Christopher Null

Freelance Contributor

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.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

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

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.

The best smart lock for a keyless home
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The best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

Populife Smart Deadbolt review: Ultra-cheap and attractive, but lacking in the operations department

Populife Smart Deadbolt review: Ultra-cheap and attractive, but lacking in the operations department

Steer clear of this bare-bones smart lock.

Best smart home systems for a connected domicile
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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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