the same quality that they were created. To think you haven’t seen the real colours of the balloons in Up!

Wildlife documentaries

Aside from the extreme brightness you can enjoy while watching cartoons, the 100% colour volume re-creates accurate real-world palettes too.

What does this mean? Well, when directors capture beautiful scenes, you get to see it as they saw it. Tone for tone and shade for shade.

That’s why watching wildlife documentaries are even more extraordinary on a QLED. It portrays such a precise picture that you’ll feel like you’re face to face with the world’s most fascinating creatures.

Many nature-themed documentaries these days are filmed up-close and personal. With a QLED, you’ll see such magnificent detail – every slight wrinkle on an elephant, every vibrant feather on an exotic bird and all the magical movements and neon colours under the sea.

Sports

QLED has an extremely thin bezel to eliminate the look of a framed TV. It also has one clear cable that runs almost invisibly from the TV, so whether you’re hanging the TV or putting it on a stand, the screen appears boundless.

What does this have to do with sports? Well, the TV’s seamless design gives a virtually endless picture, so you don’t feel boxed in. Watching the big game? You’ll feel like you’re at the stadium!

No longer will you have to fight for the best seat on game day either. Whether it’s the middle of the couch or the bar stool on the bench, you’ll still get a good view thanks to QLED’s expanded viewing angles.

The TV appears just as bright and accurate from any seat, so you’ll love hosting at your place!

Gaming

The user experience on a QLED is unlike anything gamers have seen before. The latest High Dynamic Range content – especially games – is designed for ultimate enjoyment. But not all TVs can deliver HDR content as intended.

QLED has superb realism so that you can genuinely feel immersed when you play. Whether it’s racing, sci-fi or adventure-packed HDR games, you can bring any world to life.

The TV has an ultra-fast motion rate and delivers silky smooth movement so that you can be in control and hit even the most precise target. You can also expect action in real time thanks to QLED’s exceptionally low input lag.

Check out how cool it really is with the short snippet below.

Why Samsung QLED TVs are picture perfect

With Quantum Dot technology, Samsung has revolutionised the way we watch TV. Here’s why.

If you love watching movies, binge-watching Netflix or simply surfing the internet from the comfort of your couch, you’ll know that the screen you watch will determine how good of an experience you have.

If you’re not particularly a television connoisseur but want simply a great TV, we’re here to break down why you’ll want that great TV to be a Samsung QLED.

What goes on behind the screen

QLED bids its name to the technology behind it – Quantum Dot technology and LED panelling. As you can guess, the highly advanced tech refers to dots – tiny dots that are between 2-10 nanometers in diameter. That’s equivalent to a number of atoms!

Now, when the LED light hits each of these microscopic dots within the screen, they individually light up to produce pure shades of almost every colour visible in the world around us – billions of them.

In addition to this, Quantum Dots also achieve 100% colour volume. The result? Extremely bright and intensely dark colours visible on the screen.

The sheer size of the Quantum Dots that work individually allow for precise detail and, in turn, incredible contrast.

Sceptical about seeing contrast during the day? Precision Black technology automatically adjusts the brightness of the scene you’re watching so that you don’t have to wait till the sun goes down to get that cinema-quality feel! Watch the short clip below to see how it all works.

 

Entertainment at your fingertips

The High Dynamic Range (HDR) screen of QLED lets you get the most of the latest 4K movies on Blu-ray™ and Netflix. HDR portrays all of the extreme frames so that you don’t have a screen that hides details in dark shadows or whitewashed brightness – meaning you see exactly what the director intended.

All HDR content, including the latest games, is made for incredible user experience – and QLED technology is intended for just that.

Hassle-free control

No longer does your coffee table need to be scattered with a handful of remote controls when the Q One remote can replace them all! With its slim, compact design, you can navigate your way around all the programs and TV features hassle-free.

The all-in-one remote even caters for access to your gaming consoles, Blu-ray™ Players, Pay TV boxes and more. Accessing your entertainment is made incredibly easy and convenient with the Smart Hub, too. Get to your favourite TV channels, connected devices, and streaming services such as Stan and Netflix all from one place.

You can also use your Android smartphone as a handy remote control. Just download the Smart View App and you’ll have a virtual TV remote in your pocket!

What goes on outside the screen

Modern design is all about minimalism – less is more. And there’s nothing minimalist about messy wiring and tangled cables!

Queue the Clear Cable Connection. With one single discreet cable, visible wiring is reduced, and you can place your entertainment sources wherever it looks best.

You can even paint over the clear cable to blend your interior style in any room! No longer does stylish design have to be compromised by the technology and entertainment you love.

For real luxury and convenience, you can hang your QLED TV on the wall easily. And you don’t need to worry about having a bulky look on your wall thanks to the No Gap Wall-Mount. Your stunning TV will sit snug on your wall in no time.

Not only is the front of the TV exceptional – on and off – but so is the back with its sleek, modern design. The brushed-metal rear is timeless, so whether you’re hanging your QLED on the wall or sitting it atop a stand, it will look extraordinary.

The toxic reasons you need an air purifier

Did you know that dangerous particles could be lingering in the air in your home? We knuckle down on the facts and explore the features of two powerful humidifiers that could be your answer to a breath of fresh air.  

Imagine living on a hill, out in the open, breathing in fresh air from the clean breeze that blows over beautiful seas. Ahh, bliss.

