Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top-10 must-have gadgets

CNET has top products lists for each of the categories we cover–they’re listed on the left–but this list brings the cream of the crop together in one place. For September, new additions include the Sonos Play:3 streaming audio speaker, the Droid Bionic superphone, and the Roku 2 XS streaming video box. (Looking for the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch? We deliberately left them off the list, since their 2011 replacement models are imminent.) Rather than trying to compare gadgets across multiple categories, we present them in alphabetical order, because when you get right down to it, we think they’re all must-haves.

Apple iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi)

The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple’s claim to being the king of tablets.
Price: $499.00 – $1,050.00 (check prices)

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, Summer 2011)

This year’s 11-inch MacBook Air improves on last year’s model in several significant ways and is by far the fastest ultraportable you’re likely to find, though some users will consider the limited flash storage space to be a hindrance.
Price: $949.95 – $999.00 (check prices)

Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)

The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the current Kindle.
Price: $139.00 (check prices)

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