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.

Resideo Home app promises whole-home system monitoring

Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

And the U.S. version is now integrated with the Sonos multi-room audio system.

Austere VII Series surge protector review: Beautiful protection preciously priced

Austere VII Series surge protector review: Beautiful protection preciously priced

You can buy a great surge protector for less than $50, so what makes this one worth $200?

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.

Nest Wifi review: A mesh Wi-Fi system and smart speaker mashup for Google Assistant fans

Nest Wifi review: A mesh Wi-Fi system and smart speaker mashup for Google Assistant fans

Google's idea to blend a smart speaker with a Wi-Fi access point isn’t new, but the only other one you can buy is powered by Alexa.

Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice
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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $100 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down
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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $100 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

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.

Amazon’s Fire TV Blaster lets you use Alexa to control the rest of your entertainment center

Amazon’s Fire TV Blaster lets you use Alexa to control the rest of your entertainment center

When paired with an Echo smart speaker and a Fire TV device, this infrared transmitter can send command signals to your TV, soundbar, A/V receiver, or set-top box.

HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?
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HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?

HDMI and DisplayPort are both capable of sending high-definition video and high-res audio from a source to a display. We compare their feature sets and typical use scenarios.

Serena Motorized Shade by Lutron review: A step up in sophistication, but also in price

Serena Motorized Shade by Lutron review: A step up in sophistication, but also in price

Lutron’s solution is more proprietary than many, but the compatibility trade-off is worth it.

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

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model.

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