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Moving on up

Kit: Sophomore Year

A year’s worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that’ve just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There’s a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes — like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You’ve also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You’ve earned the extra space, now make it your own.

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Bigger is Better

New Year’s Resolutions: Five 4K Displays You Can Actually Afford

Now that the content is beginning to arrive and prices are right, it’s time for consumers and video professionals to use 4K monitors. A whole crop of 4K displays have been announced by all the big names in electronics (save for one…we’re waiting on you, Cupertino), and the variety combined with esoteric naming conventions can lead any well-minded consumer to bouts of madness. We’re here to help. Here are our five favorites that you can actually afford.

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Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 9, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES 2014 is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the second batch, replete with a smart bed, a new flagship 3D printer and exciting news on the PS4 front.

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Today in Gear: January 3, 2014

Today in gear, we find a lithe Infiniti sedan, a foldable ski helmet, tech tools for hoop dreams and much more.

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Lighten the load

Super Models: The 10 Best Lightweight Laptops

When it comes to choosing the right laptop, everyone seeks three necessities: a sleek profile, high performance, and most importantly, portability. A weighty — or worse, bulky — portable computer can take a heavy toll on the body and make daily commuting a pain in the ass; yet everyone from business buffs to college grads wants a machine powerful enough to meet computing needs. We’re fortunate to bask in a beautiful balance of both virtues thanks to the latest leaps in laptop engineering. From convertibles to high-end subnotebooks, we sifted through the market to find the best laptops weighing in at under four pounds. Just remember, they’ll probably make you look fat in comparison.

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Today in Gear: April 18, 2013

Panasonic Streaming Media Player Panny’s two new media streaming boxes essentially work like an AppleTV for Android users. Both have access to popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and feature Miracast, a new wireless streaming technology currently popular with many non-Apple devices. $80-$100 Chrome Sotnik Duffel As part of their WWII-era-inspired Militia line, Chrome’s…

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Trusty Steeds

Fully Loaded: 5 Best All-In-One Desktops

It wasn’t so long ago that 10-key calculators and instant messenger were the most exciting things happening to technology. But nowadays, tech moves fast — new computer segments are born and buried quicker with each passing year. Don’t let that scare you away from the good ole desktop, though. All-in-ones have more to offer than ever: effective touchscreens with the UI to back them up (Windows 8), high-def displays that can easily double as TV screens (thanks to HDMI and built-in TV tuners), and slimmer profiles for fitting just about anywhere.

Sure, it’s tough explaining to grandma where to put the floppy disc, but we’ll leave that to you. Before choosing which one is right for you, though, figure out just what it is you need. Whether that means sexy looks, entertainment nirvana or a gamer’s sweaty-palmed fantasy, our five picks for the best all-in-one desktops are awaiting below to help out.

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Today in Gear: March 29, 2013

SwingTip Why the hell are you hooking left every time you pick up a five iron? Where before you’d have to listen to your buddy’s pretentious rant about what his personal coach told him, with the SwingTip (which clips onto your club securely and sends real-time feedback to your smartphone) you can analyze your swing…

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Today in Gear: March 27, 2013

Bioshock Infinite If being scared shitless by splicers wasn’t enough from you, Bioshock’s third installment should do the trick. Shifting from the bottom of the ocean to a floating city in the sky where a perverse American dream has overflowed its bounds, the setting and plotline of Bioshock Infinite might be drastically different than its…

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Don't spill on this coffee table

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC

Remember those clunky “car phones” in the late ’80s and early ’90s? It seems we’ve reached that stage in computer/tablet hybrids. Essentially a tweaked, larger version of the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ($1,699+) might not be the most graceful computer at the ball, but it does pique our interest…

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Onward and upward... and outward... and sideways...

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Tablet

The latest member of the ThinkPad family isn’t just a tablet dragging along a keyboard for faster emailing and double the battery power — though its companion QWERTY is certainly good for both of those things. The real kicker? Attaching the 11.6-inch Windows 8 touchscreen device to the keyboard activates a special cooling system in…

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Productive contortionist

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

Lenovo’s family of convertible devices, with names like Yoga and Twist, remind us of that gymnast/cheerleader/yoga instructor/circus performer we dated years back. Unlike that experience, where the novelty quickly wore off, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist ($849+) proves useful for both work AND play. A serious productivity Ultrabook with passable multimedia hardware, the Twist’s screen turns…

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No carbon copy

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

For years Apple marketing mavens have asked us to “think different”. With so many of us sipping on a stylish cup-ertino, it now seems that “different” has now become the norm. Be the one to buck that trend at your local hot-spot with the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (TBA). Staying true to the ThinkPad’s…

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Who says enterprise has to be dull?

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 & S2 Tablets

Lenovo has made it clear that it intends to grab a piece of the Android pie with its K2 and S2 IdeaTab tablets. Both of the portable, but not groundbreakingly thin, 10.1-inch tablets will run Android 4.0. The higher-end K2 is one of the first tablets to feature a 1080p screen. Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3…

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The world's first Android 4.0 Smart TV

Lenovo IdeaTV K91

After fizzling out with its initial release, Google TV is expected to make a resurgence this year at CES thanks to updated software and the renewed support of TV manufacturers. Lenovo’s 55-inch, LED backlit, IdeaTV K91 does include a touch of Google on the software side, but it’s a customized version of Android 4.0 (a.k.a…

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A Business Focused Portable Work Horse

Lenovo ThinkPad X201s

Known for reliability among business users, with the ThinkPad X201 Lenovo provides an outstanding mix of battery life and performance which makes it perfect for road warriors with ample budgets. While it may not have nearly as much curb appeal from an exterior design standpoint compared to the competition, the ThinkPad X201s is built for…

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A Separation Between Perch & Slate?

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet Laptop

Apple may have the nation’s tech fiends in a frenzy over the calculated slow drip of details and rumors circling its potential tablet announcement at the end of January, but that doesn’t mean other major tech manufacturers can’t come up with lust-worthy ideas of their own. Take the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. Part Linux-powered web…

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The Palm-Sized Control Solution for Windows Users

Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard

Powerpoint-addicted road warriors and control freaks alike should appreciate the relatively low-key release of Lenovo’s multimedia remote with keyboard. Small enough to be used with one hand, the “remote” features 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse with track ball and communicates with most windows machines using a USB nano dongle. Though aimed at Lenovo’s business-oriented clientele,…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Who needs a MacBook Air. Give this writer the Lenovo ThinkPad X300, unleashed for paycheck burning today. If sexy is specifications, then the X300 is the Izabel Goulart of laptops. Dark, sexy, and Brazilian made in China. Perhaps that’s a stretch, but it truly is one incredible machine and a marvel of engineering. If this…