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Review: eufy SoloCam S40

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When it comes to security cameras for your home, the biggest hassle you might run into is wiring for supplying power to the camera. Depending on where the nearest electrical point is, the whole installation experience could either be a walk in the park or daunting. eufy Security by Anker has been producing excellent security cameras for years now, and the latest to come out of its production facility is the eufy SoloCam S40.

As the name suggests the S40 is a wireless standalone security spotlight camera with an integrated solar panel. Quite a mouthful, but the key is “integrated solar panel.” That’s right, the S40 does not need an additional power source. Once installed, all it would need is around two hours of daily sunlight to stay charged.

Inside the box, you get the eufy SoloCam S40, the screw mount, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a screw pack, a mounting template, and a quick start guide, among other paperwork. Installing the S40 is a breeze – download the eufy Security app, create an account, and then select the home network you want to connect to.

Next, press the sync button on the camera till you hear a beep sound and the LED starts flashing. You then need to scan the QR code on your phone or tablet with the S40’s lens in order for it to connect to the home network chosen by you.

Once it gets connected, it is ready to be mounted. The only thing you need to consider while installing the camera is to install it in a place that receives at least two hours of sunlight every day.

The camera also integrates into the smart home setup. This means you can stream the live video feed to a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant smart display. In addition, the camera offers basic motion detection and you can set it to record people, animals, or any significant movement registered by the camera. The solar panel integrated on the top of the camera ensures it stays charged to keep you and your family safe from intruders.

The S40 offers crisp footage in 2K resolution and it also comes with a built-in spotlight, siren, and a talk-back speaker. Furthermore, it has 8GB of internal storage – this means you don’t have to pay for expensive cloud storage subscriptions for viewing the camera’s motion-triggered video recordings, as is the case with many devices out there in the market.

The overall design and build quality is very good, weighs 880 gms, and is weatherproof to the IP65 standard. Turn the camera around and you will find a flap just above the screw mount. Opening the flap reveals a sync button and USB-C charging port. The speaker is located on the bottom of the S40, while a microphone is placed to the left of the camera lens on the device’s face. You also get a photo-sensitive sensor and motion sensor LED indicator on the front.

The S40 also comes with some outstanding features such as a 90dB alarm that can be triggered either manually or automatically, AI person detection, automatic infrared night vision via a single LED as well as full colour filming in darkness via its built-in floodlight. As mentioned earlier, the S40 allows you to control various features and view the feed using the Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. Apple’s HomeKit, though, is not supported, but it isn’t a biggie.

The footage captured by the S40 is very crisp and detailed. It also maintained good connectivity with my router and the live feed was super smooth. The videos offer a 130° field-of-view and they were very clear and had a good colour balance. The detection features also worked really well during our review. The app presents clear thumbnails of detected humans, whenever the detection is triggered.

The eufy SoloCam S40 is an excellent security camera that can be used for your home. It offers a great design, build quality, and very good quality recorded footage. It also comes with a bunch of bells and whistles. However, the biggest feature the S40 offers is subscription-free onboard storage. For a price of AED 699, the eufy SoloCam S40 is highly recommended.

Price: AED 699

  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The S40 offers crisp footage in 2K resolution and it also comes with a built-in spotlight, siren, and a talk-back speaker. Furthermore, it has 8GB of internal storage – this means you don’t have to pay for expensive cloud storage subscriptions for viewing the camera’s motion-triggered video recordings, as is the case with many devices out there in the market

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Reolink Launches a 16MP Camera and Dual-Lens Security Camera Lineup at CES 2024

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Reolink has unveiled a new dual-lens camera lineup at CES 2024. The company showed off a 16 million-pixel security camera, Duo 3 PoE, and more cutting-edge security products and technologies, redefining the future of home and business surveillance. “Devoted to creating the finest security products for consumers and business owners, Reolink is harnessing the latest technology to make homes and offices more secure and comfortable,” says Fabrice Klohoun, Marketing Manager at Reolink. “We invite conference attendees to join us at CES to witness the latest advances in security solutions, including the 16MP images captured by our devices and additional capabilities of Reolink’s product offerings.”

Reolink Duo 3 PoE 16MP Camera
Reolink’s newest addition to its flagship dual-lens lineup, the Duo 3 PoE, innovatively merges two high-resolution lenses into a real-life vision with an enormous 16 million pixels. Users can capture more vivid details than ever before, including wanted or unwanted visitors, license plates,  delivered packages and much more. Boasting an advanced dual-image stitching algorithm, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE camera creates a 180° panoramic view with minimum distortion. Users will experience peace of mind when it comes to property surveillance without missing a single detail.

The most innovative feature of the Duo 3 PoE camera is the built-in Motion Track. By overlaying multiple tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a certain period into a single picture, users can monitor footage within seconds. This feature removes hurdles like video buffering delays and having to watch multiple footage playback to confirm activity.

