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Igloohome Smart Lock Review

*UPDATE* An updated version of Igloohome Smart Lock is now available, check out my review of Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02 .

Igloohome is a smart-home startup that is based in Singapore. They raised a total of US$1.25 million in seed funding which is led by Wavemaker Partners with participation from Singtel Innov8, and DreamIt Ventures.

Igloohome Smart Lock - Box
Igloohome Smart Lock – Box

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tado Smart AC Control Review

Do check out my post on tado Smart AC Control – Unboxing & Setup before reading this review.

I have been using the tado Smart AC Control for almost two weeks now and it has sort of taken control over my air conditioner from Ambi Climate. I doubt I will move back to Ambi Climate unless they have third-party integrations like IFTTT.

tado iOS App - Hometado iOS App - Command Sets
tado iOS App – Home / Manual Mode

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Moto 360 (Second Generation) Review

Do check out my post on Moto 360 (Second Generation) – Unboxing & Setup before reading this review.

I have been using the Moto 360 (Second Generation) instead of my Apple Watch for almost two weeks now. I do miss my Apple Watch just a little. Perhaps, the only little thing that I missed about from the Apple Watch is the ability to act on notifications.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - On Wrist
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – On Wrist

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Synology Router RT1900ac Review

The Synology Router RT1900ac is Synology’s first router. It is targeted at the mid-range router market and hence it’s retail price is S$234 US$149 (S$210). It started selling in Singapore on 6th October 2015. I will update this post again when I have the actual retail price in Singapore rather than using the currency conversion from the official retail price in USD.

For the unaware, Synology makes one of the best NAS in the market especially for the prosumer market. I personally owned three Synology NASes, DS210j, DS413j and DS415play.

Synology Router RT1900ac - Box Front
Synology Router RT1900ac – Box Front

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ASUS RT-AC88U Router Review

The ASUS RT-AC88U was launched in Singapore at SITEX 2015. SITEX is a consumer lifestyle IT event in Singapore and is usually the last major IT event for the year. It is always held at Singapore Expo and this year, the event took place from Thursday, 26th November 2015 till Sunday, 29th November 2015.

The retail price of the ASUS RT-AC88U Router is S$429.

Asus RT-AC88U Router - Box Front
Asus RT-AC88U Router – Box Front

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Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Review

The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router or Linksys EA8500 Router in short was released on 4th August 2015 exclusively at Challenger and is now available in most electronics stores. The recommended retail price of the Linksys EA8500 is S$399.

Despite having a model number of EA8500, it is not exactly a lower end model when compared to the Linksys EA9200 Router. The Linksys EA9200 is a AC3200 router and hence it is capable of speeds up to 3,200Mbps while the EA8500 is an AC2600 router capable of speeds up to 2,530Mbps. But let’s be honest here, even in the perfect case environment, we will not be able to get up to the theoretical speed.

Linksys EA8500 - Box Front
Linksys EA8500 – Box Front

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Ambi Climate Review

Ambi Climate is a small, sleek internet of things (IoT) device that makes your existing infrared remote-controlled air conditioner smart. It aims to make your aircon usage more efficient and hence lower your energy bill.

Ambi Climate uses predictive climate control by monitoring the temperature and environment both inside and outside maximizing energy use. In fact, thermal comfort isn’t about temperature alone. That is why Ambi Climate takes into a consideration sunlight, temperature, humidity and other elements to maintain a more comfortable, energy efficient interior environment. The device also learns from your own preferences and daily routine, and will tailor your indoor climate around you and your family

Ambi Climate - Box Open
Ambi Climate – Box Open

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