Must-have gadgets (Updated May 8, 2013 5:00 PM PDT)
CNET has a top-products list for each of the categories we cover, but this list brings the cream of the crop together in one place. Recent entries are the Galaxy S4, an awesome budget sound bar, and the best TV we've ever seen. 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.
Best tablet overall
With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack.
Price: $530.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best iPhone ever
The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.
Price: $560.00 - $649.83 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best ultrabook/best laptop
This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
Price: $1,000.00 - $1,199.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best tabletop PC
It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.
Price: $899.99 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best tablet under $200
With a beautiful screen, fast performance, a comfortable design, and overall great media options, the Nexus 7 is easily the best 7-inch tablet available and one of the top tablets on the market.
Price: $159.00 - $199.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best overall Android phone you can buy
Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.
Price: $599.99 - $625.99 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best wireless audio system
The Sonos Play:3 can stream nearly every online radio station and music service--Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, Mog, Pandora, and the like--as well as your PC-based music collection. And it's all controlled by a free remote app on your tablet or smartphone.
Price: $299.00 - $299.98 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best consumer compact camera
The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality. It replaces 2011's DSC-HX9V as our go-to pick for best compact camera.
Price: $529.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
Best sub-$800 laptop
While it's not going to dazzle anyone, the Toshiba Satellite U845T is a great example of exactly how much laptop $799 should buy in 2013.
MSRP: $799.00 4 stars Read full review