Samsung

Gear 2

Pros

  • Longer battery life
  • New heart rate monitor and IR blaster
  • Improved design 

Cons

  • Very few apps
  • Some software features feel superficial

Conclusion

The Gear 2 is generally a solid improvement over the original, with a nicer design and longer battery life. Even so, it doesn't perform well enough to fully justify the $300 asking price.

MSI

GS60 Ghost

Pros

  • Simple, elegant design
  • Powerful
  • Great trackpad for productivity

Cons

  • Disappointing audio
  • Average battery life
  • Trackpad is lousy for gaming

Conclusion

The GS60 Ghost is a slim and powerful option for gamers who want a lightweight rig. If you're going to spend that kind of money, though, wait for the unreleased GS60 Ghost Pro, which will bring a sharper display and better graphics. 

Amazon

Fire TV

Pros

  • Fast performance
  • Impressive list of apps, even at launch
  • Voice search is convenient, fast and accurate

Cons

  • Voice search doesn't work within apps
  • Onscreen keyboard is offensively bad
  • Inconsistent gaming experience
  • Carousel UI doesn't work as well on Fire TV as it does on tablets
  • Many apps and games are buggy ports from other platforms 

Conclusion

The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with the competition. Maybe with a few more apps (HBO Go, Vudu), some great games and an extra layer of polish it could push ahead.

Samsung

Galaxy S5

Pros

  • Fantastic display
  • Daylight images are on par with other flagship phones
  • Waterproof casing and improved design
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Fingerprint scanner can be frustrating
  • Selective focus doesn't always work as promised
  • Heart rate monitor isn't completely accurate
  • TouchWiz UI looks better, but is still confusing

Conclusion

The S5 is a solid upgrade over last year's model, with improvements to the hardware, software and camera. However, certain headline features like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor are mediocre at best. Chances are, you'll be happy with the phone, but don't fork out the extra cash for an early upgrade.

Microsoft

Windows Phone 8.1

Pros

  • Action Center is well-designed, desperately needed
  • Cortana voice assistant works well considering it's still in beta
  • Swipe keyboard is easy to use
  • More modern hardware support
  • More personalization options

Cons

  • Large phones can't take full advantage of the screen space
  • Google support still lagging

Conclusion

Windows Phone 8.1 is the OS we've been waiting for years to see, bringing a notification center, personal assistant and other great touches. 

KnowRoaming

SIM Sticker

Pros

  • Pay-per-use service
  • Easy to track usage 
  • Attaches to your existing SIM card
  • Automatic call forwarding when abroad

Cons

  • Data rates can be pricey
  • Full functionality limited to Android and iOS
  • SIM-compatibility issues with certain phones

Conclusion

KnowRoaming's SIM sticker solution is a great option for frequent travelers, but rates can add up quickly if you use gobs of data abroad.

Microsoft

Office for iPad

Pros

  • Beautiful, uncluttered design masks loads of customization options
  • Feature-rich, especially for a mobile productivity suite
  • Smooth performance throughout
  • One of the only mobile office suites that supports OneDrive and Office 365

Cons

  • Subscription required for full use, whereas competing apps are free to everyone
  • Only works with OneDrive and SharePoint, making it impractical for people who use other cloud services
  • Unable to print documents
  • You can only insert Camera Roll photos into documents 

Conclusion

Office for iPad is elegantly designed, with a robust feature set and intuitive layout. It's great for people who already have an Office 365 subscription, and it's also one of the only mobile office suites to work with Microsoft's OneDrive service. For everyone else, though, it's an impractical choice -- especially when competing apps like Apple's iWork suite can be had for free. 

Toshiba

Encore

Pros

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Bright display
  • Includes a micro-HDMI port -- a rarity on 8-inch Windows tablets

Cons

  • No clear edge over the competition
  • Finicky hardware buttons
  • Terrible rear camera
     

Conclusion

The Encore is a jack-of-all-trades, and master of none; while there are few things it does badly, it's not so good in any one area that you'd choose it over other small Windows tablets.

