Michael BrownExecutive Editor, PCWorld

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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 mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

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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, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model.

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Nokia Smart Lighting: Insteon reborn

This new line of Nokia smart dimmers, switches, and outlets is based on one of the oldest DIY smart home platforms on the market.

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The best smart light switches and dimmers: Lighting is the foundation of the smart home

In-wall lighting controls bring convenience, security, luxury, and sophistication into your home.

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Sony brings its 360 Reality Audio tech to two new high-end home theater products

Sony will ship a new home theater audio system and a new flagship soundbar, both of which support Sony's 360 Reality Audio format as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

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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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Ring Video Doorbell 4 review: Great for people deep in the Ring ecosystem; just good for everyone else

You’ll need a subscription to get all the features, but the long list of them justifies that cost.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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Phyn Smart Water Sensor review: This battery-powered sentinel warns of dangerous water leaks

Used alone, it can warn you of leaky pipes, failing appliances, and more. Used in conjunction with the Phyn Plus smart water valve, it will actively protect your home from those threats.

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CookingPal Multo review: This beastly smart appliance wants to take over your kitchen

Promising to automate meal prep for novice chefs and people who are too busy to cook, the Multo and its companion tablet handles most of your food prep and cooks everything, too.

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Pick up an Eero 6 Wi-Fi mesh system today for 35% off

A mesh network will dispense with any dead spot problems you might have in your home, and this Eero package is based on Wi-Fi 6 technology.

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Get the all-new Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus for 25% off on Prime Day

If you’re in the Ring ecosystem—or plan to be—there is no better floodlight/security camera combo, and you can buy one today for 25% off.

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Best Prime Day 2021 deals on robot vacuums and air purifiers

Amazon is offering great deals on appliances that help you breathe better.

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Best Prime Day 2021 deals on home security cameras and video doorbells

Amazon is offering big discounts on the hardware you need to keep a close eye on your property.

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Ring Alarm sets are 40% off ahead of Prime Day

This is a great DIY home security system, and nobody beats Ring on the price of professional monitoring.