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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Friday Lock review: A competitor to the August retrofit smart lock arrives at last

The Friday Lock wins on looks, but loses big on features.

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Ikea Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit reviews: Does the megastore deliver on smart lighting?

Ikea's Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit blend the Swedish retailer's confounding instruction style with average smart-lighting abilities.

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GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub Gen 3 review: A pricey sprinkler with some unique add-ons

Want to control watering, fertilizing, and lighting from a single device? Meet GreenIQ.

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Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller review: It’s just the basics for this smart irrigation device

The second generation of Blossom strips out features, simplifies watering, and drops the price.

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Rain Bird ST8I-WIFI Smart Irrigation Timer/Controller review: A major irrigation player finally goes “smart”

Rain Bird’s first generation smart sprinkler still has some growing to do. Just like your lawn!

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Orbit B-hyve Wifi Sprinkler Timer review: Two ways to control your watering system

With onboard manual controls, B-hyve adds flexibility, but at the expense of simplicity.

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August Smart Lock Pro and Smart Lock 3rd Generation reviews: The best retrofit lock gets incrementally smarter

But we can't recommend the second and less-expensive new model.

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WiZ Connected Lights Color A E26 Light Kit review: Wi-Fi smart bulbs on a budget

This new smart lighting player offers plenty of flexibility at a price that makes sense.

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Sylvania Smart+ Color Light Bulb review: Supports HomeKit, ditches hub

Smart+ earns bonus points for seamless setup, but loses marks for buggy controls and poor responsiveness.

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Oomi Home review: Semi-smarten your home, at a steep price

This smart home kit doesn’t come cheap, and it doesn’t do much, either.

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Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (Generation 2) review: Watering the lawn gets smart

This powerful irrigation controller ensures the grass truly is greener with smart and savvy features.

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Kwikset Premis review: A capable smart lock for iOS users

Kwikset Premis review: A capable smart lock for iOS users

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Yale Real Living T1L review: A good choice for pairing with a Z-Wave smart-home hub

If Bluetooth’s not your bag, here’s one way to incorporate your door locks into your smart home.

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Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 02 review: A smart lock work-in-progress

It looks good, but it needs fine-tuning.

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Yale Real Living Assure Lock review: An atypically poor effort from a leading manufacturer

This Bluetooth-only smart deadbolt is a distant also-ran.