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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C by GE Smart Plug review: A simple Wi-Fi plug in the widening C by GE ecosystem

This on/off plug ties in well with C by GE in-wall switches, bulbs, and other smart lighting products.

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C by GE 3-wire Smart Dimmer review: You won’t need a neutral wire to install this Wi-Fi dimmer

Even better, numerous C by GE products—smart bulbs, switches, and plugs—can work together, no matter what your wiring looks like.

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C by GE 4-wire Motion Sensing+Dimmer review: GE stuffs this smart switch full of features

But do motion sensing, light sensing, and dimmer features justify the hefty price tag?

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Orbit B-hyve XR sprinkler timer review: One of the best smart irrigation systems

It’s not perfect, but the B-hyve XR is both flexible and reasonably priced.

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X-Sense Mini wireless interconnected smoke detector review: This tiny alarm networks with up to 24 others

It’s not a “smart” smoke alarm, per se, but it does offer solid protection on a budget.

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Yardian Pro smart sprinkler controller review: This stylish watering system has a steep learning curve

Usability isn’t this smart irrigation system’s strong point, but it gets water where it needs to be in your landscaping.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

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Peace by Hampton smart plug review: This ultra-cheap smart plug offers no surprises

This Best Buy exclusive hits the market at about $9.50 a pop (in a $18.99 two-pack; they're $9.99 each if purchased individually).

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Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) review: Good sound, plus a Zigbee smart-home hub for the win

If you can forgo Z-Wave smart-home devices, this is the smart speaker to buy (but that calculation could change soon).

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Braumm Smart WiFi Outdoor Outlet review: This undercooked outlet isn’t worth your trouble

This inexpensive outdoor plug is no smart-home bargain.

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Treatlife 3-Way Smart Dimmer DS02 review: Still easy on the wallet, but now with 3-way circuit support

The companion app for Treatlife's Wi-Fi dimmer, however, is as primitive as ever.

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Enbrighten Zigbee Plug-In Smart Dimmer review: Its hefty size is offset by its ability to control two lamps at once

This dual smart plug is a solid alternative to dimmable smart bulbs, especially in fixtures with multiple sockets.

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LiftMaster myQ Smart Garage Camera review: The magnetic mount is nifty. The price tag? Not so much

myQ needs to revisit its service plan prices to make this garage-centric camera more appealing.

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Eufy Security EufyCam 2 Pro 2K review: A solid boost in video quality (but nothing else) in this Best Buy exclusive

The Pro upgrade takes Eufy’s indoor/outdoor cam kit to nearly 3 megapixels.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price

The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.