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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Nest Wifi's integrated smart speakers could give it an edge over Amazon Echo

This mesh router’s satellites, dubbed Points, house Nest Mini smart speakers.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A sensible choice for smart homes, but far from the best router

Samsung blends a great smart home hub with an average wireless mesh router.

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Amazon Echo Glow: Hands-on first impressions

Increasingly sensitive to criticism of its privacy practices, Amazon leaves a microphone out of this child-oriented smart lamp.

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Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions

Alexa is moving out of the house to become a more mobile digital assistant.

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Amazon Echo Buds: First impressions

These truly wireless headphones literally put Alexa in your head.

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Amazon Echo Studio: First impressions

Amazon is finally building a higher-quality smart speaker—one that will give Sonos heartburn.

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Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon went nuts with its fall hardware event, unleashing a bevy of products ranging from wireless Echo Buds, a smart ring, a smart oven, and even a dog tracker.

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Ring Smart Lighting Steplight Battery review: Expensive, but worthwhile for homes in the Ring ecosystem

There are plenty of less-expensive outdoor lighting alternatives, but none with this range of Ring-oriented smart-home features.

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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.