Archive for November 9, 2018

First Look: MSI PS42 and P65 Creator Laptops

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 9, 2018 by itnerd

MSI is well known for their gaming laptops. But they’ve now taken a turn to cater to creative types including photographers, designers, or 3D animators. It makes sense for MSI to target this market as they were getting feedback that these types of people were buying their gaming laptops, but they couldn’t take them into professional environments because of their over the top looks.

I got to look at two of these laptops this week. The MSI PS42 and P65 Creator. Let’s start with the PS42:

 

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Key specs include:

  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics
  • Ultra-light 1.19kg, Ultra-slim 15.9mm
  • Thin bezel 14″ IPS-level panel
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor that is tied into Windows Hello
  • USB 3.1 Type A and C ports along with a HDMI port and an SD Card Reader
  • Aluminium chassis
  • SSD based Storage

I was impressed by the build quality and the feel of the PS42 when I held it. The keyboard had pretty good feedback and the screen was bright and clear. This is the perfect laptop for someone who needs something that’s light (a frequent traveller for example) but still wants power as the Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA will crush notebooks like the MacBook Air with ease. The pricing on the PS42 goes for $1,299-$1,599 CAD depending on configuration.

Next up is the P65 Creator:

 

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  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design / GTX 1050 Ti (Silver)
  • Ultra-light 1.8kg, Ultra-slim 17.9mm
  • 15.6”  close to 100% sRGB IPS-level thin bezel display
  •  8+ hours battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor that is tied into Windows Hello
  • HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • USB 3.1 Type A and C ports along with a SD Card Reader and an ethernet port
  • Aluminium chassis
  • SSD based Storage

This machine is a lightweight powerhouse. I really appreciated the fact it has a ton of ports on it including ethernet in such a slim package. You also get the option of having dual SSD’s in a RAID 0 configuration to really make this notebook fly. If that’s not enough, there’s a Limited Edition model that comes in a unique box with a sleeve and some other goodies. The P65 Creator goes for $2,399-$3,499 CAD depending on configuration.

Both notebooks are available now and I’ve requested a P65 Creator to review which will be posted in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: You can get these laptops from Amazon, Canada Computers, Staples, Memory Express, Visions, and Newegg.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer Light Switch Now Compatible With Apple HomeKit

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 9, 2018 by itnerd

Wemo today announced a software update that enables Apple HomeKit compatibility with the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer. The Wemo Dimmer is an elegant wall switch that embeds smart lighting technology with dimming functionality to be controlled using the Home app or Wemo app on iPhone and iPad. Wemo users can add Wemo Dimmer to the Apple Home app and ask Siri to control lighting throughout the home with HomePod or even automatically based on rules and intelligence. Now both Wemo Mini Smart Plugs and Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmers can be included into scenes and rooms to work with more than one hundred other HomeKit compatible products.

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Using Wemo with Apple Home app and Siri, consumers can:

  • Voice control Wemo with Siri from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, and Mac.
  • Add Wemo to rooms in the Apple Home app and control multiple HomeKit compatible products at once.
  • Automate Wemo with scenes in the Apple Home app.
  • Use Scenes to turn Wemo Dimmer on/off or adjust light levels based on your location, time of day, or a command to Siri like “Movie Time”.
  • Remotely check if someone left the Wemo Dimmer lights on, and then adjust light levels, from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

The update to enable HomeKit on the Wemo Dimmer will begin rolling out today.  A new Wemo app, available for free via the Apple App Store, will facilitate a firmware update for Wemo Dimmers.