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Roundup: Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $250

The headphone market is packed tighter than Chris Farley in a navy blazer, thanks in part to the explosion of digital music — salud, iTunes, Spotify and The Pirate Bay — not to mention the business savvy of a few enterprising rhyme spitters (what up Dre?). Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the headphone market in...

Up Where We Belong

Twelve South HiRise

If your iMac needs a pedestal upgrade from its current almanac/cigar box, the Twelve South HiRise ($80) is a more than suitable replacement. Providing proper height adjustment for your display, the HiRise is perfect for people who like their necks and don’t enjoy performing impersonations of Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein. The HiRise’s internal metal...

Big Specs Come in Little Packages

Falcon Northwest Tiki Micro Gaming Tower

Gaming towers are synonymous with gigantic frames, furnace heat output and throbbing jet-engine rackets. If you’re the subtle, nuanced gamer — or you just want to attract as little attention as possible while raiding in WOW — the Falcon Northwest Tiki Micro Gaming Tower ($1,800+) should be a prime option. The Tiki is a veritable...

Reading the competition like a book

Barnes & Noble Nook HD & HD+

The Barnes & Noble v. Amazon slap-off continues, this time with the brick-and-mortar book giant’s launch of the Nook HD and HD+ Android tablets. The smaller Nook HD ($199+) maintains a similar form factor to its predecessor, the Nook color, with some noted improvements, including a 1440 x 900 display, which gives it the temporary...

For the record

Jico Kanade Record Cleaner

Vinyl is on a comeback, in many ways because it replaces the tangible elements of music collecting that the iPod killed in the blink of an eye. The Jico Kanade Record Cleaner ($88) is a beautiful companion accessory for keeping your records pristine. Each unique cleaner is meticulously hand built by expert artisans from the...

Antonio Banderas may not approve

TMDtouch Zorro Macsk

There’s a reason museums have signs asking patrons not to touch the art. It’s basic human nature: we like to touch stuff, priceless works of self expression be damned. The TMDtouch Zorro Macsk ($199) delivers the touch capability we’ve been craving on our iMacs, at a reasonable price, and with very little hackery. The Zorro...

Shoot to the clouds

Canon Project 1709

It seems like everybody’s jumping on the social media bandwagon (some more logically than others). Canon’s decided to take a shot too with their curiously named, cloud-based storage service Project 1709. Currently in beta testing, this online photo warehouse places heavy emphasis on UI and sports the ever-popular tile layout (cough, Flickr) for quick viewing,...

Sharpening its edge

Motorola RAZR i

Motorola Android smartphone launches seem like a dime a dozen recently, but their latest offering is a cut above and, unfortunately, beyond (as in, beyond U.S. shores). The RAZR i is the new buff uncle in Razr family tree, thanks to its powerful 2Ghz Intel Atom processor, and is the first Moto device to feature...

A better music box

Apogee Quartet

The Apogee Quartet ($1,295) is a USB audio interface that provides Macs and their parent’s-basement-squatting masters with studio-grade chops. Connection-wise, four combo XLR and 1/4” analog inputs — complete with world-class mic preamps capable of capturing click-free transitions from a vast gain range of 0-75dB — and eight digital inputs can accomodate a burgeoning boy...

Tiletillating

HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S

HTC produced some of the best devices for early Windows phone users, and by the looks of their two latest handsets for Windows Phone 8, that’s still true. The newly announced 8X and 8S both feature premium external detailing thanks to unibody construction, big gorilla glass screens, bold color ways and a beveled-thin edge that...

Still pointing and shooting

Canon Powershot S110

It seems like only a year ago we were telling you about the Canon Powershot S100 — wait, it WAS a year ago, almost to the day. So, in celebration of that anniversary, Gear Patrol, or rather Canon, brings you the next evolutionary step in point-and-shoot cameras, the Powershot S110 ($449), scheduled to hit stores...

Excuse me sir... Your butt is flashing

Monocle

Riding your bike in the dark on city streets is an activity best reserved for those with a death wish. The Monocle is an inexpensive and ingenious way to avoid becoming street pizza. You’ve spent plenty of money on your iPhone; why not use it as a bike light, too? The Monocle, which is made...

Tower of power

Exogear Exovolt Plus

Portable battery power for your gear is always practical but obviously very finite — and, usually, pretty dull looking. The Exogear Exovolt Plus stackable battery tackles both downsides by providing unlimited expandability and a look that seems to tap into Cupertino’s sleek monochromatic simplicity. The 5,200mA Lithium Polymer Battery Main Unit ($90) provides power on...

Not just a fantasy

NFL Game Rewind

If your fandom/fantasy addiction borders on the insane, NFL Game Rewind ($35+) will only steepen a downward spiral of screaming at the television. The online service allows subscribers to replay any game from the 2009-2011 and current regular season on their computer or tablet. If you only bleed blank & blank colors, you can also...

