Jason D'AprileFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jason D'Aprile has been writing about technology and entertainment since the early 90s from his secluded home in West Virginia.

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Johnson Controls’ Lux CS1 smart thermostat review: A rather ho-hum addition to a crowded market

This isn’t the best smart thermostat you can buy, but it’s not a bad value.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

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Cielo Breez Plus review: A superb way to make your dumb air conditioner smart

Bring your old air conditioner into the smart home era.

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Sinopé Zigbee dimmer switch review: Smart lighting from the Great White North

Sinopé pivots from their proprietary smart home protocol in favor of the Zigbee standard.

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Lorex WiFi Video Doorbell review: Onboard storage is the lone bright spot on this budget-priced front-door guardian

The competition is fierce in the video doorbell market, and this one from security camera vet Lorex doesn't deliver enough features or performance.

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Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell review: Very high-res video and no subscription needed

Local network storage means you won't need to pay for an ongoing subscription to use Eufy's high-resolution doorbell camera.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: It's good, but it's not new or improved enough to be the best

The latest video doorbell from Ring adds dual-band Wi-Fi better motion detection, but there's no step up in video resolution or field of view.

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Arlo Video Doorbell review: Finally! A doorbell that can tell cats from people

The Arlo Video Doorbell is our new top pick, displacing the Nest Hello in the hardwired category.

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August View video doorbell review: Excellent image and audio quality, but missing some advanced features

This doorbell camera is the best choice for pairing with an August smart lock, but it's not the best choice in this category.

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Bosch Connected Control BCC50 smart thermostat review: Low priced and reliable, but with few frills

This is a well-made, well-priced smart thermostat—even if it doesn’t deliver all the bells and whistles.

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EZVIZ DB1 video doorbell review: Local video storage is this wired doorbell’s best feature

But a quirky app, limited chime compatibility, and an expensive cloud-storage plan limit its appeal.

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Ecobee smart thermostats are getting a new suite of energy-conservation features

New machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms promise to reduce homeowners’ energy bills and reduce their impact on the environment.

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Eufy Video Doorbell (model T8200) review: Make sure you know what this inexpensive Ring competitor can't do

This is a very good product, but it relies on your existing doorbell wiring and it lacks any hooks into any broader smart home system.

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Scout Video Doorbell review: More bells and whistles than you might expect for the price

Scout doesn't pack every important feature into its video doorbell, nor would you expect it to for the price, but it does have some nifty features.

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Netvue Belle video doorbell review: Certainly not the belle of the doorbell ball

Netvue makes a big AI promise for its Belle video doorbell, but that feature falls flat.