Who are we?
We’re a team of experts that tell it like it is when it comes to connected home services and products.
We test the products and services that connect your home to your life, so you can answer not only if something is “good” before you buy it, but if it’s good for you.
What’s a connected home, you ask? Well . . . it’s your home if you have any of these services: Internet, TV (or Streaming!), Home Security, or even a Mobile plan. Because landlines are old news, am I right?
Why our content is worth your time
The truth is, we provide information that other reviewers don’t. We put the products and services we review through rigorous stress testing to find the breaking point. We seek to answer these main questions:
What’s the breaking point?
- What or how much can this product/service handle at its peak?
- How long before the quality dips?
Are you getting what you paid for?
- Does the product/service perform as advertised both initially and over time?
- Does the performance warrant the price?
How does it connect with the rest of my home services?
- Does the product or service integrate with other products and services that I’m already (or could be) using?
- What effect will this product or service on me if I add it to my current connected home ecosystem?
Is it good, though?
All we really want to know before we spend money is whether or not we’ll get a good return for our hard-earned cash. The underlying question in every consumer’s mind before they buy something: Is it good, though?
With these questions, we place the services and products we review into a comparative space. We answer both whether the product is “good” in a vacuum (based on its own advertised criteria) AND whether it’s “good” compared to its competition.
Lucky for you, we’ve done the same stress testing on every product and service we review to confidently make this call.😉
How do we answer these questions?
We find that one size rarely fits all. That’s why we dig in and unearth how particular products and services perform under a variety of situations and stress tests.
“Stress?” you say.
By stress we mean we go beyond theorizing “how much internet speed you need for gaming,” and we actually put it to the test. Product by product. Service by service. Brand by brand. We even cross-test services to see how they affect each other.
We might buy 5 different security cameras, throw them in a freezer, and wait to see which one lasts the longest in below-freezing temperatures. (You’re welcome, Minnesota.) Or we might sign up for Xfinity’s 250 Mbps plan, start streaming 4K video, and gradually add more devices until we slow down—and eventually crash—our home network.
Meanwhile, we’ll update you on our findings so you can make an informed decision whether or not the product or service you’re looking to buy can withstand the extended siege you’re about to put it through.
We’re talking about real life here, people.
Meet Our Experts
Real talk. Our experts are our cheat code. You think we’d ask you to trust our recommendations without having the best tech experts in the industry leading the charge? We didn’t think so, either. Reviews.org experts leverage years of industry expertise to carefully craft, execute, and report on our various stress tests. Check ‘em out.
Mindy has been writing about technology for over six years. In the past, she covered all things home security for Reviews.org, and now she’s expanded to head up the editorial team of the whole site. Mindy’s a yearly attendee at CES, where she loves checking out the latest smart home gadgets. She attended the University of Utah, and her work has been featured on the likes of Parents.com, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more. When she’s not curating and managing content for Reviews,org, Mindy loves podcasts, travel, and Pacific Northwest scenery.
Internet & Gaming
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.
Sr. Staff Writer,
TV & Streaming
Michael was born a geek, always interested in technology and how it affects the world around us. He has spent the last eight years writing about consumer and business tech for some of the world’s top brands and publications, including Samsung, Skyword, Digital Trends, Lifewire, and DPReview. Michael graduated from the New York Institute of Technology, earning a BFA in Communications and Media Production. When he’s not writing on Reviews.org, you’ll find Michael spinning a vinyl record, reading a good mystery novel, or hanging out with one of his cats (which has yet to turn him completely into an eccentric cat-man).
Sr. Staff Writer,
Erika Rawes is an internet writer at Reviews.org. She has a degree in finance, so she started off writing personal finance columns when she began her writing career back in 2010. You can find her personal finance articles on sites ranging from USA Today to Zacks. However, Erika’s passion for technology made her move away from personal finance writing and towards writing tech guides and reviews about five years ago, and she has now reviewed more than 160 consumer tech products including computers, video games, routers, A/V equipment, and smart home gadgets. Erika still sees the value of a dollar though, and she’s always looking at ways to save readers a buck when writing reviews and tech guides. Erika enjoys trading stocks as a hobby.
Home Security & Smart Home
Brianne has a degree in English and creative writing from Westminster College and has spent 6+ years writing professional, research-based content. Before joining Reviews.org, she wrote safety and security content for ASecureLife.com. Her pieces and quotes are published across the web, including on MSN.com, Social Catfish, and Parents.com. Hobbies include wearing a seatbelt, wearing a life jacket, and keeping her arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV & Streaming
Chantel is all about finding the best TV or streaming service to watch sports, romcom movies, and new crime shows. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Writer for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at email@example.com.
