Readers' favorite gadgets in June 2013

These are the gadgets that CNET readers checked out the most during the month of June.

Laura K. Cucullu Senior Editor / Features and programming
Hailing from New Orleans, Laura K. Cucullu was the senior features and special packages editor. Prior to joining CNET, she was a magazine copy chief, a technical writer, a tech support specialist, and a buyer, meaning someone once actually paid her to shop.
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We spend a lot of time evaluating tech around here, looking at both hardware and software and telling you which products we think are worth your hard-earned dough and which are best avoided. Behind the scenes, we're also keeping an eye on what you're viewing. Some gadgets predictably draw attention, but sometimes a product will pop up and surprise us, lending a bit of insight into possible consumer trends.

Without further ado, let's count down the products that have attracted the most hits in the past few weeks.

20. Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus: Staggeringly high-res screen

Samsung went head-to-head against Apple's MacBook Air when it first launched the Series 9 laptop. It paired high performance with decent battery life, all wrapped up inside an atom-splittingly thin frame. It's back again to challenge for the top ultraportable spot. Along with a new name, the Ativ Book 9 Plus boasts a monster high-resolution screen, touch-screen operation for Windows 8, and boosted battery life. Read the hands-on take.

19. HTC One Google Play Edition: Stunning design, pristine Android, nothing fancy

The HTC One Google Play Edition's metal design is gorgeous. The phone's hardware and components are top-notch. The pricey handset's unique blend of premium design, components, and pure Jelly Bean software will only tempt true fanatics, though. Read the full review.

18. Razer Blade: Gaming laptop shrinks down to ultrabook size

The newly announced 14-inch Razer Blade is a throwback: no touch screen. No Switchblade second-screen clickpad. No convertible tablet mode. This is a laptop. A very thin, very sleek gaming laptop, the type you'd recognize. Read the hands-on take.

17. Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Faster, prettier, and easier to use

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is coming this fall, bringing iOS features into the fold along with other additions, including iBooks, Apple Maps, Finder Tabs, and a number of other time-saving enhancements. Read the hands-on take.

16. Panasonic TC-PST60 series: Affordable TV with amazing picture quality

The Panasonic TC-PST60 series has a reasonable price, incredibly good picture quality with exceedingly deep black levels, great shadow detail, accurate colors, solid bright-room performance, and superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. Its midlevel price and outstanding quality make it our strongest recommendation ever. Read the full review.

15. Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch: So light. So small. So good.

The Sony Vaio Pro 13 weighs less than 2.4 pounds and uses a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor to deliver long battery life and very good everyday performance. For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it. Read the full review.

14. Google Nexus 10: Android's best iPad alternative

The Nexus 10 has a beautifully sharp screen. It's light and durable and has the fastest processor of any Android tablet. Photo Sphere is an incredibly cool concept, and Google's content ecosystem is only getting better. Read the full review.

13. Google Nexus 7: Still the best small tablet

With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer. The 8GB version is gone and the tablet now starts at $199 for 16GB, while paying $249 nets you the 32GB version. The 32GB version with HSPA+ is available for $299. Read the full review.

12. Acer Aspire R7: Experimental laptop hits and misses

Acer deserves credit for trying new things in the ambitious Aspire R7. If you can get used to the odd touch pad, it's good for sharing your screen with a group, but it may be just too far outside the mainstream for wide appeal. Read the full review.

11. Microsoft Xbox One: Slated for November, $499 price tag

With a price that high, it's clear Microsoft is targeting the well-to-do consumer with its new device -- at least at launch. By comparison, the Sony PlayStation 4 will cost $399 -- although its optional PlayStation Eye camera and motion detector will be a $60 add-on, while the Kinect accessory will be bundled with every Xbox One sold. Read the hands-on take.

10. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: No midrange slouch

Like a decaffeinated beverage, Samsung is hoping to give its lighter smartphone much of the same S4 taste with just a little less oomph. Although the Mini has stepped-down specs compared with its flagship family, like a lower-resolution screen and an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 13-megapixel shooter, it's no slouch when it comes to the Galaxy S4's core features, like a built-in TV remote control. Read the hands-on take.

9. Apple MacBook Air: Familiar, but with an all-day battery

New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model. Read the full review.

8. Apple Mac Pro: A bold new look for the desktop

Apple introduced a new version of the high-end Mac Pro desktop at WWDC 2013. The updated model skips Intel's fourth generation of Core i-series processors, previously code-named Haswell, instead sticking with pro-level Xeon processors. But it's the design of this new Mac Pro that became a conversation topic: instead of a big square box, the new Pro is a shiny black cylinder that looks like it fell off the engine of a starship. Read the hands-on take.

7. Sony PlayStation 4: Sony reveals look, $399 price

At the E3 gaming show in Los Angeles, the PS4 finally showed its face -- and its price: $399, which undercuts Microsoft's Xbox One by $100. In fact, it not only looks like a PlayStation 2 on steroids, but it bears more than a passing resemblance to the equally portly and piano-black Xbox One. Read the hands-on take.

6. HTC One: This gorgeous phone is a winner

The HTC One isn't merely technically advanced, but is lovingly crafted from premium metals, leaving no doubt that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has put considerable blood, sweat, and tears into this handset. Read the full review.

5. Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro: Smart almost-laptop nearly gets it right

The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device. Read the full review.

4. Samsung Galaxy S4: The everything phone for (almost) everyone

The brand-new flagship smartphone, which runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, improves hardware significantly and piles on the features. Compared with the extremely successful Galaxy S3 that came before, it's a firm stride forward rather than a giant leap, but it raises the bar again for Samsung's competitors. Read the full review.

3. Apple iPhone 5: Finally the iPhone we've always wanted

The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. Read the full review.

2. Apple iOS 7: Changes are overwhelmingly cosmetic

Apple's crisp, newly announced OS update gives the mobile operating system a radical new look and some first-for-Apple features for iPhone and iPad fans, like quick-access system controls, automatic app updates, and Apple's AirDrop file-sharing system. Read the hands-on take.

1. Toshiba Satellite U845T: Great battery life in a slim body

The Toshiba Satellite U845T is thin with a decent brushed-aluminum body, a 128GB SSD, and better performance and battery life than the competition. While it's not going to dazzle anyone, it's a great example of exactly how much laptop $799 should buy in 2013. Read the full review.