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Novostella 20W RGBCW Smart LED Flood Light :: Posted On February 22, 2021
Novostella 20W RGBCW Smart LED Flood Light
The Novostella 20W RGBCW smart LED flood lights are a big hit at my house, as I like being able to program (white) lights to come on at night, and the kids like turning it into a rainbow swirled party simply by speaking to Google. The lights are vibrant and very bright and having the Smart Life app sync their controls is working very well. It has been a very cold and snowy winter so far, and these lights add for an extra touch of fun in the snow as we snow tube into the night.
Novostella A19 13W RGBCW Smart Light Bulb :: Posted On February 01, 2021
Novostella A19 13W RGBCW Smart Light Bulb
We are going to look at a pair of Novostella A19 13W RGBCW smart light bulbs, that currently sell at for $25.99 (US) each. Those that have shopped around for smart bulbs before may be thinking that is pricey for a smart bulb, but one thing that immediately distinguishes these from other smart bulbs is that these are not your typical 60W equivalent bulbs, but 120W equivalents, that are rated to put out an impressive 1300 Lumens.
ZOOZ ZSE29 Z-Wave Plus S2 Outdoor Motion Sensor :: Posted On February 12, 2020
ZOOZ ZSE29 Z-Wave Plus S2 Outdoor Motion Sensor
The ZOOZ ZSE29 is an interesting product. As a motion sensor and a SmartThings device it definitely works very well, but determining how appropriate it is to use this outdoors will have to be seen after some time installed exposed to the elements. My gut tells me that the physical design and the stipulations that this outdoor rated device has to avoid heat, sunlight, humidity, and wetness may lead to a fairly short usable life.
D-Link EXO AC2600 Router with EXO AC2000 Extender :: Posted On February 10, 2020
D-Link EXO AC2600 Router with EXO AC2000 Extender
D-Link's DIR-2660 and DAP-1820 offer a great way to start your mesh network. As with many mesh networks, this setup can be configured with a wired backhaul which would help some of the bottle neck issues I mentioned, but most people are resistant to running wires. So where this unit shines is in its scalability. You can start with just one extender or add several to cover even more area. Also a big benefit of this mesh system is having a few Ethernet ports on the router.
D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor :: Posted On January 10, 2020
D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor
The D-Link DCH-S161 is roughly a 2.7" square white box that is about 1.2" thick. It uses (2) readily available AA batteries which are included to get you started, and houses a built in 90dB alarm siren. The unit comes with a sensor probe with integral cable that is about 6 feet long. It is wall mountable and is operable through the mydlink app, Google Assistant and IFTTT. Surprisingly Alexa is not included on this device.
D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet :: Posted On January 10, 2020
D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet
The D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet is significantly smaller than their older model, coming in at about 2.5" x 1.5" x 1 3/8", and is more or less the same size and format as other smart outlets on the market whether they are Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or Z-Wave. This outlet is designed to be controlled primarily by the D-Link mydlink app. It is also compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT.

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EIZO FlexScan EV2795 QHD Monitor
The award winning and highly-popular FlexScan line of LCD monitors by EIZO recently welcomed its latest member, the 27-inch QHD EV2795 model which landed in the lab well over a month ago.
Corsair Katar Pro XT Mouse Review + MM700 RGB
Today we are taking a look at the Katar Pro XT mouse by Corsair, as well as the MM700 RGB Extended Cloth gaming mouse pad. If you're in the market for a very affordable, no-frills wired mouse then the Katar Pro XT might be for you. Coming in at 34.99, we compare it to some key competitors like the Logitech G203… but how will it hold up?
Deepcool AS500 CPU Cooler
It has been quite a while since we've taken a look at a product from Deepcool. Over the past few years Deepcool has really made a name for themselves by releasing some really interesting and unique products. Today we will be taking a look at the AS500 CPU Cooler. This tower-style CPU cooler features a single-tower design with 5 heatpipes, a 140mm cooling fan, a slim profile for 100% RAM compatibility, and even some RGB lighting. Will this cooler perform as good as it looks?
Fractal Meshify 2 Compact Case
Fractal Meshify series of cases has been a staple for builders ever since they hit the market in 2016 with its great cooling performance and unique angular mesh front panel. Since then we have seen many additions/revisions to this line over the years and today Fractal adds another case with the Meshify 2 Compact.
The ADATA XPG Gammix S70 M.2 NVMe SSD uses a PCI-Express 4.0 controller from Innogrit, for transfer rates of over 7 GB/s. Since this drive is targeted at the enthusiast and gamer market, ADATA preinstalled a large heatsink on the drive which makes a huge difference for temperatures.
Razer Kiyo Pro HDR Webcam
In for review today is Razer's latest webcam, the brand-new Razer Kiyo Pro that comes in at a pretty hefty 199.99. Key features include 1080p60 output, HDR capabilities and a sensor usually found within security cameras. We'll be diving into Razer's claims about this product and putting it through its paces to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Patriot P210 2TB 2.5'' SSD
The cost-effective Patriot P210 SSD is ideal for people which are not interested in highly-sustained write speeds but more on capacity and this without breaking the bank. Its overall behavior is similar to the one we have seen with other QLC DRAM-less drives, meaning that until the SLC pseudo-cache fills up, the write speed will remain high but afterwards it will drop to as low as 13MB/s. This is a non-issue for most mainstream users and the drive is positioned correctly on the market price-wise.
Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament Keyboard
The TKO Tournament keyboard is an extremely portable 60% form factor keyboard that emphasizes onboard functionality and programming to make this your own gaming/typing keyboard to take with you. Other features are hot-swappable switch sockets, three Kailh BOX switch options, and actual ergonomics in the case design itself!
Fractal Meshify 2 Compact Case
In the world of Computer Cases, it's easy to get lost. I for one love large cases as they provide me with the ability to stuff them with components and cooling loops. A perfect example would be a case from Fractal Meshify 2.
Lexar SODIMM 8GB 2666MHz Memory Module
There are things you can do to help maximize your portable computing adventure and will be the focus of this review. Lexar has sent over 2x of their DDR4 2666Mhz SODIMM memory modules and I'll be putting them to the test.
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