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Apple iPad Air 2 (gold, 16GB)

The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.

October 17, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating on October 21, 2014
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Sony XPERIA Z3 (black)

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.

August 5, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on September 30, 2014
4 stars User rating out of 1 reviews
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Apple iPhone 6 (16GB, space gray)

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.

September 10, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on September 16, 2014
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VIZIO E420i-B0

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

January 31, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on May 29, 2014
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Vizio E390i-B0

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

May 20, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on May 29, 2014
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Google Nexus 7 - tablet - Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) - 32 GB - 7"

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

January 17, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013
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Amazon Fire HD 7 (citron, 8GB)

For an inexpensive tablet, the Fire HD 7 satisfies with a practical, family-friendly operating system, but those interested in a 7-inch tablet can find models with better build quality in the same price range.

October 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2014
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Google Nexus 9 (16GB, white)

The 8.9-inch tablet is available for preorder and will hit stores on November 3.

October 17, 2014

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Cree 100-watt Replacement LED Bulb (Soft White)

Cree's bigger, brighter LED is a very solid value, but it's not without legitimate competition.

March 10, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2014
1 stars User rating out of 1 reviews
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Asus MeMo Pad 8 (black)

The Asus MeMo Pad 8 is an affordable slate with tons of features, but if performance is king, faster options can be had for only $30 more.

June 20, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 2, 2014