Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

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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.

Nest Secure

Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest’s sleek—yet limited—security offering.

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LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

This smart lighting kit will give your walls some dynamic visual flair.

skylinknet alarm system starter kit plus

SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit Plus review: Built by techies, for techies

It’s short on handholding, but SkylinkNet’s SK-250 kit is a good-enough security offering (though not recommended for beginners).

lifx mini series primary

LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

We like the color-tunable bulb best, but all three are good values.

Samsung SmartThings primary

Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business

With massive device support and a simple interface, it’s hard to beat SmartThings to anchor your smart home.

Fibaro smart plug

Fibaro Wall Plug with USB review: Does light make right?

This pricey smart plug offers ground effects and solid energy-monitoring features.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

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Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

GE smart lighting controls

GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

Notiom sensors starter kit

Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

Brightswitch on the wall

Brightswitch review: This light switch plus Android smartphone adds up to a mess

You can watch YouTube on a light switch, not that you’ll want to.

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader

With onboard controls and cleaner connectors, this sprinkler system is better than ever.

Lutron Caseta two switch starter kit

Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit review: This capable kit includes physical remote controls

The included Wi-Fi bridge can also control Lutron’s Serena motorized window shades.

tabs home health security kit

TrackNet Tabs review: Security and location tracking in one very capable system

A slick mobile app powers both a solid security offering and an impressive locator system.