Trending February 2024 # Nanoleaf Light Panels Versus Canvas: Homekit Smart Lighting # Suggested March 2024 # Top 6 Popular

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Nanoleaf HomeKit lights are great for decorating and entertaining all year — long after the Christmas tree is taken down and the holiday lights are all boxed up. Nanoleaf now makes two styles of smart lights that illuminate your walls: Light Panels and Canvas. Here’s how they compare:

Nanoleaf Light Panels ($229), originally called Aurora, are triangular tiles that connect using a modular system to create colorful light designs that you can control with Siri or an iOS app. My description from December 2024 still holds up:

Nanoleaf Aurora is like a beautiful screensaver for your wall.

Nanoleaf has since added a new music module accessory that makes Light Panels react to music and sound, and the Nanoleaf Remote adds to the ways you can trigger modes.

Nanoleaf Canvas ($249) launched earlier this month and reshapes what you can do with Nanoleaf HomeKit lights. Canvas tiles are a bit smaller and use squares instead of triangles to make different designs possible. The music module is also built-in so interactive sound scenes work out-of-the-box.

Both smart light systems let you create colorful scenes that you can trigger with HomeKit using Siri or the Home app. Just add a pre-configured scene from the Nanoleaf app or create your own, then the scene becomes available with HomeKit.

The blue/red/orange/yellow/white arrangement (above, left) is a rocket scene I created for Light Panels that doesn’t change colors. You can also easily switch to a color-shifting scene (and back again) as seen below:

Nanoleaf Canvas similarly supports color-shifting scenes. (Both scenes sped up 4x for demonstration purposes.)

The triangular Light Panels are a bit larger and let you easily create designs with angled corners like stars, trees, or even rocket ships. The smaller Canvas squares won’t cover as much surface area without more tiles, but you can design more traditional patterns with similar light effects.

Light Panels are powered by a controller module that includes a power toggle and a scene selector. Canvas is a bit more clever and integrates power, brightness, and mode switching in a special tile with labeled touch controls.

The other trick that Nanoleaf Canvas has up its sleeve is that each tile can react to touch. Nanoleaf Canvas supports special interactive scenes that let you play games with your tile arrangement with scenes including “Whack A Mole”, “Simon”, “Game Of Life”, “Memory”, and “PacMan.”

Nanoleaf HomeKit lights are already great for mood lighting and entertainment. Light “games” could just be a gimmick on their own, but I can definitely see a simple game of “Whack A Mole” or “PacMan” being a great party trick — especially with kids.

Personally, I really like Nanoleaf Light Panels. The triangular tiles cover more wall space and let you create designs that look a bit less 8-bit. I recommend Nanoleaf Canvas for most people though — especially over similar products.

The modular system is just as easy to use and the built-in support for music scenes and brightness control make it more polished — plus the touch-controlled games add to the entertainment.

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Mastering 3D Lighting In Blender

Making images in Blender 3D has a lot in common with photography. In fact, if you have any photographic skills, these will transfer nicely into 3D software like Blender.

In previous articles we have discussed how you light a scene on a basic level. But how can you use all the different kinds of lamp for something approaching real cinematography?

Types of Lamp

Cinematography is all about choosing the right lights. In the virtual world of a 3D program the lights are all computed rather than real, but they perform the same function as real world lights. To get good lighting in 3D graphics images, you need to have a grasp of lighting in the real world, so a good tip is to learn how to light photographs from photography tutorials out there on the Internet.

The basic types of lamps in Blender are as follows: Point, Sun, Spot, Hemi and Area.

Point

These lights are a tiny ball of light which are omnidirectional – that is to say scattering light in all directions like a lightbulb. Shadows fan out from the source centre in radiating lines.

Sun

Sun lights emulate the light you get from the sun; the light comes down from the source in parallel lines. Shadows cast straight down from the source and are soft.

Spot

Spotlights have a point source, but they fan out at a particular angle set in the properties, and they have a soft transition from the middle to the outer radius, the same as a real spotlight. Shadows are hard-edged and follow the angle of the beam.

Hemi

These lights are like spotlights, but the difference is the source is a half sphere and the light focusses in straight lines, like a lighting brolly. Shadows are hard-edged.

Area

Area lights are flat planes which cast light like a softbox or light reflected from a large reflective surface. Shadows are sharp when the objects are close to a surface but softer when they are distant.

