Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
The 2014 Kia Forte EX has greatly improved its cabin tech and amenities for this generation, but it's priced to compete with models that, frankly, offer much better performance.
The 2013 Honda Accord EX employs well-engineered drivetrain technology, but Honda reserves most of the electronic gadgetry for the Accord's higher trim levels.
The Netgear X6100's awkward design and frustrating performance make it suitable only for casual networking tasks.
The 2012 Kia Sorento EX emphasizes the utility in SUV, offering good carrying capacity and easy drivability. The cabin electronics are solid and useful, but lack any advanced features.
With desktop-replacement power in a midsize package, the 15-inch Maingear EX-L 15 is a niche product, but one that largely delivers.
With its friendly pricing, fast performance, and handy personal cloud features, the WD My Cloud EX2 is an ideal network storage device for a small connected home.
Versatile, sturdy, and built with high-quality optics, the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers a good value, although it's not exactly cheap.
It's not the fastest NAS, nor does it include many advanced features, but the WD My Cloud EX4 still combines great ease of use into an affordable personal cloud system that's excellent for a connected home.
The larger, more powerful 2011 Kia Optima EX has grown into a serious challenger in the midsize sedan market with a high level of cabin appointments at a relatively low price.
A very practical and easy-to-drive vehicle, the 2012 Honda CR-V shows off a few tech highlights, but is mostly content to rest on its laurels.