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The 27th Annual Editors' Choice Awards

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The 27th Annual Editors' Choice Awards: Hardware

Pros

  • Beautiful and useful Vari Angle 3-inch LCD
  • Robust movie recording options including full HD
  • Wireless flash transmitter for multiple flashes
  • External mic jack
  • Clear, easy to use menu system and onscreen controls
  • Excellent image quality, even at ISO 1600
  • Versatile 18-135mm kit lens option provides all in one solution

Cons

  • Some physical controls (such as Display button) oddly placed
  • Lack of single button movie recording
  • Auto White Balance struggles in most indoor lighting conditions--a traditional Canon weakness
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Price when rated: $999

Pros

  • FireWire 800, USB, and ethernet connectivity
  • Can charge Apple laptops
  • Single cable from Mac cuts down clutter

Cons

  • Few customization options
  • Stand lacks flexibility
  • Reflective screen limits display placement
Apple Thunderbolt Display
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Price when rated: $100
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Price when rated: $199
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Price when rated: $99

Pros

  • High quality connection to Mac and iOS devices

Cons

  • Doesn't work work with all iOS guitar apps
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At a Glance

The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.

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Price when rated: 24.00
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Price when rated: $299

Pros

  • Nicely balanced sound
  • Easy to set up
  • Reasonably affordable way to start with Sonos
  • Plenty loud
  • Stereo or mono depending on orientation
  • Portable
  • Can create stereo pair

Cons

  • Requires at least one Sonos unit connected to router via ethernet
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