Cnet Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
good: For just $ 8 each, the Wyze Bulb works with Alexa, Google and IFTTT and you don't need a hub to use it. The bulb itself is brighter than the advertised one, and the app includes useful features such as scenes, shortcuts and a vacation mode.
The river: The bulb does not light as low as some of its competitors and does not accept Siri voice controls via Apple HomeKit. Although you can schedule automatic lighting changes at certain times, the app will not allow you to schedule lighting changes at sunrise or sunset, nor will it allow you to trigger slow damages.
cost: 8 - 12 $
Bottom line: This is the best smart bulb I have ever tested and a perfect choice if you are using Alexa or Google Assistant to control your smart home.
Cnet Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
good: Google has added several new features and improved sound quality to its second-generation smart speaker.
The river: You still can't connect the Mini to larger speakers via the auxiliary cable and there is no digital display, such as Amazon's newest Echo Dot.
cost: $ 50
Bottom line: If you're a Google Home Mini fan, Nest Mini offers a very similar experience, with a handful of new features and enhancements, at the same affordable price.
Cnet Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
good: This in-house security camera costs just $ 25. It has free cloud storage and microSD card slot for local storage.
The river: Get one free movement area.
cost: $ 25
Bottom line: Wyze's small security room is surprisingly great.
Cnet Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
good: This smart connector maintains other outlets for free, works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and offers plenty of scheduling and calendar options.
The river: TP-Link Kasa Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini is not compatible with HomeKit.
cost: $ 16 - $ 32
Bottom line: This smart connector is a great choice for anyone interested in programming, voice commands and remote access to everyday devices up to 1,500 watts.
The following members of the Cnet contributed to this story: Ry Crist, Molly Price, Megan Wollerton and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews on personal technology products, visit www.cnet.com.
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