Emission Surfaces

Another kind of light you can have in Blender is to turn an object into a light by selecting a surface texture of Emission. The texture emits light, meaning you can make a ball, cube or plane be a light emitter. The light is soft and the shadows smooth.

You can turn objects into lights, the benefit being that you can see the lights. The standard lights in Blender are invisible to the camera, but lights which are objects can be seen. The only light sources in this scene are the objects themselves.

Basic Setup

The basic lighting setup taught by all photography courses is to have a key, fill and rim or edge light.

The key light is either a strong, sun-like light or spotlight shining on the front of the object being lit. This casts light on the front and top of the object and shadows on the surface over any undercuts. In this example we used a sun light above and to the right of the camera. Strength is set to 700.

The fill light is positioned opposite to the key light to fill in any shadows. In this example, an Area light is positioned below the camera and to the left pointing up at the object. Strength is set to 75.

The rim or edge light is positioned behind the object pointing towards the object and the camera to highlight the edge of the object to separate it from its background. In this example, a Hemi light is positioned above, to the left and behind the skull pointing forwards towards the camera. The Strength is set to 2.

And that is how you light something perfectly.

Lighting Tips

The main tip for setting up lights and even textures in Blender is to use a rendered viewport. This makes a draft-quality rendering of the light that you can see updated in real time to allow you to position lights and shadows perfectly while seeing the effects of your light positions live on the screen.

Conclusion

Learn as much as you can about real world lighting for photography and transfer that knowledge to the 3D virtual world of Blender for fantastic lighting.

Image Credit: Cole Harris

Phil South

Phil South has been writing about tech subjects for over 30 years. Starting out with Your Sinclair magazine in the 80s, and then MacUser and Computer Shopper. He’s designed user interfaces for groundbreaking music software, been the technical editor on film making and visual effects books for Elsevier, and helped create the MTE YouTube Channel. He lives and works in South Wales, UK.

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Spark: Lighting A Fire Under Hadoop

Also see: Hadoop and Big Data

Hadoop has come a long way since its introduction as an open source project from Yahoo. It is moving into production from pilot/test stages at many firms. And the ecosystem of companies supporting it in one way or another is growing daily.

It has some flaws, however, that are hampering the kinds of Big Data projects people can do with it. The Hadoop ecosystem uses a specialized distributed storage file system, called HDFS, to store large files across multiple servers and keep track of everything.

While this helps managed the terabytes of data, processing data at the speed of hard drives makes it prohibitively slow for handling anything exceptionally large or anything in real-time. Unless you were prepared to go to an all-SSD array – and who has that kind of money? – you were at the mercy of your 7,200 RPM hard drives.

The power of Hadoop is all centered around distributed computing, but Hadoop has primarily been used for batch processing. It uses the framework MapReduce to execute a batch process, oftentimes overnight, to get your answer. Because of this slow process, Big Data might have promised real-time analytics but it often couldn’t deliver.

Enter Spark. It moved the processing part of MapReduce to memory, giving Hadoop a massive speed boost. Developers claim it runs Hadoop up to 100 times faster in certain applications, and in the process opens up Hadoop to many more Big Data types of projects, due to the speed and potential for real-time processing.

Spark started as a project in the University of California, Berkeley AMPLab in 2009 and was donated as an open source project to the Apache Foundation in 2012. A company was spun out of AMPLab, called Databricks, to lead development of Spark.

Patrick Wendell, co-founder and engineering manager at Databricks, was a part of the team that made Spark at Berkeley. He says that Spark was focused on three things:

1) Speed: MapReduce was based on an old Google technology and is disk-based, while Spark runs in memory.

2) Ease of use: “MapReduce was really hard to program. Very few people wrote programs against it. Developers spent so much time trying to write their program in MapReduce and it was huge waste of time. Spark has a developer-friendly API,” he said. It supports eight different languages, including Phython, Java, and R.

3) Make something broadly compatible: Spark can run on Amazon EC2, Apache’s Mesos, and various cloud environments. It can read and write data to a variety of databases, like PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL and all Hadoop file formats.

“Many people have moved to Spark because they are performance-sensitive and time is money for them,” said Wendell. “So this is a key selling point. A lot of original Hadoop code was focused on off line batch processing, often run overnight. There, latency and performance don’t matter much.”

