Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More

T.S. Eliot didn't know what the hell he was talking about—August is unquestionably the cruelest month. With only four more sweet weeks of summer left, every day that passes is just another reminder that we're about to be back in the lifeless dregs of fall. And what do we do when something upsets us? That's right; stuff it deep down inside you and drown it out with the immediate gratification of the month's most glorious gadgets. It's the healthy thing to do.

For the full list of Gizmodo favorites, head over to the complete Best Gadgets


Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More

Best LED Light Bulb: Cree LED

LED light bulbs have always been a bit like car repairs: they're either good quality or affordable, but very rarely both. And it's all very well and good that these bulbs use a fraction of the electricity as incandescents but dropping $30-$40 on a single bulb—especially when they're so alien looking—keeps many consumers from switching over. But the Cree LED bulb is an LED light source designed to accurately mimic the light and form factor of incandescent bulbs for less than $15. So if you're looking for an affordable, quality LED that looks and feels like the bulb it's replacing, then this is what you want.[More]


Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More Best Crossover Gaming Laptop: Razer Blade

Everyone’s first impression of the 14-inch Razer Blade, even more than its 17-inch older brother, is Ha, they made a MacBook. But then, Oh—wait. They made a MacBook. And actually, it's even better than that. We want smaller, more beautiful laptops. But we’ll also need raw power. And this is the best shot at combining the two. Get it if you’re looking at getting a nice laptop to game on that you can use for just about anything else, too, without breaking your back or your bank account. [More]


Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More Best Mid-Range Pro DSLR: Canon EOS 70D

Canon has always been one step ahead of the pack when it comes to putting video in DSLRs. From the pro 5D to the beginner Rebel T's, it's been a leader. But the new tech in the Canon EOS 70D could change things forever once again. The Canon EOS 70D uses a new 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. That spec might not sound all the remarkable from the outset, but the sensor's architecture is completely new, which allows the camera to achieve the fastest and most precise continuous autofocus while recording video. For many shooters, this is the holy grail. The killer feature they've been waiting for. [More]


Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More

Best Smartphone Camera: Nokia 1020

The Nokia 1020 represents something fairly remarkable: the nearly flawless melding of a smartphone and a camera. The assumption up until now was that while such a mash-up wasn't strictly impossible, it would surely require a laundry list of unpleasant compromises. Instead, what we've got is an entirely new kind of gadget. One that, most remarkably of all, works as advertised. Basically, we've got the guts of other top Nokia Lumia phones (925, 928) paired with an absurd-sounding 41-megapixel PureView camera, and slightly more RAM. It costs $300 with a two-year contract on AT&T. [More]


Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More Best Budget Streaming Device: Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is a little dongle that puts whatever's on your laptop, phone, or tablet on your television. For cheap. It's a dongle that plugs into your television set and pulls video you call up on your mobile device or computer down from the cloud and onto your big screen. It can also mirror whatever you're playing in your chrome browser. At $35, it is super cheap. Even if you do already own another box like Apple TV or Roku, the Chromecast's low-cost mirroring capability is a surprisingly handy (albeit a bit fuzzy) feature. For multiple-TV houses, or for people dipping their toes into the river of streams, Chromecast is an excellent option. [More]



Our Favorite Laptops, Cameras, Light Bulbs, and More

The Best Small Tablet: Nexus 7 2013

Google's Nexus 7 was the best small tablet of 2012. Rather than mess with success, Google did something uncharacteristically conservative: It made little improvements here and there and left the rest mostly as is. The result? This year's Nexus 7 is more low rumble than tectonic shift, but it's still our new favorite tablet. This tablet is absolutely terrific and it's the one we'll be carrying with us for the foreseeable future. The screen is absolutely unsurpassed in the small-tablet category (or arguably any tablet category), and that's a big deal. The 2013 Nexus 7 comes in at $230 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, which is a cool $100 less than the not-nearly-as-good iPad mini with the same setup. Or it's $30 more than the Kindle Fire HD, though the Nexus 7 is better in virtually every way. [More]


Out:

The Best Mid-Range Pro DSLR: Bub-bye, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Best Smartphone Camera: See ya never, Nokia Lumia 920

The Best Small Tablet: Toodles, Google Nexus 7 2012