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first_imgThe redesigned 2011 BMW 5 Series gives you most of the goodness of the 2010 BMW 7 Series that was our Digial Drive Car of the Year at the end of 2009, along much of the interior room of the 7 Series, and virtually all of the technology goodies that dazzled us a year ago, so we’re picking them both. With the 2010 redesign of the 5 Series, they look a lot alike, too. (As the Germans say, same sausage,different lengths.) Go for the 5 Series and you can use the $20,000 base price difference to make a sizeable dent in BMW’s technology-options list that supplements your driving skills, entertains you and the passengers, improves BMW’s already impressive handling, and keeps you in touch with the outside world. AdChoices广告Want even better handling? The dynamic handling package lets you adjust the ride (comfort, normal, sport, or auto-adjust) and engine response from a rocker switch on the console. Active roll stabilization counteracts body lean; it’s almost like an airplane banking in turns. Active steering translates a small turn of the wheel into a bigger turn of the front wheels at low speeds for ease in rounding corners or for the times when you deign to park the Bimmer yourself. Snowbelt residents can get an all-wheel-drive edition. Want electronic servants that share the workload? The driver assistance package includes lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and a semi-automatic parking assistant that finds suitable parallel parking spaces then backs and steers the car into place (you control the throttle and brake). Adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance from the car ahead and, unlike cheaper (than BMW’s $2,400) ACC systems, this works all the way down to 0 mph and then back up to speed. The ConnectedDrive system reads aloud your smartphone e-mails and text messages while driving; when stopped you can see them on the LCD display. The all-wheel-drive version includes Integrated Chassis Management, a less complex version of the Dynamic Performance Control torque vectoring system of the BMW X6 sporty SUV / hatchback; they help maintain control cornering on slick roads. Want to supplement your own two eyes? You can get see-in-the-dark night vision, a rear view camera, front and rear parking sonar, and side and top view cameras. To put all that information in front of you, there’s a 10-inch transflective LCD display high up in the center stack and an optional head-up display. With such a large main LCD, BMW offers a split screen mode for the navigation system (with real time traffic) and for other information (trip computer or music info). Critics who harp on BMW’s iDrive controller (better now, not perfect) sometimes lose sight of how good the user interface is once you’re on the far side of the learning curve. The 7 Series offers all that and a choice of more legroom or lots more legroom in the stretch model, all at a price, starting at $70,000. For the 535i, BMW’s model with the same turbocharged six-cylinder engine as on the base 7 Series, it starts around $50,000, but the price tag can reach $83,700 if you order all the technology. Expensive as they are, BMW has high residual value on its side, so lease payments are less than with some competing cars. A very well equipped 5 Series will lease on the high side of $1,000 a month. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

first_imgWhat do you get when an all-in-one PC mates with a tablet? You get an oversized AIO tablet PC, like today’s deal the Dell XPS 18. This is literally a tablet and AIO PC hybrid, built around an 18.4-inch 1080p touch slate powered by third-gen Intel processors and running Windows 8.The battery lasts for around five hours unplugged, and it has all the goodies to keep you connected on the go like Wireless-N, Bluetooth, media card reader, USB 3.0, and more. It has built-in kick stands to prop it up and weighs just five pounds.When you do want to settle down and plug in, Dell thoughtfully bundled in a wireless keyboard and mouse. You can also grab an optional stand that is adjustable and powered, giving you a truly seamless desktop experience. In a surprising move, you also get a no-cost on-site warranty with accidental damage coverage. One thing is clear: Dell definitely expects you to take this neat little beast on the road. Right now you can grab a rare coupon for $50 off the base model or $100 off any upgraded models.In other deal news, Lenovo is taking a hefty chunk off their 7-inch A3000 Android tablet. The tablet features a quad-core processor, dual cameras, 16GB of storage with microSD slot, and more for just $179. You can also grab a 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for just $39.99 with free shipping, and the new Super Slim PS3 500GB bundle with Assassin’s Creed 3 for $229.99. Scroll down to grab these deals.Dell XPS 18 1080p Touchscreen dual-core all-in-one mobile desktop for $849.99 plus free shipping (reg. $899.99) Our other top deals:Lenovo IdeaTab A3000 16GB 7-inch Android 4.2 quad-core tablet for $179 plus free shipping (reg. $229 | use coupon IDEASFORSCHOOL)Imation Pocket Pro 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $39.99 plus free shipping (reg. $99.99)Super Slim 500GB PlayStation 3 with Assassin’s Creed 3 bundle for $229.99 plus free shipping (reg. $299.99)last_img read more