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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The best smart garage door controllers deliver convenience and peace of mind

Even if you use your garage only as an oversized storage locker, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a smart controller for your existing garage door opener.

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Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub (model MYQ-G0401) review: A modest upgrade to an essential gadget

There’s no need to upgrade from existing myQ systems, but this version maintains its top-shelf position.

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Brilliant Smart Dimmer Switch review: A simple addition to a luxe smart home system

This dimmer depends on the presence of at least one Brilliant Control panel inside your home, but the system’s reliance on a Bluetooth mesh network is a weakness.

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Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker review: Compact, powerful, and weather-resistant

This portable speaker has your summer picnic covered.

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Jasco Enbrighten Z-Wave No-Neutral Smart Dimmer review: This three-wire dimmer is too quirky to recommend

Jasco’s latest dimmer left us with a decidedly dim bulb.

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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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Blueair HealthProtect 7410i air purifier review: A silent operator for scrubbing your air

Ultra-quiet operation is this imposing purifier’s greatest strength.

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X-Sense XS01-WT Wi-Fi smoke alarm review: A svelte smoke alarm with IoT features

It’s smart enough, but its low price is its biggest selling point.

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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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Soliom S600 Solar Security Camera review: Home security, powered by the sun

If you don’t mind its monster size, this camera can fill a certain need.

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Pleco Smart Water Watch review: Want to track your water usage? Look elsewhere

This science project-turned-commercial device is a mess.

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SwitchBot Curtain review: Transform your dumb drapes into smart curtains

This surprisingly inexpensive gadget lends an air of sophistication to your window coverings.

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EZVIZ smart plug reviews: The T30-10A and T30-10B tell us EZVIZ is better at building security cams than smart plugs

These app for controlling these generic-plus Wi-Fi smart home devices need more polish before we can fully recommend either of them.

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NuWave OxyPure Smart Air Purifier review: This monstrous purifier scrubs the air in large rooms

It’s even been shown to be effective against coronavirus.

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Tronsmart Mega Pro Bluetooth speaker review: Big bass, small price tag

This powerful Bluetooth speaker isn't much to look at it, but it delivers a knock-out performance.