Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Emporia Vue energy monitor review: Understand your home’s energy consumption without breaking the bank

The Emporia Vue gives great insight on your home's carbon footprint by monitoring how it consumes electricity.

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Bulbrite Solana color-changing A19 smart bulb review: A fair generic built for Wi-Fi

An immature app keeps Bulbrite's color-changing smart bulb from meriting a strong recommendation.

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Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive

This garage door controller Wi-Fi retrofit kit has some advanced features, but that might not be enough to justify its high price tag.

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Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

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Best universal remote control

Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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Kleverness Smart Lighting review: This hub-based lighting system is unfinished and expensive

Smart light switches and dimmers are often superior to smart light bulbs, but the Kleverness system is most certainly not.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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Friday Smart Lock review: After changing hands, Friday is relaunched with one key upgrade

An innovative smart lock re-emerges under new ownership, but some of this revised product's flaws remain in place.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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Yale Assure Lever with Connected by August review: Yale lets you ditch its own app for August’s

Alas, Yale’s hardware and August’s wireless technology make for truly unhappy bedfellows.

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Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub review: The smart garage controller to beat is also the least expensive

This wire-free smart controller doesn’t just work well, it’s also priced to move (just be aware of the cost to control a second door opener).

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Philips Hue Smart Plug review: Just the basics, except for the price tag

Is the Philips brand name worth double the price for a commodity smart plug?