VERSATILE HOME SECURITY CAMERA
THE Logitech Circle 2 is a simple home security camera specially designed to function anywhere in and around the home.
You can enjoy unlimited 1080p HD streaming, night vision capability, a 180-degree wide-angle lens, and two-way talk and listen.
Each camera is accompanied by 24 hours of free, secure bank-level encrypted Cloud storage. In case you need additional storage, a couple of Circle Safe plans are available.
The Circle Safe Basic offers 14 days of storage, while the Circle Safe Premium delivers 31 days of storage alongside extra features such as custom Motion Zones and Person Detection.
Just place the Circle 2 in the desired location, hook it up to the Logi Circle web or mobile app, and let the camera work things out on its own.
The Circle 2 is flexible enough to have wired and wire-free options, and you can choose to use it on its own, or to have it paired with accessories.
If you need the Circle 2 on the outside, the Weatherproof Extension allows the Circle 2 Wired Camera to extend its reach.
The Weatherproof Case makes sure that all cables will be safe from exterior elements, and the Wire-Free camera’s battery can be swapped with a rechargeable battery which lasts up to three months.
In future, the Circle 2 will extend its compatibility even further via a software update that supports the Apple HomeKit, while you can harness the power of your own voice using Amazon Alexa to control key settings and begin recordings.
THE GAMING ULTRABOOK
RAZER has introduced the Razer Blade Stealth laptop that features a 13.3-inch display and a whole new gunmetal colour option.
With more viewing real estate, gamers will definitely find a visual advantage in this model compared to its predecessor, the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth.
The new Razer Blade Stealth measures a mere 1.32cm thin while tipping the scales at 1.3 kg with a battery life that runs for up to nine hours.
With its chassis being CNC-milled out of aircraft-grade aluminium, the gunmetal grey variant boasts of a tone-on-tone Razer logo and white backlit keyboard that makes it aesthetically pleasing.
The 13.3-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800 resolution) IGZO touch-enabled display boasts 100 per cent sRGB colour space while offering a 50 per cent thinner bezel, accompanied by wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees alongside high-colour saturation.
This portable gaming monster runs on Windows 10 as standard alongside a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor. The 16GB of speedy, dual-channel RAM with up to 1TB of PCIe solid-state storage (SSD) ensures that speed and productivity are not compromised in any way.
Hardcore gamers can hook it up to the optional Razer Core that offers external desktop graphics capability and expanded connectivity options, thanks to a solitary Thunderbolt 3 cable.
Pricing of the 13.3-inch Razer Blade Stealth begins from US$1,399 (about RM6,000), while the Razer Core can be added on for US$399 apiece.
CORDLESS DIGITAL MAGNIFIER
HAMMACHER Schlemmer has come up with the US$299.95 Widescreen HD Digital Magnifier which ought to help the elderly rediscover the joys of reading through an updated piece of hardware, as opposed to pinching a virtual page to zoom in.
This cordless digital magnifier boasts of a wider screen and higher resolution, where the high definition 800 x 480 LCD screen which measures 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches allows the user to view more than a single page at any one time.
Even the text itself can be enlarged from four times all the way to 32 times by simply pressing a button without having to make use of finger-based gestures.
The screen itself can be customised using one of 15 colour combinations and five brightness levels for enhanced viewing of a printed page or tiny objects such as stamps.
With the presence of its dual lens, one can easily read type up close or from across the room.
Each purchase of the Widescreen HD Digital Magnifier will be accompanied by HDMI and AV cables that hook up the magnifier to a TV to display images on a large screen.
With a freeze key that locks an image on-screen, an integrated camera with 100MB of internal storage that can hold up to 100 images, and a “curtain” function which highlights a single line, the Widescreen HD Digital Magnifier is certainly a handy tool to carry around for those in their sunset years.
Its rechargeable battery delivers up to four hours of non-stop usage from a four-hour charge.
Travelling with the Widescreen HD Digital Magnifier is a snap since it can be stashed away in a micrifibre drawstring bag, and the detachable handle lets one use it as a traditional magnifying glass.
THE SMART VIDEO DOORBELL
THE Xchime brings home security to a whole new level without blowing your budget. It boasts a slew of features such as a garage door opener as well as an add-on smart light bulb that will be able to extend safety beyond the front door.
With the unit set up in strategic places, you will be able to view the status of the area that the Xchime surveys. You can even close the door with a simple touch via the mobile app.
The garage door opener kit add-on accessory is an optional purchase, but it will leave you with no excuse not to close the garage door late at night.
Since light functions as a major deterrent to would-be thieves, it makes perfect sense to integrate smart light bulbs with the Xchime to remotely turn on or off exterior lights.
The Xchime does its best to minimise the one serious issue many have concerning video doorbells — lag.
Rather than experience a seven to eight second delay, the Xchime works as closely to real-time as possible, letting you communicate with the person at the door while having a good look at them before allowing them to enter or turning them away.
The Xchime retails for US$129 apiece, which is approximately half that of most leading video doorbell brands in the market.
With Full HD video capability, two-way audio, video live-view and communication, night vision, a wide-view angle, cloud recording capability, a wide operating temperature range (-40F to 150F), and dual power supply (16-24V AC & 12-24V DC) performance, the Xchime is worth looking into if you would like to beef up security around the home in style.