Acer

Iconia W4

Pros

  • Much-improved display
  • Above-average battery life
  • Good performance for the money

Cons

  • Slightly bulky compared to other 8-inch Windows tablets
  • Subpar speakers

Conclusion

The Iconia W4 may not stand out in any one area, but it's a textbook example of how to do a small Windows tablet with a solid design, a pleasant display and long battery life.

Lenovo

ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014)

Pros

  • Durable 
  • Thin and light for a 14-inch Ultrabook
  • Bright, high-res screen
  • Adaptive keyboard panel can be useful 

Cons

  • Worst-in-class battery life
  • No SD slot
  • Backspace key is shrunken and in a different place
  • Expensive; touchscreen doesn't come standard

Conclusion

With a durable, thinner-than-ever build, high-res display and a useful new keyboard feature, the X1 Carbon could have been a great Ultrabook. Unfortunately, the short battery life, cramped button layout and the removal of the SD card slot are all strikes against it. 

HTC

One (M8)

Pros

  • Beautiful all-metal design with brushed-metal finish
  • Duo Camera delivers great imagery
  • Top of the line performance
  • Long battery life
  • Motion Launch is a nice touch

Cons

  • The phone has a slippery feel that makes it difficult to grip
  • No enhancements to the display or HTC's UltraPixel technology

Conclusion

The new One looks sharp, performs well, has solid battery life and improves on its predecessor in most categories. It's still at the top of our list, but its slick finish makes it uncomfortable to hold. What's more, we'd like to see some more improvements to the One's display and HTC's UltraPixel technology, which were once among the best in their class.

LG

LG G Pro 2

Pros

  • Fast and powerful
  • Good camera
  • Solid build quality and design
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive to import (no US models yet)
  • A few early bugs
  • Textured back plate feels a little too slick

Conclusion

With a solid construction, good battery life and plenty of firepower, the G Pro 2 is a contender for the best large-screen phone on the market.

HP

Spectre 13 Ultrabook

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Fast performance
  • Good specs for the money
  • Bright display
  • Generous warranty, Adobe Lightroom included gratis

Cons

  • Heavy for a 13-inch Ultrabook
  • Middling battery life, especially considering the heft
  • Trackpad needs a driver update
  • Shallow keys have an occasionally "sticky" feel

Conclusion

There's lots to like about the Spectre 13 -- especially given the low price. For the money, you can expect an attractive design, bright display, fast performance and a generous warranty. But you should also prepare yourself for middling battery life and one frustrating trackpad. 

Samsung

Note Pro 12.2

Pros

  • Great size for consuming media
  • Relatively thin and light, given the large screen size
  • Remote PC feature works well and is easy to set up

Cons

  • Too similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which costs $150 less
  • Middling battery life
  • Sluggish real-world performance on the WiFi-only model (the LTE version will use a different processor)

Conclusion

Unless you absolutely need the Note 12.2's extra screen real estate and Remote PC feature, you're better off getting the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition instead, which offers a similar experience for $150 less. 

Nokia

Lumia Icon

Pros

  • Amazing 1080p display
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fantastic imaging experience
  • Great audio quality

Cons

  • Uninspired design
  • Verizon-only
  • No global LTE roaming

Conclusion

The Lumia Icon is the solid high-end Windows Phone that we've wanted for a long time. It has an amazing display, great performance and solid imaging capability, but its exclusivity to Verizon will severely limit its appeal.

Beats

Beats Pill XL

Pros

  • Stellar sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Simple controls

Cons

  • Relatively uninspired design
  • Difficult multi-unit pairing
  • Heavy

Conclusion

Beats Pill XL bests Jawbone's Big Jambox thanks to its clear, well-rounded sound quality.

Sony

Sony Cyber-shot RX10

Pros

  • Constant f/2.8-aperture 24-200mm lens
  • Phenomenal image and video quality
  • Excellent performance and battery life
  • Dedicated exposure-compensation dial
  • WiFi with NFC

Cons

  • Expensive

Conclusion

Sony's RX10 may be expensive, but this camera's a no-brainer if you have the $1,300 to spare.

