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Consumer Reports Magazine | December

Published: December 2014
December 2014

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Best mobile gear Find the right headphones, smart phone, and smart watch
Electronics shopping: online vs. walk-in stores Our survey reveals whether you should shop at a walk-in store or an online retailer
Hottest home entertainment gear Is this the year for a smart TV, sound bar, or streaming media player? You have more options than ever before.
Must-have tablets, laptops, and printers Bigger tablets, smaller laptops—and how about something for the kids? Here’s how to choose.
Top picks in digital photography Connected cameras and ­camcorders make sharing photos and videos easy


How to Find a Good Hospice Program 6 features to look for


Family sedans review Four models we like—and two that are just ‘eh’

Up Front

A donation-with-purchase might not be the best way to support a charity Should you buy a toy and save the whales?
Time Warner Cable's $4.99 Epix On Demand offer isn't what it seems Avoid the annoying surprises of cable TV's on-demand video options

CR Health

8 ways to save big on your medication Costco, Target, and Walmart offer discount drug programs that can be cheaper than using your insurance
Benefits of drinking coffee and wine In moderation, they might offer some benefits but not when consumed in vast quantities


Q&A With Costco's CEO, W. Craig Jelinek You asked Costco’s chief: Why no express lanes?
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
The inside dope on outlet malls Not everything is a bargain, but if you go with eyes wide open, you’ll score some good deals
Viewpoint: Improving the marketplace for consumers This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace

The December 2014 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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