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HTC Desire 610

The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy. For much less money you can grab the 4G Motorola Moto G, which has the same processor, Android KitKat software and a higher resolution display.

July 4, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 4, 2014

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Bona fide high-end, affordable in-ear headphones from Beyerdynamic

Beyerdynamic's DX 160 iE and DX 120 iE, two contenders for best sounding in-ear headphones for around $100.

By March 12, 2014

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Sony Xperia M2

Although the Sony Xperia M2 looks pretty slick, it's let down by its low resolution display and its old version of Android, which makes even its affordable price way too high. For much less money, you could snap up the Moto G or spend a little more and pick up the older Xperia Z with its full HD display and waterproof design.

July 24, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 24, 2014

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Lenovo Yoga 2 11-inch

Lenovo's Yoga 2 11 combines the popular Yoga hybrid design with an affordable 11-inch ultraportable for a system that's budget-feeling but sturdy, and one of the best of a new breed of low-cost hybrids.

July 16, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 16, 2014
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Panasonic AS530 series

The Panasonic AS530 series LCD ain't no plasma, but it offers attractive design and decent image quality for a budget price.

July 17, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 17, 2014
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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera

Belkin's NetCam HD+ is a fantastic option for budget-minded DIY security enthusiasts, but you'll need to pay the monthly fee to get the most from this entry-level IP camera.

July 16, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 16, 2014
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Nokia Lumia 635

With its fun design and cheap price, the Lumia 635 is a decent option to consider if you're after 4G LTE on a budget. It's only marginally more expensive than its near-identical 3G-only Lumia 630 sibling, so you should certainly opt for the 635. If you want a better selection of apps however, the Motorola Moto G is still the 4G phone to go for.

July 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 10, 2014
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Oppo Find 7

Oppo may have packed the Find 7 with the latest and greatest specs, but it faces stiff competition from the LG G3, which has similar specs but a better design.

July 7, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 7, 2014
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Nokia Lumia 630

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a cheap, vibrant alternative to Android and its Windows Phone 8.1 software is easy to use. The app store is still a problem though -- if you like getting new releases when your Android and iOS-toting friends do, a budget Android phone like the Moto G is still the way to go.

June 6, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014
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Sony aims high with new affordable Core Series speakers

The Audiophiliac auditions the Sony SS-CS5 speaker, the least-expensive three-way bookshelf speaker you can buy from a major manufacturer.

By July 12, 2014