LG Curved OLED TV Preview
Move over, 4K: There's another wicked expensive, first-generation display technology on shelves now. LG just released a 55-inch curved OLED TV (MSRP $14,999) in the US, and our TV experts got a chance to check it out with their own eyes. OLED displays can produce incredibly striking colors and contrast, and are built in such a way that they can be curved, like this set. The slight curvature of the screen makes the TV seem bigger than it actually is, and adds to an immersive viewing experience—sort of like an IMAX theater, just on a much smaller scale. It'll be a while before this flashy new tech replaces plasma or LCD TVs in most homes, but our experts say that this particular set is fully functional—and very impressive. Don't hesitate to grab it if you can afford it.
Pentax K-50 DSLR Review
Pentax has earned a reputation for equipping its affordable DSLRs with features that big-name camera companies reserve for their higher-end models. The new K-50 (MSRP $699.95) keeps up the trend, offering excellent image quality with great handling and control in a weather-resistant body—and it still costs less than its rivals. It's missing a few modern amenities, like a tilting LCD and a decent video mode, but proves itself to be one of the best values for hobbyist photographers right now.
Budget Microwave, Mini Fridge, and Electric Kettle Roundups
What do you get when you get when you spend as little as possible on a small appliance? A pretty good deal, as it turns out. We hauled in the lowest-cost microwaves, mini fridges, and electric hot-water kettles that we could find at each of the national big-box stores, and tested them in our labs. Down in this budget-friendly price bracket, there isn't much difference from model to model, but we picked a few standout products from the group. If you're heading back to school and need help equipping your dorm room (or just happen to be shopping for inexpensive small appliances and gadgets), check out our roundups for more.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Tablet Review
In the early days of tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab was the only serious Android contender to challenge the mighty Apple iPad. Fast forward a few product cycles, and the Galaxy Tab 3 (MSRP $299.99) isn't a contender to anything. It's thoroughly outclassed by the latest Google Nexus 7—a more powerful product with a beautiful display, all for $70 cheaper. There's probably some situation where the Galaxy is the better buy, but we can't think of what it is.
Monster N-Tune Headphones Review
On-ear headphones usually don't perform all that well in audio testing, and the head-squeezing designs aren't all that comfortable. But these Monster N-Tune headphones (MSRP $149.95) surprised us. The sound is bass-heavy but relatively balanced, and the flexible, pivoting band offers a relaxed fit. If you're into bright colors, you'll probably find them pretty stylish. The MSRP is a bit steep, but it's easy to find the N-Tunes on sale.