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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The best smart shades: These luxurious window treatments blend high tech with high fashion

Smart, motorized shades and blinds cost a pretty penny, but do they ever bring the wow.

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Abode launches a budget-priced standalone home security camera

The $35 1080p camera can operate independently or be integrated into either of Abode’s DIY home security systems.

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New smart home products from Eve Systems put HomeKit, Thread, and the HomePod mini center stage

Eve is teeing up a smart plug, a hose-based sprinkler controller, and an outdoor weather monitor for the U.S. market.

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Enclave Audio offers add-on subwoofer upgrades for its CineHome Wireless Audio Systems

Besides adding more boom to your room, deploying multiple subwoofers can result in smoother and more accurate bass response.

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Roon 1.8 review: An unparalleled service for critical listening and music exploration

The barrier to entry can be steep, but the reward is oh so worth the investment.

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Enbrighten Outdoor WiFi Smart Yard Stake review: Six outdoor smart plugs in one

This six-outlet outdoor smart plug connects your landscape lighting, holiday lights, and more to your home Wi-Fi network.

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Legrand’s new GFCI outlets feature dual USB charging ports

These are the first such outlets to feature ground-fault interruption, and there’s a 20-amp version for kitchens and other locations that need more power.

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Ring and home builder Lennar Homes are collaborating on new smart homes

Lennar Communities Connected by Ring is a suite of smart home products managed by the Ring app.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff review: The high price of prevention

The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

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Senic Friends of Hue Outdoor Smart Switch review: A versatile problem solver

This brilliantly simple smart lighting solution can do a lot more when deployed with Apple’s HomeKit.

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Q Acoustics Q Active 200 review: This high-end powered bookshelf audio system delivers impeccable performance

Wired or wireless, this audio system can accommodate nearly any source: high-res streaming services, a local server, a TV, Bluetooth, even an old-school turntable.

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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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The Owl Wired could be the ultimate smoke detector

That’s because it can also sense carbon monoxide, analyze sound and motion, and track humidity and temperature.

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Samsung SmartThings, Google Nest partnership kicks off

Smart home products from two of our favorite brands now work together.