Altec Lansing BackBeat 903

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Altec Lansing BackBeat 903 Bluetooth headset

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The Altec Lansing BackBeat 903 stereo Bluetooth headphones provide an open, detailed sound, excellent call quality, and a flexible, lightweight fit.

The bad: The thick behind-the-neck cable and ear-hugging design may be uncomfortable to some users and the open nature of the earpiece sacrifices some sonic range compared with a sealed design.

The bottom line: The Altec Lansing BackBeat 903 is a ruggedly-constructed, thoughtfully conceived, and sonically impressive stereo Bluetooth headset, but the one-size-fits-all design may disappoint some users.

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Price: $99

For an extra $30, a BackBeat 906 model is available with a Bluetooth 2.0 transmitter for adapting any audio source with a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

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Asus K50IJ-RX05

Asus K50IJ-RX05

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Subtle, attractive design; comfortable keyboard; very good battery life, performance for its class.

The bad: Limited growth potential.

The bottom line: As long as you won't need more than what it already has, the budget-friendly Asus K50IJ-RX05 is money well spent.

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Price: $499.99

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2009 BMW 750Li

2009 BMW 750Li

Editors' rating: 4

The good: BMW loads the 2009 750Li with useful driving electronics such as a head-up display, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The navigation system features lush topographical maps with live traffic. iPod and phone integration are both excellent. The car's suspension and power train can be set for different modes, including sport and comfort.

The bad: Poor fuel economy sticks the 750Li with a gas guzzler tax. Blind-spot warning lights aren't bright enough. The night vision display's placement impinges on the system's usefulness.

The bottom line: The 2009 BMW 750Li delivers impressive tech features on all fronts, helping justify its high price. It offers the best cabin tech package among its competitors.

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Price range: Base price is $84,200; price as tested: $110,170

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LG 47LH90

LG 47LH90 flat-panel LCD TV (47 inches)

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Excellent black-level performance and shadow detail; accurate color thanks to extensive picture adjustments; matte screen handles bright lighting well; plenty of connectivity with four HDMI and one PC input.

The bad: Relatively expensive; poor off-angle performance; some blooming does not separate antiblur and dejudder processing; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; no interactive features; no S-Video inputs.

The bottom line: Deep black levels and accurate color help propel the LED-backlit LG LH90 series into the front row of the LCD picture quality class.

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Price range: $1,964.97 - $2,199.99

Note: This TV also comes in a 42-inch model and a 55-inch model.

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Sony X-Series Walkman

Sony X-Series Walkman (16GB)

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The Sony X-Series Walkman is a solid device with a sleek, utilitarian design and a unique, engaging interface; it's compatible with both Mac and Windows and supports podcasts from iTunes and videos from Amazon Unbox; it offers a plethora of features including an onboard Slacker app, integrated YouTube support, Wi-Fi, an FM tuner, and built-in noise canceling. The included earphones are nicer than average, the sound quality is excellent, and the rated battery life is superb.

The bad: The X-Series is expensive, and it's a fingerprint magnet. The included app does not transcode much video adequately.

The bottom line: The X-Series is a superb choice for audiophiles who want a luxury device with an excellent touch-screen interface and plenty of other bells and whistles.

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Price range: $299; 32GB is $399

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2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Getting around 50 mpg on average, the 2010 Toyota Prius is a stellar car for fuel economy, and you can choose accelerator sensitivity. Traffic reports are integrated with the navigation system.

The bad: The Prius isn't designed for handling. There isn't full iPod or USB drive integration for the stereo. The DVD-based navigation system reacts slowly.

The bottom line: The 2010 Toyota Prius is a better car than its predecessor, although there are some areas, especially in the cabin, where we would have liked to see more improvement.

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Price range: Base price is $25,800; price as tested: $30,709

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS (blue)

Editors' rating:3.5

The good: Viewfinder; simple operation; inexpensive; excellent photo quality for the money.

The bad: Mixed performance; short battery life.

The bottom line: Aside from a couple performance quibbles, the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS provides a good point-and-shoot experience with great pictures as a result.

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Price range: $169.00 - $199.99

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Garmin Nuvi 205W

Garmin Nuvi 205W car GPS system

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: The Garmin Nuvi 205W features a large touch screen and an easy to understand interface. Start-up, destination entry, and trip routing/rerouting times are slightly faster than the competition. "Where am I?" feature is very useful for emergencies.

The bad: The Nuvi 205W's feature set is rather limited. Mounting cradle is bulkier than competing models and not very portable.

The bottom line: As entry-level GPS navigators go, the Garmin Nuvi 205W is still one of the best choices available for users who want speedy performance without breaking the bank.

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Price range: $139.99 - $206.99

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Gateway SX2800-01

Gateway SX2800-01

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: Sleek, compact design; best all-around performance among budget retail PCs; up-to-date motherboard outputs offer all kinds of connectivity options.

The bad: Memory slot access takes a few more steps than usual.

The bottom line: Gateway's SX2800-01 offers a strong combination of performance and features all wrapped up in a design that fully embraces the merits of a slim tower PC. We recommend this system to anyone looking for a fast, affordable desktop for the home office, the living room, or anywhere in between.

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Price range: $489.00 - $509.99

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Onkyo HT-S3200

Onkyo HT-S3200 (black)

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: Affordable, powerful, great-sounding 5.1 surround system; can switch up to three HD sources and three audio-only sources.

The bad: No upscaling or conversion for analog video sources; HDMI is video-only; some remote annoyances; no onscreen display or set up; you need to supply the DVD or Blu-ray player.

The bottom line: While it lacks some of the features found in more expensive home theater systems, the Onkyo HT-S3200 delivers great sound and solid performance at a bargain price.

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Price range: $299.00 - $349.99

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