Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including WildCharger gadget charging pad, Zoom H4n mobile audio recorder, and Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS digicam.
CNET Reviews staff
Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Editors' rating: 4
The good: The Alpine iDA-X305's two-way encoder control scheme and QuickSearch function makes it possible to scrub through large libraries in seconds. Add-on modules allow the feature set to be extended.
The bad: The lack of a CD player may be a turn off for many people.
The bottom line: For people who listen primarily to MP3/WMA/AAC audio, the Alpine iDA-X305 offers one of the easiest-to-use interfaces for in-car browsing of digital media.
The good: The Sound ID 300 is a simple headset with good call quality, noise cancellation, and three personal listening modes to better suit your preference. It has a comfortable fit and is reasonably priced.
The bad: The Sound ID 300 has really small buttons, and we would've liked an additional volume key.
The bottom line: The Sound ID 300 is a great Bluetooth headset with good audio quality and ear comfort.
The good: The Zoom H4n uses a sturdy, intuitive design, quality stereo microphones, phantom-powered inputs, and includes the capability to record four channels simultaneously.
The bad: The design is bulky, mixer settings aren't intuitive, and the minijack microphone input is awkwardly placed.
The bottom line: The Zoom H4n is a mobile recording dynamo with features that outperform competitors that cost twice as much. It is an outstanding value for musicians and podcasters who demand professional-sounding results.
The good: Impressive print quality; fast output for color documents; high monthly duty cycle; comprehensive driver features and warranty; easy networking setup.
The bad: Slow black printing; no auto-duplexing; can't print directly from USB thumbdrive or digital camera; lacks wireless connectivity.
The bottom line: Although the HP CP2025n is rather slow to print black documents and is missing supplementary features such as USB-direct printing and wireless, the color laser shines in output quality, and the software holds your hand through a somewhat daunting learning curve. The CP2025n also has a high monthly duty-cycle, so we recommend it to anyone hunting for a workhorse printer to complement an equally diligent work environment.
The good: The Samsung Finesse is a good-looking phone with a responsive touch screen and an easy-to-use TouchWiz interface. It also has high-end features like 3G EV-DO, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and a full HTML browser.
The bad: The Samsung Finesse does not have an accelerometer or Wi-Fi.
The bottom line: The Samsung Finesse is a great touch-screen phone and a solid choice for MetroPCS customers.
The good: The Sony W-Series Walkman offers an innovative, ultracompact design that incorporates an MP3 player into a pair of earbuds. It's easy to use and Sony includes a unique feature for browsing songs.
The bad: The Sony W-Series Walkman does not have a screen and will not be comfortable for all users.
The bottom line: The Sony W-Series Walkman is a great option for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.