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In this episode we open up the HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1, a business-class laptop with consumer-grade design and features!
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Parallels 8 Giveaway

If you've been checking out the Gear Live Twitter and Facebook pages, then you've likely been looking forward to our next giveaway, featuring Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. Well, the time is now!

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac brings a bunch of power to the popular virtual machine software, letting you run Windows 8 right on your Mac in a variety of ways. In fact, if you are running Mountain Lion, you get your Windows 8 notifications right in Notification Center. Even if you aren't looking to throw Windows on your Mac, Parallels will let you run multiple instances of OS X and Linux as well. Imagine running Windows 8, Windows 7, OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Snow Leopard Server, all at once, all on your Mac. That's the power that Parallels offers.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac sells for $80, but we've got a bunch of codes to give away to Gear Live readers that'll let you download it for free! We have multiple ways to enter:

Do that, and you're in! At the end of this week, we will pick five winners randomly from all valid entries. The winner must be over 18 year old. Contest ends at 12:00am on October 19th!



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Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router unboxed

The next generation of Wi-Fi connectivity is 802.11ac, and routers are on sale now to provide the signal. The main problem? There are, literally, no laptops, tablets, or smartphones right now that sell with 802.11ac support built-in. Still, you have the opportunity to future-proof your wireless setup in anticipation for the arrival of the super-fast standard, and the Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router is one of the first available. We got one in for review, and we are in the process of putting it through its paces. In the meantime, while you wait for the AC1200 review, check out our Belkin AC1200 DB unboxing gallery, showing off the spaceship-like curves of the router. You can pick one up now on Amazon.


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iPhone 5 White & Silver unboxed

The white and silver iPhone 5 is more akin to the iPhone 4S than the black and slate model, mostly due to the color of the antenna frame. Still, there are plenty of differences that make the iPhone 5 that much more striking than the 4S that came before it. Our review of the iPhone 5 is just about ready for publication, but in the meantime, we've gather a bunch of images of the chamfered white iPhone 5 body for your perusal in our iPhone 5 White & Silver unboxing gallery. Be sure to also check out our iPhone 5 Black & Slate unboxing gallery while you wait for our iPhone 5 review to drop later this evening.


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iPhone 5 black & slate holding lock screen

The iPhone 5 is all the rage right now, and we'll have our thorough review up in just a few hours. In the meantime, we've put up an image gallery showing off the black & slate model. This is the one that's features a black anodized bezel and rear metal backing to match the dark glass. It's quite beautiful, but prone to scraches and scuff. Head on over to our iPhone 5 Black & Slate unboxing gallery for all the goodness, and keep it locked here for our full review later today.


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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD is now available, sporting its 1280x800 display and stereo speaker goodness. We've got one in-hand, and are preparing our full Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) review as we speak, but in the meantime, we've put together a gallery of images showing off the hardware. As you'll see, even just on the outside, it's a nice upgrade from the original Kindle Fire hardware. Also, the Special Offers aren't anywhere near as bad as people made them out to be. Go ahead and check out our Amazon Kindle Fire HD  (7-inch) unboxing gallery, and stay tuned for our review.


Gallery: Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) unboxing gallery


Google Nexus 7 tablet with Jelly Bean

We know that the 16 GB Google Nexus has been hard to acquire, but we've been able to get our hands on one and are working diligently on getting our review posted. In the meantime, as is typical with us, we've put up an extensive Nexus 7 unboxing gallery. As you'll see, the tablet is fantastically built and is a great size for one-handed use. Google has put together a tablet that's a joy to use, but more on that in our upcoming Nexus 7 review. For now, enjoy the photos!


Gallery: Google Nexus 7 unboxing gallery


Nexus 7 tablet

We cover a bunch of products in our unboxing section and on Unboxing Live, and we've gotta say that we're intrigued by how frustratingly bad the experience seems to be when trying to open up your new Google Nexus 7 tablet, made by Asus. Our unit got delayed and won't be in the office until next week, but in the meantime, check out the hard times that others have had trying to get the Nexus 7 tablet out of the box in the video compilation after the break. Oh, and don't forget--we're giving away a Nexus 7 this week!


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Samsung Galaxy S III lock screen

The Verizon verison of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone goes on sale on July 10th, but we were able to snag our unit a few days early. We're actively working on a full Samsung Galaxy S III review, and as normal, we're kicking things off with a bunch of photos. Go ahead and check out our Samsung Galaxy S III unboxing gallery to get a look at both the LTE smartphone, as well as everything else included in the box, and stay tuned for the review early next week.


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Western Digital My Net N900 HD router

We're currently readying our Western Digital My Net N900 HD router review, and in the meantime we wanted to hit you with some images of the fantastic piece of networking gear. The My Net N900 HD makes QoS super easy, and will eliminate the need for a switch on larger wired home networks as well. As you can see in the My Net N900 HD unboxing gallery, it also looks pretty good. Check it out, and if you want one, you can get it on Amazon at a discount.

 


Gallery: Western Digital My Net N900 HD unboxing gallery


MacBook Pro with Retina display

Our MacBook Pro with Retina display review has arrived, and in the process we took a bunch of pictures of the latest and greatest Apple notebook. We've compiled the best shots in our MacBook Pro with Retina display unboxing gallery, so you can get a look for yourself at the nice, slim lines of the beautiful Mac, and we've even got a couple of images comparing it to the MacBook Air. Take a look! Want one for yourself? You can buy the Retina MacBook Pro from Apple.


Gallery: MacBook Pro with Retina display unboxing gallery


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