Google Nest Mini review: Modest improvements make Google’s smallest smart speaker even better

You can’t be blamed for mistaking the $49 Nest Mini for its two-year-old predecessor, the (also $49) Google Home Mini. Indeed, the biggest difference between the two smart speakers, which look virtually identical aside from a few iterative design tweaks, might be Google’s decision (which I still find confusing, frankly) …

Ecovacs Deebot 661 robot vacuum review: This is a budget friendly vacuum/mop hybrid

Ecovacs has generally impressed with its Deebot line of robot vacuums, but its latest offering—the Deebot 661 Convertible Vacuuming or Mopping Robotic Vacuum Cleaner—doesn’t quite rise to the same level. That said, the Deebot 661 still fills the need for an affordable vacuum/mop hybrid. The Deebot 661 measures 13.1 inches …

SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock

While SimpliSafe prides itself on its ultra-simple setup and alarm management—its alarm system sets up in minutes and doesn’t even require an app—the optimist in me wondered how it would fare after adding a smart lock to its collection. Notoriously unfriendly in both setup and use, the smart lock industry …

Innr Smart White A19 bulb review: This inexpensive smart bulb seamlessly connects with a Philips Hue Bridge

Anyone looking for inexpensive white smart bulbs that will work with their existing Philips Hue Bridge or Samsung SmartThings hub should check out the Innr Smart White A19 bulb. Available in a four-pack for $36 (which comes out to a reasonable $9 a bulb) or a two-pack for $23Remove non-product …

Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount

While it looks virtually identical to the two-year-old Home Mini, the new Nest Mini promises better sound, an easier way to mount the device on a wall, and a dedicated machine-learning chip that’ll help it learn your favorite commands faster. And yes, it has a new name, too. Available October …

How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once

Want to hear your Amazon Music, Pandora, or Spotify tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you’ll need to tweak some settings first. Indeed, once you’ve followed a few basic steps, you can ask Alexa to play music or …

Ring Spotlight Battery review: The best Smart Lighting starting point

If you’re at all interested in exploring a Ring Smart Light setup at your home, the device to start with is the Spotlight Battery. While it has the same issues as the other members of Ring’s family of lights—disposable batteries, flimsy construction, and imprecise motion sensitivity—its size, brightness, and price …

Delaney Smartlock & Video Camera and Bridging Hub review: A home security bundle not ready for prime time

Founded in 1992, Delaney Hardware manufactures various types of hardware for residential, multi-home, and commercial installations. Rather than build just a Z-Wave smart lock and expect the buyer to supply the hub needed for integration, Delany offers a starter kit that includes a touchscreen smart lock and home security camera …

Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

Like the Braumm P11 smart plug I reviewed in July, Braumm’s S111 in-wall smart switch has at least one thing going for it: It’s cheap. Selling for just $18 on Amazon at press time, it’s the least-expensive Wi-Fi-enabled smart switch I’ve seen to date. Getting the cost down to that …