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Oppo Find 7

Oppo may have packed the Find 7 with the latest and greatest specs, but it faces stiff competition from the LG G3, which has similar specs but a better design.

July 7, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 7, 2014
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Toshiba Kirabook (2014)

The design of Toshiba's high-end Kirabook hasn't changed since last year, but it has aged gracefully. The components get an update and the battery life gets a big boost, making this an all-around excellent, but expensive, ultrabook.

March 5, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating March 5, 2014
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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has some solid capabilities and a standout lens, but the overall experience just doesn't live up to its price.

June 27, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014
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ZTE Nubia 5 (unlocked)

Although it doesn't have LTE, the ZTE Nubia 5's impressive specs and reliable performance make it a great value for an unlocked, high-end phone.

October 24, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 24, 2013

MSRP: $449.99

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ZTE Grand S Pro (U.S. Cellular)

The Grand S Pro is a good deal with a carrier agreement, but U.S. Cellular has other phones that are faster and more reliable.

June 23, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 23, 2014

MSRP: $249.00

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Origin PC EON13-S

Small-screen gaming laptops are rare because they require serious engineering sleight of hand. The EON13-S walks the line between power and portability, but it would be so much cooler with a custom body.

September 11, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 11, 2013

MSRP: $2,145.00

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid struggles to justify its bigger price tag, as it doesn't have significant power or efficiency gains over even its non-hybrid base model and pales in comparison to other hybrid wagons.

June 18, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 18, 2014

MSRP: $25,995.00

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Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277

The Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277 comes close to being a great mainstream slim gaming laptop, but it's undone by an unimpressive display.

August 6, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 6, 2013

MSRP: $999.99

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LG LA8600 series

Although its lovely frame is packed with well-executed features, the flagship-priced LG LA8600 series LED LCD TV has the picture of a midrange model.

August 2, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating August 2, 2013
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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.

June 20, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating June 20, 2013