Man alive, what a week for products coming across editors' desks here at CNET. In addition to the Xbox One, we reviewed a pretty sweet BMW (though technically that went to the garage, not a desk); phones from Samsung, Nokia, and HTC; and a very hot smoke detector, the Nest Protect.
Man alive, what a week for products coming across editors' desks here at CNET. In addition to the Xbox One, we reviewed a pretty sweet BMW (though technically that went to the garage, not a desk); phones from Samsung, Nokia, and HTC; and a very hot smoke detector, the Nest Protect. Speaking of which...
Nest brings crisp design and smart features -- connected and otherwise -- to the humble smoke detector. You don't absolutely need the Nest Protect, but it's fine to admit you want one. Read the review.
Origin PC EON17-SLX
Cramming the most high-end parts into a massive 17-inch body will top $4,000, but in the Origin PC EON17-SLX, you also get a powerful laptop that has more next-gen gaming muscle than any living-room console. Read the review.
Google Play Music for iOS
With a streaming library that won't fill up your iPhone storage in the free version, along with excellent music discovery options and ad-free radio with All Access, Google Play Music for iOS is a great option for audiophiles. Read the review.
Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro
The Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro's superfast 4G LTE speed and exceptionally long battery life make it a great buy on its own, but its juice pack feature sweetens the deal that much more. Read the review.
Due to the lower monthly fees, Viper Home is a more intriguing option than Oplink if you want to add accessories like a camera and a siren. Read the review.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Though it lacks some features found in its big phone rivals, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a great buy for Windows Phone fans seeking a supersize smartphone with premium hardware. Read the review.
The Samsung BD-F5900 is an excellent Blu-ray player with the right mix of usability, performance, and speed. Read the review.
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe requires real skill to enjoy the extent of its capabilities, but its performance is exhilarating, while advanced cabin electronics help the driver under more sedate driving conditions. Read the review.
Microsoft Xbox One
The Xbox One goes beyond gaming with its ambitious live TV integration, but at launch it can't deliver a knockout blow to the PS4, which came out last week, due to a higher price and uneven voice control. If and how this could change in the future remains to be seen. Read the review.
IronX by DXG 5G9V HD
The IronX by DXG 5G9V HD is a very good bang-for-your-buck HD action cam that should satisfy those looking for an inexpensive way to shoot POV videos, as long as you don't need the absolute best video. Read the review.
Moga Ace Power
The Moga Ace Power successfully turns an iOS 7-equipped iPhone into a full-fledged gaming handheld, and adds enough buttons to cover all bases when more games arrive to work with it. Read the review.
HTC One Max
The HTC One Max has a massive screen that's bright, colorful, and sharp, and the camera is packed with features and takes pictures quickly. Read the review.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Its reliable specs and availability on four carriers make the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini an easy-to-find midtier buy, but you should also compare the S4 Mini with its substantial competition. Read the review.