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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Amazon Echo Studio review: Not quite the best smart speaker, but a fantastic value

The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity, and Sonos has the better multi-room ecosystem, but Amazon’s best Echo shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Sonos changes tack on “legacy” hardware

Older hardware still won’t get new software features after May, but operating them won’t prevent firmware updates for new hardware.

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TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind

Routers are getting faster even while they’re getting back to basics by dropping smart home hub features.

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Keep kids out of the liquor cabinet with the biometric BenjiLock By Hampton Cabinet and Drawer Lock

Also suitable for securing drawers and closets, the $75 lock can be programmed to recognize up to 10 fingerprints.

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Toucan’s battery-powered Wireless Video Doorbell boasts a 180-degree vertical field of view

On display at CES, the camera enables you to see packages placed directly beneath the doorbell.

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The U by Moen Smart Faucet can dispense an exact amount of water at a precise temperature

The faucet supports voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant, and dispenses water with a wave of your hand.

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Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi routers are evolving into smart home controllers—and more

Origin Wireless’ WiFi Sensing technology piggybacks on Linksys mesh network systems for home automation, home monitoring, sleep tracking, elder care and more.

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Hogar Controls has the prettiest smart light switches at CES

The Prima Touch Switch line features capacitive touch glass surfaces and lighting scene control using either Z-Wave or Zigbee.

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Ring announces 6 new products, along with measures to quiet criticism of its privacy practices

Ring's CES announcements include the company's first LED smart bulbs, as well as a remote control for electric gates that can be paired with Ring's video doorbells and cameras.

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Brilliant expands its Brilliant Smart Home Control with a new smart dimmer and smart plug

You’ll need one of the original controllers to use the new products being shown at CES, but prices for them start at just $30.

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Luminook brings smart LED lighting to closets, pantries, and other small spaces

These LED light strips automatically turn on when you open the door to help you find what you’re looking for.

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LiftMaster is adding security cameras and smart locks to its myQ garage ecosystem

The garage door-opener company is showing two cameras at CES, plus a smart door lock developed in partnership with Yale.

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Belkin teams with Devialet to build the SoundForm Elite smart speaker and wireless charger

It’s no surprise that Belkin would make a device charger, but a high-end speaker is something else entirely.

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Linksys touts Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers at CES

The networking company will ship a Wi-Fi 6 mesh router and a Wi-Fi 6 mesh system this spring.

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Netgear adapts its Orbi mesh router to 4G LTE

The new network device unveiled at CES targets people living in areas that are unlikely to ever get fiber or cable broadband.