Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.