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Our favorite smart thermostats

Nest Learning Thermostat The next-gen Nest Learning Thermostat has a larger display, a better resolution and a new far-field sensor for viewing time and temperature information from a distance. Nest is behind in the [Read entire story]

Four cheap phones we love

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The latest ZenFone 3 packs a premium design and materials into a brilliant, affordable phone. The bottom line: The ZenFone 3’s beautiful looks, premium construction and satisfying [Read entire story]

These laptops rank on top

The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touch-pad, faster components and a flatter keyboard. The [Read entire story]

Best sound bars under $300

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Yamaha offers a wide-open sound that is great for movies and surprisingly good with music. The connectivity is up there with some of the best sound bars, regardless of price. The [Read entire story]

Best wireless routers

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The RT2600 has long-range, fast Wi-Fi speed and plenty of features. The router can host more than one broadband connection, and works as a network storage server when coupled with an [Read entire story]

Best DIY home security systems

From setup to shutdown, the Piper NV all-in-one security device was an absolute delight to use. For easy, seamless DIY home security and automation integration, look no further than the Piper NV. Nest Cam’s [Read entire story]

Best mirrorless cameras

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the most part, the Sony delivers terrific photo and video quality in a compact, well-designed body. Terrible battery life and a mushy shutter mechanism may negatively affect your [Read entire story]

4 great phones you can’t get from your carrier

Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 The Huawei has more power than you’ll need, a camera that’s great for arty shots and a battery that won’t quit on you by dinner. The bottom line: Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of [Read entire story]

Best phones of 2017

Polished design. MicroSD storage slot and water-resistant (again). No removable battery, which isn’t surprising, but is still a compromise compared with 2014’s S5. The fast, powerful, beautiful Galaxy S7 phone is [Read entire story]

Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know

The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available on a [Read entire story]

Best new AV receivers

The Sony proves itself a worthy all-arounder with a dynamic performance in both music and movies. Useful features include multiroom streaming, three separate powered speaker zones and wireless support for AirPlay, [Read entire story]

Best of the new TVs

The B6 outperforms every other TV we’ve tested, with the exception of even more expensive 2016 OLED TVs, which perform about the same. The bottom line: LG’s high-end 2016 OLED TVs deliver the best picture quality of [Read entire story]

Best tablets under $200

Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 The ZenPad is affordable, lightweight and thin, with a sleek design. Adjusting the screen’s color balance, saturation and sharpness is a breeze thanks to its user-friendly UI, and its [Read entire story]

Flood sensors for your basement

D-Link’s Water Sensor is smartly designed and features all the important perks to make it an effective flood detector. D-Link’s only real weakness is that it relies on being plugged in, which means power outages are [Read entire story]

Favorite holiday gifts for the kids

Classic Edition Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 Authentic-looking, throwback design; comfortable controller; the best value for a bunch of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit games; connects with HDMI and powered by [Read entire story]

Top fitness trackers and smartwatches for the holidays

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 Always-on heart rate. A great companion app. Not water-resistant for swims or showers. Phone notifications on the Charge 2 display are limited and hard to read. The bottom line: If you [Read entire story]

Best budget tech items for the holiday

Echo products still can’t offer audio that syncs across devices in more than one room. The new and improved Dot takes Amazon’s best-in-class smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package. The Roku [Read entire story]

Nothing like drones for the holidays

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The Sport mode lets you get to your location faster or just have some fun. Slow-motion video is a nice addition to an already excellent camera. The Obstacle Sensing System only sees [Read entire story]

The best wireless speakers for holiday shoppers

The connectivity is better than most competitors with HDMI, optical, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Streaming options include Google Cast, Spotify and Pandora. If you want to listen to music, a dedicated stereo system will sound [Read entire story]

Which smart bulbs should you use with Alexa?

Cree Connected LED Bulb Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The Cree boasts solid lighting specs, strong ease of use, a wide range of control options, and a terrific price. Unlike standard Cree LEDs, the new connected [Read entire story]