Michael Brown

Executive Editor

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.

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

Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice
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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

Kangaroo Motion Sensor review: This home security system only goes halfway

Kangaroo Motion Sensor review: This home security system only goes halfway

This home security system sure sounds inexpensive, but it's no bargain.

Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.

Flo smart water valve review: The high price of prevention

Flo smart water valve 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.

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?
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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories
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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: A big step up in terms of design and musicality

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: A big step up in terms of design and musicality

The new third-generation Echo Dot delivers better audio performance than the Google Home Mini.

GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

The $55 kit includes one of C by GE’s Bluetooth smart bulbs pre-paired with a Google Home Mini.

Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

It’s a major step up, but Amazon still doesn’t have the best smart speaker.

iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

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