302014May

Unbeatable picture for the money

When Panasonic’s plasma TVs gave up the ghost last year, I immediately began wondering what 2014 TVs could possibly take their place as my go-to recommendation as the best combination of picture quality and value. In my CES preview, I wrote “Help me local-dimming Kenobi; you’re my only hope,” calling out Vizio and others for…

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302014May

A low-cost keyboard combo for home theater or home office

This keyboard-plus-touchpad combo (the official list price is $40 or £35, but it can be found for less online) is lightweight, with a solid feel considering the price. The keyboard has a matte black finish, which I like since shiny finishes tend to show more fingerprints and dust, and this is made to be touched….

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292014May

Not for the Type A cook

The $1,349 KitchenAid Electric Freestanding Range Architect Series II KERS303BSS is equipped with all of the cooking basics; five stovetop burners, and convection and traditional oven modes. The stainless-steel finish and professional chef-style knobs contribute to a fairly high-end look, while its interface and features are pretty intuitive. It sounds good so far, but there’s…

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292014May

This simple sensor will give your plant a voice

Oso Technologies’ PlantLink is hoping to usher your garden into the Internet of things. The $79 package consists of a “Basestation” that you can attach to your Wi-Fi router, and a moisture sensor called a “Link” that you insert in the soil next to the plant you want to monitor. Additional Links are available for…

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