Category Archives: smart home

The Best Smart Locks

Of all the functions and devices technology promises to improve or replace, there are few more critical to you and yours than the lock on the front door to your home. Like most technology, however, so-called “smart” locks represent two … Continue reading

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D-Link 8000LH Mini HD Camera Review

Saving some cents makes sense in most shopping cases. But protecting life and property isn’t a place to budget. Which brings us to D-Link’s DCS-8000LH Mini HD WiFi Camera, available as a single unit for just $59.99 or as a … Continue reading

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6 Best Google Assistant Speakers

A review roundup of the 6 best Google Assistant speakers. Read the rest of this roundup on Techlicious here.

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JBL Link 500: This Speaker Should Be Played Loud

Just before the seminal rockumentary The Last Waltz begins to unspool, you are famously advised that “This film should be played loud!” This is wise guidance you should follow when playing the JBL Link 500 Google Assistant speaker ($399.95). Read … Continue reading

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The Next Best TV Under $1,000?

In January, we named the 55-inch 6 Series TCL TV, the 55P607 (the 2017 model), the best value for a TV under $1,000, and now TCL has upgraded its 6 Series for 2018. Better yet, the company is selling its new … Continue reading

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Harman/Kardon Allure: Alluring Sound, Short on Features

Let’s get right to the point: The Harman/Kardon Allure 360-degree Amazon Alexa-enabled speaker ($249.95) is alluring, both aesthetically and aurally. It’s got an unusual Star Trekprop-like smoky opaque plastic topped design with an interior tube that lights up when sound … Continue reading

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6 Best Alexa-Enabled Speakers (Beyond the Amazon Echo)

A review roundup of the 6 best Amazon Alexa-enabled speakers on Techlicious, which you can read here.

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Review: D-Link 936L Wi-Fi Camera

There are two distinct reasons why you’d consider buying a Wi-Fi security camera for your home: either to alert you if someone enters your space while you’re away, or to act as sort of a nanny cam to let you … Continue reading

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How did Xiaomi make such a great – and cheap – Wi-Fi security camera?

Wi-Fi security cameras usually come in two distinct varieties: either expensive ($150-$200) and a full-raft of features and options, or cheap (sub-$100) and – well, you get what you pay for in the end. With its Mi Home Security Camera, … Continue reading

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Review: ADT Home Security Starter Kit is a good start – if you add ADT monitoring

The purpose of a home security system is to ease concerns about the safety of your castle and the people it houses. With a standard ADT system, the company installs your system – sensors, motion sensors, keypads, etc. – and … Continue reading

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