Because it's more than just storage
Synology makes a vast number of NAS enclosures, ranging from enterprise-grade systems for several thousand dollars to more affordable, basic home use systems costing just $100. And a lot lies between those two extremes.
If Google Assistant is the way, these speakers are your best bet
If you're looking for a solid smart speaker compatible with Google Assistant, we don't blame you. Not only is it on your phone, but the popular virtual assistant has also proven on more than one occasion that it is arguably more socially adept than Alexa, compatible with more devices than Siri, and certainly more everything than Bixby.
Matter support is coming Echo hardware starting in December
After numerous delays, the Matter smart home standard is finally here. At an event in Amsterdam this week, the Connectivity Standards Alliance announced that 190 devices are either already Matter certified or are in the process of getting certification. At the same event, for the up-and-coming smart home protocol, with its first batch of products getting support starting in December.
The CSA just held its big launch event after months of delays
A month after the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) finalized Matter version 1.0, the body behind the new smart home connectivity standard held a big event to celebrate the launch of the first products to launch or get updates with the new protocol. During the Amsterdam event, the CSA also shone a light on how your smart home will work in the future and what upcoming Matter features you can expect to come later down the road.
Speaker groups let you control multiple Google Home devices as one
Smart speakers are best as a group, as you can set them up around your house as a multiroom speaker system. Once grouped, your music and audio sync between devices, so adjusting the sound for one adjusts it for all.
These are ordinary bulbs and lightstrips, though, not Nanoleaf’s iconic wall shapes
Nanoleaf is probably best known for its geometrically shaped accent lights mounted on the walls of many YouTubers, but the company also offers great regular smart bulbs and light strips for those of us who are just a little less eccentric. These products will also be among the first to support Matter, as Nanoleaf announced as part of the big November 3 Matter launch event in Amsterdam.
The Echo Show 15 can soon also act as a Fire TV
The 3rd gen Amazon Echo Show 10 is among the best Echo smart displays you can buy in 2022. And if you desire an even bigger smart display that can act as a Fire TV, there's the Echo Show 15. Ahead of Black Friday, these smart displays from Amazon are back to their Prime Day prices, making it the perfect time to pick one up. You can get the massive Echo Show 15 for $170, down $80 from its $250 MSRP. And if you want a regular smart display that makes video calling easier, the Echo Show 10 is also down to the same price.
It's hard to believe that Alexa is already 8 years old
The Amazon Echo (4th gen) is an easy recommendation for the best smart speaker for most people's needs. It offers excellent sound quality for its size, the built-in Alexa assistant is quick to respond to commands — and that it looks like a mini Death Star. Today's deal knocks the Echo down to an all-time low of $50, making it the perfect time to pick one up for yourself or as a gift for the holidays.
Assistant can now speak to your child in a friendlier voice
The best Google Assistant smart speakers and smart displays are meant for all members of your family, including your kids. Unlike Google TV and Android, though, Google does not provide parental controls for Assistant interactions with kids. The company is looking to change that by rolling out new features that will make it safer for your kids to interact with Assistant.
Customize Amazon Echo Flash Briefing to get personalized news
From playing music to getting news updates to controlling Amazon Alexa-compatible smart home devices, the Amazon Echo line of speakers has improved our lives. Amazon Echo speakers get even better once you start using Alexa skills. Skills are like mini apps that you control with your voice. One of our favorite Amazon Echo tips is using the Flash Briefing Alexa skill to get instant news.
An all-time low price for one of our favorite smart speakers
Google's Nest Audio is one of the best smart speakers you'll find. It sounds great for its size, it picks up voice commands surprisingly well, and it integrates seamlessly with other Nest and Google devices. We called it a "hard yes'" buy at $99 for one speaker, so imagine how we feel about this deal that gives you two speakers and costs $10 less?
With a new web portal and redesigned Google Home app, now's the time to grab the Nest Cam
Getting a solid smart home security camera isn't just for keeping your home safe from intruders. Their built-in microphone and speaker make it a great way to check in with your kids while you are away, and its night vision means you can keep an eye on mischievous pets when the sun goes down. The 2021 Nest Cam typically retails for $100, but right now you can pick one (or more) up at a $30 discount.
Even our speakers deserve a fresh start
Google Nest speakers are some of the best smart speakers for your home, mainly because they're easy to use and let you interact with your smart home devices intuitively. Plus, their design fits in nicely with most homes. When you add Google Assistant, it makes your life easier when interacting with a Google Assistant smart speaker or display and your Android phone.
Smart lighting adds character and ambiance to any space, but no one does it like these brands.
Lighting is a popular option when updating a home with the best smart devices, and for good reason. Whether you're looking for just a few customizable colored bulbs or want to equip your home theater with the perfect mood lighting, today's top brands offer excellent performance, wide-ranging compatibility, and lower prices than ever before.
High-end smart mood lighting
Philips Hue products have a reputation for being pricier than the competition, but there's a reason for that: they're some of the best smart lights out there, with a fully featured app and a huge (and growing) ecosystem of lights to choose from. At $330, the Signe floor lamp is one of Hue's most premium offerings, and it's not an easy sell on utility alone. But if you've got the cash and you're all about Hue, it'll be a great addition to your smart home.
OK Google! These smart displays work best with Google Assistant, making them top choices right out of the box.
Google Assistant is widely considered one of the best virtual assistants out there. Alexa may be better at smart home functionality thanks to its many integrations; however, Google Assistant is one of the best smart speakers for your home and a more socially adept virtual assistant. Subsequently, finding a smart display compatible with Google Assistant should be easy, right?
You might not need it, but you'll certainly want it
Google sells a number of indoor and outdoor security cams under the Nest banner: a wired, indoor-only model; a wireless indoor/outdoor model; both a wired doorbell and a wireless doorbell; and an outdoor camera with a floodlight. We've reviewed most of them, and a common thread among them is an annoying reliance on a service called Nest Aware to unlock their full potential. So what exactly is Nest Aware, and do you really need it to use a Nest camera?
Device triggers also continue to roll out to more and more users
Big things are happening in Google's smart home ecosystem, starting with a revamped user interface for the Home app, which is still in the preview phase. Ahead of its widespread rollout, we saw the app extend the convenience of device triggers to some users last week. That feature is now making its way to even more Google Home users, alongside a new option for household routines.
The building blocks of Google Home on the web
One important aspect about modern consumer technology is the ability to do what you want from where you want whenever you want. But when it came to controlling your smart home appliances through Google Home, users have had to rely on the mobile app for the longest time. Not anymore with the latest announcement from the company.
A new update is rolling out to add Matter integration to the SmartThings Hub
Matter is the new smart home standard that promises to end the frustration of using multiple apps to control your smart devices and all the compatibility woes. With the backing of Google, Apple, Ikea, Samsung, and other tech giants, the standard envisions a smart home ecosystem where all devices are interoperable. After a delay of over a year, the official Matter 1.0 standard and certification program dropped in early October. Following its release, Samsung is now fulfilling its promise of adding Matter support to the SmartThings platform with the latest app update. This will allow you to control Matter-certified devices directly from SmartThings.