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The gadgets we tried, tested, and actually liked this week

CNET's crew of editors reviewed a nice variety of products this week; sort of like a sampler box of chocolates, except it's gear and gadgets.


4 'iWatch' alternatives Apple could unveil on Sept. 9

Apple may show off a wearable device at its September iPhone event. But don't call it an iWatch just yet. Here's what else Apple watchers say the company could be cooking up.


Laptops, desktops, and hybrids worth taking to school

Get a new college computer or high school hybrid with these education-minded Windows and Mac machines.


Roku TV: A better Smart TV at a phenomenal value

Our favorite Smart TV suite combined with extremely aggressive pricing makes the TCL Roku TV a phenomenal value despite its so-so picture quality.

4 stars Excellent

Inexpensive drone fun for novice flyers

The affordable and fun Rolling Spider quadcopter is also the easiest to pick up and fly (or drive).

3.5 stars Very good

8 features we hope the iPhone 6 "borrows" from other phones

Apple doesn't hold the patent on good ideas. These hardware and software goodies from other phones would make Apple's next iPhone even better.


This gadget stops you from slouching

This magnetic tracker clips to your clothes to track your movement and posture throughout the day and sends that data to your iPhone.

3.5 stars Very good

Sony quietly starts selling Digital Paper E Ink tablet online

Sony has very quietly started selling its 13.3-inch e-reader, Digital Paper, via the web to US addresses.


High-end speakers that sound good and look great

The Bowers & Wilkins CM1 S2 stereo speakers look great and sound terrific, but they aren't the best choice for rockers.

3.5 stars Very good

Get better pictures with these travel-ready gadgets

Carrying around heavy photography gear is no fun. Use these accessories to help lighten your load.


Tiny town crowdfunding full-size USS Enterprise

A crowdfunding campaign aims to build a full-size working version of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" in the Canadian Badlands, but the funding goal is a long way off.


Turn your iPad into an old-school typewriter with Hanx Writer

Tom Hanks loves typewriters and wants to give iPad writers the feeling and sound of using a manual typewriter.


Why Samsung needs a win with the Galaxy Note 4. Hint: Big iPhone

Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.


8 phones that are super-tough

From water-resistant handsets to full-blown rugged devices, CNET takes a look at some recent phones that can go where most can't.


How to fix Google Play errors

Not sure what to do after getting a non-descript error message in Google Play? Check out these errors and their solutions to get everything working again.


Where to get free cloud storage

Interested in storing and accessing important files over the Internet? We show you services with the best features for the best value.


A mini laser printer at an unbeatable price

If you're looking for a budget laser printer, the Samsung SL-M2020W should be your first stop.

4 stars Excellent

Your futuristic laser keyboard is here!

This pocket-sized Bluetooth device is able to project a keyboard on a flat surface, but it doesn't work well as it should.


Forget NFC, Toshiba is plotting high-speed TransferJet for smartphones

The company's plans for the wireless transfer technology start with USB adaptors, but the ultimate goal is embedding TransferJet into smartphones.

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