Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Canon EOS 60D (body only)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Very fast; articulated display; excellent video quality and options.
The bad: Some annoying interface conventions.
The bottom line: The Canon EOS 60D is in many ways a great camera: fast, feature-packed, and with excellent photo and video quality. Some annoying aspects of its control layout dim its shine a little, however, so try before you buy.
The good: Nearly mainstream performance at premium Netbook prices; excellent battery life; capable graphics.
The bad: Plastic look and feel; thick and chunky compared with some 11-inch laptops.
The bottom line: The first laptop to offer AMD's power-efficient Fusion platform delivers on much of its promise, combining great battery life, decent performance, and basic graphics for less than $500.
Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router offers true dual-band with 450Mbps on the 5GHz band; Gigabit Ethernet; fast throughput; a long range; NAS functionality; a nice set of networking features; and a good Web interface. The router also comes in a nice and compact design, and includes Cisco Connect, an intuitive software application that helps home users set up and manage their home wireless network with ease.
The bad: The Linksys E4200 doesn't offer 450Mbps throughput on the 2.4GHz band; its guest networking feature is limited to only 10 clients; the included desktop application doesn't allow for managing all of the router's settings, doesn't work well with the Web interface, and requires a live Internet connection for the initial setup. The router also runs warm, and its power adapter is bulky.
The bottom line: The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router is the first advanced router from Cisco that will make both novice and savvy users happy, thanks to its easy-to-use desktop application, comprehensive Web interface, great design, and stellar performance.
The good: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 supports true dual-band and offers fast wireless performance and long range. It has a useful set of networking features, such as Guest zone, network storage, traffic meter, and USB external hard-drive support for network storage. Also, it's aesthetically pleasing and affordable and comes with an intuitive Web interface.
The bad: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 doesn't offer Gigabit Ethernet and its network storage performance could be better.
The bottom line: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 is a great dual-band router for any home at an affordable price. Its lack of Gigabit Ethernet might steer enthusiasts away, however.
The good: Impressively overclocked Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU sets new price-performance standard; overclocked graphics card provides gaming performance boost; polished build quality; comparatively power-efficient.
The bad: Drive bay cable rigging could be tidier; you'll want a beefier power supply than the one configured here to support a second graphics card.
The bottom line: The Origin Genesis is the first system we've seen with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K chip. Fast, and extremely overclockable, the new chip has provided Origin with a platform for a remarkably value-friendly gaming rig. Shop around for pricing as Sandy Bridge spreads among other vendors, but right now this is the $2,499 gaming PC to beat.
The good: The Parrot Minikit Smart holds and charges a smartphone or mobile device with its cradle and powered USB connection. Bluetooth connectivity supports hands-free calling and audio streaming. Phone book syncing allows for easy initiation of calls, manually or with voice commands.
The bad: The cradle and smartphone combo is fairly heavy, requiring users to double- or triple-check the suction cup mount lest the whole kit come tumbling down while driving.
The bottom line: The Parrot Minikit Smart combines an easy-to-use Bluetooth speakerphone with a sturdy smartphone windshield mount and charger, making it useful for both hands-free calling and turn-by-turn navigation when paired with an app.