Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

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Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.

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Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit review: Security lighting on the cheap—except for all those batteries

The all-plastic construction has us wondering about longevity, but the price (and the hooks into the broader Ring ecosystem) can’t be beat.

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Ecobee’s fifth-generation SmartThermostat with voice control is available now

The company says its combination thermostat/Alexa smart speaker will have a more powerful processor and speaker, plus dual-band Wi-Fi.

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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 could kneecap the Google Nest Hub

Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.

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Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

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RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.

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The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.

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Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

The one-touch access to your favorite Sonos playlist or Hue lighting scene is fun—for the first few days.

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Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

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Logitech Harmony Express universal remote control review: Practical, but not perfect

It's not the be-all, end-all of universal remote controls, but it's plenty powerful for most people's needs—and Alexa is onboard.

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IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

The Swedish furniture maker also partnered with Sonos to build a low-cost wireless bookshelf speaker.

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Array by Hampton smart deadbolt review: It solves the battery problem, but falls short on integration

An onboard solar panel keeps the battery topped off, but you can’t use this smart lock with any smart home hub.

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