Because Spark is not a storage system, you can use your existing storage network and Spark will plug right into Hadoop and get going. Governance and security is taken care of. “We just speed up the actual crunching of what you are trying to do,” said Wendell. Of course, that’s also predicated on giving your distributed servers all the memory they will need to run everything in memory.

Prakash Nanduri, CEO of the analytics firm Paxata, said that Spark made Hadoop feasible for working in real time. “Now you have the ability to focus at real-time analytics as scale. The huge implication is suddenly you go from 10 use cases to 100 use cases and do it at a cost that is significantly lower than for traditional interactive analytic use cases,” he said.

Many of the cloud vendors that offer some kind of Hadoop solution, like Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR, are bundling Spark with Hadoop as a standard offering now, said Wendell.

At a recent Spark Summit, Toyota Motor offered an example of the speed Spark offers. It uses social media to watch for repair issues in addition to customer inquiries. The problem with the latter is people don’t care about surveys, so it shifted its emphasis to Twitter and Facebook. The company built an entire system on Spark to monitor social media to watch for keywords.

Its original customer experience app, done as a regular Hadoop batch job, would take 160 hours, or 6 days. The same job rewritten for Spark is completed in just four hours. The company also parsed the flood of input from social media and was able to filter out things like dealer promos, irrelevant material and incident reports involving Toyota products and reduced the amount of data to process by 50%.

Another use case is log processing and fraud detection, where speed is of the utmost, as banks, businesses and other financial and sales institutions need to move fast to catch fraudulent activity and act on the warnings.

“The business value you achieve is fundamentally derived through the apps. In the case of financial services, you need to be able to detect money laundering cases. You cannot find money laundering signals by running a batch process at night, it has to be in real time,” said Nanduri. “An app built on Spark can do the entire data set in real time and interactive speeds and get to the answer much faster.”

But Spark isn’t just about in-memory processing. Wendell said half of the performance gains come from running in memory and other half is from optimizations. “The other systems weren’t designed for latency so we improved on that a lot,” he said.

There is still more work to be done. Wendell said there is a big initiative underway with Databricks and Apache to further improve Spark performance, but he would not elaborate.

While it offers a standardized way to build highly distributed and interactive analytical apps, it still has a long way to go,” said Nanduri. “Spark lacks security and needs enhanced support for multiple concurrent users, so there is still some work to do.

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Vertical Photo Panels Effect With Photoshop

And here’s what the final “vertical photo panels” effect will look like:

Here’s the image I’ll be using for this tutorial:

This version of the tutorial is for Photoshop CS5 and earlier. For Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud), you’ll want to check out our fully updated version .

In this Photoshop tutorial , we’ll learn how to create the illusion that a single photo is being displayed as a series of vertical panels. It may look complicated, but as we’ll see, it’s actually a very easy effect to create, with many of the steps being simple repetition.

This tutorial is from our Photo Effects series. Let’s get started!

How To Create Vertical Photo Panels Step 1: Add A White Solid Color Fill Layer

Select Solid Color from the top of the list of fill and adjustment layers that appears:

Choose a Solid Color fill layer from the top of the list.

Choose white from the Color Picker.

The document is now filled with white.

If we look in the Layers panel, we see the new Solid Color fill layer, which Photoshop has named Color Fill 1, sitting above the original image on the Background layer:

Photoshop places the Solid Color fill layer above the Background layer.

Step 2: Duplicate The Background Layer

With the Background layer selected, go up to the Layer menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen, choose New, then choose Layer via Copy. Or, for a faster way to access the same command, press Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac) on your keyboard:

A copy of the Background layer, appropriately named Background copy, is added directly above the original:

The Background copy layer is added between the original Background layer and the Solid Color fill layer.

Step 3: Move The Background Copy Layer Above The Solid Color Fill Layer

We need to move the Background copy layer above the Solid Color fill layer, and the fastest and easiest way to do that is with a keyboard shortcut. Press Ctrl+right bracket ( ] ) (Win) / Command+right bracket ( ] ) (Mac) on your keyboard. This will jump the currently selected layer (the Background copy layer) up over the layer directly above it (the Color Fill 1 layer), placing the Background copy layer at the top of the layer stack:

Press Ctrl+] (Win) / Command+] (Mac) to jump the Background copy layer above the Solid Color fill layer.

Step 4: Select The Rectangle Tool

Select the Rectangle Tool from the Tools panel:

Select the Rectangle Tool.

