Windows 10 is coming very soon to a PC near you, if you like. Many computers will quality for a free upgrade. If you own a PC or tablet running a legal copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, it's just a download away, starting July 29. What's new and should you upgrade? Watch our video of the release version to find out..
Just when you thought it might be over for the iPod Touch since there hasn't been a refresh in 3 years and phones seem to be replacing pocket media players... BOOM: Apple surprises us with the 6th generation iPod Touch. Though it might look the same on the outside, inside there are big improvements and it's the first iPod Touch that isn't a full generation behind the latest iPhone. The 6th gen iPod Touch runs on the same Apple A8 CPU as the iPhone 6, and it has a gig of RAM. It has updated WiFi and Bluetooth, a 4" Retina display and it's available in capacities up to 128 gigs. The price starts at $199.
What if you could have a sexy Asus ZenBook with all the usual perks: a slim design, metal casing, very portable and a price tag that makes other manufacturers nervous plus great gaming chops. Add a 4K display and a 15.6" display rather than the usual 13", and this is getting interesting. You can have it, and it's the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501. The laptop is $1,499, and that's not a bare bones configuration. In fact there's only one configuration in the US and it's loaded: 4K touch screen, 512 gig PCIe x4 SSD, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics and 16 gigs of RAM.
This big screen Windows Phone is easy on the wallet, selling for $249 full retail and 99 pennies with contract. The 640 XL has a 5.7" display, a removable 3,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE and a microSD card slot. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 update 2 on the 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 and it's upgradeable to Windows 10 for phones. It has a 5MP wide angle front camera and a capable 13MP rear camera. We look at the AT&T version in this review.
Like LG phones but find the LG G4 too rich for your wallet? The LG G Stylo shares the same styling, Android 5.0 Lollipop and it has a big screen too. In fact at 5.7", the IPS display is larger than the G4's, but it's lower resolution. The LG G Stylo is available on Sprint, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS and T-Mobile for $250 to $288. That nets you a set of quite good cameras, a quad core Snapdragon 410 CPU, 4G LTE and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is a versatile 2-in-1 Windows Ultrabook. Sure the form factor is versatile, but we mean the variety of price points and options. For as little as $530 you can get one, though you'll have to make do with the lowly Pentium CPU, a 1366 x 768 IPS display and a 500 gig HDD. For $999 you can get our Inspiron 13 Special Edition configuration with a Core i7-5500U, a 1920 x 1080 display, 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD. The Dell supports an optional active pen for note takers, artists and the occasional math whiz.
The Dell XPS 15 has come a long way since its introduction in 2012 as a 15" Retina MacBook Pro competitor. Along the way it chilled, dropped the DVD drive and lost weight. While some might lament the loss of the optical drive, the lighter weight and cooler running temperatures are just what this reviewer ordered. The XPS line is Dell's high line, thus the XPS 15 is well outfitted in aluminum, magnesium alloy and carbon fiber on the bottom. It's as rigid as a brick, but at 4.44 lbs. and 0.3-0.7" thick, it's the antithesis of brick. It doesn't come cheap though; the base 1080p model with a Core i5 and an HDD is $1,600. The UHD 4K display model with a quad core i7 is $2,149, and our maxed out model with 16 gigs of RAM, a 512 gig SSD and the 4K display is $2,550. All models have dedicated NVIDIA GT 750M 2GB DDR5 graphics for some gaming, photo editing and video editing oomph.
The new Microsoft Surface 3 is an interesting tablet, and you could call it Surface Pro 3 Lite. It runs full Windows 8.1 and it has a strikingly good 10.8" high resolution display that supports both touch and the optional N-Trig pen. It too has a Type Cover keyboard with backlighting that will set you back $130 and it has the same port selection as the Pro model. But inside we have the lower power Intel Atom X7 1.6 GHz CPU, 2 or 4 gigs of RAM and eMMC solid state storage. As you might guess, it's smaller, lighter and quieter than the Pro 3, but it's also slower and less powerful. But not everyone needs max horsepower in their tablet-sorta laptop hybrid, so the Surface 3 has its place among classy Windows 8.1 tablets (a market that's more marked by a race to the bottom than going for high end design).
The rugged sibling to the standard Galaxy S6 is exclusive to AT&T in the US. It has the same goodies inside, including the extremely fast 2.1GHz Exynos octa-core CPU, 3 gigs of RAM, a heart rate monitor and Samsung's best in class rear 16MP camera. The Active is water and dust resistant, and you can submerge it up to 3 feet deep for 30 minutes. It's also designed to withstand drops, something the glass and metal Galaxy S6 and S6 edge cringe at. Even better, battery capacity is significantly higher at 3500 mAh, though alas it's not removable.
Here's something different from Lenovo, the LaVie Z and the LaVie Z 360. Yes, they're still unassuming matte black rectangles like most ThinkPads, but these are wafer thin and are currently the lightest 13.3" laptops on the market. The non-touch LaVie Z weighs less than the 12" Retina MacBook, while the touch model with 360 degree hinges weighs the same as the tiniest MacBook. NEC developed both LaVie Z models, and we first saw an NEC-branded LaVie Z (never sold in the US) in 2012. NEC now brands it as a VersaPro and through a joint venture with Lenovo; Lenovo sells it around the world as the Lenovo LaVie Z. That partnership began a few years ago and extends to 2026, so the LaVie Z models aren't a one time venture.
Are you in the market for an absolutely compact mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses? If photography is your thing, then you really should check out the new Fujifilm X-T10. This $799 (body only) camera has excellent build quality, tactile and ergonomic buttons and dials, a lovely EVF and a tilting 3" LCD. The Fujinon lens library is fairly extensive and has some of the sharpest glass you'll find for the price. The camera has Fuji's X-Trans CMOS II 16MP APS-C sensor with no AA filter and their EXR processor II, a combo that outputs some impressively sharp, colorful and contrasty images (this is the same sensor and processor combo used in the more expensive X-T1).
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