Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control

Amazon’s Echo had a long head start with Vivint, but this is the first time the service provider has included smart speakers in its packages by default. … [Read more...]

Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship equal sonic bliss. … [Read more...]

Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size. … [Read more...]

Google Home Max review: This is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy


But Sonos might have more to fear than Amazon (ditto for Apple). … [Read more...]

Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos and Alexa, a match made in heaven

Sonos has multi-room audio down to a science, but it desperately needed a speaker capable of voice recognition if it was to fend off the veritable flood of smart speakers coming to market. The Sonos One is that speaker.It sounds better than the last entry-level Sonos speaker, it’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and it will be … [Read more...]

Anker SoundCore A3102 Bluetooth speaker review: Inexpensive, but surprisingly not cheap

An off-the-hook price-to-performance ratio renders this small speaker a good value. … [Read more...]

Switchmate Bright review: The quick and easy path to smart lighting

You’ll spend more time downloading the app than installing this smart switch. … [Read more...]

Soundcast VG7 outdoor Bluetooth speaker review: A wonderful speaker, indoors or out

But you’ll have to pay to play. Bigly. … [Read more...]

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program for new smart home construction

Wi-Fi Certified homes will feature integrated wireless networks designed with the same level of detail as the home’s electrical and plumbing systems. … [Read more...]

Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform. … [Read more...]

Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam platform Nest acquired in 2014

The new indoor security camera boasts a 4K image sensor, HDR imaging, and the ability to recognize and remember faces. … [Read more...]

DirecTV Now is now available on most Roku streaming devices

Compatibility goes back as far as the Roku 2. … [Read more...]

Blue Microphones Satellite wireless headphones review: Active noise cancellation you can celebrate

Blue Microphones has finally convinced me that active noise cancellation needn’t be a crime against nature. Call me old-fashioned, but the concept of battling noise by introducing noise—albeit of an opposite frequency, so that the two sound waves theoretically cancel each other out—has long been anathema to me. If the driver is producing noise at … [Read more...]

Smart bulbs that work with Amazon’s Alexa

What’s cooler than turning on your lights with your smartphone? Turning on your lights hands free, using just your voice. Smart lighting control is one of the best features that Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based digital assistant, has to offer. Fortunately, the barrier to entry into the home of the future is extremely low. We’ll show you everything you … [Read more...]

Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: There are better Wi-Fi systems for your Mac


Note: This review is based on the performance of the Amplifi HD with Mac clients. If you’d like to read a version with analysis based on performance with Windows clients, follow this link.Ubiquiti Labs is a relatively new player in the consumer router market, but it’s no babe in the woods. It’s a division of Ubiquiti Networks, a well-regarded … [Read more...]

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

Linksys bid its time before jumping into the consumer mesh Wi-Fi router market, watching Eero, Luma, Netgear, and Google wade in with new products in 2016. Now Linksys is making a splash at CES, where it debuted its Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi system. We’ve benchmarked the heck out of a three-node system and found it to be one of the best yet. It’s also … [Read more...]

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