Step 5: Select The Shapes Option

Select the Shapes option in the Options Bar.

Step 6: Draw The First Vertical Panel

Dragging out the first panel on the left side of the image.

Step 7: Rotate The Panel Slightly With Free Transform

Use Free Transform to rotate and/or move the panel inside the document.

Step 8: Move The Shape Layer Below The Background Copy Layer

If we look in the Layers panel, we see our newly added Shape layer (named Shape 1) sitting above the Background copy layer:

The Shape layer currently sits at the top of the layer stack.

We need to swap the order of the two layers so the Shape layer appears below the Background copy layer, and we can do that with another handy keyboard shortcut. With the Shape layer selected, press Ctrl+left bracket ( [ ) (Win) / Command+left bracket ( [ ) (Mac) on your keyboard. This jumps the currently selected layer (the Shape 1 layer) down below the layer directly below it (the Background copy layer):

Press Ctrl+[ (Win) / Command+[ (Mac) to move the Shape 1 layer below the Background copy layer.

Step 9: Select The Background Copy Layer Step 10: Create A Clipping Mask

Go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and choose Create Clipping Mask:

This “clips” the image on the Background copy layer to the vertical panel on the Shape layer directly below it, hiding everything on the Background copy layer except for the area that sits directly above the panel:

Only the part of the image that appears over the panel shape remains visible in the document.

If we look in the Layers panel, we see that the Background copy layer is now indented to the right, with a small arrow pointing downward to the left of the preview thumbnail. This is Photoshop’s way of telling us that the layer is clipped to the contents of the layer below it:

A layer indented to the right means it’s clipped to the layer below it.

Step 11: Add A Drop Shadow

Choose Drop Shadow from the list of layer styles that appears:

Choose Drop Shadow from the list.

This opens Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog box set to the Drop Shadow options in the middle column. Lower the Opacity of the shadow down to 60% to reduce its intensity, then set the Angle to 120°. Set both the Distance and Size options to 10 px, although you may want to experiment with different values for these two options depending on the size of the image you’re working with:

The Drop Shadow options.

Leave the Layer Style dialog box open for the moment because we still have one more layer style to add. Your panel should look similar to this after adding the drop shadow:

The image after adding a drop shadow to the first panel.

Step 12: Add A Stroke

Choose white from the Color Picker.

Finally, change the Size of the stroke to 2 px (you may want to use a larger value if you’re working with a larger image), then change the Position to Inside, which will keep the stroke nice and sharp in the corners of the panel:

Set the Size to 2 px and the Position to Inside.

The first panel after applying a drop shadow and a white stroke.

Step 13: Select Both Layers At Once Step 14: Create A Layer Group

With both layers now selected, go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen, choose New, then choose Group from Layers:

Name the new layer group “Panel”.

Photoshop places the two layers inside a new layer group named Panel. Only the group itself is currently visible in the Layers panel. The two layers are hidden inside the group. We’re going to add our additional photo panels to the document by making copies of the group:

The two layers are now inside a layer group named Panel.

Step 15: Duplicate The Layer Group

Release your mouse button over the New Layer icon. Photoshop creates a copy of the group, names it Panel copy, and places it above the original Panel group:

A copy of the Panel group is added above the original.

Step 16: Move The Copy Below The Original Group

Press Ctrl+left bracket ( [ ) (Win) / Command+left bracket ( [ ) (Mac) to move the copy of the Panel group below the original:

Press Ctrl+[ (Win) / Command+[ (Mac) to move the Panel copy group below the original.

Step 17: Open The Layer Group Step 18: Select The Shape Layer

Select the Shape 1 layer inside the Panel copy group.

Step 19: Move And Rotate The Shape With Free Transform

Rotate the second panel slightly in the opposite direction.

Step 20: Close The Layer Group

Close the layer group when you’re done to keep things looking clean and organized.

Step 21: Repeat Steps 15-20 To Add The Additional Panels

At this point, adding the remaining panels is just a matter of repeating the same few steps. First, duplicate the previously added layer group (it will be the bottom-most group in the Layers panel and will also be the one highlighted in blue) by dragging it down onto the New Layer icon:

Drag the bottom-most layer group down onto the New Layer icon.

