Improvements in technology have innumerable applications for improving quality of life, but few are as important as home security. In an extremely short period of time, home security systems have evolved from expensive and professionally installed systems to affordable products that homeowners can install themselves. These products range from individual pieces to complete sets, offering a variety of solutions to your idiosyncratic home security needs. For protecting your home and monitoring your property, here are the four best smart home security systems currently available.
For homeowners feeling overwhelmed by the myriad of products on the market, the Samsung Home Security Kit is a great place to start. This DIY smart home security bundle comes with the fundamental pieces for protecting your home, including two door and window sensors, a motion detector, and a system hub for easy access and control. The entirety of the system can also be accessed from any mobile device, and can be programmed to notify the homeowner via text or email of any disturbances. Additionally, this security kit can be switched over to a monitored system that includes police dispatch and support from ADT. Although this starter kit does not include cameras, it provides some essential functionality for home security, and is one of the best DIY home security systems for the price.
- Written by Robin G. | Last Updated on 06 May 2019
With the proliferation of streaming services and on-demand access to various content, much of the physical media that was previously utilized for watching movies and television shows has been rendered obsolete. Ultra high definition Blu-ray players, however, defy this normal trend, and still provide a number of benefits that even high-quality streaming services like Netflix and Hulu do not. In this article, we offer a number of compelling reasons to make sure you still have access to a Blu-ray player, and discuss some of the best 4K blu-ray players of 2019.
The Advantages of Blu-ray Disc
Despite the common misconception, Blu-ray offers a number of benefits compared to both streaming and traditional physical media. First, most people are familiar with how much better Blu-ray is than DVD in terms of both capacity and quality, making Blu-ray superior to DVD as a format in almost every regard. Few are aware, however, that 4K Blu-ray players also provide a far more immersive and robust auditory and visual experience than the vast majority of streaming services. With an extremely large storage allotment, Blu-ray discs require far less compression than would a streaming service, and are thus able to outperform on visual quality. The same is true for the audio of 4K blu-ray players, which, because it is uncompressed, can allow for 7.1 surround sound and thus allow for an entrancing experience unrivaled by streaming. This advantage is especially important for viewing films, where the sophistication of the cinematography and depth of the score are crucial to fully appreciating the art. In addition to better outputs, Blu-ray players also allow for a much larger selection of movies than would any individual streaming services that prioritize new releases and constantly rotate through content; having access to golden age films, or family favorites during the holidays, is an important and specific benefit that physical media has over streaming services. Further, Blu-ray players are straightforward and simple to use, making them a great alternative to streaming for small children or elderly parents.
- Written by Robin G. | Last Updated on 09 April 2019
Whether it’s for work, gaming, or streaming on Twitch or Youtube, many of us utilize two or more monitors at home to multi-task and organize and get the most out of our media experience. This type of set up presents some obvious difficulties, however, when working out of a local coffee shop, or gaming while on vacation. Acquiring a portable monitor, either as a primary or secondary monitor to combine with a laptop or tablet, can create a sophisticated display situation away from home, or provide utility when you need to keep your workspace on the move. To maximize functionality and minimize cost, here are some of the cheapest portable monitors for 2019 that still maintain high standards and quality performance.
The ASUS portable monitor is an excellent piece of equipment, and is certainly one of the best affordable monitors that can be easily relocated. With a respectable 15.6” display, this ultra slim and lightweight monitor is super portable while still maintaining a large and functional screen. This portable monitor is also extremely easy to set up, relying on a single USB cord for both signal and power. Despite being an affordable portable monitor, the ASUS monitor is fully capable of full HD displays, and comes with a dual stand/case that easily adjusts from one mode to the other. With a great three year warranty, this portable monitor comes with the name brand recognition of ASUS, works out of the box, and provides the user with a simple and no hassle experience. Although slightly more expensive than the other products discussed, with the ASUS monitor the price increase is, for many, worth the additional peace of mind.
- Written by Robin G. | Last Updated on 27 March 2019
When stored properly and transported carefully, a two-piece pool cue can literally last a lifetime, requiring only the occasional tip replacement and new wrap. Acquiring a high-quality pool cue case, then, is important to extending the longevity of your cue and protecting it from accidental damage. In this article, we spotlight some of the best deals on hard pool cue cases that are perfect for a variety of needs and budgets, helping the reader best care for their beloved two-piece cue sticks.
One of the most affordable pool cue cases on the market, the Casemaster Q-Vault case is excellent for casual or competitive pool players who need a simple and straightforward way of moving their cue around. The hard leatherette exterior protects the owner’s cue from scratches and dents, while the interior cushions help prevent warping and impact damage. Although this pool cue case only holds one butt and one shaft, it protects a single cue extremely well for the price.
- Written by Jacob S. | Last Updated on 04 March 2019