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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Wyze Labs shakes up home security with an inexpensive pro service for 2021

Subscriptions will cost half what Ring charges, and annual subscribers will get the basic hardware for free.

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Sonos users can now double the boom in any room by adding a second Sonos Sub subwoofer

If you just can’t get enough bass in your Sonos-based home theater experience, the company has a solution.

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Anker PowerExtend USB-C 3 Capsule review: A fast-charging surge protector

This surge protector has just three outlets, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C port, but they come in an attractively compact package.

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The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro is now available as a stand-alone product

Professional installation is included in the price—just $99 for Black Friday—even if you don’t already have the necessary wiring in place.

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Serena by Lutron Smart Wood Blinds review: Pretty enough, but also pretty expensive

Wood blinds look more elegant than fabric shades, but their greater mass limits the onboard motor in this smart model to tilting the slats—you’ll need to raise and lower the blinds by hand.

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Sonos jumps into paid CD-quality music streaming with Sonos Radio HD

Streaming 16-bit FLAC files for just $8 per month could make this a phenomenal deal, even if it’s not direct competition for Qobuz and Tidal.

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Hunter Douglas Duette PowerView smart shade review: Ultimate luxury, sophistication, and privacy

This motorized smart shade protects your privacy without blocking any light or your view.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen) review: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Amazon still has the best speaker for smart home control, but it still trails Sonos and Google in musicality.

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Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlight review: The perfect highlight for your outdoor landscaping

This addition to the outdoor Hue line will really draw attention to your garden (so make sure your plants look their best).

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Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.

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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: A great budget smart speaker

Music is not its forte, but this inexpensive gadget packs plenty of value into its small footprint.

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Roku Streambar review: A very good streamer inside a pretty good soundbar

There are better soundbars at this price, but none that incorporate a quality media streamer.

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Google's newest Nest Thermostat costs only $130

There isn’t much in the way of innovation here, but the price is nice.

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Jasco adds Wi-Fi devices to its Enbrighten smart lighting line

The indoor and outdoor controls don’t require a hub, but the line doesn’t currently include any in-wall devices.

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Q Acoustics builds its first self-powered loudspeakers

Bookshelf and floor-standing tower models will be available, with a Q Active Control Hub included with both sets.