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.

Adobe Essentials

Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This entry-level smart home hub continues to evolve

With Cue, Abode takes another step toward broadening the appeal of its security-focused smart home system.

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Cove Home Security review: In search of the simplest security system

This is one of the least-expensive home security systems we've encountered (you have the option of paying nothing up front), but it can't integrate other smart home devices—including home security cameras.

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Logitech Harmony Elite review: The top of the line in universal remotes

Logitech's Harmony Elite is the premier universal remote for smart home and entertainment enthusiasts.

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Logitech Harmony Companion review: Enhancing the Logitech Hub with a simple, physical remote

Logitech's Harmony Companion extends the power of the standalone Harmony Hub, and is a good value for users with basic entertainment and smart-home needs.

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Logitech Harmony Hub review: The essential kit for turning your phone into a TV remote

Logitech's Harmony Hub is like a command center for your various home entertainment gear and smart home appliances, which you can control using your phone or Alexa voice commands.

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Logitech Harmony 350 review: Only the basics in a universal remote

Logitech's Harmony 350 universal remote is amazingly affordable at less than $40 retail, but a powerful upgrade isn’t much more costly.

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Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone remote for most environments

Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.

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Caavo Control Center review: This universal remote unifies not just your devices but your streaming services, too

By dropping a new piece of hardware into your entertainment center, Caavo aims to truly unite the lot of it.

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LifeShield Home Security Advantage review: The whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts

Setup headaches and operational flubs dampen our enthusiasm for this professionally monitored security system’s minimal price tag.

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Honeywell Home Smart Home Security Starter Kit review: Is this super-simple security system worth the big bucks?

With no professional monitoring option and a sky-high price tag, this alarm system won’t be for everyone.

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Brilliant Control review: Impressive blend of switch and smart home controller, but there’s room for improvement

Still using toggles to turn on the lights? Try this sleek touch panel instead.

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iDevices Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet review: Smart home control—no hub required

These platform-agnostic in-wall devices look good and work with a wide range of voice assistants.

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Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

While the design feels like a beta, this ingenious product raises the bar of what smart locks can do.

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Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional

A certain degree of pride comes with building out your own smart home, but there’s no shame in hiring a pro.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.