Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2010 Honda Insight, Sony Handycam HDR-CX12, and Acer Aspire One Netbook.
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2010 Honda Insight EX
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2010 Honda Insight EX
Editors' rating: 4
The good: The 2010 Honda Insight EX with navigation features excellent fuel economy and a hybrid power train that offers good torque and throttle response. Honda's satellite navigation system features one of the best voice-command systems in the price range and comes equipped with Bluetooth hands-free and USB/iPod connectivity.
The bad: The Insight's "me-too" styling too closely apes the Toyota Prius. Additionally, the Insight features less power and slightly lower fuel economy than the competition from Toyota. While better than most in this segment, Honda's DVD navigation system is beginning to show its age.
The bottom line: While the 2010 Honda Insight EX with navigation may not be as hyper-miler friendly as the Prius, it represents a much better value and is more fun to drive.
The good: The LG VX8360 is compact and lightweight, plus it has external music player keys. It also has several high-end features such as EV-DO support, stereo Bluetooth, and A-GPS. Sound quality is excellent and it's very affordable.
The bad: The LG VX8360 features are not too different from its predecessor, and we would prefer a cleaner music player interface.
The bottom line: Though it remains a midtier offering, the LG VX8360 is still a great multimedia clamshell phone with excellent audio performance.
The good: Four HDMI inputs; basic graphical user interface; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; XM-ready; upconverts analog signals to 1080p over HDMI output with good quality; automatic speaker calibration.
The bad: No multiroom functionality; no S-Video inputs; sound quality a bit below some competitors; some minor video scaling issues.
The bottom line: Sony's STR-DG920 is a standout midrange AV receiver, with a basic graphical user interface, four HDMI inputs, and solid video processing.
The good: Aggressive processor speed and DD3 memory yield impressive benchmarks; configuration includes TV tuner; innovative chassis design and open ports encourage expansion; inexpensive.
The bad: No wireless networking; budget graphics card can't compete with the competition.
The bottom line: Dell's XPS 430-121B, sold exclusively at Best Buy, outpaces the competition and carries an impressive set of media-centric features. Heavy gamers can find a more suitable system elsewhere, but digital media enthusiasts will appreciate this Dell in their home network.