Desire Athow: Editor, TechRadar Pro

Google Nexus 5 (32GB)

Nexus 5

Google's new top of the range smartphone is just too good to be ignored, especially at such a good price. I just wished it came with a microSD card slot as well. Highlights include a speedy quad-core Snapdragon 800, a full HD display, 4G LTE, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4 Kit Kat plus a glut of connectivity options.

Other comparable smartphones (Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note 3) cost nearly twice as much, making of the Google Nexus 5, the best-value-for-money device on the market.

Toshiba Excite

Toshiba Excite

This new category of products is possibly the most exciting on the market. It is essentially the equivalent of the Netbook of tablets: Affordable, powerful and jam-packed.

The Toshiba Excite is one of many on the market (other contenders include the Asus T100, Lenovo Mixx 2, the Acer Iconia W4 and the Dell XPS 10). All of them come with a quad-core processor, prices starting from £249, Windows 8, a HD display, 2GB of RAM, at least 32GB of RAM and Office 2013 with Outlook. Nothing really comes close in terms of productivity and value for money.

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

Dell produced a stunning piece of kit in the shape of the Haswell-based XPS 15. It bests the comparable Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display, offering a better display, a faster processor, a touchscreen display, more hardware options, a better battery life and a cheaper price tag.

For once I am ready to take the dive with a laptop that's thin and light enough to be an Ultrabook while easily passing as a mobile workstation.

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