Erika Rawes Follow LinkedIn Twitter Writer Education University of Maryland Expertise Consumer Technology Smart Home Technology Gaming & Games Introduction Erika has written for Lifewire since October 2019.She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, and a certification in Business Communications. Experience Erika Rawes has written for Digital Trends, USA Today, Cheatsheet.com, and more. When she's not busy reviewing the latest gadgets on the market, she can be found fishing, playing board games, or enjoying water sports.Previously a personal finance writer at Cheatsheet.com and freelance tech writer, Erika has tested more than 50 consumer technology products, ranging from kitchen gadgets to cameras, to thermostats, and more. Education Erika earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, as well as a certification in Business Communications.Other Work:Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock vs. Google Nest Mini, Digital TrendsHow to change Alexa’s name (or change what she calls you), Digital Trends7 things the middle class can't afford anymore, USA TodayLifewire Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission Lifewire and Dotdash Meredith Lifewire, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by Comscore, a leading internet measurement company. We provide trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions vetted by certified experts, as well as trustworthy product recommendations so you can make the most informed purchasing decisions. Learn more about us and our editorial process.