Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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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Crowd-funded Abode Systems mostly sold to an Italian home-automation group

Nice S.p.A buys a majority stake in the smart home security startup, but Abode System's founders retain a 25-percent ownership position.

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Q Acoustics Concept 20 loudspeaker review: These gorgeous bookshelf speakers sound positively divine

A box-within-a-box design contributes to a delightfully impressively sonic signature.

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Airviz Speck indoor air-quality monitor review: It’s great, as far as it goes

This handy device measures levels of particulate matter in your home’s air, and that’s pretty much it.

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Maximus Camera Floodlight review: Brand X is trying harder

It's cheaper than the Ring Floodight Cam and offers some benefits that camera doesn't.

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Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office

A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.

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SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power

This outlet cover lets you charge two devices at once, or one device twice as fast as the original.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.

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SnapPower SwitchLight review: Better than any nightlight

Don’t stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.

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66 Audio Pro Voice wireless headphones review: Alexa moves out of the smart home

Wearing these on-ear cans is like strapping a pair of Echos to your head.

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Google Home Max review: This is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

But Sonos might have more to fear than Amazon (ditto for Apple).

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The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First Alert?

Showgoers were doing double takes when they saw the smoke-alarm manufacturer exhibiting routers—and smart speakers—at its booth at CES.

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The best smart home products of 2017

These are the smart home hubs, thermostats, speakers, smart locks, lighting controls, security cameras, and routers that will dominate early 2018 and beyond.

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: Great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

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