The display tech company comes out with two new 18-inch television panels, one extremely bendy and another virtually transparent.
The Vizio CinemaWide TV embodies an intriguing idea, and it's quite a fun way to watch movies without black bars, but its performance isn't commensurate with the price.
The Vizio CinemaWide TV is a lot of fun, but it doesn't let you lock in the 21:9 mode, and styling is an acquired taste.
For someone who wants to DVR-ify an HD antenna setup without paying monthly fees, the Channel Master CM-7000PAL is the easiest solution available.
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CNET's Sharon Vaknin takes a First Look at the Vizio XVT3D0CM series televisions at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Its newly designed tower, HDMI port, and generous hard-drive capacity aren't enough to make the Asus Essentio CM5671-05 stand out next to the HP Pavilion p6510y, a similarly priced system with a faster quad-core processor and built-in Wi-Fi. The Asus system is no slouch, and we recommend it to shoppers who are concerned with storage capacity rather than speed, but even amateur media editors will benefit from the HP p6510y's extra speed.
As much as we like the new chassis, a sparse feature set limits the Asus Essentio CM5675-07's shelf appeal. It's certainly not a bad computer, and its Intel Core i5 650 CPU is fast enough for most tasks, but we wish Asus had done more to help this lower midrange midtower stand out.
Dish Network's antenna-only DTVPal DVR may be dead, but you can still get the Channel Master CM-7000PAL, which appears to be the identical product.
Asus has made a game attempt to crack the American retail desktop market over the last year or so, but the low-cost Essentio CM5571-BR003 can't overcome tough competition in the $500 to $600 price range. Gateway offers a better midtower for just $40 more, so for all but the most price-conscious shoppers, we can't recommend this desktop.
The Bloggie CM5 isn't as compact as competing models from Flip Video and Kodak, but it delivers an above-average feature set and video for the money.