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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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

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JBL Link View review: The smart speaker for stereo fans

This is the best-sounding Google Assistant-powered smart speaker.

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The Array by Hampton Connected Door Lock operates on Wi-Fi and is powered by the sun

A solar panel in this premium-priced, Wi-Fi-connected deadbolt continuously charges its battery.

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Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Harman Kardon collarborated with Netgear to design the speaker portion of the new Orbi satellite, which was announced today at IFA in Berlin.

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Netgear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router features 10-gigabit ethernet

Lag-hating gamers aren’t the only target, this 802.11ad router has Plex Media Server onboard, too. But brace yourself for the price tag.

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Sonos Amp is the most important new product the company has launched in years

It's not a powered speaker, and it's aimed primarily at customer installers. But audio enthusiasts should still be excited about Sonos’ first new product since going public.

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Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi mesh router/smart-home hub mashup features AI tech from Plume

Samsung is putting its well-regarded SmartThings brand front and center in the latest iteration of its combination Wave 2 Wi-Fi mesh router and smart-home hub.

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Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 speaker system review: A convenient, but ineffective substitute for in-ceiling speakers

This speaker system delivers a solid surround-sound performance, but it doesn’t provide the perception of height.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $100 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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In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

What's next for Sonos now that the speaker manufacturer and multi-room audio pioneer has gone public? Support for hi-res audio is on the company’s to-do list, and the company could add other advanced features that its older products won't be able to support.

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TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

The company also has a new Wi-Fi smart plug.

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Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don’t expect it to fill a big room.

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Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.

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Ring Alarm review: A great DIY home security system with the potential to become even better

It’s strictly for home security today, but every bit of the infrastructure needed to build this into a robust smart home system is already in place.