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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Halo+ Smart Smoke & CO Alarm with Weather Alerts review: A pricey alternative to the Nest Protect

This smoke detector packs all the bells, whistles, and a weather radio, too.

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Nest Protect review: No-nonsense “smart” smoke and carbon-monoxide detection

The best smart smoke detector on the market is also the most expensive.

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Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb review: Alexa-ready and budget-friendly smart lighting from Anker

Available in tunable- or fixed-white models, these smart bulbs deliver quality lighting at low prices.

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Feit IntelliBulb Battery Backup review: The light bulb that can’t go out

With a built-in battery, it’s a perfect bulb for always-on applications.

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Cree BR30 and R20 Replacement Floods review: Very bright LED bulbs for canister environments

These LED bulbs deliver mega lumens for cans in high ceilings.

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Friday Lock review: A competitor to the August retrofit smart lock arrives at last

Friday Labs' debut smart lock makes a positive first impression, but in use it comes across as undercooked.

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Ikea Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit reviews: Does the megastore deliver on smart lighting?

Ikea's Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit blend the Swedish retailer's confounding instruction style with average smart-lighting abilities.

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Rain Bird ST8I-WIFI Smart Irrigation Timer/Controller review: A major irrigation player finally goes “smart”

Rain Bird’s first generation smart sprinkler still has some growing to do. Just like your lawn!

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Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller review: It’s just the basics for this smart irrigation device

The second generation of Blossom strips out features, simplifies watering, and drops the price.

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GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub Gen 3 review: A pricey sprinkler with some unique add-ons

Want to control watering, fertilizing, and lighting from a single device? Meet GreenIQ.

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Orbit B-hyve Wifi Sprinkler Timer review: Two ways to control your watering system

With onboard manual controls, B-hyve adds flexibility, but at the expense of simplicity.

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August Smart Lock Pro and Smart Lock 3rd Generation reviews: The best retrofit lock gets incrementally smarter

But we can't recommend the second and less-expensive new model.

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WiZ Connected Lights Color A E26 Light Kit review: Wi-Fi smart bulbs on a budget

This new smart lighting player offers plenty of flexibility at a price that makes sense.

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Sylvania Smart+ Color Light Bulb review: Supports HomeKit, ditches hub

Smart+ earns bonus points for seamless setup, but loses marks for buggy controls and poor responsiveness.

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Oomi Home review: Semi-smarten your home, at a steep price

This smart home kit doesn’t come cheap, and it doesn’t do much, either.