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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

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Nanoleaf Screen Mirror feature lets you sync your Canvas light squares with your PC screen

The update to Nanoleaf’s Desktop app can render videos and games more immersive, but a PC or Mac is required.

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Arlo finally adds a video doorbell to its home security lineup

The $150 Arlo Video Doorbell features HD video, a built-in siren, motion detection, and the ability to send video calls directly to your smartphone.

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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.

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Innr Smart White A19 bulb review: This inexpensive smart bulb seamlessly connects with a Philips Hue Bridge

If you’re already invested in the Hue lighting ecosystem, these budget Zigbee bulbs can fill in your smart bulb gaps without breaking the bank.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

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

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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.

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Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount

The Google Nest Mini is basically the old Home Mini with bigger bass, a wall mount, and more under-the-hood processing power.

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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.

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How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once

Want to hear tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you’ll need to tweak some settings first.

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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.

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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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Google Assistant makes it easier to move music, podcasts, and videos from one Google device to another

Compatible with Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube music, the new “stream transfer” feature lets you ask Google to move your tunes from room to room.

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Ring Spotlight Battery review: The best Smart Lighting starting point

If you're looking to dive into Ring's Smart Lighting world, the best place to start is the Spotlight Battery.

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Delaney Smartlock & Video Camera and Bridging Hub review: A home security bundle not ready for prime time

These two also-ran smart-home products form a mediocre bundle.

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Sonos Flex subscriptions let you rent superb, yet pricey Sonos speakers for cheap

In a "small test," Sonos has started renting speakers in the Netherlands for as little as €15 a month.

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Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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