Features and Articles

Looking for the latest tech news, views and insights? Here you can find out about new tech releases, read up on the best seasonal buys, and keep on top of the ever-evolving world of technology. From tech news and developments to tips, tricks and useful guides, our articles have plenty of information to keep you entertained and in the know.

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Smart Home

Smart home technology is transforming our homes, and our lives. From smart heating you can control remotely, to lighting you can change, dim or illuminate with your voice. Find out more about the smart home revolution below.

Maplin Smart Meter
Introduction to Home Automation
Harry Potter Vs Tech
Shopping for Solar Power
A Smart Home Christmas
James Bond Gadgets that Predicted the Future

CCTV & Security

Create a safer and more secure home with CCTV and security tech. Whether you need around-the-clock surveillence or a new alarm system, read up on the world of home security.

Dallas Campbell: National Home Security Month
A History of CCTV

Computing & Gaming

For work or for play, computers are a big part of most people's lives, while the latest gaming technology is more immersive than ever. See what's happening in the world of computing and gaming.

A Guide to If This Then That
Safer Internet Day
The VR World

Audio & Entertainment

Surround sound, Bluetooth speakers and streaming devices all help to make your party, movie night, romantic dinner or bingewatching experience that much better. Get the most out of your audio & entertainment.

Record Store Day 2016

Toys & Hobbies

We've covered our extensive range of toys and hobbies below. From Astrology to Zoology, whatever you're into, we've got the tech to make it happen.
Amateur Meteorology
Bird Watching
Fitness Tech Guide
The Drone Code
Drone Projects
Responsible Flying
Top Educational Toys of 2016
The Greatest Adventure in the World


From tips on safe driving to the best new tech for use in the car, we've got your next road trip, commute or driving lesson covered.
Changes to the Driving Test


No matter if you're a tech wizard or a complete novice, we make technology more accessible for everyone. Our range of computing components, eletronics and parts allow anyone to try their hand at making tech from scratch.

The Maker World
Teentech and Maplin
Getting Started with Micro:bit
MaKey MaKey
The History of Robots
Sweetheart LED Kit

Tech for Summer

Holidays, hot weather, music festivals and long nights call for tech to make your experiences unforgettable. Keep cool in the heat, document your adventures, and create amazing memories.

A Guide to Festivals
Summer Holiday Tech
A Summer of Sport
Where to go Camping
A Guide to Marathons

Tech for Winter

Crisp mornings, dark evenings snuggled up on the sofa, and the festivities of Christmas call for tech to keep you warm and create the perfect atmosphere. From portable heaters to warm frozen toes, to great Christmas gift ideas for the whole family.
Halloween Party Ideas
Bad Weather Guide
Christmas Party Planner
Extreme Weather Guide
Magic Ideas for Christmas Day
Ski Resort Guide