Mercdes-Benz brings a new small SUV onto the scene with the GLK350. This model has the same five-passenger configuration as the M-class, but it costs substantially less. The GLK350 also offers the new cabin tech package we first saw, and liked, in the updated C-class. The only thing we can't wrap our heads around is the GLK350's styling, which doesn't really match any current Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
Astute readers will notice that whenever we refer to Nissan's new Z, we specify 370Z Coupe. What about the convertible variant of Nissan's Z car? How do Nissan's recent announcements and unveilings affect the Z Roadster?
Well, for now at least, they don't. The Z Roadster will continue as a 350Z model, with the legacy styling and the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine under the hood producing the same 306 horsepower. In fact, the only update for 2009 is a new Moonlight White exterior color, which replaces Pikes Peak White. In other words, there's no (… Read more
We were just commenting yesterday, as we piloted our 2009 Lexus RX 400h down California's HWY 5, that the crossover SUV was getting a bit long in the tooth. Starting February 2009, that will no longer be the case because the new 2010 RX 350 will be available, followed shortly by the RX 450h hybrid.
Lexus unveiled the updated RXs at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new vehicles feature updated powertrains, new designs, and a much needed cabin tech refresh.
At the center of the cabin tech experience is the hard-drive-based navigation system with a new "… Read more
We can't wait for the unveil of the Nissan 370Z at the 2008 LA Auto Show. Apparently, Nissan couldn't wait either, because they unveiled not one, but three examples of the next Z Coupe at an invite only enthusiast's event.
Check out the video below, which also features some tastefully (and some not-so-tastefully) modded examples of the 350Z near the beginning for comparison's sake.
The 2009 Nissan Z has finally been revealed and we've got the official photos to prove it. But how much can you tell by looking at a photo? As it turns out, a lot actually.
The most obvious changes are the new boomerang-shaped headlamps, which match the design language established with the 2009 Nissan Maxima. The Z takes the concept a step further by mirroring the design with boomerang shaped taillights, as well. I didn't think that I'd like it, based on the spy shots, but they look pretty good in the official shots.
Other more subtle … Read more
Sony has added BD-Live capability to the BDP-S350, making good on a promise it made when the Blu-ray player was released earlier this year. The upgrade is available as a free firmware update for existing users; it downloads and installs to the unit straight over the Internet at the click of a button. Even better, the price of the player has dropped to $300. That means--for the time being, at least--the player is 25 percent more affordable than the PlayStation 3. … Read more
Sony will be dropping the prices on its standalone (non-PlayStation 3) Blu-ray players by $100 in September, according to an anonymous source cited by CE insider Gary Merson on his HD Guru Web site.
Around the same time, the source claims that budget players manufactured by Funai and sold under the labels Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania, and Insignia could drop as low as $249. Specifically, the Sony BDP-S350 would drop from $400 to $300, and the as-yet-unreleased step-up model, the BDP-S550, would be introduced at $400, instead of the $500 price that was previously announced.
Now, anonymous sources are a dime a dozen on the Internet, but our normal degree of "beware stuff you see on a blog" cynicism is tempered by two points. First: Merson's had a good track record on getting the inside scoop on forthcoming price drops in the past (example). Second, the fact that prices are coming down as we approach the all-important holiday buying season just makes sense--we'd be more surprised if the prices didn't fall. … Read more
AT&T has added another Sony Ericsson Walkman phone to its lineup, but it's not the Walkman we were hoping to see. Instead of the award-winning W760i, the carrier is offering the entry-level Sony Ericsson W350a.
Usually we like Walkman phones, but the W350a was an exception. Its flimsy design, unintuitive controls, and mediocre camera were distracting and the handset had middling call quality as well. It's not completely hopeless--music quality through headphones was satisfactory and the feature set is decent--but it's not our choice for a Walkman phone.
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We know you may not be interested in a standalone Blu-ray player, but at least the Sony BDP-S350 brings something new to the table.
We just posted our full review, and as you can tell from the image, the BDP-S350 is smaller than any other Blu-ray player we've seen, measuring just 8.75 inches deep. It also has a quick start feature, which powers on the player in just a few seconds, although engaging the feature means the BDP-S350 will sip about 9 watts of juice even when it's powered "off."
Most importantly to videophiles, the image quality is actually pretty good, surpassing most of its budget competition and only slightly stumbling on video-based Blu-ray discs.
So why did the BDP-S350 get a relatively lukewarm rating?… Read more