Unlikely Panasonic duo rules this week's top gadgets
CNET Reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine tells you why an expensive plasma TV and bargain-basement earbuds are the best devices we've seen over the past seven days.
What a week for Panasonic. Of all the products CNET reviewed this week, the company scored the best ratings for both the most expensive gadget and the cheapest. There must be some sort of award for that. (Actually, there isn't, but there should be.)
This bud's for anyone
For approximately 650 times less money, you can get one of the cheapest sets of exercise-friendly earbuds in existence, and coincidentally also from Panasonic. David Carnoy doesn't usually review bargain-basement earbuds, but he's heard so many good things about the
His verdict: Yep, they're good. They sound decent, and they're comfortable. CNET Reader Skyd0c agrees. He tells us in the comments: "I've been using these ever since I first got them on a whim in the PX in Iraq back in 2009. They are the best worry-free exercise earbuds and are comfortable to wear for even up to an hour!" So not only do they cost less than $6, they apparently also last as long as three years, some of those in the desert. Nice.
The point and shoot that's better than that
The other day I had a friend ask her Facebook buddies whether she should buy an iPad or a dSLR with a few hundred dollars set aside for a new gadget. She concluded that what she really wanted was a dSLR, but that she only had enough money for an iPad. Frustrated and envious of her dSLR-owning friends' beautiful photos, she finally threw up her hands and decided she wanted to buy nothing at all if she couldn't buy a dSLR.
She might actually need a camera like the Josh Goldman calls "a lot of camera, both in lens and features" for very roughly the price of an iPad. This camera doesn't require all the knowledge it takes to properly operate a dSLR (nor can it fully replace the wonderful resolution you'll get from a dSLR -- this camera doesn't shoot in RAW), but it creates similar effects. Check out this photo, for instance, and its shallow depth of field. The HX200V also takes and stitches together panoramic shots and offers an HDR (high dynamic range) mode to help manage light and contrast challenges., which reviewer
There's plenty more to browse from last week's review, but I've got to be honest: I'm even more excited about what's coming in the weeks ahead. We'll be bringing you live Apple WWDC keynote coverage Monday morning at 10 a.m. PT, and we're looking forward to the on the 20th. June is the tech month that just won't stop.
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