Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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.

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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Creative's Super X-Fi Headphone Audio Holography demo blew my mind

If Creative's Super X-Fi Headphone Audio Holography is as good when it ships as what the company is demoing at CES, it will forever change your perception of headphones.

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Netgear targets gamers with its Nighthawk Pro Gaming router and SX10 LAN switch

Netgear's Nighthawk Pro Gaming router and Nighthawk SX10 LAN switch boast gamer-centric network management software.

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D-Link’s latest COVR whole-home Wi-Fi systems look a lot more like whole-home Wi-Fi systems

The company’s first efforts in this space were much more conventional.

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The Linksys WRT32XB gaming router is tailor-made for the Xbox One series

Yeah, it looks just like the Linksys WRT32X from last fall, but Linksys says this one’s designed to recognize and prioritize Xbox gaming traffic.

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Linksys expands it Velop mesh Wi-Fi router line, adding a new dual-band model

Dual-band components will interoperable with tri-band modules and vice versa.

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The best smart home products of 2017

These are the smart home hubs, thermostats, speakers, smart locks, lighting controls, security cameras, and routers that will dominate early 2018 and beyond.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other

Operating both platforms is a recipe for confusion, so which one deserves the coveted spot in your smart home?

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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