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Apple Mac Pro

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility.

By Dec. 20, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Dec. 20, 2013

MSRP: $2,999.00

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Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.83GHz)

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

By Oct. 11, 2006

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 11, 2006

Pricing not available

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Apple Mac Mini with Fusion Drive

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

By Nov. 9, 2012

4 stars Editor's rating Nov. 9, 2012
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WD My Passport Pro

The WD My Passport Pro is an all-around excellent storage solution for any Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, particularly the MacBook Pro or Air.

By Apr. 2, 2014

4 stars Editor's rating Apr. 2, 2014

MSRP: $429.99

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Evernote (PC)

Evernote 5 for Windows brings a simple design and features to making browsing and searching faster.

By Sep. 4, 2013

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 for iOS

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a must-download, with new plants, new ways to play, new challenges, and a freemium model that doesn't get in your way.

By Aug. 14, 2013

5 stars Editor's rating Aug. 14, 2013

Pricing not available

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Audioengine A2+multimedia speakers

While they'll cost you $50 more, Audioengine A2+ multimedia speakers improve on an already great product (the A2) with slightly better sound when hooked up to your computer via a new USB connection.

By Dec. 6, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Dec. 6, 2013
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Amazon Fire TV vs. Chromecast vs. Roku vs. Apple TV

Amazon just launched its new Fire TV. Here's how it compares to the other three biggest streaming device platforms in terms of features, apps, form factor, remotes, and pricing.

By Apr. 2, 2014

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Apple Mac Mini Summer 2011

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific niche-case, or for those who value design over functionality for the dollar.

By Jul. 21, 2011

3 stars Editor's rating Jul. 21, 2011
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Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010)

Apple's new Mac Mini includes an elegant new design and some long asked-for features, including HDMI output and user-accessible memory. The system still faces a value challenge for its given specs, but Apple has done enough to improve the Mac Mini's appeal for Apple loyalists and design fans looking for a living room computer.

By Jun. 15, 2010

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jun. 15, 2010