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Smart Home Reviews

Once a fable, the smart home is now attainable for many. Though, since all homes are different, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for finding the best smart home devices. Our reviews of the latest smart thermostats, smart speakers, and security systems will help you figure out what’s right for you. And as smart assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant, grow in capability, we put them to task to see just how helpful they are.

Apple HomePod mini review: playing small ball

Apple’s newest smart speaker is way more affordable but still chasing Amazon and Google

Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential is a slightly smarter bedside clock

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Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: have a ball

Amazon’s latest entry-level smart speaker has a new design, but few other improvements over the last model

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Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere

Amazon’s latest Echo brings room tuning and impressive sound quality to the $100 price point

Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot

Hey Google, turn it up

Yale’s Smart Delivery Box doesn’t yet solve the porch pirate problem

Smart blinds are an expensive upgrade to your smart home

Level Lock review: smarts you can’t see

Surprise! There’s a smart lock in there

A Wi-Fi 6 mesh router is the easiest way to get the most from gigabit internet

August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock offers bolt-on smart lock convenience

Sonos Port review: flexibility for a price

Amazon’s Echo Flex is a smart speaker for very specific needs

Amazon’s Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot for smart displays

Nokia WiFi Beacon 3 review: high-speed mesh networking

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Amazon Echo Studio review: finally, an Echo that sounds great

Google Nest Wifi review: the smarter mesh router

Google’s latest mesh router system is even faster and more capable than before

Amazon Echo (2019) review: middle child syndrome

Amazon’s latest Echo speaker splits the difference between a high-end smart speaker and an entry-level model

Amazon Echo Dot with clock review: time is on its side

Right on the dot

Facebook’s new Portal has a refined design but familiar limitations

Eero’s latest router system is simple to use and less expensive than before

Ring’s Indoor Cam is an easy add-on to a Ring video doorbell

Ring has made it ridiculously easy to surround your house with smart lights and cameras

JBL Link Bar review: three devices rolled into one average soundbar

Petcube’s Play 2 camera makes it a little easier to be away from your pets

Sonos Move review: house shaker, not road warrior

Sonos’ first portable speaker is more comfortable at home than on the go

Google Nest Hub Max review: bigger screen, better sound, and a camera

The new Nest Hub Max is a bigger version of the excellent Nest Hub with a few new tricks up its sleeve