Canon Vixia HF S11

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Canon Vixia HF S11

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Excellent video quality and performance; nicely designed interface; fast battery charging.

The bad: No eye-level viewfinder; expensive; lens cover rattles when closed.

The bottom line: An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF S11 has the advantage of an excellent image stabilizer but it disappointingly lacks an eye-level viewfinder.

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Price range: $1,399.95 - $1,399.99

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HP Mini 311

HP Mini 311

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Nvidia Ion graphics adds HD video and basic gaming functionality; reasonably priced; high-def display.

The bad: Annoying touch pad; streaming Flash video support for new Nvidia Ion graphics is spotty; $20 extra for a white lid, seriously?

The bottom line: HP's Mini 311 adds a larger, high-definition display and advanced graphics to a basic Netbook, while keeping the price very appealing. Once it starts shipping with Windows 7, this could become our favorite Netbook.

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Price: $399.99

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Malibal Veda series

Malibal Veda series laptop

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Powerful desktop gaming performance; excellent service, support, and pricing policies.

The bad: Poor speaker performance; fingerprint magnet; small keyboard and touch pad for a gigantic notebook.

The bottom line: If you're ready to give up your gaming desktop once and for all, consider replacing it with the Malibal Veda series laptop.

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Price range: Base price is $2,272; review model cost $5,242

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Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers (gold)

Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers (gold)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are exceptionally stylish and well-made, and they offer a massive amount of bass without sacrificing on high-end clarity. Passive sound isolation is excellent.

The bad: The Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are pricey, and they don't include an integrated mic or controls for the iPod.

The bottom line: The Monster Turbine Pro earphones offer a sleek and stylish design and plenty of deep, thumping bass. If you have money to burn, these are a nice choice.

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Price: $250

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Samsung UN46B8500

Samsung UN46B8500

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Deeper black levels than any HDTV available aside from Pioneer Kuro; solid shadow detail; reduced blooming compared with other local dimming LED-based LCDs; accurate, highly saturated color; excellent video processing with adjustable dejudder; numerous picture adjustments; extensive interactive features including Yahoo widgets; beautiful styling with 1.6-inch deep panel; extremely energy efficient.

The bad: Expensive; poor off-angle viewing; some blooming effects; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; glossy screen reflects ambient light.

The bottom line: It costs a mint, but Samsung's local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we've tested.

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Price range: $3,239.00 - $3,599.99

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Samsung UN55B8500

Samsung UN55B8500

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Deeper black levels than any HDTV available aside from Pioneer Kuro; solid shadow detail; reduced blooming compared with other local dimming LED-based LCDs; accurate, highly saturated color; excellent video processing with adjustable dejudder; numerous picture adjustments; extensive interactive features including Yahoo widgets; beautiful styling with 1.6-inch deep panel; extremely energy efficient.

The bad: Expensive; poor off-angle viewing; some blooming effects; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; glossy screen reflects ambient light.

The bottom line: It costs a mint, but Samsung's local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we've tested.

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Price range: $4,049.00 - $4,499.99

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Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Reasonable price; multitouch controls work seamlessly alongside pen; attractive design.

The bad: No mouse.

The bottom line: Multitouch in place of a mouse may not appeal to pro designers, but the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is an excellent choice for mobile users who want to begin dabbling with art tools.

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Price range: $179.00 - $199.99

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