A copy of the group will appear directly above it. Here, the new copy is named Panel copy 2. As you add more panels, the layer groups will be named Panel copy 3, Panel copy 4, and so on:

Photoshop adds the copy of the layer group directly above the original.

Press Ctrl+left bracket ( [ ) (Win) / Command+left bracket ( [ ) (Mac) on your keyboard to move the new group below the other layer groups:

Press Ctrl+[ (Win) / Command+[ (Mac) to move the new copy below its original.

Open the layer group and select the Shape 1 layer.

Use Free Transform to move and rotate the panel.

Repeat these same steps to add your remaining panels to the document, and you’re done! Here, after adding three more panels to reveal the rest of the man’s face, is my final “vertical photo panels” result (I’ve cropped away some of the white background with the Crop Tool):

The final result.

Hyperx Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless Review: A Lighting

Pros

The solid top back is comfortable and stylish

Its 26,000 DPI sensor can target at lightning speeds

Bluetooth functionality makes it one of the most versatile esports mice you can get

Cons

The compact buttons can feel a bit cramped at times

There’s just the one RGB zone to play with

It’s more expensive than its predecessor

Our Verdict

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless features a lighting-fast 26,000 DPI sensor, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, as well a dedicated DPI switcher, and still manages to be lighter and more affordable than some rivals. That makes it an outstanding choice for discerning gamers.

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The HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless really impressed me when it came out. Budget-conscious esports players could scarcely find a better mouse—with its pinpoint accuracy, ultra-light weight, and a price tag so reasonable you could barely believe the value, it was not only suitably primed to cross swords with performance goliaths in competitive matches but wouldn’t make much of a dint in your tournament winnings either.

Based on that history, it was with bated breath that I sized up the pros and cons of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless, HyperX’s successor. The verdict? While the price is a little bit heftier than before, it’s a very worthy sibling.

Further reading: See our roundup of the best wireless gaming mice to learn about competing products.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless features

So, what features are worth drooling over this time? At least three things get my attention immediately. First and most notably, it weighs exactly the same as the Haste 1 Wireless—a lofty 61 grams, so it feels as light as a feather in your hand. That’s despite the addition of an upgraded HyperX 26K sensor, and a new solid upper shell, which replaces the Haste 1 Wireless’s perforated one.

A mere 61 grams also puts it in good company—making it 2 grams lighter than premium pro-grade esports mice like Logitech’s G X Pro Superlight and the Razer’s DeathAdder V3 Pro, both of which cost upwards of $60 more.

I found I had all the speed and accuracy I needed to win out in most spontaneous firefights.

Suffice to say, that loftiness means the quick movement we achieved so easily in the Haste 1 Wireless is just as easily reproduced in the Haste 2 Wireless. Merely bump it and your curser will shoot across the screen like a falling star. Move it quickly for real and you’ll need bionic vision to see the curser—yes, it’s that quick.

Secondly, the Haste 2 Wireless adds Bluetooth connectivity to its super-speedy 2.4GHz connectivity, which is a feature that neither the Haste 1 Wireless nor a string of more expensive esports rivals have. So, in saying that, the Haste 2 Wireless is one of the more versatile esports mice you can currently buy.

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The third and most surprising thing to note about it is surely its price. Somehow HyperX has managed to keep it down to just $89.99—admittedly that’s a steep increase over the original’s $59.99 shipping price, but seems reasonable considering all the upgraded technology onboard, and when you compare it to the price of rivals like the $149.99 Razer DeathAddver V3 Pro.

Once again, esports players who give it a go will likely be more than satisfied with what they’re getting for their money.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless design and build

The Haste 1 Wireless’s design is written all over the Haste 2 Wireless. In fact, from its symmetrical shape to its six compact programmable buttons, it looks very similar to before. But alas there are some refinements worth noting.

Additionally, while there are no surprises in the dimensions—the depth, height, and width being virtually identical as before at 4.9 x 1.50 x 2.6 inches—the Haste 2 Wireless’s solid top makes it functionally superior. How so? For one, it won’t cause the dotty indentations claw grippers were prone to get on the tips of their fingers from pressing against the Haste 1’s perforated top.

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That’s not even accounting for how much more comfortable it now feels too. While palm and fingertip grippers are unlikely to notice much difference in snugness levels, claw grippers will no longer feel like they’re pressing down on a porcupine—a small point which is sure to win over a legion of new fans.

