Here are a few of CNET reviewers' favorite items from the past week, including the LG Shine II, the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, and the 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3.
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Acer Aspire Z5610
Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Acer Aspire Z5610
Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5
The good: Largest screen among sub-$1,000 all-in-ones; better-than-average ATI graphics chip enables smooth HD video playback (downloaded or streamed-only because of the lack of a Blu-ray drive).
The bad: Disjointed design; small 320GB hard drive.
The bottom line: You could say that the Acer Aspire Z5610 has a few flaws, but it might be more accurate to call them sacrifices. After all, we don't expect that Acer could sell a 23-inch all-in-one for less than $1,000 without trimming a few costs. Fortunately, Acer chose its trade-offs wisely. You can find faster, better-looking all-in-ones out there, but none that offer this much screen real estate for such an aggressive price.
The good: Built-in Nvidia 3D Vision technology; fast Intel Core i7 CPU; decent gaming performance.
The bad: Expensive; 3D gaming is still niche; small screen for a gaming rig.
The bottom line: The Asus G51J-3D is the first laptop to incorporate Nvidia's 3D vision technology. If you absolutely love the idea of 3D gaming, this proof-of-concept system will work well for a pricey showpiece.
The good: Whether you're recording a podcast, an interview, or a concert, the Yeti's THX-certified sound quality, integrated gain control, and four recording modes (including stereo) make it a top choice for a USB microphone.
The bad: If you're looking for something subtle and portable, the Yeti is not for you. Plus, the wobbly plastic knobs make us wary about durability.
The bottom line: The Yeti is one of the richest sounding, sonically flexible USB microphones money can buy, but its large size makes it inconvenient for portable applications.
The good: As one would expect from this hot hatchback, the 2010 Mazdaspeed3 delivers excellent handling and plenty of power from its turbocharged engine. Mazda cleverly integrates a basic navigation system.
The bad: The stereo lacks iPod integration and the satellite radio implementation is poor. While there are some bright spots with the cabin tech, it is mostly average.
The bottom line: The powerful 2010 Mazdaspeed3 handles extremely well, but the lack of cabin tech features suggests you might want to get a stripped version and kit it out with aftermarket goodies.
The good: The Nokia N900 offers a powerful mobile Web browser, plenty of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and an ultrasharp display. It's also fast, multitasks well, and has excellent call quality. Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS are all onboard.
The bad: The user interface isn't very intuitive. Ovi Store for the N900 isn't live yet, limiting the number of available apps, and it doesn't sync with Exchanger Server 2003. The phone is a bit bulky and not all apps work in portrait mode.
The bottom line: While it has yet to reach its full potential, the Nokia N900 is a powerful mobile device with excellent browsing capabilities and vast customization options. However, its unintuitive interface and other limitations make this a smartphone for tech enthusiasts and early adopters only.
The good: Really good battery life; better-than-Netbook performance in a Netbook size; high-def display.
The bad: Uncomfortable keyboard and touch pad; for a little more money you could simply have a full-size laptop.
The bottom line: With a Pentium processor and a decent amount of hard-drive space and RAM, the Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105 is more like a minilaptop in a Netbook's body. The question is, does a thin-and-light this small appeal to you?