Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Apple iMac 27-inch
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Largest display among all-in-ones; fast dual-core CPU makes up for lack of quad-core (mostly); finally has an SD Card slot; wireless mouse and keyboard; Mini DisplayPort input ripe with possibility.
The bad: Most Windows all-in-ones in the price range have Blu-ray; touch-sensitive mouse gestures not as responsive as we'd like; increase in AppleCare cost makes Apple's nickel-and-dime customer service policy even worse.
The bottom line: Apple's new 27-inch iMac will charm plenty of you with its screen size alone. Fortunately, that won't lead you astray. Behind its expansive display, Apple has packed one of the fastest all-in-ones available, and added a few useful extras to sweeten the deal. This iMac isn't perfect, but its positives far outweigh its negatives. We can think of few users to whom we wouldn't recommend this system.
The good: Sleek unibody design; LED display; big multitouch trackpad; long battery life.
The bad: Loses FireWire; no SD card slot; nonremovable battery.
The bottom line: Apple's latest version of the popular $999 white MacBook gets an upscale makeover, while keeping the price the same. It's a strong alternative to the more expensive Pro line, if you can live without extras such as an SD card slot.
The good: Compact (for a full-size model), high-end over-the-ear headphones; excellent isolation from external noise; compatible with iPods and portable players; includes 13-foot extension cable and soft goatskin travel/storage bag; three-year warranty coverage.
The bad: Extremely steep price.
The bottom line: Ultrasone's Edition 8 headphones cost a mint, but they deliver stellar sound at home and--especially--with iPods.
The good: The Samsung Intrepid ships with Windows Mobile 6.5 and includes Microsoft's Tellme voice-activated service. The world phone features a touch screen, an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard, and upgraded camera. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G are all onboard.
The bad: Keyboard feels a bit cheap. The smartphone has a lower resolution screen than competitors.
The bottom line: While not the flashiest smartphone on the block, the Samsung Intrepid offers Sprint customers an affordable and solid messaging world phone.
The good: Inexpensive for a local dimming LED-based LCD; can produce extremely deep black levels; less blooming than many local dimming models; relatively accurate color; solid dejudder processing; plenty of connectivity with five HDMI and one PC input; energy-efficient.
The bad: Backlight fluctuates with program content; below-average shadow detail; fewer picture controls than some high-end HDTVs; ho-hum styling.
The bottom line: Sure, it has a few flaws, but nothing fatal prevents the local dimming, LED-backlit Vizio VF551XVT from exhibiting excellent LCD picture quality for the buck.