The fifth generation Samsung Galaxy Note goes high style with a glass and metal design that matches the Samsung Galaxy S6. Undeniably the best looking Samsung phablet to date, the Galaxy Note 5 is also faster, has an even better display and some of the best cameras you'll find on a phone. Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the new S6 Edge +, the Note 5 runs Android 5.1 and TouchWiz on the 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU with 4 gigs of RAM and fast UFS 2.0 storage. It has a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and the venerable S Pen, but it loses the removable battery and microSD card slot that were staples of previous Note models.
The MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G is that cutting edge gaming laptop with a drool-worthy list of up to the minute components and features that you'd expect from a boutique brand. There's no last gen CPU here; you get the Intel 5th generation Broadwell CPU most gaming laptop manufacturers skipped since it was so delayed. It runs Windows 10 out of the box- you don't have to upgrade it. It has the power to handle any task you throw at it, from video editing to 3D gaming to CAD. It's also a heavy and large beast as 17" gaming laptops tend to be, but as a consolation it runs cool and quiet..
The super-sized version of the Galaxy S6 edge sports a stunning 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display with side curves. The phone is available in gold and black, and it's a stunning looking piece. Inside, it's mostly the same internals as the Note 5 (minus the pen) and Samsung Galaxy S6. It runs Android 5.1 and TouchWiz on the 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU with 4 gigs of RAM and fast UFS 2.0 storage. The edge+ has a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and a front 5MP camera and rear 16MP camera.
The Alienware brand has been the symbol of PC gaming for years. After falling a bit behind design trends, the Alien head is back for 2015 with a new slimmer and lighter 7 lb. casing. Happily, the crazy powerful graphics cards, stellar keyboard, fast CPUs and AlienFX lighting zones remain, and at a price that's no longer wildly higher than the competition. We look at the Core i7 quad core model with NVIDIA GTX 970M graphics, 16 gigs of RAM, a 256 gig M.2 SSD and a 1 TB, 7200 RPM hard drive--a recipe for full HD gaming at 60 fps for most games. Even better, we check out the UHD 4K touch screen model with an impressive 99% of Adobe RGB that will entice graphics pros, photographers and video production types.
The Moto G 3rd generation is by no means the best Android phone you can buy, but it may be the cheapest good phone you can buy. And I mean really cheap-- $179 full retail for a name brand phone with good warranty and support and 4G LTE? Wow. The specs aren't scraping below your knees either: it has a quad core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon CPU, a quite decent 13MP camera with two-tone LED flash, a sharp 5MP front camera and a generously sized 2740 mAh battery. Throw in a nice looking 5" HD display, IPX7 water resistance, an SD card slot and a variety of back cover colors plus the option to build your own look on the Moto Maker website, and you're getting a lot for your money.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 4K is the more affordable counterpart to the Dell XPS 15. Like the XPS, you get a classy aluminum chassis with a matte black keyboard rest, an excellent backlit keyboard and now with the 4K UHD model, an optional super high resolution display. Beyond the significant price skew, there are important differences: the Inspiron runs on Intel ULV 15 watt Ultrabook CPUs vs. the XPS 15's quad core 47 watt CPU. That means you don't get breakneck performance with the Inspiron 15, but you do get less heat and longer battery life thanks to the lower power CPU. The Inspiron has AMD Radeon R7 M270 graphics and it's available with your choice of HDD or SSD and up to 16 gigs of RAM. The price runs from $660 to the $1,449 model we look at in this review.
So you want a ThinkPad, but don't want to break the bank. That's where the Lenovo ThinkPad E450 and its larger sibling the E550 come in. The E series is the affordable ThinkPad line that's the much improved replacement of the ThinkPad Edge series. The 4 pound, 1" thick E450 looks like a ThinkPad rather than a chromed chunky box, and it has slimmed down too. The E450 starts around $520, and a nicely configured model like our review unit with a 2.2 GHz 5th generation Intel Core i5-5200U CPU, a 500 gig, 7200 RPM hard drive and a 1080p matte display sells for $750 or less..
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.
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.
The Sony RX100 mark 4 hardly needs an introduction, after all it's the fourth generation in one of the most successful lines of popular high end pocket cameras. It still rates at 20.1MP, but the Exmor RS 1" stacked sensor design is radically new, and that sensor brings new features including 4K video recording, potentially better image quality and extreme slow motion video recording. To look at the mark 4, you'd think it was the mark 3 since the body hasn't changed. Indeed, you still get a tiny pop-up EVF (same size, but upgraded to XGA resolution), 3" rear flippable LCD and 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent zoom lens. But inside, it's an even more high tech animal.
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