Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model.

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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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Sonos Move review: Glorious audio performances at home and on the road

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, indoors, outdoors, portable, and battery powered: The Sonos Move is the best speaker Sonos has built in years.

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Ring Floodlight Cam review: An excellent choice—if you’re living in Ring’s ecosystem

If you’re already using one of Ring’s doorbell cameras or spotlight cams, this porchlight replacement will be a great addition.

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Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation review: Naim didn’t need to make this wireless speaker better, but I’m glad it did

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, AirPlay 2: The Naim Audio Mu-so 2nd Generation supports them all, along with every music codec and streaming service you can think of.

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Ring Smart Lighting Floodlight Wired review: A terrific supplement to the Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring smart lighting products aren't always the prettiest hardware you can deploy on and around your home, but they will enhance its security.

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The iDevices Instinct puts Alexa inside a smart switch

This isn’t a switch that you can control with Alexa, it’s an Alexa device that can control the light it’s connected to, plus stream music and control any other Alexa-compatible device.

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SimpliSafe now has its own smart deadbolt

The new smart lock ties into the company’s DIY home security system and will cost just $99.

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The Phyn Smart Water Assistant: A less expensive tool for identifying leaks and analyzing your home's water use

It can’t shut off your water supply in an emergency, like Phyn’s more powerful first product, but it’s a lot cheaper and you can install it yourself.

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Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.

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Lutron Aurora review: A nearly perfect solution for Philips Hue smart bulbs

This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.

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IKEA Symfonisk speakers review: Sonos made sure they sound great, but that Scandi-chic lamp design is polarizing

Both the lamp and the bookshelf speaker can operate independently, as a stereo pair, or as surround speakers with a Sonos soundbar in your home theater.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth + Zigbee smart bulbs review: The best smart lighting just got better (but no less expensive)

Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

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New Philips Hue smart bulbs don’t need the Hue Bridge—but there’s a catch

Philips is shifting to a new chip that has both Bluetooth and Zigbee radios onboard, but most people will still want a Hue Bridge on their home network.