Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

By Michael Brown Executive Editor, TechHive | Apr 17, 2019 12:05 PM PT Table of Contents Show More You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, …

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

By Jason D’Aprile Freelance contributor, TechHive | Apr 2, 2019 11:57 AM PT Table of Contents Show More The best smart thermostat will have an outsize impact not only how comfortable you are in your home, but also on your household budget. Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly …

Best media streaming devices

Table of Contents Show More Whether you’ve just gotten rid of cable or want to supplement your TV package with online video, now’s an excellent time to buy a media streaming device. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire TV …

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

By Michael Brown Executive Editor, TechHive | Mar 25, 2019 2:46 PM PT Table of Contents Show More Thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and Alexa digital assistant, a cottage industry of add-ons and accessories has sprung up to make the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap …

Best laptop bags: Editor’s choice for commuting, traveling, and more

Table of Contents Show More A good MacBook bag shares many qualities with a MacBook. We want it to be tough, so it needs to be made from good materials. We want to use it for multiple tasks, so it needs to have plenty of pockets and compartments. (And let’s …

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

By Michael Ansaldo Freelance contributor, TechHive | Feb 22, 2019 8:53 AM PT Table of Contents Show More Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional—and pricey—security …

The best Bluetooth earbuds of 2019

Table of Contents Show More Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive—juuuust right. As Bluetooth earbuds don’t need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you’ll never have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord running between their …

Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Table of Contents Show More Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton …