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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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?

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation

With a crack fingerprint reader and a capable app, this smart lock ultimately overcomes its setup difficulties.

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Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera

A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

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Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera review: This jumble of components won’t work for everyone

Adding the Netatmo Smart Siren and Netatmo Smart Door and Window Sensors to a Netatmo Indoor Camera yields a somewhat simple home security system.

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Luke Roberts Model F Smart Pendant Lamp review: A pricey, high-end smart light with a bevy of configuration options

It’s Bluetooth-only, however, so you can’t integrate it into the rest of your smart home.

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Philips Hue Smart Button review: Drop a switch for your Hue lights just about anywhere

This toggle button is surprisingly capable, but it can’t control other smart lighting systems.

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Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

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Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED review: You don’t need a bridge to operate this line of smart bulbs

The bulbs are fine, but the Wiz Connected app isn’t nearly as polished as its Philips Hue stablemate.

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Legrand Smart Tru-Universal review: DIY controllers from a manufacturer that more typically caters to custom installers

These smart dimmers and smart plugs are HomeKit compatible, but you can control any of them with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

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LIFX Candle Color review: This is the first multicolor-tunable light bulb (but it's only available with a candelabra base)

Want eight colors from your lamp—at the same time? LIFX has you covered.

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SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

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Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

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iRealm Smart Plug 2.0 review: This smart home gadget lacks any redeeming features

Here’s a textbook case of how not to build a smart home product.

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Delaney Smartlock & Video Camera and Bridging Hub review: A home security bundle not ready for prime time

These two also-ran smart-home products form a mediocre bundle.