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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.
KeySmart Pro Smart Key Organizer With Location Tracking :: Posted On November 27, 2019
KeySmart Pro Smart Key Organizer With Location Tracking
While most of the KeySmart key organizer simply organize your keys like a Swiss Army knife, the Pro model adds a few additional features that turn it into a smart device. In addition to an LED flashlight to help you light up any key hole, the KeySmart Pro also has a USB rechargeable implementation of Tile's location tracking technology built in. You will not only be able to keep your keys organized, you can find them using the Tile app on your phone
Piper Computer Kit STEM Learning Toy :: Posted On November 26, 2019
Piper Computer Kit STEM Learning Toy
Following the Piper created blueprint, kids can physically build their own computer, and then learn the basics of electronics and programming as they work through a series of interactive video game like tutorials and adventures. Piper was in attendance at a recent media showcase event, and after getting an entertaining hands on with their system there, I was very excited to bring one home and see if my nine year old son was as excited as I was to check this out.

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Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC Video Card
Palit's RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC is a new variant with a triple-slot, triple-fan cooler, to replace their dual-fan designs. It delivers solid temperatures and noise levels. At $720, the card is priced very reasonably, yet includes a factory overclock, idle-fan-stop, and backplate.
Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset
About a year ago we took a look at Razer's Kraken Tournament Edition headset, which we really did enjoy. It was however designed for professional gamers, hence the name "Tournament Edition". For those looking for a more polished home solution Razer has the new Kraken Ultimate Edition. This sits as their flagship Kraken gaming headset and brings along with it many of the features that we saw in the Tournament Edition, but also adds in an active noise-canceling microphone, RGB lighting on the earcups, a USB-only connection, and controls on the headset itself rather than on a controller on your desk.
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD
External SSDs are the future when it comes to moving and storing large amounts of data. The Lexar SL100 Pro offers amazing speed and durability in sizes from 500GB up to 1TB.
Vertagear SL5000SE Gaming Chair
Are you in the market for a new gaming chair? Vertagear has only been in the world of chairs since 2015 but they have plenty of options available. The SL5000 features top of the line fabrics with intricate stitching, removable lumbar pillow and luxurious memory foam head pillow - but what else sets the SL5000 special edition apart from the competition? Let's find out!
Creative SXFI AIR C Headphones
After re-creating our profile in the SXFI mobile application, we went on and watched several TV shows such as Star Trek: Picard, Better Call Saul and Altered Carbon. The EQ was left on neutral and we were quite surprised by the quality of the surround sound delivered by the product, same basically as the one found with the SXFI THEATER. SXFI AIR C allows users to experience personalized holographic audio at a more affordable price range, while remaining comfortable during longer usage sessions.
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Priced at $130 for the 1 TB version, the Sabrent Rocket Q SSD is one of the most affordable SSDs on the market. It uses a new Phison E12S controller, which has better thermal performance and can operate with smaller DRAM cache. Write speeds are impressive, thanks to 250 GB of pseudo-SLC cache.
Toshiba P300 4TB Desktop PC Hard Drive
While the transfer rates are a bit lower when compared with 7200RPM drives of the same capacity, we are seeing good numbers for both reads and writes, making the P300 4TB a great mainstream drive, for use along an SSD. Considering that the necessary space for storing multimedia content such as games, 4K movies but also productivity tools has been increased considerably (we have seen some AAA gaming titles requiring over 100GB of space), a drive like this should be the answer if you are not overly-pretentious regarding loading times. Another great use for these drives is for backups and generally lower RPM drives tend to produce less vibrations as well.
MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X Video Card
MSI has sent over their Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X 8GB for review, beefing up the VRAM amount from 4GB (where most Radeon RX 5500 XT cards will fall) to 8GB. It's a bit overkill considering how much faster the Radeon RX 5600 XT is, and that has 6GB of VRAM -- but here we go.
Millitronic HIVE Wireless Docking Kit
Wireless AD networks came and went without as much as a buzz in the consumer space, and yet there is more here to see before completely dismissing it. Millitronic certainly agrees, with their HIVE wireless docking station able to connect a laptop to an external display wirelessly at low latency, while adding some more tricks on top.
TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 2-bay DAS
TerraMaster's TD2 Thunderbolt 3 is a 2-bay DAS (Direct-Attached Storage) drive aimed at professional users and, as the name suggests comes with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 interfaces. TerraMaster's TD2 Thunderbolt 3 looks just like a 2-bay NAS with the obvious exception that the TD2 comes with a very useful carrying handle. The enclosure is built from aluminium which along with the 80mm smart fan helps to keep the unit cool.
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