Regardless of grip type, though, the Haste 2 Wireless’s matte plastic finish is a most welcome upgrade. In fact, the thousands of tiny bumps covering its body do a much better job of holding your hand firmly in place, providing a greater sense of control than previously. They also extinguish any sign of your fingerprints, so this mouse always looks sharp next to your rig.

The underside of the Haste 1 Wireless’s successor has had a slight upgrade too. In addition to the four virgin-grade PTFE skates we saw in the Haste 1 Wireless, you now also get a full ring of PTFE around the sensor, so there’s a noticeable absence of friction on tabletops.

Unlike its predecessor, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless has a solid band of virgin-grade PTFE around its sesnor.

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The Haste 2 Wireless also comes with a useful set of accessories. A peek in the box reveals extra grip tapes, as well as additional PTFE skates. But you also get a 5.9-foot braided USB A to USB C paracord, which doubles as both a wired connection and a charger. HyperX claims the Haste 2 Wireless’s battery lasts a very respectable 100 hours from a single charge.

Only black and white color options are available, but they each look remarkably stylish. The only visible signs breaking up my white review unit’s visage were two attractive HyperX logos—one on top and the other on the left-hand side, each accentuating rather than spoiling its appearance. Clearly, this is a mouse worth showing off to your friends at every opportunity.

The one caveat to that is if your friends are diehard fans of RGB. That’s because you still only get the one RGB zone located in the mouse wheel, which for an esports mouse of this caliber is a little underwhelming. Still, this is just a trifle that won’t make any difference to your gameplay.

How does the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless perform?

The Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless’s sensor tracks movement at a maximum resolution of 26,000 DPI with an accuracy of 650 inches per second. A maximum acceleration of 50G and polling rate of 1,000Hz round out the rest of the sensor’s performance specifications.

To test the sensor’s performance, I loaded up a game of Insurgency, trying out a range character types from Riflemen to Snipers and switching randomly between the mouse’s four preset DPI settings. Here, I made maneuvers ranging from quick short jerks to larger crisscross motions and circular movements, watching all the while for glitches or stuttering in my mouse’s movement.

Indeed, the mouse handled superbly in just about every situation, no matter what kind of movement I used, or DPI setting it was in. The sensor tracked my movements perfectly and fluidly, without even the slightest hint of smoothing or stuttering. It seemed to me like its quick responsiveness even helped even out the playing field when I joined overseas servers and was lumped with tedious 300-millisecond pings.

While the wired version of the Haste 2 has an outstanding 8,000Hz polling rate, which allows it to send up to eight times more data per second and reduce latency to 1/8th of a millisecond, the Wireless version gets by with a 1,000Hz polling rate. That being the case, 1,000Hz is still perfectly fine for ultra-fast competitive play—I found I had all the speed and accuracy I needed to win out in most spontaneous firefights.

While the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless’s design is quite compact it will comfortably fit most small- to medium-sized hands. 

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The Haste 2 Wireless’s symmetry and compactness was also a big asset to my play. I was delighted to find it slid around my mat with the same laser-like precision as I saw in the Haste 1 Wireless, which made pinpointing targets exceptionally quick. This was really something I noticed after ditching my mouse pad and playing on tabletops, the extra skates really making an impact on how smooth it moved.

But while I could pinpoint targets as quick as lightning, there seemed a bit of a disconnect in my firing. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not because the Haste 2 Wireless’s buttons lack any responsiveness: they’re impressively quick. It’s just that they’re not as well served by the mouse’s design as some rivals—a point that deserves some explanation….

Although not a huge deal, that did occasionally mean that instead of hitting my target square-on at the kill point, I hit them somewhere less lethal. Could this drawback have affected my K:D ratio? Quite possibly.

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Still, these are just my personal musings. In fact, there will be tons of players that will actually prefer the Haste 2 Wireless’s compact buttons and more symmetrical design.

Surely, in choosing the Haste 2 Wireless over mice with these asymmetrical traits, the upside is you can apply any of the three main grip styles and not have to worry about losing out on any performance. Plus, left-handers will find it a whole lot easier, too.

HyperX’s Ngenuity software

HyperX’s Ngenuity software is the Haste 2 Wireless’s go-to software app, which you can download for free in just a minute from the Microsoft Store. In it you can assign functions to your six programmable buttons, adjust your DPI settings, and make color and effects changes to the mouse’s RGB zone, too.

