"As I drove the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 for this review, a number of nicknames came to mind. Because of its sheer comfort and luxury, I was thinking Chariot of the Gods." CNET car guru Wayne Cunningham's praise of the Mercedes S550 only gets better from there. This is the must-have luxury sedan of the moment.
Let the kids have the new Xbox One or PS4 -- wait til they realize there's only a handful of games to play on each. Instead, you can kick back with a fully loaded Alienware 18 gaming laptop, fragging away on Call of Duty: Ghosts or plunging deep into a 60-hour quest in Skyrim. It's no-compromise PC gaming nirvana. And by no-compromise, we mean you're gonna wanna drop $4,200-plus for the fully loaded version of this 18-inch gaming monster.
Most. Powerful. Mac. Ever. Need any more enticement? This cylinder of pure computing brawn will start -- start! -- at $2,999 when it hits in December. Yes, it's probably overkill for anything less than rendering a new Pixar movie. But that's the point, right?
Here at CNET, we're very skeptical of 4K TVs, because you just can't see the resolution improvements over 1080p at screen sizes of 65 inches or below. But it's an entirely different story for projectors, where 4x resolution improvements can actually become discernible. (At least they will once some 4K video content becomes available.) The Sony VPL-VW600ES is currently the most affordable true 4K projector. It'll set you back $15K, but it may be the last "TV" you'll ever buy.
After calling their sonic clarity "addicting," Steve Guttenberg -- CNET's resident golden-eared audio expert -- went on to declare: "The T-70 is an awesome set of headphones, and it's one of the most comfortable over-the-ear models I've ever had the pleasure of testing." They'll run you about $570 -- and are worth every penny.
If those Beyerdynamics aren't quite right for you, move on up to the Audeze LCD 3 headphones. Of this model, Steve Guttenberg said: "I have never heard a set of headphones that got even remotely close to the sound of live music the way this one does." These world-class 'phones are crafted in the USA, and you'll pay dearly for them: $1,945.
Sure, let the masses have their tiny iPod speaker docks and clock-radio-equivalent "PC speakers." You're old-school, and actually care what your music sounds like. And that's why you're OK with sinking $1,500 into a pair of KEF LS50 bookshelf speakers. Resident audio expert Steve Guttenberg called them "the best-sounding speaker I've heard on my desktop." (The photo is a close-up of the driver, which combines a ribbed 5.25-inch aluminum/magnesium woofer with a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter.)
Looking for stunning looks to complement top-notch sound? With their unique triangular design and 7-inch ceramic woofers, the 43-inch-tall Marten FormFloor tower speakers will impress the eyes and ears. These Swedish imports will run you $6,500 per pair; get one set for your place in Manhattan, and a second for the pad in Dubai.
Face facts: you have a top-of-the-line dSLR, but it rarely leaves the closet. That's where the $2,800 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R comes in. It's pretty much the smallest full-frame camera you can buy, delivering photos that will blow your camera phone away in a package that's eminently portable.
Forget 4K -- the next-gen TV technology we're really excited about is OLED. CNET TV expert David Katzmaier proclaimed Samsung's first 55-inch OLED model to deliver "the best picture I've seen on any TV, ever." That's why this is the one we'd be buying if we ever hit the lottery.