Michael Brown

Executive Editor

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.

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Nest Wifi's integrated smart speakers could give it an edge over Amazon Echo

Nest Wifi's integrated smart speakers could give it an edge over Amazon Echo

This mesh router’s satellites, dubbed Points, house Nest Mini smart speakers.

Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice
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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A sensible choice for smart homes, but far from the best router

Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A sensible choice for smart homes, but far from the best router

Samsung blends a great smart home hub with an average wireless mesh router.

Amazon Echo Glow: Hands-on first impressions

Amazon Echo Glow: Hands-on first impressions

Increasingly sensitive to criticism of its privacy practices, Amazon leaves a microphone out of this child-oriented smart lamp.

Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions

Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions

Alexa is moving out of the house to become a more mobile digital assistant.

Amazon Echo Buds: First impressions

Amazon Echo Buds: First impressions

These truly wireless headphones literally put Alexa in your head.

Amazon Echo Studio: First impressions

Amazon Echo Studio: First impressions

Amazon is finally building a higher-quality smart speaker—one that will give Sonos heartburn.

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon went nuts with its fall hardware event, unleashing a bevy of products ranging from wireless Echo Buds, a smart ring, a smart oven, and even a dog tracker.

Ring Smart Lighting Steplight Battery review: Expensive, but worthwhile for homes in the Ring ecosystem

Ring Smart Lighting Steplight Battery review: Expensive, but worthwhile for homes in the Ring ecosystem

There are plenty of less-expensive outdoor lighting alternatives, but none with this range of Ring-oriented smart-home features.

Sonos Move review: Glorious audio performances at home and on the road

Sonos Move review: Glorious audio performances at home and on the road

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, indoors, outdoors, portable, and battery powered: The Sonos Move is the best speaker Sonos has built in years.

Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice
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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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