I mainly used Ngenuity to change DPI settings. You can simply add an additional DPI setting by hitting the + icon at the bottom of the app window, while changing the values of the four default DPI settings is as straightforward as moving sliders. The app also conveniently prompts you when you need firmware updates so there’s no need to sift through HyperX’s official website looking for them.

HyperX’s Ngenuity app showing a visual representation of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless.

Should you buy the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless?

HyperX’s original PulseFire Haste Wireless was one of the best value esports mice you could buy at the time of its release, offering gamers a taste of pro-grade functionality at a reasonable price. A year on, the company has delivered a sequel that, while costing a little more than before, packs in some excellent upgrades whilst amazingly keeping the weight exactly the same.

Unless you need a particular shape of design for your trusty esports rodent or can’t live without tons of RGB or an 8,000Hz Hyperpolling rate, this mouse has everything you could want. It’ll also keep a ton of change in your hip pocket.

All The New Homekit Gear Unveiled At Ces 2023

CES 2023 has brought many new goodies for Apple fans, but one of the most prolific categories has been HomeKit. We saw more than a dozen new HomeKit products debut here, and we rounded them all up into one place.

2024 will bring new HomeKit accessories in all categories, including several new cameras, new buttons and switches, and many faucets.

Check out the video to see them all for yourself, or peruse the list.

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Orbit

Orbit has announced they are bringing HomeKit support to their B-Hyve watering systems. It will first be coming to the B-Hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer and the B-Hyve Indoor Watering System.

The timer and hub will be available throughout the US and Canada this January for $69.99.

Elgato

Elgato has added two products to their Eve lineup. An updated version of the Eve Room, and the new Eve Button.

The Eve Room 2 has a new aluminum body and an e-ink display, while also ditching the AA batteries.

The Eve Button allows you to easily control lights and scenes with the press of a button. Instead of replacing a wall switch, these are movable and have up to three different functions built into them. A single press, a double press, and a long hold.

Kohler

Kohler introduced their new Kohler Konnect program that brings HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant to several of their smart home products.

The first pair of products to support HomeKit include the Kohler Konnect Sensate Faucet and the Kohler Konnect DTV+ Shower System.

The faucet lets you dispense precise amounts of water on your command, and the shower system allows you to set different shower scenes with your lights, temperatures, and more. How handy will it be to tell Siri to start warming up the shower for you?

Moen

Similar to the DTV+ Shower System, HomeKit will be coming to the U by Moen Smart Shower System.

Each user can have their own profile, and you can use Siri and HomeKit to set scenes and control the water/temperature.

Nanoleaf

Nanoleaf’s got a pair of new products set to debut throughout 2023.

The first is the Nanoleaf Remote. This 12-sided dodecahedron is capable of controlling your Nanolead lights. You can twist it clockwise/counterclockwise to increase/decrease the brightness, or switch sides to change the light patterns.

What’s more, since it works with HomeKit, you an use it to trigger any HomeKit scenes you’ve got configured. So that could be your morning scene that opens the garage, raises the blinds, adjusts your thermostat, starts your shower, makes your coffee, and turns the lights on, or any others.

The second is their next generation lighting panel.

These are now square shaped, and touch sensitive. You can press on them to turn them on with a variety of different effects. This new technology will also be coming to their next iteration on the popular Aurora triangle shaped lighting panels.

Koogeek

Koogeek has added a new LED lightship to their lineup.

It can change to millions of colors, and is extendable if you’d like some extra length.

Unlike others, it also has a handy button on the relatively small controller module to turn on and off without your phone.

It is actually available now, though appears out of stock on Amazon.

Abode

Abode has released a new version of the Iota Camera with HomeKit built in, and will retroactively be adding it to their previous Iotas already in customer’s hands.

It has Z-wave, Zigbee, and Abode RF built in to work with a variety of other smart home platforms and accessories. What is really useful, is it can work with a SIM card, and the integrated backup battery to still stream footage even when you lose power.

The iota will be available in the first quarter of 2023 for $329.

Belkin

The new

The new Belkin WeMo Bridge will bring HomeKit support to the variety of WeMo sensors already on the market. This was announced by Belkin some time ago, but it is now finally available.

It is already out, and available on Amazon for $39.99 for WeMo users.

Philips

Philips has announced two new pieces of information for Hue users.

