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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Securam Touch smart lock review: It might look more at home on a military base, but this fingerprint reader-equipped lock offers solid security

A high price tag and a rough-around-the-edges app keep Securam’s first consumer lock from being a runaway success.

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Noon Lighting System review: It’s the very best smart switch for your home, and it’s priced accordingly

The ability to create scenes using your room’s lighting is positively magical.

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Deako Smart Lighting System review: Modular hardware delivers incredible flexibility, but at a steep price

It’s a compelling concept, even if it isn’t as sophisticated as some other high-end lighting systems we’ve evaluated.

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Wyze Lock review: This ultra-affordable smart deadbolt converter covers the basics well

Convert your dumb deadbolt into a Wi-Fi-connected smart lock for less.

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

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Minut Smart Home Alarm review: This impressive, low-cost home security system emphasizes privacy

It’s non-invasive because it operates by detecting body heat instead of relying on cameras, and it’s inexpensive because it doesn’t depend on your deploying sensors all over the house.

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Aqara Smart Home Starter Kit review: This muddy smart home kit has a glimmer of promise

This bare-bones, but budget-friendly kit covers just the basics and is very weak in terms of home security.

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Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology

If you have the patience for delving into user forums if you need help, Garadget is worth a look.

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Kwikset Halo smart deadbolt review: Wi-Fi in, attractive design out

Kwikset’s smart lock gains in connectivity, but loses out in the looks department.

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Emporia Vue energy monitor review: Understand your home’s energy consumption without breaking the bank

The Emporia Vue gives great insight on your home's carbon footprint by monitoring how it consumes electricity.

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Bulbrite Solana color-changing A19 smart bulb review: A fair generic built for Wi-Fi

An immature app keeps Bulbrite's color-changing smart bulb from meriting a strong recommendation.

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Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive

This garage door controller Wi-Fi retrofit kit has some advanced features, but that might not be enough to justify its high price tag.

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Kleverness Smart Lighting review: This hub-based lighting system is unfinished and expensive

Smart light switches and dimmers are often superior to smart light bulbs, but the Kleverness system is most certainly not.

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