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ZOOZ Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren ZSE01 :: Posted On June 14, 2018
ZOOZ Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren ZSE01
The ZOOZ Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren ZSE01 is a great choice for those looking to add a siren to the their smart home ecosystem. It is fairly easy to connect, has a variety of mounting options, and functions just as you would expect. The handful of things that really drew me to it are the fact that it is AC powered with battery backup, features the benefits of Z-Wave Plus, and when plugged in to AC power it will function as a Z-Wave repeater.
BlackVue DR900S-2CH Dashcam :: Posted On June 08, 2018
BlackVue DR900S-2CH Dashcam
A while back we were introduced to Pittasoft when we reviewed the BlackVue DR650S-2CH dashcam. Overall we were quite happy with the performance, but there were a few improvements we would have liked to see. When I recently heard the DR900S-2CH was coming out, I jumped on the chance to look at the new and improved device. The biggest improvement on paper is now the primary camera is capable of 4K resolution and the rear is 1080P.
Batteroo Boost Battery Life Extender :: Posted On May 23, 2018
Batteroo Boost Battery Life Extender
Last year I went to a trade show and spoke with the inventor of Batteroo. The presentation almost sounded too good to be true, citing a recent study that showed most discarded batteries had up to 80% of the original energy still stored inside. Of course their device can solve this problem by maximizing all of your alkaline batteries. Currently the product is for sale through Indiegogo and directly from their website, where a 4-pack of AA Batteroos is $10 plus shipping.
ecobee Switch+ Smart Switch with Amazon Alexa :: Posted On April 27, 2018
ecobee Switch+ Smart Switch with Amazon Alexa
The ecobee Switch+ packs quite a bit inside. There is built-in Alexa with microphone and speaker, a motion sensor, light sensor, temperature sensor, night light, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz, and it is designed to be controlled through the ecobee app. In addition it can be integrated with HomeKit, Alexa, SmartThings, IFTTT, and Google assistant. And since this is obviously designed to replace a standard wall switch (SPST), you can toggle your light locally.
Sumo Lounge Switch Convertible Bean Bag Chair :: Posted On March 19, 2018
Sumo Lounge Switch Convertible Bean Bag Chair
Sumo Lounge was founded in 2004, so they have been around for quite some time and they know a thing or two about bean bag chairs. Today we are taking a look at the Sumo Switch, and this particular bean bag chair is wrapped in their pitch black cover. The Switch differs from your traditional bean bag chair, and the three Sumo Lounge products we have reviewed previously (the Omni, the Sultan, and the Sway) in that it has a more 'chair-like' structure to it.
Halos CatDrive 1TB Networked Drive (Update) :: Posted On March 06, 2018
Halos CatDrive 1TB Networked Drive (Update)
A few weeks back we posted a review for the Halos CatDrive 1TB networked drive, and well, it wasn't very good. The app's interface was mainly in Chinese, and quite honestly the basic functionality never worked. The Halos team didn't give up and requested we take a fresh look at an updated version of the device. Since the hardware for the device didn't actually change I will only be revisiting areas of the review that are impacted by the firmware update.

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Samsung 970 PRO 1TB SSD
Launched at the same time as the 970 EVO, the 970 PRO is Samsung's 3rd generation flagship NVMe consumer drive, taking over the mantle from the legend that is the 960 PRO. Coming in at 599.99 it is certainly not cheap, but can the performance justify that hefty price tag?
While not the fastest or most feature packed PCIe SSD to come through the 'Labs, the ADATA XPG SX8200 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. This compact, M.2 form factor SSD is powered by Silicon Motion's SM2262 controller and is available with up to 1TB of Micron's 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. Combine this with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and you have a drive capable of delivering nearly six times the performance of your average SATA 6Gb/s SSD.
Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM Fan
In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I'll be putting a pair of Noctua NF-A 12X25s against competing AIO fan coolers from SilverStone, Reeven, Corsair, and ID Cooling. How will the NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm cooling fan fair against the competition? Let's find out!
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 Processor
Last March, AMD released their long awaited Ryzen line of processors, and the new AM4 socket and X370 chipset. Like any launch of a new architecture, it had its issues. However, overall it was a vast improvement over their previous Piledriver architecture.
Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Gaming Sound Card
After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora RGB setup functional, we also have to supply extra power via Molex., After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build.
Be quiet! Silent Loop 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
The Silent Loop 360mm is the flagship AIO liquid CPU cooler by be quiet! and just like its smaller siblings it also combines excellent build quality with very good cooling efficiency.
AOC G2590PX 24.5in 144Hz Gaming Monitor
Most things in computing get smaller over time, so you get more of them in the same space for less money. But while screen fabrication technology obeys this law too, the popular sizes of monitors have been increasing. After 19in came 24in, and now 27in is becoming ubiquitous. Nevertheless, for certain room sizes, the 24in class is still a sweet spot, particularly if you don't have 500 to spend on your TFT. AOC's G2590PX comes in at less than half that, yet is still packed with features for the avid gamer.
Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp
One thing that most of us do not think about when designing and setting up our PC Desk setup is lighting. Yes, you may want some RGB lights on your desk or behind your monitor, but real functional lighting is sort of an after-thought. Well Benq might have just the thing for you in their Screenbar e-Reading lamp, which is designed to sit on the top of your monitor and provide great lighting for your work space. It also solves problems that traditional lamps face like incorrect brightness, limited space, and screen reflection. Let's take a look at the Screenbar from Benq and see if it is the ultimate lighting solution for our setup.
Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x2 P32A80 256GB SSD
The NVMe P32A80 SSD solution from Silicon Power is able to provide good performance values for an entry-level solution and is available with capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB. The product comes with a 3-year warranty and for avoiding data transfer slowdowns, it is recommended to have it installed inside a well-ventilated chassis.
QNAP TS-453Be 4-bay NAS Server
QNAP's TS-453Be is the 4-bay member of QNAP's latest TS-x53Be family of NAS units which sits under the company's SMB product portfolio. Its features include a quad-core CPU, 4GB of memory and a PCIe slot for adding faster networking or SSD caching to the unit.
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