Sony

Xperia Z1 Compact

Pros

  • Flagship-caliber specs
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent performance, long battery life
  • Great camera
  • Improved display offers better viewing angles than older Sony handsets

Cons

  • More expensive than other "mini" phones
  • Minor software issues

Conclusion

Sony has set the benchmark for mini-flagships. With strong build quality and robust performance, the Z1 Compact will be a welcome arrival for anyone who prefers smaller devices. 

Oppo

N1

Pros

  • Swivel camera adds versatility
  • Officially supported on two ROMs
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Camera shutter speed isn't fast enough 
  • HDR mode is buggy
  • Back-mounted trackpad is awkwardly placed

Conclusion

The Oppo N1 is a bold, yet fun phone with the noble goal of solving the selfie problem. Unfortunately, its camera is still a few updates away from perfection.

Lenovo

ThinkPad Yoga

Pros

  • Well-built, versatile design
  • Low-glare screen offers good viewing angles
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • One of the few Ultrabooks to support pen input
  • Fast boot-up time, good all-around performance 

Cons

  • Relatively bulky
  • Self-flattening keyboard seems less useful on a machine that's this cumbersome to use in tablet mode 
  • Base model has a fairly low-res screen
  • Battery life is on the short side

Conclusion

The ThinkPad Yoga's self-flattening keyboard is a neat idea, but it would make more sense on a smaller machine. All told, you can easily find Ultrabooks that offer sharper screens, longer battery life and comparable performance -- sometimes for about the same price. If pen input is important, though, the ThinkPad Yoga is by far your best option, and it happens to be a solid performer in its own right.

Apple

Mac Pro (2013)

Pros

  • Compact, space-saving design
  • Strong graphics performance, fast disk speeds
  • Runs quietly 
  • Supports up to three 4K displays

Cons

  • Runs a little warm, and can take a while to cool down
  • Many apps still need to be optimized to take advantage of two GPUs

Conclusion

There isn't another computer we know of that's this powerful and also this compact. With a starting price of $2,999, going all the way up to nearly $10,000, it's quite pricey, but for videographers, photographers, animators and other creative professionals, it could be well worth the investment. 

Sony

PlayStation Vita TV

Pros

  • The cheapest, most portable way to remotely play your PS4 on another TV
  • Plays PS1 and Vita games using a full-sized DualShock controller
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Doesn't play every Vita game, excludes some important ones
  • Video services need more work, content
  • Same UI as the Vita, but harder to use without a touchscreen 

Conclusion

The Vita TV can play PS1 and Vita games, and, if you have a PS4, you can use Remote Play, too. It's cheap, but the video services are limited, both in content and picture quality. For now, it may be a Japan-only experiment, but it has potential, assuming Sony can work out some of the game compatibility issues.

Nest

Protect

Pros

  • Remote control via a mobile app
  • Gesture control
  • Clever uses of color notifications
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Expensive for a smoke detector

Conclusion

The Protect brings plenty of innovation to the staid world of smoke detectors, but the $129 price will be too steep for most people to swallow.

Maingear

Pulse 17

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Thin chassis makes it more portable than other 17-inch gaming laptops
  • Great display and sound

Cons

  • Sports car finish is an expensive add-on
  • Weak backlight
  • Soft keyboard

Conclusion

Maingear’s Pulse 17 is a powerful and gorgeous laptop, crammed full of high-end specs and wrapped up in a sports car shell. The only downside is that you’ll be shelling out the better part of three grand just to get one on your desk.

WobbleWorks

3Doodler

Pros

  • Innovative
  • Affordable
  • Simple setup

Cons

  • Tough to master
  • Tethered connection
  • Can get old fast

Conclusion

The 3Doodler is fully unlike any product we've seen. Be warned, however: It's easy to use, but hard to master.

