Happy Friday! And what a week it’s been. While much of the top tech news this week has focused on Apple (and the life of visionary Steve Jobs), new gadgets have continued to make their rounds through our office. Catch up on reviews you may have missed, including a reasonably priced, gaming-ready laptop from ASUS, a smartphone with a super-bright display, and some second-tier tablets that make the iPad’s $499 price look all the more worth it.
With a sub-$600 price tag, the ASUS A53TA packs a budget punch thanks to a stylish design, impressive graphics oomph, and a good display. Still, this isn't a premium machine, and kinks include some hot temperatures and below-average CPU performance.