Although the deluge of products we normally receive slowed to a trickle during the run-up to the Consumer Electronics Show, we still managed to get our paws on a huge number of great laptops, gadgets and apps. The 4-star or above reviews this month include the sleek HP Envy 15 and HP Envy 17 (both of which received Editor’s Choice awards), the rugged Dell Latitude E6420 XFR, two smartphones (the powerful yet affordable Nokia Lumia 710 and ultra-long-lasting Droid RAZR Maxx), a James Bond-esque gadget for your ski goggles, a wireless streaming device for your TV from HP, a 3-way camera accessory for the iPhone 4S, and a number of photo apps.
To say the 14-inch Dell Latitude E6420 XFR could take a licking would be an understatement. The fully rugged MIL-STD tested notebook can withstand anything from 6-foot drops to wind-blown rain, making it ideal for those working in hazardous locations. Equipped with a Core i7 processor, a bright display, and a long-lasting battery, the E6420 XFR can handle heavy-duty tasks without breaking a sweat. But is this rough and tumble notebook worth its $5,612 price tag?