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SimpliSafe Smart Lock Review: Gorgeous, and easy to install

SimpliSafe recently expanded its home security portfolio with its first smart lock. Not only is it one of the easiest smart locks to install, but it's also one of the best-looking devices currently on the market. However, can it match its good looks with useful features? Find out in our review.
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Canary Flex review: Friendly yet futuristic

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Ring Indoor Cam Review: It comes up short

The Ring Indoor Cam is one of the tiniest smart cameras on the market at only 1.81 in. x 1.81 in. x 2.95 in. (46 mm x 46 mm x 75 mm). That's smaller than a can of soda. It almost looks like a toy, but don't let its appearance fool you. There's some good stuff crammed into that small package.
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Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid Review: It does all the things

The Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid takes the hassle of having to vacuum and mop, especially when it's really efficient in the way its cleans. It's Eufy's most ambitious robot vacuum to date, so it's a first good step in the right direction that should increase its brand recognition.
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iRobot Roomba s9 Plus Review: A nearly perfect robot

Packed with the latest technology, iRobot's top of the range Roomba delivers leading-edge features like a self-emptying dust bin, smart multi-floor mapping and super-simple app control. But in terms of cleaning performance, it's simply the best robot vacuum you can buy on the market today.

Tile Sticker, Slim, and Pro hands-on review: A Tile for your tech (and more)

Tile has unveiled an all-new hardware lineup for 2019, including new form factors and functionality – and at last, an adhesive version of the tracking tech. Meet Tile Sticker, Tile Slim, Tile Pro, and Tile Mate, versatile tracking devices to ensure you don't lose anything.
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Arlo Pro 2 review

It may not be cheap, but the Arlo Pro 2 doesn’t cut any corners, making it the most versatile smart home camera we have ever tested yet. What's more, it has storage plans meet the needs of everyone from a small apartment renters to medium sized businesses, with support for up to 50 cameras.
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Amazon Echo Frames, Loop, and Buds hands-on Review: More Alexa to love

Amazon is going all-in on spy gear with all the new gear they announced at its September 2019 event. With the announcement of the Echo Frames, Echo Loop, and Echo Buds, it means that there are many more ways to love Amzon's Alexa with these new gadgets. We checked them all out to see they're practical.
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Google Home Mini review: Smart home, smart price

The Google Home Mini is an AI assistant that’s far more capable than its small size would suggest. With Voice Match capabilities and smarter than the Echo Dot, you'll like this impressive little speaker. Here are some other things we like about the device, and a few things we don't like.
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Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 Review: Laser-guided mop

Ecovacs is known for making reasonably-priced-yet-high-tech robot vacuums, and the brand recently came out with a 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop combination. It’s called the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950, and it claims to be the most powerful Deebot so far. I tested the OZMO 950, and here’s my take on the device.
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Lockly Secure Pro Biometric Smart Lock review

The Lockly Secure Pro smart lock is positively packed with features -- a fingerprint reader, a touchscreen keypad, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Home. It even comes with a hub and door sensor. Is this smart lock as great as it sounds? I tested the device to find out.
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Swann 4K Ultra HD NVR Security System review

Swann's six-camera smart home security system impresses with sleek lines, a sturdy build, and a swath of advanced features, including 4K UHD video, color night vision, integrated heat and motion detection, spotlights, sirens and more. The mobile app leaves a lot to be desired, however.
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Google Nest Hub Max review: The definitive smart display

The Nest Hub Max is meant to be the centerpiece of your home, a singular device that covers security, entertainment, home automation, and virtual assistance. Don’t be fooled if it looks like other smart displays, however. There’s more to Google's latest device than meets the eye.
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Wyze Sense Starter Kit review

The Wyze Sense Starter Kit packs impossibly small motion and entry sensors and innovative network bridge in a low-cost, high-performance security bundle for Wyze Cam owners. Our Wyze Sense Starter Kit review answers whether this is the budget security setup you’ve been waiting for.
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NutriBullet Blender Combo review: Smoothie king

NutriBullet Blender Combo is a great choice for smoothie enthusiasts and home cooks alike. It's ease of use, modern design, and low price point makes it a good choice for those seeking a quality machine on a budget. it also seems to be very well constructed, so it's made to last for years to come.
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First Ring conquered your porch. Now it wants to light up your lawn

Ring Smart Lights don’t just light up your yard, they talk to your video cameras, your phone, and even Alexa. But do you really need a floodlight with brains and connectivity? We installed them all over to find out whether the convenience outweighs the nuisance.
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Defender 4K Wired Security System impressions: First-class video, economy app

Defender 4K is a budget 4K smart home security system that offers pin-sharp UHD imaging and dedicated network video storage at a bargain price. But despite boasting leading-edge video, Defender 4K feels dated, lacking the ease of use and advanced features we expect from modern smart home systems.
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Eufy Security Video Doorbell review: Why pay more?

