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Motorola Moto G (4G LTE)

Although the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE is a bit pricier than its 3G-only sibling, it still has one of the best displays in the budget arena, its processor makes operation enjoyably smooth and its rounded, compact body is both comfortable and attractive. If you're after an affordable all-round entrance into the high speeds of 4G, you've come to the right place.

June 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014

Pricing not available

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LG Optimus L90 (T-Mobile)

Though it doesn't have LTE and takes unimpressive photos, the LG Optimus L90 remains a worthy midrange contender that you should look at if you're on a budget.

June 17, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 17, 2014

MSRP: $228.00

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Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Acer's variation on the budget E1-472G Aspire laptop has good guts but an underwhelming exterior and design, and also lacks a touch screen. Nvidia graphics add a boost.

March 28, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 28, 2014

Pricing not available

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Nook GlowLight e-ink e-reader

While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem.

November 6, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating November 6, 2013

MSRP: $119.00

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Acer Aspire E1-572-6870

As budget-friendly laptops go, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 is a good value with sufficient power for basic tasks, and it doesn't look bad, either.

October 10, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating October 10, 2013
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Alcatel One Touch Fire 7

Priced at 79 euros and due in Q3, could the first Firefox OS-based slate be a game changer?

February 23, 2014

Pricing not available

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Acer Chromebook C720P

The Acer Chromebook C720P manages to get better at all the key things, adding up to a little laptop alternative that's better than any budget Chromebook we've seen before.

February 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating February 13, 2014
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Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi's Redmi offers exceptional value for its low price, and blows all other budget handsets out of the water. If you're looking for a cheap Android smartphone without having to compromise performance, look no further.

February 19, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 19, 2014

MSRP: $133.00

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Kyocera Hydro Plus (Cricket Wireless)

Though the Kyocera Hydro Plus is an inexpensive water-resistant phone with an included music service, skip it for better and even cheaper splash-proof alternatives.

February 18, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating February 18, 2014

MSRP: $139.99

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Kobo Aura e-reader

With its more portable design, the Kobo Aura is a worthwhile -- albeit pricier -- Kindle Paperwhite alternative for EPUB fans who don't want to be tied to Amazon's proprietary ecosystem.

October 17, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 17, 2013