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This bare-bones washer cleans better than you'd think  

Kenmore's $720 22352 top-load washing machine may not look like much, but its stain removal power is pretty impressive.

The HP Omen X is for gaming on the edge  

This big, bold desktop cube stands on one edge, making access to its interior super easy.

The Google Wifi is the best home mesh system yet  

CNET editor Dong Ngo explains how the Google Wifi works and most importantly why it's so much more appealing than competing devices.

Dip your hands into VR with Oculus Touch  

They're the best VR game controllers, but do they make the Rift the best VR system?

The basic Braun coffee maker brews drip surprisingly well  

Sure, Braun's BrewSense KF7150 is no style icon, but we weren't expecting a $100 machine to brew coffee this good.

GoPro Karma Grip helps you get a handle on camera shake  

The action cam company's motorized gimbal steadies your video for smooth results, handheld or mounted.

Nothing ventured -- the Roost Smart Alarm makes no gains  

The smart battery inside is still great, but the alarm itself offers little else.

This sleek Asus tablet is the iPad Air 2 of the Android world  

Sleek, chic and affordably priced, the Asus ZenPad One 3s starts at $299 (£235, AU$400).

VR-ready laptops slim down  

The slim Origin PC Evo 15-S can support VR headsets, and still has plenty of ports.

Alexa and Logitech Harmony: Couch potato paradise?  

We tested out a voice-activated entertainment setup at the CNET Smart Apartment to see if Alexa can make for better binge-watching.

This big tablet is a big bargain  

The $129 Acer Iconia One 10 is bottom of the barrel, but that's what you get for a price this low.

A peek at a weird, wonderful future -- but not the phone to get us there  

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro makes a cool toy for developers seeking to unlock the potential of Google's Tango augmented reality software. Too bad the hardware can't keep up.

Verizon GizmoTab is a kids' tablet with a twist on the home screen  

The GizmoTab is what a tablet would be like if everything was turned into a game.

Don't prejudge this speedy LG dryer because it looks ordinary  

The LG DLEX 3570V dryer may look like your average front-loading clothes dryer but it spins through laundry cycles with impressive swiftness.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is an elegant phone all about business  

The BlackBerry DTEK60 succeeds with an elegant design and decent specs. But its focus on security and productivity might fail to elicit much excitement from non-business users.

Super Mario Maker lets you make your own Mario worlds on 3DS  

NES Mini not available? Super Mario Maker is a pretty decent portable consolation prize.

DirecTV Now: $35 a month for 100 live TV channels and a lot of fine print  

The good news is that you can stream more channels than ever with DirecTV's new internet TV service. The bad news? It lacks CBS and a DVR, and that's just the beginning of the exceptions.

This Bonavita coffee maker brews excellent joe on a budget  

Bonavita's BV01002US budget coffee maker costs less than its premium cousin, the BV1900TS, but still makes mighty fine pots of java.

DirecTV Now offers 100 channels of live TV starting at $35 a month  

It lacks CBS and DVR functions, but it's still a strong competitor to traditional cable TV, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

"Alexa, preheat the oven for turkey"  

The $2,000 GE PHB920SJSS induction range works with Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, so you can use voice commands to control some of the appliance's functions.

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