Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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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Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos and Alexa, a match made in heaven

Sonos audio quality and Amazon's Echo and Alexa voice technology are a powerful combo. And you can now use voice commands to control Spotify on Sonos speakers.

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Fabriq Chorus review: This Alexa-powered smart speaker is an excellent value

It sounds great, can operate on battery power, and comes with a charging dock.

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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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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $50 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

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Amazon Echo (2nd generation) review: Better than the original, but not as important

Interested in voice-based home control? Buy an Echo Dot. Interested in multi-room audio? Buy a Sonos One.

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Smart bulb or smart switch? Startup Noon Home says smart bulbs are dumb

Noon Home’s OLED switches promise to deliver designer lighting using your home’s existing fixtures.

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Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker review: Cortana could be a strong smart home system—someday

The Invoke is a good speaker, and Microsoft’s digital assistant has potential, but it’s too immature for us to give it a strong recommendation today.

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Amazon Echo Show review: This is the best Echo (but it’s also the most expensive)

Adding a display makes Amazon’s smart speaker even better, but it also balloons its price tag.

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Google Home Mini review: It doesn’t outdo the Dot

But Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot couldn’t have come soon enough.

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ONvocal Bluetooth headset review: These headphones put Amazon’s Alexa in your head

But this isn't the first headset we'd choose for music listening.

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Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot

The introduction couldn't have come soon enough to counter Amazon's smart home momentum.

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Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant

The Sonos One won’t be exclusive to Alexa, the speaker will incorporate Google Assistant in 2018.

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Roku revamps its entire line of media streamers and slashes the price of its Roku Ultra

Several models support voice recognition, 4K resolution, and HDR.

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Anker SoundCore A3102 Bluetooth speaker review: Inexpensive, but surprisingly not cheap

An off-the-hook price-to-performance ratio renders this small speaker a good value.

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C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

You might love or hate this smart lamp's design, but it's practically a must have if you use C by GE smart bulbs.