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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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Synology DS718+ 2-Bay NAS Server
The Synology DS718+ is a high-end 2-bay NAS with good performance, silent operation, and low power consumption. Its strong advantage is that its storage capacity can easily be expanded with five additional drives (seven in total) since it is compatible with the optional DX513 expansion unit.
ASRock Z270 Pro4 Motherboard
The ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard is a familiar site. ASRock is a familiar brand and since the birth of the ASRock company, it has secured a healthy and immediately identifiable place in the component market. With the recent launch of mainstream graphics cards, it's also clear that ASRock is looking for more.
SteelSeries SENSEI 310 Ambidextrous Esports Gaming Mouse
Thanks to its ambidextrous shape and the TrueMove3 optical sensor the brand new SENSEI 310 Esports Gaming Mouse by SteelSeries has everything it needs to also become a best seller just like its very popular predecessors.
ASUS ROG Strix Flare Mechanical Keyboard
ASUS has always been a forefront in the PC industry focusing on fundamentals, innovation, and aesthetics. Their latest product featured from the special Republic of Gamers or ROG, is the Strix Flare Cherry MX mechanical keyboard. ROG is a recognized leader in gaming and overclocking performance, where the Strix term refers to advanced enhancements or features (compared to standard stock bins). In this case it is the customizing of profiles and a great plethora of RGB spectrum displays on the very keys themselves!
Cyberpower Tracer III (i7-8750H & GTX 1060) Laptop
Since Intel launched its 8th Gen mobile processors earlier this year, we have seen more and more companies releasing new laptops with those Coffee Lake chips inside. The Cyberpower Tracer III is one such machine, sporting the hexa-core i7-8750H CPU. This puts it up against the likes of the MSI GS65 and the Gigabyte Aero 15X, but there is a catch - the Tracer III is significantly cheaper than both of those at 1249.
The ADATA SX8200 SSD ushers in new performance records for our SSD reviews. Despite the use of TLC, speeds are incredible. The SX8200 has a generous 128 GB SLC write cache, which ensures even large write batches get completed at the drive's full speed. Pricing is awesome too, with only $170 for the tested 480 GB version.
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.
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