Michael BrownExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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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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The Linksys WRT32XB gaming router is tailor-made for the Xbox One series

Yeah, it looks just like the Linksys WRT32X from last fall, but Linksys says this one’s designed to recognize and prioritize Xbox gaming traffic.

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Linksys expands it Velop mesh Wi-Fi router line, adding a new dual-band model

Dual-band components will interoperable with tri-band modules and vice versa.

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The best smart home products of 2017

These are the smart home hubs, thermostats, speakers, smart locks, lighting controls, security cameras, and routers that will dominate early 2018 and beyond.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other

Operating both platforms is a recipe for confusion, so which one deserves the coveted spot in your smart home?

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: Great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

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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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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.