Apple's iPads just keep getting better. We've seen enough Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids now to have a favorite. And the PlayStation 4 is here! Also more fitness trackers and cameras and so on, and apparently you can even have a "smart" power strip. It was a good week in tech, so let's get started.
Apple's iPads just keep getting better. We've seen enough Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids now to have a favorite. And the PlayStation 4 is here! Also more fitness trackers and cameras and so on, and apparently you can even have a "smart" power strip. So text your coffee maker that you want a full cup, and let's get started.
iPad Mini with Retina Display
The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet. Read the review.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2
A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price. Read the review.
iRobot Roomba 880
The iRobot Roomba 880 is the most well-rounded, capable bot we've encountered so far, though the $449.99 Neato Robotics XV Signature Pro still wins the pet hair performance test on all flooring surfaces. Read the review.
Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own, and is slightly faster than its predecessor. Read the review.
Connected by TCP A-Lamp LED 3-pack System with Gateway and Remote
For basic lighting automation needs, the Connected by TCP A-Lamp LED 3-pack System with Gateway and Remote will do the job nicely -- and it won't break the bank, either. For more advanced features and controls, consider the competition, but be prepared to splurge. Read the review.
WD My Cloud EX4
It's not the fastest NAS, nor does it include many advanced features, but the WD My Cloud EX4 is an easy-to-use, affordable personal cloud system that's excellent for a connected home. Read the review.
If having a screen or Android support isn't a priority, the Jawbone Up24's superb app, clever advice, and comfy fit are hard to resist. Read the review.
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch. Read the review.
For $100 you'll be hard-pressed to find another portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers as much bass as the G-Project G-Boom. Read the review.
Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse for Windows 8
The Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse for Windows 8 works as a traditional three-button mouse with the added benefit of the glass touch strip for select Windows 8 gestures. We just wish the touch features were a little more precise. Read the review.
Nike+ FuelBand SE
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a minor upgrade to last year's FuelBand, adding Bluetooth 4.0 and a few new motivational wrinkles to its software. And our reviewer found it "cozy, secure, and utterly comfortable." Read the review.
Sony PlayStation 4
The Sony PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing-fast interface, and near-perfect controller make it a worthy successor to the PS3, but it would be wise to wait for more titles and features before you buy. Read the review.
Quirky Pivot Power Genius
The Quirky Pivot Power Genius power strip is smart, but "Genius" might be pushing it. Still, with its flexible frame and two smart sockets controlled by an app, it's certainly interesting. Read the review.