Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your TV’s sound while adding Alexa to the mix, the Yamaha YAS-209 makes for an attractive option. Armed with a wireless subwoofer, an easy-to-use remote, and Alexa onboard, the $350 YAS-209 delivers impressive sound given it price, not to mention …

Kami Wire-Free Camera Kit review: Inexpensive, but you’ll get what you paid for

Kami is YI Technology’s brand for its family of wireless cameras and motion sensors that make up a scalable security system for do-it-yourselfers. Aspirants can kick-off their security efforts with a pair of starter kits: the Kami Wire-Free Camera Kit, reviewed here, or the Kami Smart Security Starter Kit, reviewed …

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review: this combo robot vacuum/mop is great for multi-level homes

Deebot has added the Ozmo 920 to the swelling ranks of robot vacuum/mop hybrids. Like most products in this category, it offers excellent vacuuming and serviceable mopping, but it also includes a wealth of cleaning customization options, including multi-floor mapping and area cleaning that should make it particularly attractive to …

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Table of Contents Show More It’s not surprising that robot vacuums are all the rage. Vacuuming is one of the most loathed household chores. While it doesn’t come with the ick factor of cleaning the toilet or the tedium of dusting, pushing and dragging a noisy, cumbersome vacuum is its …

Scout Video Doorbell review: More bells and whistles than you might expect for the price

A video doorbell is one of the quickest and easiest ways to beef up your home’s security, whether you’re at home or away. A hardwired model like the Scout Video Doorbell will save you the trouble of recharging a battery—and it eliminates the risk that the battery will die when …

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: Better features, new frustrations

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 ($199 on Amazon) is a relatively modest, incremental update to the original Ring Video Doorbell. And, wow, some of its set-up procedure was seriously frustrating. But as a more-or-less satisfied owner of Ring’s first doorbell, I have to give Ring credit: Motion detection is better than …

The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Baby monitors have a singular purpose: to bring parents, particularly nervous new ones, peace of mind. Each of the models reviewed here transmit both audio and video, allowing moms and dads to keep eyes and ears on their snoozing little ones, so they can get things done or just get …

Lorex 1080p Wire Free Camera System review: Connectivity problems sink this security solution

I really wanted to like the Lorex Wire Free Camera System (model LWF2080B-64), because it eliminates a pair of pain points I repeatedly encounter with home security cameras. It takes care of the first—the ongoing high cost of a cloud subscription to store video clips—by including a high-capacity (1TB) network …

Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

It seems like the smart home industry has been slowly moving away from hub-based technology, so it’s curious to see a new hub from Olibra enter the fray. But while Bond is sometimes referred to as a hub, the reality is that it’s a bridge, and that distinction makes it …