Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Philips Hue Smart Button review: Drop a switch for your Hue lights just about anywhere

This toggle button is surprisingly capable, but it can’t control other smart lighting systems.

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Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation

With a crack fingerprint reader and a capable app, this smart lock ultimately overcomes its setup difficulties.

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Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED review: You don’t need a bridge to operate this line of smart bulbs

The bulbs are fine, but the Wiz Connected app isn’t nearly as polished as its Philips Hue stablemate.

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Legrand Smart Tru-Universal review: DIY controllers from a manufacturer that more typically caters to custom installers

These smart dimmers and smart plugs are HomeKit compatible, but you can control any of them with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

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SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

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Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

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Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

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Kami Smart Security Starter Kit review: Its low price tag is the one thing it has going for it

You won't find many Zigbee-based home security systems cheaper than this, but you'll find plenty that are more effective at protecting your home.

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Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

Make your dumb ceiling fan or fireplace smart today with this Wi-Fi bridge, and it might enable you to do the same for your air conditioner and other appliances later.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug review: No hub required, but wear your debugging hat

It’s affordable enough, but ultimately not worth your time in its present state.

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