Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 500 GB Samsung G2 portable hard drive, 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo, and the LG Ally phone for Verizon.
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Samsung G2 portable hard drive
Samsung G2 portable hard drive (500GB, black)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Inexpensive, low power consumption; small footprint; bedazzled case design; three-year warranty.
The bad: Included backup and password protection software doesn't support Mac OS.
The bottom line: With its embossed cover and rainbow of colorful designs, the Samsung G2 Portable hard drive is a consumer-focused external hard drive that offers the most basic plug-and-play storage functionality. You don't get many extras, but impressive benchmark scores, a competitive cost-per-gigabyte, and a generous three-year warranty demonstrate its core competency and earn this drive our CNET recommendation.
The good: The Altec Lansing InMotion Compact speakers offer a low-key, travel-friendly design with a nifty integrated cover that doubles as a kickstand. The integrated iPod dock charges the player and there's an aux-in port for connecting other audio sources. Audio quality is good and the speaker includes a battery power option.
The bad: The Altec Lansing InMotion Compact doesn't come with any sort of remote or extra features such as a radio or a clock display.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a straight-forward portable speaker with a useful, understated design and solid sound, the Altec Lansing InMotion is a good choice.
The good: Slick, modernist design; well-balanced, detailed sound; punchy bass; remote control included; digital connection via USB to computer.
The bad: Extraordinarily expensive; audio quality isn't as good when you move out of the sweet spot (three feet away from speakers); sound is so detailed it makes MP3s and streaming audio of already iffy quality sound worse.
The bottom line: We found a lot to like about the B&W MM-1 multimedia speakers, but their $500 price tag gives us pause.
The good: Fastest in its class thus far; well-built; intelligent design for enthusiasts, with lots of direct-access controls.
The bad: Mediocre EVF; no dedicated record button; overly noisy JPEG photos.
The bottom line: How the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 stacks up to its competition depends upon your priorities: it's the speed king, with the best design for manually oriented shooters, but its image quality lags the field.
The good: The Trendnet TEW 655BR3G offers a flexible solution for mobile wireless Internet access. The router is compact and has good throughput performance and range, considering its tiny physical size.
The bad: The Trendnet TEW 655BR3G's signal stability and support for USB mobile dongles could use some improvement.
The bottom line: The Trendnet TEW 655BR3G makes a decent companion for those who need to share an Internet connection or create a mobile wireless network on the go.