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.

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Grillbot grill-cleaning robot review: The best thing to happen to barbecues since fire

Technology relieves mankind of yet another unpleasant task.

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Securifi Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System review: An okay router bolted to a strong smart home hub

There are better mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, but none with a strong smart home hub built in.

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Best wireless router

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.

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TP-Link Deco M5 router review: This mesh network comes with a side of antivirus

Much more than a me-too product, the Deco M5 delivers both innovation and performance.

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Sanus Swiveling TV Base for Playbase review: The perfect playmate for your Playbase

We all aspire to hang our TVs on the wall, but most of us will never get ours off the furniture.

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Sonos Playbase review: Oddly enough, it sounds better playing music than movie soundtracks

The Playbase fits conveniently under your TV, but it’s not the best home theater speaker we’ve heard.

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New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker’s footprint in the smart home

Vivint, Wink, and 11 other other brands add ‘OK Google’ to their vocabularies.

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Netgear expands its Orbi Wi-Fi system into a product family, adding two less-expensive models

For one SKU, the router manufacturer shrunk its satellite to fit a wall plug.

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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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Vifa Oslo portable Bluetooth speaker review: A Danish delight for the deep-pocketed

Vifa's Bluetooth mobile sound system offers a luxurious design and fabulous sound for its fat price.

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Logitech ZeroTouch review: This Android smartphone holder puts Amazon's Alexa in your car

Anything you can do with an Amazon Echo inside your home you can now do with your Android phone inside your car.

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Smart bulbs that work with Amazon's Alexa

Here’s how Amazon's digital assistant can light up your smart home.

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Como Audio Duetto radio review: Retro done right

The tabletop radio might seem like a relic of the past, but this one delivers every modern convenience and high-fidelity sound, too.

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The new Sonos Playbase is an amazingly thin speaker for flat-screen TVs

The $699 Playbase packs 10 drivers and 10 discrete amplifiers into a cabinet that’s just 2.28 inches high.

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SnapPower Safelight review: Better than the original in more ways than one

We offered one suggestion for improving the Guidelight, SnapPower made four to build the Safelight.