Category: CES

The Best of CES 2020 – Including Smart homes, Fitness, Laptops, Audio and More

CES is the biggest consumer tech event of the year and gives us a glimpse of the latest and best technology that will be launch throughout the year. So what are some of the highlights of this years show? Fitness – Suunto 7 Time will tell how good the Suunto 7 is, but this is the first multi-sports watch in a long time to use WearOS. It could be one last hail mary to compete with Garmins' increasingly feature-rich range of sports watches, but it is a risky bet with the questionable battery life that WearOS brings. One thing...

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Yale Smart Safe & Smart Cabinet Lock Announced – The US also gets a Smart Delivery Box to stop Porch Pirates

Following on from the Yale Linus Smart Lock news, Yale have also expanded their product range with a variety of smart storage solutions. Basically, everything Yale is known for will eventually become smart. There are two new products for the UK and a Smart Delivery Box for the US. Yale Smart Delivery Box I feel like this, or something similar would work in the UK too, there are too many times I miss a delivery or pickup and have to reschedule things. Anyway, the US has a serious issue with porch pirates, this has likely been a factor quick...

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CES: Yale Linus Smart Lock Announced Allowing you to use your existing keys similar to Nuki Smart Lock

This is a reasonably existing bit of news (for me) from CES. Yale has introduced a new smart lock, the Linus Smart Lock. I have been impressed with their smart locks before including the Yale Conexis L1, but many people dislike the reliance of an electrical smart lock for your main (or only) door. The main concern is that the lock will decide not to lock, or lock you out. It wasn't something I experienced myself, but it has been reported in some cases. I loved the concept of the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 but it was very plasticy...

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Thermaltake Floe RC360 & RC240 ARGB Liquid All In One CPU & RAM Cooler Kit

Thermaltake have been producing some of the best AIO liquid coolers on the market in recent years, and for anyone that like RGB you will find no better. Last year they expanded into the RAM market with the typical Thermaltake RGB flair. This also included their new WaterRam RGB Liquid Cooling Memory. They have no combined their AIO cooling technology and developed the worlds first AIO cooler that cools both the CPU and RAM. The new AIO cooler falls under the Floe branding and comes in a 240mm model or 360mm model, called RC240 and RC360 respectively. The Floe...

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What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh, and what routers & mesh systems support it?

EasyMesh is a term that has popped up in a few product launches this year at CES, both Netgear and D-Link have new products featuring this standard, but what actually is it? What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh? The short and easy answer is Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a standard that allows Wi-Fi routers and mesh-systems devices to communicate with each other regardless of the regardless of the product line or brand. It is similar to how Powerline products rated with HomePlug AV are interoperable with each other between brands and products With Wi-Fi EasyMesh, routers and access points can guide devices...

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1MORE ANC Dual Driver True Wireless Earphones to Launched

The 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones have been one of my favourite earphones over the past couple of years, they sound superb, the fit is perfect and they are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. 1MORE will not be the third company (that I am aware of) that will offer active noise cancelling true wireless earphones. The Huawei Freebuds 3 and the Airpods Pro are the most recent launch but it was the Sony WF-1000XM3 ANC that set the standard. 1MORE confidently think they are better than the Sony offering, they claim that their implementation has...

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Realme X50 5G vs Oppo Reno3 Pro Compared – Which is best?

We already know pretty much everything about the Realme X50 5G, but it has now been officially announced. Realme joins OPPO with a new upper mid-range 5G phone powered by the Snapdragon 765G. OPPO went a strange route launching two models, one with the new Mediatek Dimensity 1000L for the standard model, and the other with Snapdragon 765G, but by the looks of things the Mediatek Dimensity 1000L is a better chipset. In the past, OPPO and Realme have launched some suspiciously similar phones, with the Oppo Reno Ace appearing to be a clone of the Realme X2 Pro....

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Netatmo Smart Door Lock vs Yale Conexis L1 vs Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 vs Danalock V3 – What is the best smart lock for UK euro lock multipoint uPVC doors

Netatmo is the latest company to enter the smart lock market with the innovatively named Smart Door Lock and Keys. While there are a lot of products on the market, the big names such as August are designed for deadlocks only, but in the UK for our uPVC doors, we use multi-point locks with a euro cylinder. Design & Installation The Netatmo Smart Door Lock is basically one big cylinder that comes in one size and can be adjusted to fit any euro-cylinder lock, it should be one of the easiest solutions to install and get working properly. The...

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Netgear expand mesh WiFi 6 range with EasyMesh compatible MK62 system, RAX50 router and EAX20 extender

Last year the range of WiFi 6 routers and mesh systems from Netgear were expensive, to say the least. At CES this year, it looks like WiFi 6 is dropping in price with several announcements including D-Links new range of affordable EasyMesh WiFi 6 routers. Netgear is also releasing much more affordable products, albeit a smaller line-up than D-Link. They are keeping it simple with one mesh WiFi system, one router and one extender. The new EasyMesh term used for all these latest releases means you will be able to mix and match devices as you please, and you...

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CES: LIFX Smart Filament Bulb, Four-Gang Switch & 3. LIFX Z TV 360˚Kit launched

LIFX is expanding its smart lighting product range during CES 2020. LIFX Filament White In store: Spring 2020/ Target RRP: USD $29.99 The first product in the announcement is the new Filament White which allows you to have smart lights with vintage style Edison-type lights. LIFX will launch smokey, amber and clear glass versions, making it a broader range of options than most. The bulbs are a single warm white.  These are particularly common in pendant lighting fixtures, and outside of a home environment are increasingly found in retail and hospitality venues. These filament-style bulbs are built upon the...

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D-Link Announce Many EasyMesh Wi-Fi 6 Routers & COVR-X1872 Mesh System

Wi-Fi 6 has been off to a slow start, multiple routers were announced last year but Wi-Fi 6 modules for laptops and desktops did not become available until June with the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 Module and later the Intel AX200. The cost of routers has been steep too, and when Netgear introduced Wi-Fi 6 to the Orbi range, that price skyrocketed. This year it looks like things are settling down and there are a range of more affordable options becoming available, including a wide range of new D-Link routers, all of which will be EasyMesh compatible which should...

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AMD Threadripper 3990X doubles the cores & L3 cache of 3970X with an overclocked EPYC 7702P. Charges you $3990

Remember when Intel HEDT CPUs cost thousands and the AMD Threadripper range was an affordable solution? The tide has now changed, but the AMD Threadripper 3990X does justify its cost by offering a specification far beyond anything within the consumer space and being a couple of grand cheaper than its EPYC 7702P counterpart. The EPYC 7702P is listed as being $4450 but if you were to buy it from Scan you will pay £5,499.98. In the US, Newegg lists it as $4,783.99. The new 3990X is basically an overclocked EPYC 7702P with the same 64 Core 128 Thread count...

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