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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

June 6, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014
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2014 Kia Soul !

Kia once again proves that it really understands its audience, delivering a 2014 Soul "!" that offers just the right amount of tech, comfort, and performance at just the right price.

January 3, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 3, 2014

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Toyota brings the style and substance with the 2014 Avalon

Known as your typical old folks' car, the 2014 Toyota Avalon reinvents itself as an affordable luxury car that can go toe-to-toe with its more-expensive Lexus cousins.

By April 9, 2014

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Electrolux UltraPower Studio

If you're looking for a simple stick vacuum with exceptional performance, save some money and get the $180 Hoover LiNX. The $500 Dyson DC59 is a great high-end option if you want a variety of brush attachments and other special features.

March 27, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014
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With Galaxy S5, Samsung hopes substance wins over sizzle

commentary Samsung put on a streamlined, focused show, and needed to get back to basics to move past the disappointment that was the GS4.

By February 24, 2014

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Breville Slow Cooker with EasySear

This $129 Breville slow cooker is more high maintenance than we'd like. If you want something that more reliably sticks to the expected cook time and traditional slow cooker features, consider another model.

February 13, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating February 13, 2014
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Polaroid's tiny HD action cam is style and substance

Polaroid has unveiled three new action cameras at CES, including an adorable 35-millimetre mountable cube that embodies the spirit of the brand's retro styling.

By January 7, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung's take on the smartwatch has some potential, and it does get some things right, but its inability to perform truly "smart" functions means it falls far short of expectations.

September 27, 2013

2.5 stars Editors' rating September 27, 2013
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Samsung Series 7 All-in-one (Windows 8)

The Samsung Series 7 isn't the fastest, or the most fully featured midrange all-in-one, but casual PC users should consider it for its affordability and overall polish.

February 21, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating February 21, 2013
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At Yahoo, style over substance and the style was, well -- weird

Give Marissa Mayer credit for trying something new but there's a good reason why most quarterly financial conferences don't get televised.

By July 16, 2013