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 for you.

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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.

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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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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

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Sonos Amp review: This is the best Sonos music streamer by far (even if it’s not right for everyone)

The Sonos Amp is a great-sounding and supremely flexible amplifier that's a superb choice for your home theater or for critical listening. And it will drive just about any type of passive loudspeaker you'd care to use.

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Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.

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Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit review: Security lighting on the cheap—except for all those batteries

The all-plastic construction has us wondering about longevity, but the price (and the hooks into the broader Ring ecosystem) can’t be beat.

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Ecobee’s fifth-generation SmartThermostat with voice control is available now

The company says its combination thermostat/Alexa smart speaker will have a more powerful processor and speaker, plus dual-band Wi-Fi.

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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 could kneecap the Google Nest Hub

Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.

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Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

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RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent

This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.

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Swann has a new a floodlight security camera

The Swann Floodlight Security System integrates a 1080p outdoor camera with a pair of LED floodlights that deliver 2,500 lumens of brightness.

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The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.

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Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

The one-touch access to your favorite Sonos playlist or Hue lighting scene is fun—for the first few days.

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Amazon’s Alexa Guard adds new security features to Amazon Echo smart speakers

Alexa Guard can operate on its own or in conjunction with full security systems from Ring and ADT.