Ben PattersonSenior Writer, TechHive

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart speakers, soundbars, and other smart and home-theater devices.

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Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

This $100 Bluetooth speaker could do with a little more high-end detail, but its attention to mid-range audio pays dividends when it comes to delivering rich, robust sound.

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Netgear sets a $700 price tag (ouch) for its upcoming Orbi Wi-Fi 6 mesh network system

The future is now as far as Netgear’s latest Wi-Fi mesh network system is concerned, with the Wi-Fi 6 Orbi RBK852 slated to land in stores next month.

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Meural’s revamped Canvas II wireless photo frame lets you decorate your wall with priceless works of art

The revamped photo frame from Netgear-owned Meural promises better Wi-Fi, greater energy efficiency, and even an optional subscription service of digital masterpieces.

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Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

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Bang & Olufsen’s first soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos and AirPlay 2 support

Slated to arrive this fall, Bang & Olufsen’s sleek soundbar comes with 11 powered drivers, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, and built-in Chromecast support.

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Samsung reportedly tees up Galaxy Home Mini beta test in South Korea

There’s still no solid word on the fate of Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy Home, but it appears Samsung is moving ahead with a smaller version of the Bixby-powered smart speaker.

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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review: This chatty, Alexa-powered playmate keeps tykes entertained and engaged

If you’re looking for an alternative to unleashing your kids on an iPad when you need a break, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes for an attentive and engaging companion.

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Fitbit Versa 2 hands-on: Alexa, OLED, and an always-on display make a compelling upgrade

With on-board Amazon Alexa, an AMOLED display, and Fitbit Pay for the base model, the Versa 2 looks like it’s ready to go toe-to-toe with the Apple Watch.

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Anker SoundCore Life Q20 Bluetooth headphones review: Comfy and inexpensive with surprisingly rich sound

The SoundCore Life Q20 headphone surprised us with its rich, lifelike sound and a comfortable fit that allowed for lengthy listening sessions.

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Bose’s first portable smart speaker is slated for September

Get ready to take Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the road in Bose’s just-announced portable smart speaker, due to arrive next month.

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-30BQ review: A dual-core laptop that's slim, light, and priced to move

It won’t win any speed records, but the slim Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-30BQ makes for a compelling bargain-priced laptop all the same.

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Amid privacy concerns, Google nixes the ability turn off the status light on active Nest cameras

Nest Cam, Dropcam, and Hello owners will no longer be allowed to completely turn off the status lights on their cameras, although they will be able to dim them.

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Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range of bias lighting colors for your TV, but no “true” white mode

If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-colored bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting strip makes for a solid choice.

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Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain bias lighting strip is a little too cool

This popular LED light strip is easy to install and boasts a variety of colors and light modes, but its color temperature leaves something to be desired.

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Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC

If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.

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