Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Klipsch Image X10i headphones, Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904, and the Motorola Quantico phone.
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Klipsch Image X10i headphones
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Klipsch Image X10i headphones
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are extremely comfortable and feature superslim, tiny earpieces. They offer exceptionally clear and balanced audio, with good bass response and a reasonable amount of passive sound isolation. A module integrated into the cable includes an inline mic and a call answer button that doubles as a playback control for the iPod. There are other useful extras in the package, too, such as a case and a quarter-inch adapter.
The bad: The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are expensive and the wire is thin and tangle-prone.
The bottom line: The Klipsch Image X10i headphones are a great option for iPhone and iPod owners who listen mainly to lossless audio.
The good: The QNAP TS-259 Pro offers top throughput speed, an overwhelming list of useful features, and an excellent Web interface. Also, it supports hot-swappable RAID configurations, Apple's Time Machine, and IP cameras for an automatic surveillance system.
The bad: The QNAP TS-259 Pro takes a long time to switch from one RAID setup to another and is expensive. Its surveillance system doesn't support motion detection, and it also requires some networking know-how to set up and operate.
The bottom line:The QNAP TS-259 Pro is a dual-bay NAS server that offers great performance and features for a high premium. It's a device best suited for environments with high networking demand and for those who possess an intermediate to advanced know-how of networking.
The good: The Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 has fast throughput speeds, a large capacity, and a portable and sleek design at an affordable price. The bus-powered device is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and comes bundled with backup software and a generous five-year warranty.
The bad: Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 doesn't have FireWire or eSATA connections, and the included backup software only works with PCs.
The bottom line: The Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 is a well-designed external hard drive that is fast, portable, and future-proof.
The good: The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 headphones are reasonably priced, lightweight, comfortable, and super compact; they offer clear and balanced audio with a tight low-end; they can be used with or without the noise cancellation feature; and they come with a few handy extras.
The bad: The headband of the ATH-ANC1isn't padded and may not be durable in the long run. The headphones require a lot of headphone amp power.
The bottom line: The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 headphones are a great option for frequent fliers, thanks to their compact, lightweight design, noise cancellation functionality, and good overall sound quality.
The good: The Motorola Quantico is well-built and durable against a variety of harsh conditions. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera, a music player, A-GPS, and a roomy keypad. It has good call quality as well.
The bad: The Motorola Quantico's screen could be improved, and it's quite bulky.
The bottom line: The Motorola Quantico is a rugged midrange phone that doesn't offer too many surprises, but it makes it up in reliability.
The good: Generally above-average performance for its class; excellent high ISO sensitivity profile relative to competitors; large, tilting LCD; fast Live View autofocus.
The bad: Poor color accuracy; Live View provides only 90 percent coverage; awkward design for shooting via optical viewfinder; no video.
The bottom line: If you're a Live View-oriented shooter who doesn't care about color accuracy, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550's good performance and decent noise profile make it attractive for the money. Otherwise, you can find a better camera.