Story image

Hands-on review: Dyson Pure Hot+Coollink, my sinuses thank you

13 Oct 2017

Every September, my throat gets scratchy, my nose starts to run and my eyes become irritated. I’m pretty sure that this never happened to Gerard Manley Hopkins.

He never had to endure the curse of the pine pollen, dusting our cars and every other surface, and generally making life one long miserable spate of Kleenex and antihistamine.

Dyson claims that the Dyson Pure hot+coollink will collect and trap harmful pollutants, while it “intelligently purifies, heats and cools you.”

For the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of testing this product. On a cool spring day, I set up the Dyson, programmed it to maintain a nice comfy 18ºC, downloaded the Dyson Link App from the App Store and generally had a play.

I can still remember my darling wife coming through to the living room and saying how “nice and warm” it was.

The Dyson also comes with a remote.

I used it once or twice until I remembered I could do everything from my phone.

From the Dyson Link App, I can view the level of particles in the air, and I can tell the Dyson just how sensitive I am to allergens and pollutants.

I can also schedule when I want the Dyson to operate and can control it remotely from my phone from anywhere. At this stage, I should add how simple it was to set up, once I actually decided to follow the instructions.

The Wi-Fi interface makes it extremely simple, and it was mere seconds before the Dyson became an integral part of our Smart House.

After about a week into this review, I noticed something.

I hadn’t used my eyedrops for days, and my Kleenex level was virtually full.  I had been rushing about all day before I noticed that I hadn’t noticed my trusty inhaler wasn’t in my pocket.

I’m not a medical person, but it didn’t take me long to make the connection.

Interestingly, we already operate a home filtration system. However, my nose, eyes and lungs inform me that the Dyson has taken the filtering to a superior level.

According to the graphs, the Dyson is maintaining our living room at a uniform temperature, and the level of irritants appears to be remaining low.

I had a little chuckle the other day when she-who-must-be-nursed demanded to know how I could review a product without turning it on. She hadn’t realised it had been running for days.

The only sound I can hear as I write this is a slight “swish” as the air passes through. The children out on the street are making far more noise through the double-glazed windows.  I admit that I have the “fan” on a low setting, but that appears to be fine in our living room.

I suspect that the Dyson will come into its own once Summer begins to heat up. I recall the sweaty nights of summers past and curse the idiot that put our heat pump in the living room and not the bedroom.  

(Note to ed: JP I really think I need to do an in-depth exposé on the Dyson until next April. ☺)

Somehow, though, I think they’re on to me.

This will be one product that will make its way back to the office sadly.

I’ve heard of Dyson’s reputation for excellent build quality and this product appears to confirm this. It sits inconspicuously in our living room, blending in nicely and not drawing attention to itself.

My eyes, lungs and sinuses have become the Dyson’s greatest proponents. I suspect they will play up once I return it to the office.

Samsung & Trade Me offer AI-powered shopping
The smartphone camera & AI-powered tech, Trade Me says, is a ‘glimpse into the future of shopping’.
Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a prequel to BioWare's Anthem
You may remember Neill Blomkamp’s name from such films as District 9, Chappie, and Elysium. If you’ve seen any of those films, the short teaser trailer will seem somewhat familiar to you.
Security flaw in Xiaomi electric scooters could have deadly consequences
An attacker could target a rider, and then cause the scooter to suddenly brake or accelerate.
617 million stolen records up for sale on dark web
It may not be the first time the databases have been offered for sale.
IBM’s Project Debater unable to out-debate human
At this incredible display of technology, the result was remarkably close but the human managed to pip the machine in this instance.
LPL to broadcast weekly programming on Sky Sports
Let’s Play Live (LPL) has now announced it will broadcast weekly programming for the rest of 2019 on the Sky Sports channel from Sky TV. 
When hackers get the munchies, they just steal McDonalds
What happens when hackers get the munchies? Apparently in Canada, they decide to put their ‘hamburglar’ gloves on and go after unwitting people who happen to use the McDonalds app.
The smart home tech that will be huge in 2019
For millennial home buyers, a generation for whom technology has been ever-present, smart systems are the features they value above everything else.