Michael BrownExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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.

Netgear Orbi Outdoor

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite review: Great range, but only so-so speed

This node will extend your Orbi mesh network far into your yard—for a price.

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Airviz Speck indoor air-quality monitor review: It’s great, as far as it goes

This handy device measures levels of particulate matter in your home’s air, and that’s pretty much it.

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Maximus Camera Floodlight review: Brand X is trying harder

It's cheaper than the Ring Floodight Cam and offers some benefits that camera doesn't.

Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only

You’ll need a mobile Apple device of recent vintage just to set up this smart speaker, which is tightly tied to Apple services.

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Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office

A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.

SnapPower USB charger 2

SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power

This outlet cover lets you charge two devices at once, or one device twice as fast as the original.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.

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SnapPower SwitchLight review: Better than any nightlight

Don’t stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.

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HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?

Both HDMI and DisplayPort are capable of sending high-definition video and audio from a source device to a display. But is one display interface standard superior or more flexible compared to the other? We compare their feature sets and typical use scenarios.

66 audio pro voice

66 Audio Pro Voice wireless headphones review: Alexa moves out of the smart home

Wearing these on-ear cans is like strapping a pair of Echos to your head.

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Ring Floodlight Cam review: An excellent choice—if you’re living in Ring’s ecosystem

If you’re already using one of Ring’s doorbell cameras or spotlight cams, this porchlight replacement will be a great addition.

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Abode offers new, less-expensive home security starter kits

They’re still focused on home security first, but the gateway works with just about any smart home device.

google home max

Google Home Max review: This is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

But Sonos might have more to fear than Amazon (ditto for Apple).

Axiim Link HD

Axiim’s Link HD Wireless System is a truly wireless 7.1-channel audio system for home theater

Designed to for use with the Xbox One and Windows PCs, the Link can stream high-res audio to wireless self-powered speakers.

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The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First Alert?

Showgoers were doing double takes when they saw the smoke-alarm manufacturer exhibiting routers—and smart speakers—at its booth at CES.