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Michael manages PCWorld's hardware product reviews and contributes to TechHive's coverage of home-control systems and sound bars.

Sound Blaster X7

Sound Blaster X7 review: Audiophile performance without the audiophile price

You name it, the X7 can do it: It's a high-end DAC, headphone amp, USB audio device, digital amplifier, recorder, Bluetooth host, and more.

Roost Smart Battery

Roost Smart Battery blows past its Kickstarter goal

It seems people dig the idea of a battery that can alert you when your smoke alarm goes off (and before it starts chirping).

WeMo Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker review: Can WeMo help brew a better cup o’ Joe?

This drip coffee maker connects to your Wi-Fi network, but it can't interact with other WeMo devices.

Aqaunta water heater controller

The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

Heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity inside your home. This box can turn your dumb water heater into a smart appliance.

Samsung Shape M7 speaker

Samsung Shape M7 Wireless Audio Speaker review: A solid multi-room audio system

This isn't a Sonos killer by any means, but Samsung's product line is worth your consideration.

Eclipse TD-M1 wireless speakers

Eclipse TD-M1 review: These $1300 wireless speakers excel as near-field monitors

Who knew Fujitsu made high-end speakers? These egg-shaped models pack the tech, but their performance falls short of the mark in some areas.

SkreensTV

SkreensTV promises to render picture-in-picture mode useful

Remember that TV feature you used once, when your set was brand new? This box is everything you thought PiP would be, and a whole more.

Comcast Xfinity X1

Comcast could deliver its new Xfinity X1 TV independent of its Internet service. But it won’t

Cable giant says it can deliver all its TV services from the cloud, but don’t expect to see X1 on anyone’s pipes but Comcast’s.

Z-Wave light bulb

Linear to bring LED light bulbs into the Z-Wave ecosystem

Changing a light bulb is easier than installing a new switch. Will it be cheaper, too?

Netgear Arlo security camera

Netgear’s Arlo wireless security cameras to be the foundation of a new smart-home platform

Weatherized, battery-powered cameras will eventually tie into other connected-home systems.

BeOn LED smart light bulbs

BeOn Burglar Deterrent uses smart LED light bulbs to deter home break-ins

When you’re away from home, this security system responds to your doorbell by mimicking your at-home lighting usage.

Ruckus Xclaim

Ruckus hopes to raise a rumpus in the small-business Wi-Fi market

Already a major player in the SMB networking space, Ruckus now wants to grab a slice of the small office/home office pie.

Razer Leviathan

Razer reveals feature-packed Leviathan sound bar and subwoofer

Company best known for gaming laptops and peripherals returns to the speaker market.

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage review: Amazon’s e-reader is too good to be merely a Paperwhite 2

The Kindle Voyage delivers higher resolution, new page-turn tech, improved contrast, smoother glass, and other improvements you didn’t know you wanted.

Nest acquires Revolv and immediately stops sales of one of the top smart-home hubs

This is great news on the one hand, and a sad turn of events on the other.