Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, HP TouchSmart 600, and the Flip Video MinoHD.
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio (black)
Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Logitech Squeezebox Radio (black)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Wi-Fi radio with built-in speaker and color LCD display; stylish exterior design and outstanding button placement on front panel; can access thousands of freely available Internet radio stations; streams tons of online music services (Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker, Rhapsody, Sirius, Live Music Archive); provides access to PC-based music files (on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines); supports nearly every digital audio file format, including lossless formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless; optional battery pack allows for portable operation; extensive alarm clock options; can control the radio using a Web browser or iPeng iPhone app.
The bad: Remote and battery pack cost extra; slightly more expensive than competing radios; setup could scare off tech novices; not a perfect alarm clock; doesn't sound quite as good as the Squeezebox Boom; some stability issues.
The bottom line: The Logitech Squeezebox Radio has an exceptional design, an unmatched variety of streaming music services, and solid sonics, making it the top value pick for Wi-Fi radios.
The good: Outstanding sound quality for the price; four HDMI inputs; can connect an iPod/iPhone directly to its USB port and browse music using onscreen graphical user interface; analog video upconversion to 1080p, with acceptable image quality; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; Sirius-ready; automatic speaker calibration.
The bad: Advanced controls can be difficult to setup; confusing manual.
The bottom line: The Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K delivers an excellent feature set and outstanding sound quality for its price, making it our top midrange AV receiver pick so far.
The good: Matches Sony in capability to connect and switch between external video sources easily; Recipe Box touch program best kitchen app we've seen; smart touch app partnerships with Hulu, Twitter, and Netflix; loud enough to fill a room.
The bad: Slow performance; touch input suffers from occasional unresponsiveness.
The bottom line: If HP's TouchSmart 600 won't at least get you thinking about the idea of bringing a PC into your kitchen, the concept truly has no hope. With well-though-out touch apps, a wide, easy-to-use array of digital media features, and an attractive, flexible design, HP's new all-in-one is not the fastest new all-in-one, but it has the most comprehensive and compelling set of features of any all-in-one launching alongside Windows 7.
The good: Solid 720p video, particularly for its size; slightly slicker ultraslim yet functional design; large 2-inch LCD; easy to use; integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery; HDMI output; FlipShare software compatible with both Macs and Windows machines.
The bad: Fairly pricey; no SD/MMC card expansion slot; no cable included for HD output to HDTVs.
The bottom line: Still one of the nicest models available, the second-generation Flip MinoHD offers a slightly improved design, double the memory, and an HDMI output for the same price that the original MinoHD used to cost.
The good: Grado's most comfortable over-the-ear headphones sound great at home and with iPods; beautifully crafted wood and solid metal earcups; stellar build quality; includes 15-foot extension cable and phono-to-miniplug adapter.
The bad: Extremely expensive; doesn't include travel bag or storage case.
The bottom line: They may cost as much as a big-screen TV, but the PS1000s are simply the best-sounding, most comfortable, and best-looking Grado headphones we've ever tested.
The good: The Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT has a strong core feature set that includes GPS navigation, multimedia and DVD playback, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. However, it's the secondary features such as auto importing of contacts, voice control of most major functions, and MSN Direct upgradability that make the Z110BT stand above the competition.
The bad: Voice tag indexing of iPod/iPhone data can be time consuming. iPod video and MSN Direct data services require additional equipment.
The bottom line: The Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT not only brings a robust set of features into the car in a single box, but it also provides a variety of quick and safe ways to access those features.
The good: The Motorola Cliq has a great design with a brilliant display and easy-to-use controls and keyboard. Its feature set is rich and functional, and Motorola made some welcome improvements and user interface tweaks.
The bad: The Motorola Cliq lacks a file manager, a camera flash, and some basic organizer features. You can store apps only on the integrated memory, and the memory card slot is stashed behind the battery cover. Call quality wasn't perfect and the handset was occasionally sluggish.
The bottom line: With its excellent design, user interface improvements, and admirable feature set, the Motorola Cliq gives a big boost to the Android operating system. We had some performance quibbles with the device, and the MotoBlur interface can be a bit much, but the phone has a lot to like.