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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

June 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 24, 2014
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Samsung UN60HU8500

Samsung has a bunch of 4K TVs at CES 2014, and most of them include curvature, wacky easel stands, and/or sizes and prices far beyond the grasp of mortal man. The UNHU8500 series is the mainstream antidote, and it has our favorite picture-enhancing LED LCD feature.

January 6, 2014

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LG 50LB6300

LG has announced its mainstream LCD series for 2014, the LB6300, which comes with a smattering of high-end features and lots of sizes.

January 6, 2014

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Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series

Though its components and performance are somewhat average for its price, the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series' aluminum chassis, backlit keyboard, and 1080p touch screen give it a more premium feel.

December 6, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating December 6, 2013
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Ouya Game Console

Despite its low price and free-to-try system, the Ouya fails to reach its potential as a disruptive alternative platform.

July 1, 2013

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 1, 2013
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HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

The HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 advances the argument for Chrome as a low-cost mainstream computing environment, but the laptop's most noteworthy feature is a slightly bigger screen.

April 9, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 9, 2013

MSRP: $426.00

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Dell Inspiron 13z

With the same CPU as you find in ultrabooks that cost a lot more, the Dell Inspiron 13z is a budget laptop that holds its head up high.

September 4, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating September 4, 2012

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Apple takes NFC mainstream on iPhone 6; Apple Watch with Apple Pay

Apple will help consumers say buh-bye to plastic credit cards with the NFC-enabled iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch using its new mobile payment service Apple Pay.

By September 9, 2014

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Green tech for hipsters: Get onboard before it goes mainstream

Living the green hipster life isn't all about retro tech. You can have the latest environmentally friendly innovations and still keep your hipster cred.

By September 9, 2014

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How Ferguson brought live streams into the mainstream

Citizen footage widened the lens of civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and it brought live-streaming to popular attention in the US unlike any confrontation has before.

By August 26, 2014