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.

Vifa Oslo

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.

Logitech ZeroTouch

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.

Amazon Alexa lighting

Smart bulbs that work with Amazon's Alexa

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

Duetto clock

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.

Sonos playbase white

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.

snappower safelight stairs

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.

Schlage Echo Wink

Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale smart locks gain Alexa skills

If you have the right lock and a smart home hub, you’ll soon be able to say, “Alexa, lock my door.”

roost water leak

Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector review: One feature short of perfection

Roost's Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector is a great leak detector today, and an upcoming accessory could render it our top pick.

Vizio Crave 360

Vizio SmartCast Crave 360 speaker review: Great features, but mediocre sound

There’s plenty of value in this battery-powered speaker, which includes both Chromecast and Bluetooth tech, but its audio performance fails to excite.

Ubiquiti Amplifi

Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: A different take on the mesh network

This cube-shaped router with a round touchscreen display is pretty enough, but it’s not the best performer in its price class.

Brilliant control menu

Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

If the real thing is as good as the demo, every smart-home owner will want to install these all over the house.

ZeroTouch with Alexa

Logitech adds Amazon’s Alexa skills to its ZeroTouch voice-control smartphone mount

Logitech's upgraded its ZeroTouch smartphone car mountThe new feature let you control your smart-home devices with voice commands, whether or not you have an Echo at home.

Netgear Orbi and satellite

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It's not a mesh network, but it's good enough you won't care

Orbi satellites communicate with the router, not with each other; but 4x4 backhaul enabled best-in-class performance in most of our benchmarks.

Sprint Tidal

Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.