Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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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Astell&Kern offers a USB-C DAC for mobile high-res audio

The tiny USB-C Dual DAC Cable can be used with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile devices equipped with a USB-C port.

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Roon 1.8 review: An unparalleled service for critical listening and music exploration

The barrier to entry can be steep, but the reward is oh so worth the investment.

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Enbrighten Outdoor WiFi Smart Yard Stake review: Six outdoor smart plugs in one

This six-outlet outdoor smart plug connects your landscape lighting, holiday lights, and more to your home Wi-Fi network.

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Senic Friends of Hue Outdoor Smart Switch review: A versatile problem solver

This brilliantly simple smart lighting solution can do a lot more when deployed with Apple’s HomeKit.

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Q Acoustics Q Active 200 review: This high-end powered bookshelf audio system delivers impeccable performance

Wired or wireless, this audio system can accommodate nearly any source: high-res streaming services, a local server, a TV, Bluetooth, even an old-school turntable.

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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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Hex Home Security monitors Wi-Fi radio waves to detect intruders

The system analyzes how Wi-Fi radio waves are disrupted as people move around your home and is supposed to be smart enough to ignore pets.

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The first Linksys Wi-Fi 6e router is a mesh network model

The Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System is aimed at smart home enthusiasts and is backward compatible with earlier Linksys Intelligent Mesh products.

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Netgear has one of the first Wi-Fi 6e routers: The Nighthawk RAXE500

The router taps the newly opened 6GHz frequency band and promises to deliver massive bandwidth with little latency. Netgear also unveiled a new cable modem.

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Roku rescues Quibi’s entertainment content

Quibi’s business model turned into a joke, but there was nothing wrong with much of its content.

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Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro review: Sophisticated front-door security—for a price

This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it's part of.

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Ring Alarm (2nd Gen) review: Still the best DIY home security system

Yes, still the best, but Ring hasn’t done much to extend its reach into the broader smart home universe.

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Anker PowerExtend USB-C 3 Capsule review: A fast-charging surge protector

This surge protector has just three outlets, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C port, but they come in an attractively compact package.

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Serena by Lutron Smart Wood Blinds review: Pretty enough, but also pretty expensive

Wood blinds look more elegant than fabric shades, but their greater mass limits the onboard motor in this smart model to tilting the slats—you’ll need to raise and lower the blinds by hand.

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