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|ZOOZ ZSE29 Z-Wave Plus S2 Outdoor Motion Sensor :: Posted On February 12, 2020|
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'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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
|From Around The Web|
|ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming Motherboard|The TUF Z390-Pro Gaming Motherboard by ASUS may be one of their entry/mid-end models but thanks to its good overclocking potential, several interesting features and very tempting price tag it's certainly worth checking out. nikktech.com
|Silicon Power P34A60 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD|The Silicon-Power P34A60 may not be the fastest or most feature packed PCIe SSD to come through the 'Labs. However, this compact, M.2 form factor drive provides plenty of bang for your buck. The P34A60 is powered by Silicon Motion's SM2263XT controller and is available with up to 2TB of Micron's 64-layer TLC 3D NAND flash. Combine this with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and you have a reasonably priced drive capable of delivering up to four times the performance of your average SATA 6Gb/s SSD. In our sequential read and write tests, the 1TB version of the P34A60 was able to read at speeds as high as 2,030 MB/s and write at speeds in excess of 1,684 MB/s. cdrlabs.com
|Synology DS420j 4-bay NAS Server|The Synology DS420j is a highly affordable four-bay NAS running the fantastic DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system. It comes with a quad-core CPU that copes well with consumer tasks, and Plex also supports it. If you are on a tight budget, you should take a look at this NAS. techpowerup.com
|Dell UltraSharp U4320Q 42.5-inch 4K Monitor|Today I will be taking a look at the largest monitor I've ever had the change to review, the Dell UltraSharp U4320Q.This 42.5-inch IPS display features a 4K (3840?2160) resolution, USB-C connectivity, the ability to connect up to 4 PCs at once, and a new and improved stand.Dell is touting this monitor as the ultimate productivity monitor and we can see why.For one the 4K resolution on the 42.5-inch screen will give you quite a lot of real estate and secondly this monitor can take input from up to 4 systems with picture-by-picture or picture-in-picture modes. thinkcomputers.org
|Creative Sound Blaster G3 Portable External USB-C DAC Amp|Right after connecting the Sound Blaster G3 to our SteelSeries Arctis 1 wired gaming headset, we went ahead and fired up the Command application, for adjusting the necessary settings, along with the SBX effects and EQ. We did fire up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and noticed an increase in overall audio quality versus the integrated audio of the DELL 7577 test laptop, but also better bass representation, like we would have made the jump to a mainstream USB headset. The EQ setting for detecting footsteps works well, as intended (increased treble, lowered mids and lows), but we would only keep activated for short time periods. madshrimps.be
|DataLocker Sentry K300 64GB Secure Keypad Micro SSD|The Sentry K300 64GB Secure Keypad Micro SSD Drive by DataLocker offers multiple security layers, very good read & write performance levels, OLED screen and an alphanumeric keypad which allows the creation of extremely strong password using both letters and numbers. nikktech.com
|Modwater PC Watercooling Coolant|In this review we are looking at Modwater Coolant from ModMyMods. This is an in house product that has been in development for well over two years and is just now hitting retail markets. Given that is this a ModMyMods product you will find it available at ModMyMods.com. hardwareasylum.com
|Corsair iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler|Cooling is one of the most important aspects of keeping your PC running and running well. Corsair's iCUE H115i is designed to do just that; keep your CPU cool and running well. Corsair's AIO coolers have been a staple for many consumers and Corsair continues to update and add to their AIO lineup. modders-inc.com
|Lexar SL100 Pro Portable SSD 500 GB|The Lexar SL100 Pro is one of the most compact portable SSDs on the market. Inside the metal case we found a Marvell SSD controller paired with Intel/Micron 3D TLC flash chips. Our performance testing shows excellent sequential performance, but random IO is slower than competing drives. techpowerup.com
|DataLocker Sentry K300 Encrypted Flash Drive|Data security is very important, if you are working from home currently or still going in to the office you definitely want your data to be protected. One way to travel with or transfer data securely is with an encrypted flash drive. Today we are going to be taking a look at the DataLocker Sentry K300, which is a platform-independent micro SSD that features a keypad and OLED display, which allows you to enter your password and gain entry into the drive. The drive is FIPS 197 certified and features AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Is this the drive you need to protect your data?thinkcomputers.org