This week saw the addition of Rich Brown's appliances team to CNET's stable of expert reviewers. In fact, the inaugural batch of smart appliance reviews featured an Editors' Choice Award-winning single-serve coffee maker, a few multifunctional toaster ovens, and a few robot vacuums. Let's get ready to Rooooooombaaaaaaa!
Bunn My Cafe MCU
It's affordable, it's versatile, it's durable, it's easy to use, and most importantly, it makes a reliably mean cup of Joe. The Bunn My Cafe MCU was, unanimously, our favorite single-serve coffee maker. Read the review.
Terraria is an incredibly involved and challenging game that's worth buying as long as you play it on the iPad. Read the review.
Google Drive for iOS
An elegant blend of Dropbox-like storage and mobile document editing, Google Drive for iOS is a must-have app, especially if you're a dedicated Google user. Read the review.
iON Air Pro 2 Wi-Fi
One of the better action cam options available, the iON Air Pro 2 improves on the original, while still offering a good value. Read the review.
iRobot Roomba 790
If price-point isn't a factor and you're looking for a robot vacuum to help you maintain multiple flooring types in your home, the iRobot Roomba 790 is an effective, low-maintenance purchase. Read the review.
Breville Smart Oven
Consider investing in the trusty, solid, and clever Breville Smart Oven if you plan to do some serious cooking and as long as you're not turned off by a $249 price tag. Read the review.
Neato XV Signature Pro
The Neato XV Signature Pro offers unmatched value in its field. Its performance, simplicity, and price make it an excellent choice for buyers seeking an effective, low-maintenance robot vacuum. Read the review.
Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven
The wee Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven is endearingly quirky and almost surprisingly good at what it does. For a midrange price, you'll get the functionality of a much more expensive model. Read the review.
Belkin WeMo Light Switch
The Belkin WeMo Light Switch is a little expensive, but it's mostly a solid a la carte option for DIYers interested in home automation. Read the review.
Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion
The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion is a fun, wallet-friendly step toward the long-promised home automation revolution. Read the review.
Philips Hue Connected Bulb starter pack
You might not have an obvious need for an Internet-connected, color-changing light bulb, but the Philips Hue Connected Bulb starter pack offers enough potential to justify its high price tag. Read the review.
With its reliability, its overall ease of use, and its undeniable value, the iSmartAlarm is an intriguing, legitimate alternative in home security, especially for small-home owners and budget-minded consumers. Read the review.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat can compete directly with the Nest Learning Thermostat on features, but it doesn't match the Nest's intuitive design. Read the review.
Verizon's budget-conscious QWERTY lovers should consider the LG Enact, but if cost isn't an issue, the Motorola Droid 4 is the better phone. Read the review.
Origin PC EON13-S
Small-screen gaming laptops are rare because they require serious engineering sleight of hand. The Origin PC EON13-S walks the line between power and portability, but it would be so much cooler with a custom body. Read the review.