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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s a lot out there worth investing in right at this moment.

With that in mind, and to ensure you won’t end up gifting (or being gifted) a dud this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the best smart home devices you can buy.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Kasa Smart Power Strip review: Six smart outlets in one package

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Internet-connected outlets are among the most common smart home devices, partially because they are typically cheap (~$30-50), and partially because they are so versatile. Do you constantly leave the TV or computer on after you leave home? Do you hate using Hue bulbs? Use a smart outlet.

The vast majority of smart plugs only have one outlet. If you need multiple internet-connected plugs in the same place, TP-Link has just the product for you.

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Kasa Smart Power Strip review: Six smart outlets in one package was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Hub review: A smarter smart display

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Google started talking about Assistant-powered smart displays earlier this year, but it let Lenovo and JBL roll out the first products. Google unveiled its Assistant display alongside the new Pixel phones, and it's not just the same guts in a new shell. Google has added some unique features and also omitted one that all other devices have.

The Home Hub is not stylish, but the understated design should blend in with your home quite well.

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Google Home Hub review: A smarter smart display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you're making an expansion to your house and it's impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren't compatible with ductless systems, so you have to start thinking creatively if you want connected climate control.

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner

Friday, October 5th, 2018

If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you're making an expansion to your house and it's impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren't compatible with ductless systems, so you have to start thinking creatively if you want connected climate control. The solution comes in the form of small units that can send the same infrared signals as an air conditioner's (AC) remote, but that are themselves WiFi-enabled for remote access.

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Polk Command Bar review: A decent, inexpensive soundbar with Alexa

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Polk had the interesting idea of putting an Echo Dot into a soundbar, not only offering something that sounds better than your TV's speakers, but also adding Alexa to your living room. This all-in-one solution was dubbed the Command Bar, an unassuming soundbar that also happens to have what looks like an actual Echo Dot shoved in the middle.

If you want Alexa in your living room and to simultaneously improve your listening experience, then the Command Bar is for you.

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Polk Command Bar review: A decent, inexpensive soundbar with Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Polk Command Bar review: A decent, inexpensive soundbar with Alexa

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Polk had the interesting idea of putting an Echo Dot into a soundbar, not only offering something that sounds better than your TV's speakers, but also adding Alexa to your living room. This all-in-one solution was dubbed the Command Bar, an unassuming soundbar that also happens to have what looks like an actual Echo Dot shoved in the middle.

If you want Alexa in your living room and to simultaneously improve your listening experience, then the Command Bar is for you.

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Polk Command Bar review: A decent, inexpensive soundbar with Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Smart displays aren't for everyone. They're not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, you hit some roadblocks while using them and wish they could do just a little bit more.

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

So-called smart speakers became the darling of every big tech company in the last three years, with Amazon, Google, and Apple all trying to push their digital assistants as a complementary and indispensable part of their locked-in ecosystems. Incremental advancement continues, and the Assistant-powered responses to Amazon's trailblazing, screen-equipped Echo Show have started to land, the first one being this: Lenovo's Smart Display. And far from just being an interesting first try, Google's Assistant on a screen has already become an indispensable part of my home, especially in the kitchen. 

The Google Home and Home Mini have operated like decentralized, Assistant-powered satellites.

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Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Hello review: The security camera I’ve always wanted

Friday, July 27th, 2018

As any introvert will tell you, the doorbell can be a source of great anxiety. If I'm not expecting someone, there are only so many reasons for the doorbell to ring. I don't want anything to do with most of those reasons, so it's highly desirable to know what's going on out there before I open the door. I've used various security cameras for this task, including most recently the Arlo Pro 2.

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Nest Hello review: The security camera I've always wanted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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