Best tech: Ivy Bridge rigs, slim iPad keyboard case
CNET Reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine walks you through this week's top-reviewed devices, explaining what matters right now and why.
Sometimes, CNET goes weeks without bestowing an Editors' Choice award. We give the badges only to tech that we love so much, we'd personally buy these devices. There must be some magic in the air (or our drinks) this week, because we doled out not one, but three CNET Editors' Choice awards.
But before I walk you through our award winners (a surprising and diverse group in their own right), I'd like to point out two non-winners that deserve your attention. These two four-star computers, the
Origin, a gaming PC company founded by two Alienware graduates, pays extra-special detail to the speed and power behind its machines. The Origin Genesis tower, specifically, wowed us with its awesome speed. It's one of the fastest gaming computers we've seen, and that's saying something given that you can't really overclock an Ivy Bridge processor.
A case for a keyboard case
But enough feeds and speeds. The three Editors' choice devices we reviewed this week include something for everyone and for every budget.
The first is a lowly iPad accessory turned glam CNET favorite. Scott Stein declares that the magnetized, Smart-cover-like
This one is thin and relatively spacious for an iPad keyboard and, more importantly, it looks beautiful, using magnets to attach to the iPad in order to keep bulk down. The case does cost $99 -- not cheap -- but that's a standard price for a keyboard case these days, even a case not intended to protect your tablet. I've held off on buying an iPad keyboard myself because they were all bulky and ugly compared to my laptop's keyboard until now. I'm convinced.
Shining example of an e-reader
Our second CNET Editors' Choice winner is the
Now, if you already have an e-reader without a light, stick with it. You can buy an attachable lamp for much less, but if you're replacing a broken e-book or buying a gift, look at the Nook. (Sorry for that. I couldn't help it.) Our critic (and published novelist) David Carnoy says this reader "sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading."
And finally, we've chosen a rare Editors' Choice tech car. The
We've uncovered a few more treasures this week, so browse our slideshow to see them all.