Mail call was a fun one yesterday, boys and girls. You know that’s saying a lot because I’ve got a ton of cool stuff in the mail lately. I’m slowly but surely gathering the devices I need to make my home “smart”, and for my roundup of “The Best Smart Home Devices of 2017”. The latest piece of the puzzle, the “abode” Professional-grade Home Security & Automation System, just got here today.

Peep the unboxing video above to see what comes with the abode.

Now, as I said in the video, I’m not too familiar with the abode (sic) just yet. I was asked to review the device, and I agreed, but I haven’t had much time to do my homework on it since then. I’ve been playing catch-up since our site redesign went live the other day, so I had a few reviews I needed to get out ASAP.

That said, I’m just about caught up, aside from the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, the Philips Hue Starter Kit, and a few smaller accessories I still need to dig in on. Just in time for the next wave to begin!

If you’d like more info on this awesome DIY home security system while you’re waiting on my full review, head over to the manufacturer’s website for all the 411. I’m going to start setting this baby up, while you’re doing that.

I’ll be sure to take photos and video of the device in action. ‘Til then, what are your initial thoughts on the abode? At $299 for the starter kit, is this something you could see yourself buying for your own home?

Also, be sure to hit us in the comment thread with any questions you may have about the abode. I’ll do my best to answer them in my final review.

Happy Hump Day!