Milestone

Leica M Rangefinder

The Leica M is a new flagship rangefinder from the venerable photography brand that carries the torch from the Leica M9. Its biggest upgrade lies in a new 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that’s designed to work specifically with Leica R-series lenses, maintaining the same luscious color characteristics while boasting better low-light performance and power management...

No Brainer

ICEdot Crash Sensor

Statistics don’t look good for male cyclists: 200,000 traumatic brain injuries are attributed to recreational accidents each year; two-thirds of cycling injuries involve damage to the noggin; and men are more than twice as likely to mangle their melons than women. A good helmet is an obvious must-have, but in absolute worst cases the ICEdot...

We've got ourselves a Japanese standoff

Canon EOS 6D

Nikon’s D600 full-frame DSLR seemed poised to undercut its arch nemesis Canon in the prosumer market — until now. The Canon EOS 6D ($2,100) is Canon’s smallest, lightest (only 24 ounces) and cheapest full-frame DSLR ever. It’s slightly slimmer and weighs less than the D600 while boasting integrated wi-fi — a convenient feature we’ve been...

Semi-pro

Nikon D600

The much-anticipated Nikon D600 ($2100) is a new prosumer DSLR that provides a similar, albeit slightly watered-down set of specs compared to the lauded D800 for roughly a grand less, while also undercutting the competition from Canon and Sony. Despite the price differences, the new rig maintains a similar feature set to its bigger brother,...

Apple's Jam

The New Apple iPod Nano and iPod Touch (2012)

Unveiling a new iPod along with the new iPhone is becoming a bit of a tradition, so it’s no surprise that a shiny new iPod Touch and iPod Nano were rolled into today’s big iPhone 5 launch. As usual, the Fifth Generation iPod Touch ($299+) takes its cue from many of the features from the...

Five Alive

Apple iPhone 5

Let’s face it, not much was kept secret about Apple’s latest iPhone — so let’s start with what the geekosystem didn’t already know. The new device is powered by an A6 chip that doubles the speed and graphics processing of the iPhone 4S. Like Amazon’s recent Kindle Fire HD, so-called “ultra fast wireless” is onboard,...

Sensory overload

Sony RX-1

The Sony RX-1 is the smallest camera to ever feature a full-frame sensor. Specifically, it crams the same 24MP 35.8×23.9mm beast found in the newly released Sony a99 DSLR that boasts an ISO range between 100 – 25600, in a body that measures 4 1/2″x 2 5/8″x 2 3/4″ and weighs only a pound. Those...

Fully loaded

Sony STR-DA5800ES 4K Receiver

After dropping a mere $25,000 on Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV, you’ll naturally want a 4k receiver to match. The Sony STR-DA5800ES 4K receiver ($2,100) is one of the first audio hubs on the market that supports native 4K resolution while packing a bevy of other tricks, including 4k upscaling, a four port ethernet switch,...

#backtothefuture

Kickstarter: Impossible Instant Lab

Instagram may be the Polaroid of the iPhone generation, but who says you can’t take your filters and print them too? The global film stewards at

Second fiddle never sounded so good

Nokia Lumia 820

With all the noise surrounding Nokia’s other Windows 8 phone, it’s easy for to ignore the Nokia Lumia 820. And while it is, basically, a scaled-down version of the 920 (in both size and specs), that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look. The 820 shares many of the same genetics as its big brother:...

Black and white and Red all over

Red Epic-M Monochrome

What’s black and white and Red all over? The Red Epic-M Monochrome ($42,000). A technical auteur’s delight — director David Fincher is already shooting with it, of course — the brain (body in Red parlance) is based around the newly developed Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor. The sensor, which boasts a native ISO (ASA) 2000, double the...

Duo more

Sony VAIO Duo 11

Looking to chip away at the iPad’s death grip on the market through dual functionality and some serious Windows 8 guts, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 represents yet another foray into the field of computer meets Transformer. It’s no wannabe: powered by an Ultrabook-level Intel processor (your choice of i3, i5, or i7) and an...

Spin it all

Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus

Pioneer’s newest CDJ-2000nexus flagship gets everything right but the name — and we’re not referring to the potential confusion with Android products. That’s because the newly integrated Wifi compatibility allows the pro turntable to play everything from streaming music on computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads to USB thumb drives, SD memory cards, and yes, even...

Un-extinct?

Philips S10 Cordless Phone

You get the call — but your cell phone is charging/buried in your gym bag/temporarily lost. While most landlines have gone the way of the dodo, the Philips S10 Cordless Phone re-envisions the now retro (how old does that make you feel?) appliance — and, somehow, it’s not entirely ridiculous. Using Bluetooth, the S10 conglomerates...

Sonic boom

KEF X300A

Look around at today’s computers and you’ll see exactly where companies are putting their money. Better-than-high-def screens with touch-sensitivity, ThunderBolt this and that, blisteringly fast graphics cards — it’s all about the visuals. And while we’re not ones to complain about amazing picture quality, it does get pretty difficult to enjoy lightning without any thunder,...

