Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price

The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor review: Wyze enters the world of outdoor security with a dirt-cheap camera

Ruggedized for the elements, battery-powered—and priced at just $50.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review: The best-known retrofit smart lock gets Wi-Fi—and shrinks its footprint

Despite a rocky wireless implementation, August cements its place as one of the top smart lock contenders.

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Lockly Vision review: A smart lock and a video doorbell in one well-made device

This monolithic smart lock successfully brings two worlds together.

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Eufy Security Smart Lock Touch review: Eufy’s first smart lock is a little too rough around the edges

A buggy fingerprint reader spoils Eufy’s biggest selling point.

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SmartDry laundry sensor review: This quick fix can make your old, dumb clothes dryer smart(er)

This inexpensive wireless sensor can reduce the amount of energy your home consumes drying your laundry.

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Rachio 3e Smart Sprinkler Controller review: A budget version from the market leader

The new budget-priced smart sprinkler controller from Rachio is a great value if don't need to irrigate more than eight zones. It's too early to judge Rachio's new Thrive fertilizer service.

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Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

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Tips and best practices for optimizing your smart home

Looking to build out a smart home? These 12 key pieces of advice will turn you into a master.

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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review: A new excuse to party by the pool

This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and it can sync up with up to 100 others of the same make and model.

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Anker Soundcore Wakey bedside speaker review: Booming audio, with a side of wireless charging

Use your Apple or Samsung smartphone to configure this Bluetooth speaker, then drop it on top to charge it.

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Treatlife Smart Dimmer review: A generic switch with generic performance

The good news is that adding this Wi-Fi switch to your smart home won't cost much.

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Morel Högtalare Bluetooth speaker review: High-end audio meets Ikea design

This dual-tweeter wireless loudspeaker blends in with your décor and it kills it in the quality department, too.

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How to prepare your home for emergencies (like the one we’re going through right now)

These 15 tips will raise your home preparedness game and fortify your defenses against, well, just about anything.

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