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Samsung M5 (white)

Samsung continues to try and match the Sonos ecosystem, with a new smaller Shape speaker to go along with the original M7.

March 12, 2014


Samsung SEK-1000 Evolution Kit - digital multimedia receiver

While a cool idea and an innovative way to somewhat ward against Smart TV obsolescence, the 2013 Evolution Kit is definitely a niche product.

January 2, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 12, 2013

Final Cut Pro 3.0

Final Cut Pro 3.0 is the best choice for Mac owners who edit video that ranges from short commercials to feature-length documentaries. However, its high price and steep learning curve make Final Cut too much for beginners to handle.

January 17, 2003

4.5 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2002
Editors' Take

Samsung BD-F7500 - Blu-ray disc player

Samsung revealed its new flagship Blu-ray player at CES 2013, capable of upconverting content to 4K and a nifty reverse-AirPlay streaming-video feature.

January 4, 2013


Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section

GarageBand users who want more sounds and instruments are better off with Apple/M-Audio's USB MIDI keyboard.

October 12, 2004

3 stars Editors' rating on February 23, 2004

MSRP: $99.00


iLife '09

Apple iLife '09 is a great application suite for simple media organizing and editing, and the addition of features like face recognition, geotagging, and music lessons makes it worth the update.

January 6, 2009

4 stars Editors' rating on February 2, 2009

iWork '09

Intuitive interface design and easy access to useful features make iWork the best office suite choice on the Mac. Though it lacks some of Microsoft Office's advanced options, iWork '09 is an emerging powerhouse in its own right.

January 6, 2009

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 27, 2009

Apple iWork '08

Although Microsoft Office 2007 offers deeper features, particularly for number crunchers, Apple iWork '08 is a strong Mac productivity package and a pleasure to use.

August 8, 2007

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 22, 2007

MSRP: $79.00


Apple iLife '08

Apple iLife '08 is a fine, affordable media-editing suite that should keep beginners and hobbyists happy when managing pictures, videos, songs, and podcasts, but those seeking to fine-tune movies should look elsewhere.

August 8, 2007

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 17, 2007

Final Cut Studio 2

Final Cut Studio 2 is a solid value and worthy upgrade for serious film editors who work on Macs. However, hobbyists should consider simpler software.

April 21, 2007

4 stars Editors' rating on June 29, 2007

MSRP: $1,299.00