Lenovo’s new all-in-one desktop, the IdeaCentre A720 ($1,560), is both forward-looking and retro. It’s got a 27-inch touchscreen you can fold so that it’s flat on a table or desk. And it includes a selection of touch-based games that potentially could offer families hours of fun.

Is it worth spending $400 more for a retina display on the latest Apple MacBook Pro? To find out, we compared the company’s new 15-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro with Retina display ($2,200) has a 2880 x 1800 display, while the MacBook Pro ($1,800) has a 1440 x 900 screen

Saying it wanted to take its experience with HD entertainment and aesthetically pleasing products to the computer industry, TV maker Vizio last night introduced a new line of laptops and desktops. Among the new computers are the 14- and 15-inch Thin + Light laptops, a 15-inch laptop, and 24- and 27-inch all-in-one desktops. All use Intel’s third-generation Core processors, and start at $900.

Three tablets in our Ratings show how manufacturers make virtually the same device for less money, and what trade-offs—usually minimal—you’ll make when choosing the less expensive tablet. Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba each recently debuted cheaper versions of their tablets, keeping the new ones as appealing as the earlier, more expensive versions

Apple today introduced its newest line of MacBook Pro laptops, including a 15-inch model that measures just 0.71 inches—a quarter inch thinner than the current model—weighs just under 4.5 pounds, and includes a Retina display with a resolution of 2880×1800.

Intel has been slowly rolling out the latest batch of its Core i5 and i7 processors.

Three bike apps for three kinds of riders


Helmet, water bottle, and sunscreen, check.

We recently tested and rated two laptops from HP that are slim, light, and elegantly designed. With the exception of the screen size, both are similarly configured. The 13-inch Folio is a deal, at $775.

Never mind CAPTCHAs; play games instead


If you’ve ever struggled trying to decipher a CAPTCHA, a start-up company called Are You an Human has devised a much more playful verification solution. CAPTCHAs (the acronym stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) are those little blocks of distorted text you’re required to translate at various websites, in order to leave comments, make purchases, register, and the like. When you type the text in correctly, that verifies that you’re a human being and not a spam-bot or computerized thief

Top 7 electronics gifts for dads and grads


Looking for a fantastic techie gift for your favorite father? Or perhaps a recent grad you’re especially fond of deserves a great gadget this year. Consumer Reports’ electronics experts picked out some of our recent favorites for your consideration