Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Editors' rating: 4.5 out of 5
The good: The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid manages class-leading fuel efficiency without making too many performance sacrifices. The Ford Sync technology package is top-notch and the Sony premium audio system is a great-sounding system at a great value. Configurable SmartGauge instrument cluster is a good tool for learning to drive more efficiently.
The bad: Regenerative brakes take some getting used to. Fixed back seats lack a pass-through for long objects.
The bottom line: Combining a highly efficient hybrid power train with top-notch standard and optional cabin tech, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is both a great tech car and a great value.
The good: New Darkfield sensor lets you mouse almost anywhere, including glass; wireless and rechargeable, with no downtime while recharging; tiny USB microreceiver works with other products in Logitech's Unifying devices family; variety of useful, customizable buttons.
The bad: Expensive (but worth it); Unifying feature only a benefit if you upgrade to other Unifying products.
The bottom line: Logitech has met and surpassed Microsoft's recent mouse technology innovations by introducing the most versatile mouse sensor on the market in its new Performance Mouse MX. But even if you don't have a glass table crying out to become a workspace, this high-end input device has enough features and cushy design to make it a justifiable indulgence for anyone who takes their cursor control seriously.
The good: Universal disc player capable of handling Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio and CD; outstanding image quality on Blu-rays and DVDs; best-in-class operational speed and stability; 7.1 analog outputs; feels built to last; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; Profile 2.0-compliant; 1GB onboard memory; backlit remote; two USB ports; HDMI cable included.
The bad: Expensive; competing players offer comparable performance on vast majority of Blu-ray movies; no Wi-Fi for BD-Live features; lacks streaming media services like Netflix and Pandora.
The bottom line: The Oppo BDP-83 is an outstanding universal disc player with excellent performance on Blu-rays and DVDs and lightning-fast operational speed, but most home theater fans will balk at the high price.
The good: Excellent video quality; 120GB hard drive; attractive, understated design; eye-level viewfinder.
The bad: Wind filter not as dependable as previous Canon models; manual focus pretty useless.
The bottom line: Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG21 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.
The good: The 2010 Ford Flex's EcoBoost engine serves up big power while not blowing it on fuel economy. The Ford Sync system is still the best way to integrate MP3 players and cell phones. Optional navigation includes traffic, weather, and fuel prices.
The bad: The navigation service for Ford's Sync system was frustrating to use.
The bottom line: Optioned up right, the 2010 Ford Flex SEL with EcoBoost impresses as a tech cruiser, and can haul around plenty of people or cargo in unique style.
The good: The LG Tritan has a generous size touch-screen display, a handy navigation joystick, a really great QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-millimeter headset jack, a document viewer, a full HTML browser with Flash Lite support, and a 3-megapixel camera. It also has very good call quality.
The bad: The LG Tritan's touch-screen interface takes some acclimation, and we wish the navigation joystick were designed a bit better.
The bottom line: The LG Tritan is a great multimedia touch-screen phone with a nice full keyboard for messaging.
Read CNET's full review Price: The LG Tritan is available for less than $80 for both carriers with a mail-in rebate--Alltel requires a one-year contract, while U.S. Cellular requires a two-year agreement for that price.
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Razer Megalodon headset
Razer Megalodon headset
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Great sounding 7.1 surround sound headset; boom mic; comfortable; in-line control box; fully customizable surround sound and mic levels; Includes high-quality carrying case.
The bad: Won't work with Mac; USB only.
The bottom line: While it may not be ideal for the casual PC gamer, the Megalodon is an incredible sounding and comfortable PC gaming headset that lets you fully customize your sound.
The good: The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is very inexpensive; it has a solid, pocket-friendly design with dedicated volume controls and a built-in belt-clip; it's easy to use; and it offers a plethora of handy features, including a MicroSD card slot, Rhapsody DNA, a voice recorder, an FM tuner, and support for FLAC, Ogg, Audible, and podcasts.
The bad: The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ could stand to have better battery life and support for AAC; the monochrome display is small and may be hard for some to read.
The bottom line: The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is an excellent successor to the line, offering a fitness-friendly design with a built-in belt-clip, a simple interface, solid sound quality, and plenty of handy features--all for an ultralow price. It's an unbeatable value.