Each week, our friends at gdgt go through the latest gadgets and score them to help you decide which ones to buy. Here are some of their most recent picks. Want more? Visit gdgt anytime to catch up on the latest, and subscribe to gdgt's newsletter to get a weekly roundup in your inbox.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate
Logitech's latest universal remote is definitely one of its best. Although it offers only marginal improvements over the original Harmony Touch, the redesigned remote really shines when used in conjunction with Logitech's new Ultimate Hub, included as part of the package. But, despite changes made to address usability issues, the price for the set is just a little too high. With an MSRP of $349 the Harmony Ultimate will put a dent in your wallet. But, if money is no object, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better remote.
Why new consoles are some of the best buys in tech
When you consider that the last generation of consoles lasted more than eight years, it's pretty easy to see how a console is a better long-run purchase than, for example, a smartphone that will likely be replaced every one or two years. In this week's featured gdgt Central post, we explain why new consoles offer some of the best investments in tech.
LG has dropped the Optimus branding, but the company is still pulling out all of the stops with its latest flagship smartphone. With a slim design, sharp 1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera, the G2 takes on its Android competition with ease. If you're looking for a well-designed phone with a large screen and good battery life, look no further.
Can the Wii U make a comeback?
Given the Wii U's considerably weak reception, gdgt user jkhawk is wondering if Nintendo can keep it relevant, with Microsoft and Sony's new consoles both set to launch this fall. In this week's featured discussion, tell us what you think about Nintendo's latest home console, and whether it stands a chance against the Xbox One and PS4 this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
A plastic construction and less-than-premium feel keep the S4 Zoom from delivering on its promise of being a hybrid device. Instead, it ends up favoring its point-and-shoot side, moving its phone capabilities to the back burner. Although you might be satisfied if you're specifically looking for a decent camera that can also make calls, you'll likely find yourself using it just for that purpose, and not as your go-to smartphone; it's just too bulky. And while the Zoom is sure to please with its good image quality, the battery isn't quite large enough to last the day.