True to my word I have acquired my first pieces of HomeEasy kit — a remote and three sockets. Each one switches up to 3kW and is configurable to respond to up to six remotes, and each socket can be assembled in to a series of groups. All this for just £20. The equivalent in X10 would cost over £50.
The equivalent in X10 would also not perform anywhere near as successfully — at least not in my house where the powerlines are dirtier than a stag weekend in Amsterdam. The HomeEasy sockets switch instantaneously and successfully on every test so far.