John BrandonFreelance Writer, TechHive

John Brandon is a respected technologist, product tester, car enthusiast and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8500 articles, many of them for Computerworld.com, TechHive.com, Macworld and other IDG entities.

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Sleep Number i8

Sleep Number i8 mattress review: Trial and error eventually leads to better sleep

This semi-adjustable bed lets you experiment with mattress softness to get a better night sleep. Guess what? It works.

ClarityLife Ensemble

ClarityLife Ensemble review: A phone that can keep seniors connected

You might call it a smart land-line phone.

GrandPad Senior Tablet

GrandPad Senior Tablet review: This easy-to-use device can help families stay connected

The GrandPad is as much a service as it a product. And while its appeal is narrow, it serves its niche exceptionally well.

Kingsdown Sleep Smart Intuitive

Kingsdown Sleep Smart Intuitive review: Paying a king’s ransom to sleep like a king

Sleep monitors report how well you slept. This sleep-monitoring mattress actively helps you sleep better.

Evermind

Evermind review: This minimally intrusive system for monitoring your elderly parent needs to do more

The hardware costs $199, but you’ll also need to pay $29 per month for the service.

Samsung UN65HU9000

Samsung UN65HU9000 curved HDTV review: 65 inches of luscious; but LCD doesn't beat OLED

If money is no object, OLED technology looks better than LCD. But how many of us can honestly say money is no object?

LG 55EC9300

LG 55EC9300 curved OLED HDTV review: Stunning image quality, but no 4K

Despite the absence of 4K support, I found no trouble with this curve.

Honeywell Lyric thermostat

Honeywell Lyric review: This smart thermostat needs to wise up

Yep, it resembles the Nest. Nope, it doesn’t perform like it.

Blunt XS Metro + Tile umbrella

Blunt XS Metro + Tile Umbrella review: The bumbershoot joins the Internet of Things

Bluetooth low energy technology makes this accessory hard to lose track of.

Review: WeMo-enabled Holmes Smart Humidifier is the go-to gadget for flu season

Breathe easier without having to get up and fiddle with a knob. Smartphone notifications when the filter needs changing are pretty smart too.

Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Blu-ray Discs are growing in popularity--but how long until streaming surpasses them?