Sr. Content Editor,
Internet & Mobile
Kenneth comes to Reviews.org with more than a decade of experience teaching, writing, and editing for brands and organizations like Overstock.com, the Center for Food Safety, ASecureLife, CARFAX, Western Governors University, and the University of Utah. His work combines storytelling and technology to help people make better-informed choices about e-commerce, higher education, and consumer protection services. He has a master’s degree in English from the University of Utah.
Sr. Content Editor
TV & Streaming
Sam went to the University of Minnesota and got his B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Visual Art (and almost in theater… so close). Sam started out his career as a photo editor for Lerner Books in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went on to be Content Director at backcountry.com, producing written content, overseeing photo, and building a video team from scratch. He was then Editor in Chief and Marketing Director for a sports marketing agency, a 90’s rock star, a premier Italian cycling company, and beyond. Finally, he got a Masters in English Education. Now, in his waning years, he giggles at his coworker’s memes and gifs, edits words, challenges ideas, and sits on the board of a local kids’ charity—because it’s all about the kids.
Content Editor, Home Security & Smart Home
Jessica loves bringing her passion for the written word and her love of tech into one space at Reviews.org. She works with the team’s writers to revise strong, user-focused content so every reader can find the tech that works for them. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in English from Utah Valley University and four years of creative and editorial experience. Outside of work, she spends her time gaming, reading, painting, and buying an excessive amount of Legend of Zelda merchandise.
Tshaka is a nerd and Griot. Founder of the non-profit digital literacy organization Digital Shepherds, he’s also been a broadcast technology reporter, writer, and producer. In addition to being an award-winning broadcast storyteller, he’s also covered tech online and in print for everything from paintball gear technology, to parenting gadgets. He blathers on about his many curiosities on social media everywhere as @tshakaarmstrong.
Craig is a long-time writer, presenter, and podcaster, and he now runs the Reviews.org YouTube channel, where he strives to be far more charming and presentable than he is in real life. Within the Reviews.org umbrella, he has accidentally become a streaming expert after covering the streaming wars for almost three years. Craig is also the founder and host of The Legendarium Podcast, his outlet for his love of fantasy and sci-fi literature.
Steve is a social media influencer and an overall Smart Home enthusiast. He loves to geek out with all things tech, and is quickly becoming one of the industries leading voices. When he’s not in front of the camera, Steve is researching the next greatest Smart Home accessory or playing with his 2 little girls in sunny So Cal.
Juan is a former casting director and voice over director, who once had security clearance for a DOE facility. Now, he produces videos on consumer electronics and the telecommunications industry. Regularly hosting discussions on Right to Repair, Net Neutrality, and Broadband competition, Juan hopes to make interesting videos that help consumers understand challenging topics. You’ll regularly hear him rambling on about smartphones, gadgets, and hearing health around the web as @SomeGadgetGuy on social media.
Behind the Scenes
Joe Hanlon has been immersed in mobile phones, plans and the internet for over a decade, having written for publications like CNET, Techradar, Gizmodo, Lifehacker and WhistleOut. He steers the editorial ship and makes sure that we are always serving up the most useful guides and recommendations. If you ever bump into Joe on the street, don’t be afraid to ask for a phone recommendation. It’s embarrassing how much he enjoys talking about this stuff. He also loves listening to podcasts, so feel free to email Joe with recommendations.
Brodie Fogg is the local Editor at Reviews.org Australia covering all things tech, TV and gaming. Brodie has over four years of experience writing for a diverse range of tech and entertainment topics for sites like Finder, WhistleOut and Reviews.org and has appeared in the print pages for Game Informer Australia and digital magazine Grab It where he covered Australian indie games. Brodie studied a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Newcastle while working part-time at one of Australia’s biggest telcos, which fostered a bizarre cocktail of passions: education and Critical Information Summaries.
Georgia Tan is an Associate Editor at Reviews.org Australia where she writes about the latest mobile plans, smartwatches, streaming services and more. Georgia has written about tech, culture, travel, shopping and credit cards for more than two years. She is constantly on the lookout for the best deals around, often seen with an almond cap in hand. Previous to Reviews.org, Georgia was the Editor of the University of Sydney’s student publication, Hermes and has had her by-line published on Finder, AdNews and Honi Soit.
Jacqui Dent is a Content Strategist at Reviews.org Australia, where she manages the team of experts’ mobile and broadband coverage. Over her ten-year career she has worked to provide informed advice to the public, first for organizations such as the NSW Writers Centre and the Australian Society of Authors, and now in the world of consumer tech with WhistleOut and Reviews.org.
PR and Outreach
Kenny McGilvary has been working in the world of mobile phones and internet for over a decade with companies like Telstra, Motorola and HTC, and if your memory goes back far enough, brands like O2 and Sony Ericsson. He’s your primary contact for a nugget or two of commentary and insight into the latest tech, entertainment and telco developments, and he’s also the guy to speak to about Reviews.org Australia’s industry and consumer research campaigns.
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