First, they will be working with Razer for new lighting features for Hue. Second, they will be introducing the Hue Entertainment app for your computer. This will allow you to sync whatever is your screen to your Hue lights.

ConnectSense

ConnectSense has updated their fine SmartOutlet to version 2 at CES, bringing with it more reliability, easier remote access, and support for other virtual assistants.

They’ve also announced a new in-wall outlet to make your smart home more seamless, and less reliant on external adapters.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but they are looking to undercut their competitors like iDevices and Elgato, and are targeting a Q3 release this year.

Fibaro

The Button from Fibaro was announced at CES, bringing multi-scene control to this adorable button.

It comes in several different colors, and has a delightful retro look. It is battery-powered so it can be hooked up anywhere.

If you prefer other home platforms, the Z-wave version has up to 7 commands, above the 3 allotted for HomeKit.

It will start shipping in Q1 of this year for $59.99.

Netatmo

Netatmo’s quartet of HomeKit devices includes a smart outdoor camera and light, a smoke detector, a radiator valve, and a thermostat.

The smoke detector was actually announced last year, but has been met with delays. It is finally ready for primetime and will be released soon.

The radiator valve and thermostat also seem to have been around for a little while now and have a similar design aesthetic to one another.

The outdoor spotlight cam is relatively new and started supporting HomeKit just a few weeks ago according to the Netatmo rep I spoke to.

It has a light, as well as a camera, and the camera uses AI to discern between people, pets, etc. We saw a demo of this out at CES and it looked very cool and accurate when detecting people. It also has free storage using the built in SD, dropbox, or your own FTP server.

The outdoor camera joins their other indoor HomeKit camera.

Brinks

If locks are more your speed, Brinks has you covered. They’ve announced pre-order of the Smart Deadbolt, as well as the introduction of the ARRAY Chek lock.

They’ve also previewed the Smart Light that has a camera built in as well.

The Smart Deadbolt is slated for the first half of 2023 for $249, while the rest is expected “sometime” in 2023.

First Alert

What may turn out to be my favorite HomeKit product of 2023 is the OneLink Safe & Sound from First Alert.

This combo smoke and carbon monoxide sensor also includes a premium AirPlay 2 speaker. HomeKit support is included for both sensors, as well as the subtle color LED light that makes it easy to light up hallways at night.

If that wasn’t enough, it has built-in microphones and Amazon’s Alexa. You can literally speak to the smoke detector to control your home, or any other Alexa functions.

When released, it will retail for $249.

iDevices

iDevices has announced a pair of new HomeKit switches for 2023.

The first is a smart ceiling fan switch, that was developed in partnership with their new parent company, Hubble.

Second, the cooler product, is the iDevices Instinct switch. It works as a HomeKit switch, but also has a built-in speaker/microphone set to support Amazon Alexa.

Like the Safe and Sound, you can speak to Alexa for a variety of different functions.

Both products are set to be released this year, though no pricing or date has been announced.

Netgear

HomeKit will also be coming to Netgear’s line of Arlo baby cameras.

Aside from just being a camera, they have several other sensors baked in, and many adorable outfits to make them more kid friendly.

Fortunately, it will be coming to previous models through a firmware update, so there is no need to pick up a new one.

They are currently available on Amazon for $235.

iCreation

iCreation is a new company in the HomeKit world. They have a whole new lineup of homeKit products set to debut in waves, starting with their smart outlet.

It is worth noting that their products do require a bridge, so if that is a dealbreaker, I’d say keep looking.

Their full lineup includes a wall switch, outlet, motion sensor, water sensor, contact sensor, temperature sensor, smoke detector, carbon monoxide sensor, and two separate locks.

Their first products are set to hit shelves early this year.

Wrap up show

That brings us to the end of our HomeKit product list from CES 2023. There is well over two dozen HomeKit accessories ready to hit the market throughout this year, and we are happy to be covering them.

It is an exciting time to be scouting new HomeKit accessories, and I’m sure more products will be unveiled throughout the year. This seems to be the year that HomeKit hits its stride with a record number of new products on the horizon.

It remains to be seen for sure, but right now, I think I am most looking forward to the Safe + Sound from First Alert, as it appears to be a truly unique product we haven’t seen in the past. Plus, it is one of few AirPlay 2 speakers ready to hit the market!

Be sure to check out all our other CES 2023 coverage. 

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