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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Amazon Echo Show review: This is the best Echo (but it’s also the most expensive)

Adding a display makes Amazon’s smart speaker even better, but it also balloons its price tag.

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Google Home Mini review: It doesn’t outdo the Dot

But Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot couldn’t have come soon enough.

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ONvocal Bluetooth headset review: These headphones put Amazon’s Alexa in your head

But this isn't the first headset we'd choose for music listening.

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Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot

The introduction couldn't have come soon enough to counter Amazon's smart home momentum.

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Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant

The Sonos One won’t be exclusive to Alexa, the speaker will incorporate Google Assistant in 2018.

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Roku revamps its entire line of media streamers and slashes the price of its Roku Ultra

Several models support voice recognition, 4K resolution, and HDR.

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Anker SoundCore A3102 Bluetooth speaker review: Inexpensive, but surprisingly not cheap

An off-the-hook price-to-performance ratio renders this small speaker a good value.

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C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

You might love or hate this smart lamp's design, but it's practically a must have if you use C by GE smart bulbs.

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Bowers & Wilkins 704 S2 loudspeaker review: These floor-standers sound as exquisite as they look

You don’t need anything more for critical listening, but you’ll want to pair them with a subwoofer—at least—for home theater use.

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Echogear Outlet Shelf review: A brilliant, if not always practical, shelving idea

You’re plugging stuff in that outlet, so why not make use of the space around it?

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Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new wireless smart speaker

But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.

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Philips sweetens its Hue smart bulb starter kits and announces two new light fixtures

Hue starter kits now come with four bulbs instead of three, and there are new downlight and suspension fixtures.

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Libratone will convert its Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers into Alexa-powered smart speakers this fall

Own one of these upscale wireless speakers? It’s about to get a whole lot more capable.

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Nest unveils the simpler, cheaper Nest Thermostat E

The company is implementing a better, best strategy in pursuit of more buyers.

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IFA news: Google is talking up new products that leverage its Google Assistant

A number of new smart speakers will be on the show floor, along with new smart appliances from LG.

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