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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Orbit B-hyve XR sprinkler timer review: One of the best smart irrigation systems

It’s not perfect, but the B-hyve XR is both flexible and reasonably priced.

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X-Sense Mini wireless interconnected smoke detector review: This tiny alarm networks with up to 24 others

It’s not a “smart” smoke alarm, per se, but it does offer solid protection on a budget.

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Yardian Pro smart sprinkler controller review: This stylish watering system has a steep learning curve

Usability isn’t this smart irrigation system’s strong point, but it gets water where it needs to be in your landscaping.

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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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Peace by Hampton smart plug review: This ultra-cheap smart plug offers no surprises

This Best Buy exclusive hits the market at about $9.50 a pop (but they come in a $18.99 two-pack).

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Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) review: Good sound, plus a Zigbee smart-home hub for the win

If you can forgo Z-Wave smart-home devices, this is the smart speaker to buy (but that calculation could change soon).

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Treatlife 3-Way Smart Dimmer DS02 review: Still easy on the wallet, but now with 3-way circuit support

The companion app for Treatlife's Wi-Fi dimmer, however, is as primitive as ever.

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Enbrighten Zigbee Plug-In Smart Dimmer review: Its hefty size is offset by its ability to control two lamps at once

This dual smart plug is a solid alternative to dimmable smart bulbs, especially in fixtures with multiple sockets.

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LiftMaster myQ Smart Garage Camera review: The magnetic mount is nifty. The price tag? Not so much

myQ needs to revisit its service plan prices to make this garage-centric camera more appealing.

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Eufy Security EufyCam 2 Pro 2K review: A solid boost in video quality (but nothing else) in this Best Buy exclusive

The Pro upgrade takes Eufy’s indoor/outdoor cam kit to nearly 3 megapixels.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price

The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor review: Wyze enters the world of outdoor security with a dirt-cheap camera

Ruggedized for the elements, battery-powered—and priced at just $50.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review: The best-known retrofit smart lock gets Wi-Fi—and shrinks its footprint

Despite a rocky wireless implementation, August cements its place as one of the top smart lock contenders.

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How to fix audio problems on your Windows PC

If your computer audio abruptly stops working, you can try these simple steps in five minutes or less.