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This week on gdgt: NVIDIA's Shield, Samsung's S4 mini, and camping tech

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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.

This week on gdgt NVIDIA's Shield, Samsung's S 4 Mini, and backtoschool tech


With the ability to play Android games, or stream PC games from your computer to the device, the Shield pushes mobile gaming to a whole new level. Though it may not be perfectly executed, it is well-designed and balanced in the hand, features a nice display, and brings enough battery for multi-hour gaming sessions. Even though its current list of supported games is small, its breakout streaming feature works well despite being in beta. Unfortunately, at $300, it caters to a rather niche market.
Buy from $380
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Great gadgets for the great outdoors

Even though summer is coming to a close, fall is upon us and it's still a great time to go camping. in our gdgt central post of the week we've got some interesting and handy gadgets to help you survive your trip into the woods.

This week on gdgt NVIDIA's Shield, Samsung's S 4 Mini, and backtoschool tech

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The S4 mini keeps its big brother's familiar design -- just in a smaller frame that's easier to hold -- yet still manages to deliver decent performance. Even though the reduced size brings a lower-fidelity screen, the S4 mini maintains the good battery life and camera performance of its sibling, resulting in a good all-around smartphone.
Buy from $421
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This week on gdgt NVIDIA's Shield, Samsung's S 4 mini, and backtoschool tech

Microsoft reveals more specifics about the Xbox One

In the last week, Microsoft took several steps to right some wrongs in its Xbox One strategy. In this week's featured discussion, we take a look at the changes Microsoft has made to Xbox Live, game sharing, and the Kinect, all in an effort to bring some love back to its next-gen console.

This week on gdgt NVIDIA's Shield, Samsung's S 4 Mini, and backtoschool tech

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

Despite its diminutive size, the DMC-LF1 manages to fit a good set of controls, decent image quality, WiFi, NFC, and an electronic viewfinder in its small frame. With fast autofocus, quick start-up time, and good video quality, Panasonic's first attempt at a premium compact camera delivers by putting solid performance into a portable body.
Buy from $499
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