Anker’s UHD video doorbell delivers pin-sharp imaging and capable performance at a low price and without recurring subscriptions. While it lacks the premium quality of devices like Nest Hello, it’s still a worthy contender.
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RemoBell W impressions: A simple smart doorbell that fails to shine

The $199 RemoBell W, the Remo+ brand’s most expensive bell, features a 1080p Full HD camera with night vision, two-way talk, PIR motion sensor, and a wide, 160-degree field of view. It's high price, disappointing video quality, and a lack of features found on other doorbells means it fails to deliver.
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iDevices Instinct impressions: A smart wall switch that’s Alexa-powered

With the Instinct, connected home brand iDevices is bringing the virtual assistant experience to a wall switch that’s powered by Amazon Alexa. The iDevices Instinct essentially represents the marriage between an Echo Dot and a standard wall switch that can be found in any home.
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Shark Apex Uplight vacuum review

Shark recently came out with a new vacuum called the Apex UpLight Corded LiftAway. It claims to offer full-sized power in a lightweight vacuum that’s easy to manage. But how does it stack up against heavier uprights? Check out our Shark APEX UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum Review.
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Eufy RoboVac 15C Max review

If you're looking to get your first robot vacuum without breaking the bank, then the Eufy RoboVac 15C MAX is worth considering with its Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa integration, strong cleaning performance, and sleek design.
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Frigidaire FGIP2468UD dishwasher review

This Frigidaire dishwasher has a lot of pros, including the ability to run quietly, the added flexibility of its racks, minimalist design, and impressive cleaning capabilities that deliver solid results. But do these things come at too high a price? Read our review to find out.
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Petsafe’s smartphone-controlled feeder ensures your dog or cat never goes hungry

If you're looking for an automatic feeder you can control with your smartphone, then Petsafe's Smart Feed could be exactly what you need. It can dispense multiple meals and be scheduled and remote controlled from the smartphone app for Android and iOS. We tried it out with our cat to see how it works.
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Maytag MHW6630HC0 4.8 Cubic Feet Front Load Washer review

Did you forget that you started a load of wash until the next day? No need to worry about the moldy smell with Maytag’s 16-Hour Fresh Hold Feature. The Maytag front load washer has tons of useful features, but how good is it at cleaning your clothes and fighting tough stains?
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Abode Iota Starter Kit review

Abode’s second-generation starter kit is a huge leap forward from last year’s model, with a fresh design, integrated 1080p camera, motion sensors, and more. It’s super-simple to get up and running, while offering an array of accessories for users seekeing greater sophistication.
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Hive Active Thermostat Review

The compact Hive Active Thermostat looks good, is easy to install, and offers simple ways to manage your HVAC system by phone or desktop. But the reliance on a Zigbee network bridge for remote control, and issues with its mirrored display, put it far behind our favorite smart thermostat. Find out more in our Hive Active Thermostat review.
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ALC Patrol HD Surveillance System Review

Rugged hardware, local video storage and quality imaging combine to make ALC Patrol HD a good-value multi-camera surveillance system. But poorly translated and documented software means that it’s not the simplest to work with.
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Ikea-Sonos Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker review

Can a $99 speaker deliver the kind of sound and convenience that Sonos users have become accustomed to? In a word: Yes. And then some. The Ikea-Sonos Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker manages to sound great while fitting into nearly any space in your home, and can also double as an actual bookshelf.
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iLife W400 Floor Washing Robot review

iLife’s W400 Floor Washing Robot is purpose-built to do for your hardwood and vinyl floors what a robot vacuum will do for your carpets. It’s different from many other mopping or sweeping robots because it scrubs the floors with clean water and then sucks up the dirty water. How does it stack up? Here’s our review.
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Eight Sleep Pod Review: This smart bed is designed for couples

Eight Sleep came out with a bed called the Pod that is all about sleep fitness. Each night when you sleep, the Pod measures data to determine a sleep fitness score. It also creates the ideal temperature environment to help you get better sleep. Here's our Eight Sleep Pod review.
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Safe by Hub6 review

If paying your monthly alarm monitoring fees has got you seeing red but you don’t want to scrap your perfectly good alarm system, we’ve got good news. The $250 Safe by Hub6 lets your alarm talk to you directly without monthly fees. You’ll need to do some basic wiring, but the annual savings are worth it.
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Ring Peephole Cam review

Easy to install with no physical damage, Ring Peephole Cam is the perfect smart doorbell for renters and apartment owners limited by strict lease agreements or homeowner association rules.
Anker Eufy RoboVac 11S Max review

Anker Eufy RoboVac 11S Max review

The Eufy RoboVac 11S Max offers basic, automated cleaning on a budget, with a boost in performance over its predecessor.