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The Toshiba Kirabook is still a worthwhile high-end Windows alternative to a Retina MacBook Pro, but it could use a little of that Apple secret sauce for its touchpad.
Taking a second look at the new XPS 13, this lower-end version costs less and has better battery life, but isn't as tightly designed.
In three sizes, the new Flex 3 display now folds back a full 360 degrees like the more expensive Yoga line of laptops.
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New HP Envy x2 models pack a kickstand and a keyboard that falls off at the drop of a hat.
For basic lighting automation needs, this TCP kit will do the job nicely -- and it won't break the bank, either. For more advanced features and controls, consider the competition, but be prepared to splurge.
Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.
Despite its undesirable design and occasionally slow performance, Netflix for Windows Phone is worth the free download to watch videos on your phone.
As long as you don't need expert-level features, the 2013 AirPort Time Capsule is an excellent backup/file server for Apple fans -- especially for those with 802.11ac-enabled Macs.
Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook has a screen that rivals Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and a price to match. It's a solid, useful laptop, but for these prices, the design should really be more exciting.
Samsung's midprice Series 5 UltraTouch looks and feels like a more expensive machine, but keeps it simple by skipping the complex hybrid mechanics of so many new Windows 8 systems.