Selecting the very best mobile tech of the year isn’t an easy task — not when you’ve reviewed more than 425 products in a wide range of categories. In 2013, we evaluated a plethora of excellent laptops, smartphones and tablets from multiple brands in all different sizes, not to mention dozens of accessories. Then, there are new categories like smartwatches, in which there are already several promising contenders. After weighing the pros and cons of all of the top mobile gear, we picked these 12 products that truly outshine all of their competitors, offering a superior combination of design, features, performance and value.
In 2013, Apple gave the MacBook Pro a serious power boost by adding an Intel 4th-generation processor, Iris Graphics and faster flash memory. And yet this 3.5-pound powerhouse lasted 9.5 hours on our battery test, giving you plenty of endurance for that cross-country flight.
The gorgeous 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display on the MacBook Pro remains best in class, as do the comfortable keyboard and smooth and accurate touchpad. Throw in Apple's free iWork and iLife suites — not to mention the handy new features in OS X Mavericks — and the $1,299 MacBook Pro stands above all.