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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Aquanta water heater controller review: A smart solution for your home’s biggest energy waster

This smart home device should pay for itself quickly by slashing the amount of energy needed to heat water.

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Linksys announces $150 Max-Stream AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 router

The affordable Linksys Max-Stream AX1800 can operate as a primary router or as a node on any Linksys Max-Stream or Velop mesh network.

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Lutron expands its smart window covering line with smart wood blinds

A motor in the head rail automatically tilts the blind’s slats throughout the day to regulate sunlight.

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Sonos Arc review: A great soundbar for any home theater, even if it’s not all that it could have been

You’ll likely need a newer TV that supports eARC to get the best that this soundbar can deliver.

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SmartAC.com says its sensors and service can predict HVAC maintenance needs and prevent costly breakdowns

With hot summer months approaching rapidly, SmartAC.com says its system and services can keep your central air conditioning operating at peak efficiency.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector review: This early-warning device can protect your home from water damage

Water damage is the most common--and most costly--risks your home will ever face. This sensor will raise the alarm almost immediately, so you can take corrective action.

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Tidal adds Dolby Atmos Music support on compatible home audio gear to its HiFi service tier

The Atmos experience will be delivered via Dolby Digital Plus.

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Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker review: The case of the missing midrange

Several smart speakers sound much better and cost much less than Belkin's Google Home-compatible effort. The wireless charging feature, however, is as handy as a pocket on a shirt.

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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: It's better than a Bluetooth tracker, but not better enough for the price

It's great to have the range and reliability of Wi-Fi, and Weber’s hub supports up to four probes, but this high-tech grilling gadget barely justifies its price tag.

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Meural Canvas II review: If you can’t go to the art museum, bring the art museum to you

Calling the Meural Canvas II a digital picture frame does the product a major disservice. If you love to gaze at art, this device can bring the great works into your home.

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Ring Smart Lighting Solar Pathlight review: Everything we loved about the original model, and less (batteries, that is)

You'll get the most value from this great path light if you've also invested in—or plan to—other home security devices in the ever-widening Ring ecosystem.

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Enclave Audio CineHome Pro review: A great home theater audio system—for the right audience

The Enclave Audio CineHome Pro is a true 5.1 surround-sound system that's also truly wireless, but it’s more suitable for streaming media than pairing with a Blu-ray player.

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Sonos Arc soundbar to ship on June 10, along with a third-gen Sub and the Sonos Five tabletop speaker

This smart soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and your choice of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant onboard.

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Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer review: Sophisticated yet simple

This Bluetooth (and Wi-Fi, with a bridge)-based watering system is great for drip and other hose-based irrigation systems.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery review: Inexpensive and reliable wireless video surveillance, indoors and out

This inexpensive wireless home security camera can be deployed indoors or out, and you can buy a cheap solar panel to keep its battery forever topped off.