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Worst products of 2011You've probably never heard of these products and here's why.
YouÃ¯Â¿Â½ve probably never heard of these products and hereÃ¯Â¿Â½s why. We love lists around here at the Top 5 studios: Best, most popular, hottest, all various barometers of the tech business we live, breathe and we love. But todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s is a very different list: The products that make us wonder if we shouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have become cooks or truck drivers instead. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C. with the Top 5 Worst Rated Products of 2011. I mean, weÃ¯Â¿Â½re talking crap. #5 is the Bigstream The idea is good: Wireless transmission of audio/video from your Apple device to your home entertainment rig. ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s great if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re OK with interference, discoloration, static, and nothing better than composite video -- you know, the old yellow RCA connector. Oh, and the dongle that plugs into your Apple device is very likely going to be larger than your Apple device. Pass. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½d rather run a long patch cord across the living room. #4 is the Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P I feel bad picking on a desktop, theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re so sad and forgotten. But that wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t stop me. About the ONLY good thing we had to say about the Aspire X1920 is that it has an unobtrusive case design. Not off to a roaring start here. Beyond that we found it to be a Ã¯Â¿Â½a poorly configured, overpriced budget desktop with little to recommend it.Ã¯Â¿Â½ So, we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t. #3 is the Razer Ferox Mobile Gaming Speakers These are speakers to connect to you mobile gaming device, which would seem to make it a lot less mobile. But thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s quickly rectified once you hear them, hate them, unplug them and stick with your earbuds. We did liek the fact these tuck nicely into the nlcude travel case, makes it easier to ship them to your winning bidder on eBay. #2 is the Coby Kyros (3.3 / 1.5 / Poor) OK, now weÃ¯Â¿Â½re into tablets, not category rendered more WTFÃ¯Â¿Â½s from us than this one in 2011. The Coby Kyros is an Android tablet that we have to give some props to for its low - and odd -- price of $246.99 as well as its HDMI output, MicroSD slot and camera. But you wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t enjoy using an of that sicne teh screen is awful, touch reponse or more like fist reponse, the whole thing is bulky and thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no Flash support. That;s nt the oart of the iPad you wnat to emulate. Foruntatley battery life is lousy too, so you wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t suffer this piece of garbage for long. Before we get to #1 worst piece of electronics, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s stop off in the CNET garage: Our worst rated car of 2011 was the Scion xB. Ã¯Â¿Â½Surprisingly stable when corneringÃ¯Â¿Â½ is something youÃ¯Â¿Â½d expect in a jitney review, but there it is as one of the few bright spots on this car. It has a 4-speed automatic, just like a car from the 80Ã¯Â¿Â½s, and a maddening Bluetooth phone system that guides you with a series of beeps when you set it up or use it -- thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no screen or display or work with. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s like being click-trained. The rest of the tech is no better and for a car aimed at tech savvy youth, thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s not reading the room well. #1 is the Maylong Universe M-150 (3.0 / 1.5 / Poor) This is the product that broke Donald Bell. After he reviewed it, I noticed he started to drink too much. Shave infrequently. Mutter harsh obscenties to himself. And who could blame him? Screen: Warped. Battery life: Short. Interface: Infuriating. PC Connection: Not really. Boot time: Slow. Android Market: Nope. The Maylong M-150 is about the cheapest 7-inch Android tablet we found, $130 list or much less today at the Goodwill store. Where itÃ¯Â¿Â½s been sitting. For more like this, almost all of which showing you the stuff you should get instead these abominations, go to top5.cnet.com.