Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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.

Best Bluetooth speaker

Best Bluetooth speakers

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

Smart Remote

The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.

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Netatmo Presence review: This outdoor home security camera/floodlight justifies its high price tag

It costs almost twice as much as some of its closest competitors, but you’ll only pay once because there are no subscription fees.

LampChamp

LampChamp light-socket USB charger review: It’s kinda handy

This gadget turns most any lamp into a readily accessible USB charger.

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Roost Smart Smoke Alarm RSA-400 review: It’s all about that battery

This 4-in-1 smoke detector comes with a smart back-up battery, but that’s as high as it raises the bar.

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Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls

Own an Echo and a Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote? You can now control your entertainment system with voice commands.

Google Wifi

Google's Wifi deploys several small routers to blanket your home with Wi-Fi

Surprisingly few details have been revealed about Google's $129 wireless router, despite the company's plans to take preorders in November and deliver it in December.

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Google Home is set to battle Amazon's Echo for voice control of the smart home

You can pre-order Google's voice assistant now for delivery on November 4.

Canary Flex

Canary spreads its wings with a weatherproof security camera, new accessories and services

The battery-powered Canary Flex can operate truly wire free, and a new membership benefit could reimburse up to $1000 of your insurance deductible in the event of a break-in.

Amazon Alexa lighting

10 smart light bulbs that work with Amazon Echo and its virtual assistant, Alexa

Here’s how an Amazon Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot can light up your smart home.

Glance Clock

The Glance Clock promises to change your concept of timekeeping

This analog/digital hybrid only looks like a classic wall clock.

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Cree A19 soft-white dimmable LED bulb review: Great light and perfect dimming

These dumb bulbs are perfect for smart lighting.

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Enclave Audio CineHome HD review: Plenty of bang for the home theater buck

The 'wire-free' claim is a wee bit overblown, but that doesn't mean this system isn't a good value.