Dell

Venue 8 Pro

Pros

  • Bright screen with good viewing angles
  • Long battery life
  • Great bang for your buck
  • Allows for pen input

Cons

  • Awkwardly placed Start button
  • Pen input can be unreliable

Conclusion

The Venue 8 Pro offers good value for a $300 device, but we suggest you wait for Dell to issue some bug fixes, and also for more competing tablets to start shipping.

Motorola

Moto G

Pros

  • Crisp 720p display
  • Near-stock version of Android
  • Impressive performance
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • Up to just 16GB of non-expandable storage
  • No LTE
  • Slightly sluggish web browsing

Conclusion

Forgiving the absence of a microSD slot and LTE radio, we commend the Moto G for its bright display, superb all-around performance and versatile camera despite a low megapixel count. At this price, it's a bargain.

3D Systems

Sense

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • User-friendly software
  • Huge scanning area

Cons

  • Tethered by a cord
  • PC-only for now
  • Doesn't work well on small objects

Conclusion

The Sense is a capable and user-friendly 3D scanner at a great price. Still, it has a ways to go before it becomes a mainstream device.

Jawbone

Up24

Pros

  • Bluetooth syncing
  • Simple design
  • Integration with home automation apps
  • App can now estimate how long you slept

Cons

  • Sleep tracking still hit or miss
  • Battery life took a hit

Conclusion

The Up24 is Jawbone's best wearable to date thanks to wireless syncing. It's definitely worth buying over the older, less expensive Up band.

LG

G Flex

Pros

  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Top-notch performance
  • Flexible screen adds to the phone's durability

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Camera lacks optical image stabilization
  • Self-healing finish needs work

Conclusion

The G Flex has lots of unique features that make it fun to use, but we can't recommend a curved phone until the price drops.

Lenovo

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Pros

  • Sturdy, lightweight design
  • Offers good functionality for the price
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Poor display
  • Sluggish performance
  • Heavily skinned version of Android

Conclusion

The Yoga Tablet sports an innovative kickstand design and offers great battery life, but those pluses don't make up for poor performance and a mediocre display.

Nokia

Lumia 2520

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Long battery life
  • Bright, vibrant display
  • Good camera performance
  • Offline music and maps

Cons

  • No WiFi-only option
  • Picks up scratches and fingerprints
  • Typing in the lap isn't comfortable
  • Windows Store still has holes

Conclusion

The Lumia 2520 is a good Windows tablet, with long battery life, a lightweight, modern design and best-in-class camera. However, it doesn't work well as a laptop replacement.

Nike

FuelBand SE

Pros

  • Decent battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Connects to your Facebook friends list

Cons

  • Still no Android app
  • Not geared toward fitness buffs
  • Pointless sleep monitoring feature

Conclusion

The FuelBand SE doesn't offer any earth-shattering changes from its predecessor, but its design, longer battery life and enhanced social features ensure it continues to be a solid choice among fitness trackers.

Microsoft

Xbox One Wireless Controller

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • The best analog sticks on any gamepad
  • Rumble triggers!

Cons

  • Shoulder buttons are cumbersome
  • Requires AA batteries

Conclusion

The Xbox One's controller is mostly a refined version of the last-gen gamepad, with the new shoulder buttons being the only real step backward.

Microsoft

Xbox One

Pros

  • Wake-on-voice is very impressive
  • Excellent multitasking experience
  • Games are beautiful; console runs quietly

Cons

  • The most expensive console available
  • Limited selection of exclusive titles worth playing
  • Missing key promised functionality at launch

Conclusion

The Xbox One is quick, quiet and capable of handling live TV and gorgeous games, all at the sound of your voice. $500 is a lot to ask, but it's much more than just a gaming console.

Nokia

Lumia 1520

Pros

  • Vibrant display
  • Top-of-the-line hardware
  • Great imaging experience
  • Solid build quality

Cons

  • Can be uncomfortable to hold
  • 6-inch display may be too big for some

Conclusion

The Lumia 1520 offers a Windows Phone experience unlike any we've seen before. With its top-notch hardware, fantastic imaging and constantly improving firmware, this is by far our favorite WP8 device.