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Best home video products

We've chosen a cross-section of some of the best home video devices to round out any home theater.

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Iris Home Management System

Iris charges $10 per month for full system functionality, making it difficult to recommend over fee-free competitors like SmartThings, iSmartAlarm, or Insteon.

By Dec. 19, 2013

3 stars Editor's rating Dec. 19, 2013

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SimpliSafe Home Security

Home security options are evolving rapidly, but SimpliSafe is one of our current favorites. If you want a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that features live monitoring, you'll have a hard time finding a better option at a better price.

By Dec. 9, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Dec. 9, 2013

MSRP: $519.84

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Energy Aware Neurio: Home Intelligence

Neurio monitors your energy consumption, sends you usage alerts and reminders, and can be used in conjunction with IFTTT, SmartThings, and Raspberry Pi.

By Oct. 31, 2013

MSRP: $95.00

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Revolv Smart Home Solution

Enthusiasts will appreciate Revolv's attempt to bring order to the smart home universe, but those still dabbling with one or two connected devices should wait for this market to expand.

By Nov. 12, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 12, 2013

MSRP: $299.00

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Check (Android)

Check is a convenient way to pay your bills on your phone, but only if you remember to send your payments in early.

By Mar. 5, 2014

3.5 stars Editor's rating Mar. 5, 2014

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Microsoft Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

By Jan. 24, 2007

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jan. 24, 2007
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Viper Home

Due to the lower monthly fees, Viper Home is a more intriguing option than Oplink if you want to add accessories like a camera and a siren. If you don't, stick with iSmartAlarm.

By Nov. 15, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Nov. 15, 2013
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB

The Epson 5030UB projector is better then ever, with excellent picture quality for the money and class-leading light output, making it shine in both dark and moderately lit rooms.

By Feb. 14, 2014

4 stars Editor's rating Feb. 14, 2014
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2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD

The Lexus IS 350 isn't without its flaws and quirks, but it is a fantastic sport sedan offered at a fantastic value.

By Oct. 31, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 31, 2013
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Staples Connect

It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.

By Jan. 27, 2014

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jan. 27, 2014

MSRP: $99.00