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Best home video products

We've chosen a cross-section of some of the best home video devices to round out any home theater.

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Windows 8

Navigate the ins-and-outs of Windows 8 with how-tos, troubleshooting, news, and reviews.

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Microsoft Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

By Jan. 24, 2007

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jan. 24, 2007
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Microsoft Windows 8.1

If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.

By Oct. 17, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 17, 2013
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SimpliSafe Home Security

Home security options are evolving rapidly, but SimpliSafe is one of our current favorites. If you want a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that features live monitoring, you'll have a hard time finding a better option at a better price.

By Dec. 9, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Dec. 9, 2013

MSRP: $519.84

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Microsoft Xbox One

Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.

By Nov. 19, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 19, 2013
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Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

By Apr. 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editor's rating Apr. 14, 2014

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Microsoft Surface

If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.

By Oct. 23, 2012

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 23, 2012
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Microsoft Surface 2

The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options.

By Oct. 20, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 20, 2013
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Microsoft Kinect for Windows V2

A new version of the motion-sensing camera is coming to Windows PCs, copying the design and features of the Xbox One version.

By Apr. 2, 2014

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Windows 8

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

By Aug. 15, 2012

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 15, 2012
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iSmartAlarm

With its reliability, its overall ease of use, and its undeniable value, the iSmartAlarm is an intriguing, legitimate alternative in home security, especially for small-home owners and budget-minded consumers.

By Sep. 8, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Sep. 8, 2013