Christmas 2023 Product Reviews

Alice Bonasio
11 min readDec 5, 2023

Today we are looking at specialist waterproof headphones with built in media storage, the next generation of encrypted USB-C thumb drives, smart home air purifiers and an upgraded home security camera, so let’s get started!

Yi Home Pro 2K Home security camera

This is the upgraded, 2K version of the Yi Home 1080p security camera I reviewed here but the upgraded 2304 x 1296 resolution makes a huge difference in use. Of particular note is the very good Enhanced Night Vision which, when activated, enables 940-nm infrared lights, a high-sensitivity image sensor and an F1.9 large aperture lens. This excellent feature captures detailed images even in very low-light conditions.

It is important to note that this product is sold in the anticipation you will sign up to their Kami Cloud subscription plan — full details here — which as well as storing your security footing off-site in the cloud, enables their Smart AI Detection system which can distinguish Person, Vehicle, or Animal accurately and reduce false alarms significantly.

Kami Cloud offers loop recording with no storage limit, so even if your YI Home Camera is stolen or damaged, your footage will still be secure and accessible on the cloud. Download the YI Home App PC/Mac client and view up to 4 live camera feeds on one screen, wherever you are.

Keep track of what’s happening in every room of your house or small business, and rest assured that you won’t miss anything. It is important to point out that the YI Home camera is only compatible with a 2.4GHz band network, 5GHz networks are not supported.

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Alice Bonasio

Technology writer for FastCo, Quartz, The Next Web, Ars Technica, Wired + more. Consultant specializing in VR #MixedReality and Strategic Communications