Michael BrownSenior Editor, PCWorld

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Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive property, which is focused on the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He's an early adopter of connected-home technology, having built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews home-networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Sound Blaster E5

Sound Blaster E5 review: This portable DAC and headphone amp is an audio powerhouse

The sound card is becoming a distant memory, but quality audio never goes out of style.

D-Link Connected Home Platform

D-Link Connected Home Platform review: This is no way to build a smart home

This smart-home system is built on a shaky foundation.

on techhive.com

Sound Blaster X7

Sound Blaster X7 preview: Creative Labs aims to make PC audio interesting again

The sound card pioneer launches a whole new family of USB audio devices and headphone amps at IFA.

on pcworld.com

Netgear Nighthawk X6

Netgear's Nighthawk X6 router packs 6 antennas, 3 Wi-Fi radios, and 802.11ac

Asus was first to announce, but it looks like Netgear will be first to market.

PowerCube Extended USB

PowerCube Extended USB review: Quirky and efficient, but no surge protection

My search for the perfect power strip continues.

Coalesse Free Stand

Coalesse Free Stand review: The perfect desk for the work-at-home stiff

This impeccably designed work surface helps you get the job done in the most casual spaces.

Travel Routers

Review: 6 new travel routers that can deploy a secure Wi-Fi network almost anywhere

We've evaluated a half-dozen models and will help you find the one that's right for your needs.

D-Link DIR510L travel router

D-Link DIR-510L travel router review: Feature packed, but not the fastest

Best-of-breed features, with a price tag to match

Netgear Trek travel router

Netgear Trek PR2000 travel router review: Fast and very inexpensive

It’s a couple features short, but it has a great price-to-performance ratio.

TP-Link TL-MR3040 travel router

TP-Link TL-MR3040 travel router review: It packs light

When inches and ounces matter, this is the travel router to buy.

Asus WL-330NUL travel router

Asus WL-330NUL travel router review: The world’s tiniest, temporarily insecure router

It’s remarkably small, but that’s its only claim to fame.

Trendnet TEW-714tru travel router

Trendnet TEW-714TRU travel router review: This device has one great feature

World travelers will appreciate this router’s interchangeable power tips.

TP-Link TL-WR710N travel router

TP-Link TL-WR710N travel router review: Featurific, but lacking in performance

This compact travel router is versatile enough; it’s just not fast enough.

Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router

Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router review: Faster than anything we’ve tested

Don’t let the retro design fool you: This puppy’s a speed demon.

on pcworld.com

Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys announces the audacious-looking WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi router

Industrial design recalls that of iconic WRT54G, first introduced in 2002.