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  • Hands on: The new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display shows stunning detail

    By Susie Ochs | 17 October, 2014 09:07

    We live in a high-resolution world--our phones have been shooting HD video for years, and 4K-capable cameras are finally within reach of regular consumers. And now Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display will let you push those pixels with maximum efficiency. With a native resolution of 5120x2880 pixels, this iMac shows a ridiculous amount of detail in everything you look at.

  • Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 15 October, 2014 00:00

    The Nikon D3300 offers a pleasing set of features for newbies as well as power users, especially given its relatively low price and compact size.

  • Sony Alpha a58 review: A feature-packed entry-level DSLR great for beginners

    By Melissa J. Perenson | 14 October, 2014 23:51

    When it first came out last year, the Sony Alpha a58 was aimed at the middle ground between newcomers to DSLRs and more advanced enthusiasts. It replaced two previous models from Sony, and its healthy selection of features reflected the range of its intended audience.

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus: An in depth review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 30 September, 2014 14:24

    Apple is taking the fight to Samsung with its first large screen smartphone, the inimitable iPhone 6 Plus. It brings Apple’s famed iOS 8 software to a vibrant 5.5-inch screen, but we fear somewhere along the way the iPhone lost its magic.

  • Apple iPhone 6: In-depth review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 26 September, 2014 17:04

    Rivals usurping market share have pushed Apple to dig deep and do something it's only done once in seven years: increase the size of its iPhone's screen. Even with the face lift, the iPhone introduces nothing new to the smartphone market and little else to Apple's existing users. And it doesn't matter.

  • Hands on with the new BlackBerry Passport smartphone

    By Al Sacco | 25 September, 2014 00:40

    BlackBerry has officially announced pricing and availability details for its new Passport smartphone, which was previously unveiled and detailed through a variety of blog posts on the company's Inside BlackBerry blog. (Specific pricing and availability information can be found at the end of this post.)

  • Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $US130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

    By Jon L. Jacobi | 08 September, 2014 23:10

    If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression Premium XP-520 color inkjet multifunction, which offers copy/scan/print capabilities for $130. The output from its five-ink Claria system is so good, it's easy to overlook its squinty little display and less-than-intuitive controls. And, get this: You can print a four-color page for 12.5 cents. Not as cheap as a business inkjet, but practically unheard-of cheap for a low-volume, low-cost multifunction.

  • Lenovo C260: This inexpensive all-in-one PC performs more like a tablet

    By Yardena Arar | 20 August, 2014 23:34

    The best all-in-one PCs bundle solid desktop features in a sleek display--no unsightly tower required. But because they include a display, they often cost a lot more than traditional desktops, a problem Lenovo seeks to address with its C260 all-in-one, a 19.5-incher which goes for $480 (Amazon was selling this model for $450 as of this writing).

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5) 4G review

    By Tony Ibrahim | 13 August, 2014 13:11

    Samsung's flagship tablet leads the market with a stunning display and adds an innovative finger scanner to the everyday slate. Almost everything about the Tab S is perfect. Almost.

  • Toshiba Encore 2 review: This Windows 8 tablet goes easy on your wallet

    By Michelle Mastin | 13 August, 2014 23:26

    Microsoft sparked a race to the bottom with the introduction of Windows 8.1 with Bing. And Toshiba cut the bottom out of the bottom line with its Encore 2 series, bringing Windows tablets down to the price of mainstream Android tablets. The 10-inch version reviewed here will set you back just $270, and the smaller 8-inch version costs just $200.

  • Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio

    By Mark Gibbs | 08 August, 2014 22:40

    The people at a company called aiia (their Web site loads insanely slowly) out of the Ukraine pitched me the SSSSSpeaker (yes, that's how they spell it, it's not a a typo), billed as the world's smallest Bluetooth speaker, and sent me a unit.

  • Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

    By JR Raphael | 06 August, 2014 23:22

    You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition) review: This laptop sounds as gorgeous as it looks

    By Michael Brown | 15 July, 2014 22:53

    Based on the way most laptops sound, I'd venture a guess that audio is the last thing engineers think about when they design laptops. In fact, I'd go one step further to speculate that marketing efforts drive most laptop builders' decisions to collaborate with audio companies. But I won't lump Samsung's 2014 ATIV Book 9 in that crowd, because it sounds absolutely divine--especially with headphones.

  • Samsung Gear Live: It's the world's best smartwatch, but probably not for long

    By Jon Phillips | 15 July, 2014 05:25

    The Gear Live is the best smartwatch I've ever used--but that's not a remarkable achievement considering all the crappy-to-middling efforts we've seen from Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm. If I were being generous, I'd say Samsung finally landed on a simple, wrist-friendly interface that does away with messy nested menus and convoluted features like voice calling.

  • HP Pavilion x360 review: A mediocre hybrid laptop in a pretty red case

    By Michelle Mastin | 23 June, 2014 23:01

    As any bloviating tech pundit will tell you, tablets are poised to take over the mobile computing space. Meanwhile, back in the real world, few of us are willing to part with actual keyboards. Lenovo recognized this early and rolled out the Yoga. HP is the latest manufacturer to follow its lead with the Pavilion x360, a laptop with a hinge that allows its keyboard to fold all the way to the back of its display to become a chunky tablet.

  • Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

    By Keith Shaw | 18 June, 2014 06:50

    The scoop: Transporter Sync, by Connected Data, about $100 (plus cost of external storage drive)

  • Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet (preview)

    By Elias Plastiras | 28 May, 2014 13:46

    Lenovo’s latest tablet for corporate users makes use of the Intel Atom (Bay Trail) platform and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1. It’s a tablet with a 10in form factor and it has a 10-point, multi-touch display that uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology, and it serves up a Full HD resolution.

  • Toshiba Satellite P50t-BST2N01: The first laptop to boast a 4K display

    By Michael Brown | 22 May, 2014 23:20

    Toshiba's Satellite P50t boasts two important firsts: It's the first laptop to feature a 4K display, and it's the first to be Technicolor Color Certified. You likely have at least a passing familiarity with 4K video, but I would argue that the latter claim to fame--which you might never have heard of--deserves more praise.

  • Dell Latitude E7440: Hefty to carry, but a joy to use

    By W. Bryan Hastings | 19 May, 2014 23:13

    While taking notes for my review of Dell's latest business notebook, I repeatedly found myself saying "Well, on the other hand..." The Latitude E7440 is bulky for a 14-inch Ultrabook-- it's almost a pound heavier than Lenovo's X1 Carbon Touch. On the other hand, it's super tough. You could drop it on the sidewalk and it'd still deliver the sales projections for tomorrow's meeting. It's outfitted with both HDMI and DisplayPort. On the other hand, you'll need to carry a VGA adapter to connect it to the old video projector in the boardroom. Its battery croaks after just 4.5 hours. On the other hand, it's removable, so you can swap in a spare.

  • Linksys WRT1900AC: The best open router yet

    By Serdar Yegulalp | 19 May, 2014 20:04

    Linksys' ambitious, prosumer-grade Wi-Fi router is pricey compared to the classic WRT54G router that inspired it, but it comes with a great feature set

 
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