Reolink TrackMix Series and Argus Track
Reolink’s hybrid lens TrackMix series provides wide-angle images and target-focused close-ups simultaneously. Together with the auto-tracking function, the TrackMix camera lineup delivers the smoothest surveillance experience for tracking a moving target.

Reolink brings this hybrid dual-lens security technology to a consumer-grade security camera, known as the Reolink Argus Track. This sleek camera incorporates all of the must-have features on the TrackMix cameras: 4K colour images day and night, dual-view display – one for overall and the other for close-up, and 6x hybrid zoom. In addition, it is solar-powered with a 6W solar panel.

Reolink ColorX Series
Reolink is expanding its innovative ColorX true colour night vision technology into more lineups: 4K camera series, Wi-Fi camera series, and PTZ camera series.

Integrating an F1.0 super aperture, an advanced 1/1.8” sensor and HDR function, the new ColorX cameras CX810, CX410W, E1 Outdoor CX capture ultra clear and colourful visuals in extreme darkness, improving nighttime surveillance performance as daylight ones.

Whole-Home Security
High-performing security systems should be full-range and centralized. At CES, Reolink showcased three surveillance solutions for homes and businesses, ranging from wire-free battery solutions and fast Wi-Fi 6 plug-in solutions to solid PoE systems.

All Reolink security camera system solutions embrace a spectrum of advanced features, including 24/7 monitoring, AI-assisted smart detection, instant motion alerts, and more.

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Monster Middle East to Showcase its Innovative Product Portfolio at Channel Summit 2024

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Monster Middle East (MME), a full-service, transcontinental regional platform, has announced that it is participating in Channel Summit 2024, which will be held from January 19 to 21, 2024, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

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The company, which has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry since 2001, caters to the Middle East, Africa, CIS, and the Indian Subcontinent.

MME offers a wide range of devices under categories such as videography, lifestyle, gaming and toys, multimedia, tech protection, Edutech, wearables, mobility, and so on. Brands represented by the company include GoPro, Cricut, Therabody, My Arcade, Monster Cable & Audio, Gel Blaster, Veritable, Aarke, Larq, Speck, Incase & Incase Design by Microsoft, Minix, Rocketbook, OneAdaptr, and Arcade1Up.

“Over the years, MME has built a reputation as an industry leader, diligently meeting the needs of customers, suppliers, and end-users. The company’s success is underpinned by exclusive partnerships with many of the world’s leading brands in audio, video, mobile, computing, and emerging technology categories,” said Jehangir Khan, Regional Director for Middle East, Africa, CIS and Indian Sub-Continent, at Monster Middle East.

MME boasts a team of over 32 dedicated employees and operates four bonded distribution centres in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and one duty-paid centre in Dubai.

“Our participation at Channel Summit will be centre around reconnecting with current and new partners and highlighting new lines for the upcoming season,” concluded Khan.

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Lenovo to Launch New AI PCs and Far Edge Computing Products at MWC 2024

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At MWC (26th – 29th February, Barcelona, Spain), Lenovo (Booth #3N30) will unveil its latest portfolio of AI devices and infrastructure solutions to date, as well as showcase two new device concepts that challenge the traditional PC and smartphone form factors. At CES, Lenovo launched its first AI PCs, bringing the technology into its ThinkBook, ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion, and ThinkCentre PC portfolio. With the company’s vision of “AI for All” at MWC, Lenovo will unveil several new AI PCs and edge computing solutions, bringing the technology more into the mainstream for 2024/2025. The company expects the trend of hybrid AI to fuel the demand for both AI PCs and AI smartphones and drive another industry refreshment cycle.

Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud. Over time, these models adapt to the user’s preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on, resulting in a more personalized experience while safeguarding privacy.

In addition, Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing the energy consumption of cloud services. As the telecom industry evolves to connect to today’s digital economy, Lenovo’s Edge AI computing solutions are forging new AI capabilities across city streets throughout Barcelona and Madrid, like using video analytics and computer vision to identify smoke and fire, improve emergency response times and support public safety.

At its Tech World event in October 2023, Lenovo unveiled its hybrid AI for All vision and showcased how it is unleashing the power of AI to drive intelligent transformation in every aspect of people’s lives and in every industry and its commitment to investing $1 billion investment in AI innovation. Also, at MWC, Lenovo will show two new concept products for the first time at a public event. Motorola’s adaptive display concept, a world-first product which uses an FHD+ pOLED display that can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users’ needs, and also another world-first proof of concept and eye-catching innovative laptop form factor that pushes the boundaries of engineering, design, and user experience from the Intelligent Devices Group and Lenovo Research teams.

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