Best smart home devices: What you need to bring smarts to your home

Best smart home devices: What you need to bring smarts to your home

The home is getting smarter. Gone are the days when you had to “get up” and walk over to a “light switch” to turn on the lights. These days, with the right gear, you can simply use your voice or your phone to control your lights, and all kinds of other smart home devices. But […]

The best smart guitar

The best smart guitar

Smart guitars streamline the learning process and you can link them to tutorial apps that make learning fun and intuitive. BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Best smart guitars for all skill levels In this modern age of technology, many of our regular household items have become digitized, changing how we […]

What Is Z-Wave Plus

What Is Z Wave Plus

What is Z-Wave Plus and how does it work? Z-Wave Plus is a new certification scheme meant to assist consumers identify goods that use the “Next Gen” Z-Wave hardware platform, often known as the 500 Series, 5th Generation, Z-Wave for Gen5 or just Gen5. Z-Wave Plus certified solutions include a collection of additional features and […]

August Smart Lock Pro Review 2021

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The August Smart Lock Pro eliminates the need for keys by allowing you to unlock your door with your smartphone or Apple Watch. If you get home with your arms full, the August Smart Lock Pro can open the door for you automatically. We like that the August works with your current deadbolt rather than […]

August Smart Lock

August Smart Locks

August Smart Lock is a secure, key-less entry system that you may use with your smartphone. Unleash the smart lock’s full potential! Have you ever misplaced or forgotten your keys? I’m curious if you closed the door when you left. Or would you rather drive all the way home only to let someone in? August Smart Locks […]

I Didn’t Think I Needed Smart Light Bulbs Until I Tried These

I Didn’t Think I Needed Smart Light Bulbs Until I Tried These

Smart light bulbs are one of those innovations that always seemed to me, a longtime tech writer, as more like a toy than a tool. Yes, they help optimize the fully automated homes of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs — allowing you to, say, set the mood lighting in your living room to mimic the natural cycle […]

Are Your Smart Devices Spying on You?

Are Your Smart Devices Spying on You?

Photos courtesy of LegalShield They’re called smart devices for good reason. That new flat screen you bought to watch the big game can do much more than show instant replays. The inconspicuous voice assistant perched on your kitchen counter can listen in to your conversations and even record them while it dims the lights. These […]

Eero 6 review: Smart home management made easy

Eero 6 review: Smart home management made easy

Routers are probably low on the priority list for many people. It’s one of those underappreciated devices in the home that just works in the background, and the only time it ever comes to mind is when things aren’t working properly. A growing smart home presents some challenges , with more and more devices requiring […]

Turbolock TL117 Smart Lock Review

Turbolock TL117 Smart Lock Review

The Turbolock TL117 ($79.99) is a reasonably priced smart lock equipped with Bluetooth technology that lets you unlock your door with your phone. You can also unlock it using a keypad or a traditional keyway, but it lacks voice control and can’t be controlled remotely. Moreover, you can’t use your phone to lock the door, […]

The best smart thermostats for 2020

The best smart thermostats for 2020

Smart thermostats do more than manage your home’s heating and cooling system. These app-enabled smart home devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat from your phone whether you’re on the couch, at the grocery store or on vacation — anywhere your phone or mobile device is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. Many […]