Netatmo still needs work, but it breaks new ground with facial recognition and shows enough prowess with that feature to be worth a look for anyone interested in cutting edge camera tech.
Given that Nest Cam and Dropcam Pro are pretty similar, it doesn't make a lot of sense for existing users to replace their Pro. But, budding DIYers searching for a high-res live streaming camera really can't beat Nest Cam.
Chamberlain 3/4 HPS Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener is a feat to install but is a worthwhile way for those with outdated garage systems to gain a foothold in the connected home.
Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit
As the first retail-ready HomeKit product, Lutron's kit is just the beginning of Siri-integrated smart home control, but it works so well that I can easily recommend it today for any iOS users interested in plug-in lighting and dimmer products.
GE Bright Stik LED ( 3-pack)
At $10 for a three-pack, the Bright Stik LED is a compelling value pick in the lighting aisle.
Philips 60W Equivalent LED Bulb 9290011350
Unless you use dimmer switches in your home, it's hard to go wrong with this light -- and the price is just right.
Canary Smart Home Security Device ( White)
Canary is packed with solid hardware, but it doesn't add up to a device we'd want to depend on.
Pure Imagination Perfect Drink
Perfect Drink is a fun novelty splurge for your home bar, but it isn't a mixology must-have by any stretch.
Staples Connect Hub ( D-Link Edition)
Staples Connect is a reliable, easy-to-use platform, and the new D-Link hub is undeniably better than the original. If you already own devices that'll work with it, the new hub makes a lot of sense, but if you're starting your smart home from scratch, consider waiting to see what happens with Apple HomeKit and SmartThings 2.0.
Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera
The Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera is an OK midpriced security camera that manages to differentiate itself from the identical form factor of the ArcSoft Simplicam by way of its adaptable video stream and lower cloud subscription fees.