Unboxing the NEW Samsung smartthings ADT security bundle

We're excited to see Samsung break into the security market with a trusted name like ADT. This means you can have an easy to install security system with central station at an affordable cost with all the added functionality of the best open source home automation platform on the market. Add in Amazon's Alexa voice assistant or Google home, Arlo cameras, Ring doorbells, any number of controllable lights and a WiFi thermostat and you're on the way to safer, easier living through control of the essential parts of your home.

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The remote wasn't included but seems worth a try.

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The box included   ...

Manuals

2x open close sensor

1x motion sensor with corner and flat mounting brackets

Power supply

Touch screen hub with optional desk mount. 

 

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Here's a close up of the remote. It's nice, my car alarm is built into my car key so this won't be out of place on my key ring, it feels like any other Samsung accessory, smooth, shiny and well constructed.

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The ADT certified open close sensor are sleek. My current understanding is that you need to use the ADT sensors to maintain the active central station contract.

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 ADT on the left Samsung on the right 

ADT on the left Samsung on the right 

 Very standard motion sensor with 2 mounting options, one for mounting in a corner, one for mounting on a flat wall.    Initial impression.   Samsung makes great products and ADT is one of the most trusted name in home security. The interface seems simple, functional without being flashy, true to the smartthings design model.    The accessories feel good, nothing special about them, tried and true accessories that will continue to not need improvement for another few decades.    If it works like smartthings and has the reliability of ADT we're going to be seeing a lot of these in our future.

Very standard motion sensor with 2 mounting options, one for mounting in a corner, one for mounting on a flat wall.

 Initial impression.

Samsung makes great products and ADT is one of the most trusted name in home security. The interface seems simple, functional without being flashy, true to the smartthings design model.  

The accessories feel good, nothing special about them, tried and true accessories that will continue to not need improvement for another few decades.  

If it works like smartthings and has the reliability of ADT we're going to be seeing a lot of these in our future.

That's what's in the box. I'll be setting this system up in the next few days and will do further reviews then! 

NEW Sonos Play One with Alexa IN STOCK! Limited quantities!

The new Sonos Play One with Alexa built in is in stock and they sound great! Plus all the added advantage of Amazon's industry leading voice assistant built right in.

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The worlds favorite wireless speaker just got a lot better.

We've been hearing about it for a while and we just got our hands on the first release of the new Sonos Play 1 with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built in. When we met with the representative from Sonos at CEDIA this year they talked about going beyond the average "Alexa skill" and becoming part of the core functionality of amazons break through Alexa platform. So far it looks like they met their goals. None of the audio quality has been compromised and all of the functionality of amazons original echo are built in.

Setup your new Play1 just like the old one, add your new Alexa enabled Sonos device or devices to your Amazon account with the easy step by step wizard and you're up and running. 

"Alexa play show tunes in the living room." 

"Alexa mute the kitchen."

"Alexa play some rock and roll."  

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The upgraded interface and touch sensitive button design reminiscent of the Play5 makes controlling the new Play1 by hand easier than ever while the integrated far field microphones and intelligent audio ducking (volume decreases while you're talking to the speaker) is leading the industry in ease of use and functionality.

Drop by the store and demo the new Play1 with Alexa today! 

4K (Finally) Arrives on the Apple TV

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Apple finally catches up with Roku and Amazon by releasing the Apple TV 4K on September 22, 2017. The new Apple TV supports 4K HDR at 60Hz, and up to 4:2:2 Chroma. Thanks to Apple's negotiating power, 4K pay-per-view movies are $19.95, about $10 less than the other services (last time we checked), but many new titles are still HD-only. Only thing missing from this streamer is Amazon Prime Video, which we were expecting a while ago, after Tim and Jeff patched up their differences. We particularly like the Aerial screensaver running in all its 4K HDR glory. Our go-to streaming platform. Highly recommended. $179 for the 32GB version.