Michael Brown

Executive Editor

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.

Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

Meet the Uxbridge Voice smart speaker: We’re calling it the “mini” Marshall

Meet the Uxbridge Voice smart speaker: We’re calling it the “mini” Marshall

The 30-watt Bluetooth speaker has Alexa onboard and supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

Sonos will release a brand-new operating system in June

Sonos will release a brand-new operating system in June

Sonos S2 will support high-resolution audio, increased audio bandwidth, and more, but older components won't be compatible.

Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller review: No hub required

Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller review: No hub required

The logical (if not best) choice of fan control if you’ve settled on the Decora Smart Wi-Fi platform for smart home control.

Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa review: Two smart home devices in one

Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa review: Two smart home devices in one

This highly capable smart dimmer is also 98 percent of an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

Vivint’s latest smart video doorbell can monitor packages left on your porch

Vivint’s latest smart video doorbell can monitor packages left on your porch

The new Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro can also discern between people and pets, and warn porch pirates they’ve been spotted.

Philips Hue Go review: This portable smart lamp lets you add ambient lighting anywhere

Philips Hue Go review: This portable smart lamp lets you add ambient lighting anywhere

The Philips Hue Go is pretty and portable, and you can operate it on its own, via Bluetooth, or as part of a whole-home Hue lighting system with the Hue Bridge.

Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs, lettuce year round

Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs, lettuce year round

This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year round.

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can review: Have we taken voice control too far?

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can review: Have we taken voice control too far?

Sensors in this fancy trash can recognize voice commands and gestures, no smart speaker needed.

Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

One is more musical, but the other makes a better smart home controller. Which attribute is most important to you?

Leviton’s Alexa-powered Decora Smart Voice Dimmer is finally available for purchase

Leviton’s Alexa-powered Decora Smart Voice Dimmer is finally available for purchase

The electrical component manufacturer is also adding a Wi-Fi fan controller to its Decora Smart product line.

How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard
Updated

How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard

Ring has updated its app with new and improved privacy tools. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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