Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Klipsch Image S4i earphones, Motorola Droid, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
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Klipsch Image S4i earphones with mic
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Klipsch Image S4i earphones with mic
Editors' rating: 4.5 out of 5
The good: The Klipsch Image S4i earphones offer exceptional sound quality for the money. They're also very comfortable, and the package includes a few handy extras such as a storage box and cleaning tool. Plus, there's a call answer button, mic, and iPod playback controls integrated into the cord.
The bad: The cable of the Image S4i earphones is pretty thin and tangle-prone, and the included eartips may not work for everyone.
The bottom line: The Klipsch Image S4i earphones offer up sound quality on par with and better than sets that cost many times as much, and they include compelling extras for iPhone and iPod users.
The good: The Motorola Droid boasts a gorgeous display and the benefits of Android 2.0, including a faster Web browser, Google Maps Navigation app, and better messaging and contact management. It also offers excellent call quality and improved speed over previous Android devices.
The bad: The QWERTY keyboard feels flat and the dialpad control is restricted to the home screen. Music and video capabilities still trail behind the competition. Dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities would have been a nice addition.
The bottom line: Some minor design issues and multimedia quibbles aside, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date. It fully embraces the openness of the Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market. It is set for a November 6 release.
The good: Excellent photo quality and performance for its class; comfortable, streamlined design; interchangeable lenses.
The bad: EVF costs extra; can't use EVF and hot-shoe flash simultaneously.
The bottom line: The best interchangeable-lens compact we've seen thus far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 delivers great photo quality and performance in an enthusiast-friendly shooting experience. Like competitors, however, the lack of an optical viewfinder limits its usability for photographing action.
The good: Large automatic shooting feature set; responsive touch-screen navigation; unique dual-screen design.
The bad: Adapter needed for HDMI output; microSD card requirement might irk some; touch-screen interface not for everyone; battery charges in camera; whole screen not used for framing shots at full resolution.
The bottom line: The technology-packed Samsung DualView TL225 is the ultimate ultracompact for those who like to be in front of the camera more than they like being behind it.
The good: 7.1 home theater system; excellent sound quality on music and movies; component-grade AV receiver included; five HDMI inputs; iPod dock included; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; can upconvert analog video sources to 1080i resolution.
The bad: Speakers are relatively large and boxy; video quality of upconverted analog video is mediocre.
The bottom line: While its bulky design isn't for everyone, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more full-featured and better sounding all-in-one 7.1 home theater system for the price than the Onkyo HT-S7200.
The good: The Doro PhoneEasy 410 has a bright display with a large font, a spacious keypad with large digits, text messaging, Bluetooth, basic PIM tools, and an FM radio. It is affordable and has good call quality as well.
The bad: The Doro PhoneEasy 410 doesn't have any external display.
The bottom line: The Doro PhoneEasy 410 is a basic, easy-to-use phone for seniors and anyone who's new to cell phones.
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.