Why is it that the oxygen in one environment can make us feel very different to the oxygen in another? The answer is simple: air quality.

Homes are busy places. They occupy adults, children and pets, and store everyday possessions such as clothes, shoes, furniture and just about every other thing you can think of.

It’s no surprise that even the cleanest of homes gather pesky dust particles and the nasties that the eye can’t see – allergens, bacteria, mould, viruses, toxic fumes… you get the idea.

You may not realise it, but you’re breathing all of these types of dangerous particles into your body, harming your health and provoking allergies.

Not convinced? Well according to the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, the air in your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside! It’s time to start facing the (gross) facts.

Air purifiers

Surely it’s enough to open the windows wide and let the sunshine in? While that helps refresh the home, most of us don’t have the opportunity to do so on a day-to-day basis. And of course, there are the colder months and nights when airing out the home seems impossible.

With revolutionary technology and intelligent designs from trusted brands, air purifiers are here to blow you away (pun intended!).

Let us introduce you to a couple of our favourites and their incredible features.

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool™ Link

Dyson is known for innovative technology, and this purifier is no exception. Its high-efficiency HEPA filter is so powerful that it removes 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns! (Laboratory tested to EN1822, of fine particles from the air.)

The 360° Glass HEPA filter has a layer of activated carbon granules too. What does that mean? Well, not only does it filter particles, it filters odours too. Even toxic odours such as paint fumes won’t go past this Dyson!

Want something for asthma and allergy sufferers? This purifier would be your top choice. It’s the first humidifier to meet the asthma and allergy-friendly standard and has been approved by National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program.

As the name suggests, it’s simultaneously a heater and a fan that’s bladeless. (Yes, it really does do even more.) The temperature control means that the whole room will be heated or cooled evenly with a powerful stream of purified air flow.

It’s also acoustically engineered, so you’ll barely notice it’s even on! And the automatic night-time mode still monitors and reacts to the air in the room but purifies with the quietest settings and a dimmed LED display. Now isn’t that clever?

And you can control it all from a smartphone with the Dyson Link app. There’s the cherry on top.

Sharp KCA60JW Air Purifier with Humidifier

Sharp’s air purifier uses a 2-in-1 system with a HEPA and an active carbon filter to capture 99.97% of dust particles. A mesh pre-filter also prevents larger particles from clogging up the main filter so that your purifier lasts even longer.

This purifier reduces microorganism growth (the spreading of the nasties we mentioned earlier) by maintaining the right humidity level in your home. It has a smart sensor that detects a change in room temperature and reacts by picking up water from the tank and releasing moisture into the air.

Plasmacluster Ions are also released in the process. This technology is cool because it efficiently deactivates any airborne viruses, mould spores and eliminates odours from cooking, garbage and cigarette smoke. It’ll get rid of any lingering scents from pets, too!

You can also leave it to operate at night without fear of it disturbing anyone’s sleep. It features a low mode operation so that the noise level is ultra-quiet.

It’s important to note that this Sharp air purifier has been given the Seal of Approval from the British Allergy Foundation. So if you’ve got an allergy sufferer in the house, they’ll benefit greatly from the reduction of allergens in the air.

Check out the quick demonstration below to see how the filters tackle smoke!

BELKIN WeMo Connected Home Range at Bing Lee

With the release of Belkin’s Home automation is now within reach of anyone with a smartphone and wireless network. With this new range of smart connected products, you can be in control of lighting, turn appliances on and off from your powerpoint and keep an eye on your home when you’re not around.

Belkin’s Wemo range is really simple to setup and use. This is because the entire range is modular, meaning you can start with just one or a couple of Wemo devices, and then add on as you require. Everything seamlessly links back to your wireless router, with most components connecting back to your router directly.

Everything is controlled by a free app that you can download and use on your Android Smartphone or iPhone. In fact, you don’t need a computer to get your Wemo devices connected at all – just use the Wemo app to identify and connect your Wemo device to the network. After that, you can monitor and control your WeMo products from inside your house or halfway around the world.

Here’s some of the WeMo components that are now available. The WeMo LED lighting starter set is a great way to get started with your smart home control. This pack comes with two smart light LEDs in your choice of either bayonet or screw-in. The starter pack comes with the WEMO link, which is the central control unit for the WeMo light bulbs. The beauty of this WeMo link system is that you can connect up to 50 WeMo light bulbs and control each one of them.

Using the Wemo link, the light bulbs and the WeMo app, you can turn your lights on and off, dim them for different mood lighting, and schedule them to automatically switch on or off. Group your light bulbs into locations or rooms and control them individually or together.

The WeMo switch lets you turn appliances on and off from an external location. For example, if the weather suddenly turns chilly while you’re out, you can turn on your electric heater remotely. Like the light bulbs, you can also put appliances connected to the WeMo switch onto a power schedule.

The Wemo Insight switch adds energy consumption tracking as well. You can track the usage of any appliance plugged into the Insight switch, and you can export that data to look closer at energy use and cost, a great tool to minimising your power bill.

The Belkin Netcam HD is a great security addition to your house, which also connects directly to your router and delivers high definition images to your smartphone via the Belkin Netcam app. It’s not just streaming live video from your cameras, you can also record the vision and sound from the room that’s being covered by the Netcam. The NetCam HD also comes with infrared night vision, for perfect monitoring any time of day.

Home Automation is simpler than ever with Belkin’s WeMo range of smart home devices.