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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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review: A new excuse to party by the pool

This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and it can sync up with up to 100 others of the same make and model.

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Anker Soundcore Wakey bedside speaker review: Booming audio, with a side of wireless charging

Use your Apple or Samsung smartphone to configure this Bluetooth speaker, then drop it on top to charge it.

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Treatlife Smart Dimmer review: A generic switch with generic performance

The good news is that adding this Wi-Fi switch to your smart home won't cost much.

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Morel Högtalare Bluetooth speaker review: High-end audio meets Ikea design

This dual-tweeter wireless loudspeaker blends in with your décor and it kills it in the quality department, too.

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How to prepare your home for emergencies (like the one we’re going through right now)

These 15 tips will raise your home preparedness game and fortify your defenses against, well, just about anything.

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iSmartgate Pro review: This smart garage door opener fails to deliver on its big promises

This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.

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Securam Touch smart lock review: It might look more at home on a military base, but this fingerprint reader-equipped lock offers solid security

A high price tag and a rough-around-the-edges app keep Securam’s first consumer lock from being a runaway success.

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Noon Lighting System review: It’s the very best smart switch for your home, and it’s priced accordingly

The ability to create scenes using your room’s lighting is positively magical.

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Deako Smart Lighting System review: Modular hardware delivers incredible flexibility, but at a steep price

It’s a compelling concept, even if it isn’t as sophisticated as some other high-end lighting systems we’ve evaluated.

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Wyze Lock review: This ultra-affordable smart deadbolt converter covers the basics well

Convert your dumb deadbolt into a Wi-Fi-connected smart lock for less.

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

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Minut Smart Home Alarm review: This impressive, low-cost home security system emphasizes privacy

It’s non-invasive because it operates by detecting body heat instead of relying on cameras, and it’s inexpensive because it doesn’t depend on your deploying sensors all over the house.

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Aqara Smart Home Starter Kit review: This muddy smart home kit has a glimmer of promise

This bare-bones, but budget-friendly kit covers just the basics and is very weak in terms of home security.

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Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology

If you have the patience for delving into user forums if you need help, Garadget is worth a look.