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.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket
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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Best smart lock for a keyless home
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Best smart lock for a keyless home

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

U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation

U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation

With a crack fingerprint reader and a capable app, this smart lock ultimately overcomes its setup difficulties.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home
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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED review: You don’t need a bridge to operate this line of smart bulbs

Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED review: You don’t need a bridge to operate this line of smart bulbs

The bulbs are fine, but the Wiz Connected app isn’t nearly as polished as its Philips Hue stablemate.

Legrand Smart Tru-Universal review: DIY controllers from a manufacturer that more typically caters to custom installers

Legrand Smart Tru-Universal review: DIY controllers from a manufacturer that more typically caters to custom installers

These smart dimmers and smart plugs are HomeKit compatible, but you can control any of them with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

LIFX Candle Color review: This is the first multicolor-tunable light bulb (but it's only available with a candelabra base)

LIFX Candle Color review: This is the first multicolor-tunable light bulb (but it's only available with a candelabra base)

Want eight colors from your lamp—at the same time? LIFX has you covered.

SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag

This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

iRealm Smart Plug 2.0 review: This smart home gadget lacks any redeeming features

iRealm Smart Plug 2.0 review: This smart home gadget lacks any redeeming features

Here’s a textbook case of how not to build a smart home product.

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.

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