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CNET First Look
Sentri's confusing security system doesn't quite translateThe $299 Sentri security system may offer innovative design, but its touchscreen interface doesn't actually add much value.
[MUSIC] So it may not look like it, but this is actually a home security system. It first launched on Kickstarter and had a lot of enthusiasm surrounding it. Mainly because it looks really different than most security devices that we tested out. it has a vaguely tablet shape, it has a built in 720p camera, and a bunch of environmental sensors. The thing that really sets it apart is its design. Again, it looks different than most security systems that I've tested. It has an actual interactive interface. Instead of just a static camera that you can't interface with. This device also has a related Android and iOS app so you can access live streams remotely and even set up third-party devices including Belkin [UNKNOWN] products, Phillips Hugh, and [UNKNOWN] thermostat. While I appreciate the innovative approach Approach the Century team took with this product. It loses something in translation most people do not want an aesthetic devise you have to interface with just while their sitting on their couch. They want something that they can take with them and even though Century does offer a android and IOS app as well this thing cost a lot it is $299 bucks. So, that is a lot to spend on this sort of secondary interface that you probably I could, however, see this product working out for someone who wants a connected smartphone-style device but doesn't actually like smartphones or smart apps. Otherwise, I would suggest skipping this device entirely and focusing instead on something like Icontrol's hyper-class. [UNKNOWN] cameras. They're very similar, they cost a little bit less and they just perform better overall. [MUSIC]