Scorching the competition

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

After steamrolling the Android tablet market last year with the incredibly popular Kindle Fire, the mega online retailer has finally announced the anticipated sequel, known as the Kindle Fire HD. The latest iteration is available in both the original 7-inch form factor as well as a new larger version that weighs 20 ounces, measures 8.8mm...

Putting paper on notice

Kindle Paperwhite

The technology world may be aflutter over tablets, but Amazon has proven that the discrete, Shades of Grey reading public still has a soft spot for dedicated eReaders. The Kindle Paperwhite ($199+) builds on the success of a long line of e ink Kindles while incorporating a new proprietary display for enhanced clarity and readability,...

Lean but still mean

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm is currently the biggest champion of retro design in the camera space, and the newly announced Fujifilm X-E1 indicates there’s no end in sight. In many ways, this new edition is just a smaller version of the so-called poor man’s Leica, a.k.a X Pro-1. Many of its features are the same: a 16.3 MP...

RAZR'ing the bar

Motorola Droid RAZR HD, Maxx HD and M

From the StarTAC, to the original RAZR to the Droid, Motorola has led the way for mobile hardware on quite a few occasions. Now, firmly entrenched under the wing of its Google mothership, Motorola is kicking off the new era with a family of handsets: the Droid RAZR HD ($299), the RAZR Maxx HD ($199)...

Dashingly Different

Nokia Lumia 920

Copying is always the easy way out of anything. That’s why we’ve been impressed with the Nokia Microsoft partnership — since both firms appear hell-bent on blazing their own trails on the mobile road map. The newly announced flagship Nokia Lumia 920 is as impressive as it is bold and serves as an excellent starting...

Phabulous

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Brushing off the recent court ruling, Samsung introduces the latest update to their ground-breaking phablet with the Galaxy Note II. With a bigger Super AMOLED screen (5.5” vs 5.3”) at a lower resolution (1280×720 vs. 1280×800), the new smartphone takes style cues from the Galaxy S III. Intended to conserve battery life and reduce screen...

Hot mic

Apogee MiC

For the price of a one-way ticket to Boston, the Apogee MiC ($199) is a studio quality microphone that’s built specifically to play well with Apple recording software. With an all-metal construction, the large diaphragm studio condenser comes with a built-in mic pre, and 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion. What this means is that you’ll...

Data rates may apply

Samsung Galaxy Camera

With each new improvement to smartphone cameras, the collective cries by pundits and consumers alike at the death of point and shoot cameras grow louder and clearer. Hoping to silence, or at the least quiet, dissenters, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Camera, a cloud-connected pocket blackmailer that offers all the bells and whistles that most...

Cantastic

Sony MDR-1 Headphones

Sony just announced their MDR-1 line of high-end ear-thumpers that combine gorgeous retro styling with serious audio chops and advanced connectivity. The top-of-the-line cans are available in three different models, all of which boast 40mm neodymium drivers with an impressive response range of 4Hz-80kHz. While the basic MDR-1Rs stick to traditional wires, the Bluetooth equipped...

Stream on

TiVo Stream

If you’ve still been using your TiVo service, then your loyalty is about to pay off. The TiVo Stream ($130) is a new accessory that allows you to stream HD quality programs from your home TiVo box simultaneously to up to four mobile devices. As long as there’s a Wifi connection, Stream users can also...

Slated for your approval

Samsung Series 5 and 7 Slate PCs

Ultrabooks, tablets, and Andre the Giant-sized phones have already made the world of mobile computing a muddled mess, and the newly announced Samsung Series 5 and 7 Slate PCs aren’t here to help. The 11.6-inch hybrids are part of a new wave of Windows 8 powered franken-slates looking to blend the computing talents of laptops...

Your little black box

Sony Action Cam

If you’ve got action on the brain and some road rash/broken bones/brag-worthy scar tissue to show for it, then the Sony Action Cam is the right tool to capture and broadcast your adventures in pain and thrill-seeking. Measuring a mere 2×2.6×0.9 inches wide, it certainly fits the bill for portability — the direct volley at...

A big, bright future

Sony 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV

The future may not be televised in 3D after all, so how about 4k? Earlier this year, we saw a few prototypes at CES, and now Sony has officially announced its first set, boasting 3840 x 2160 resolution chops in the form of the 84-inch, 4K goliath: the Sony XBR-84X900. Since virtually no content out...

Low-Budget Movie Maker

Canon EOS C100

Outgrown your 5D Mark II(I) or 7D, but not quite ready to shell out $16 large for the Canon C300? Meet the Canon EOS C100 ($7,999). A budget entry solution into the Canon Cinema EOS system, the C100 is designed for indy outfits or overly zealous amateurs. Offering up similar technology to the C300 including...