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.

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Price: $84.99

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Altec Lansing InMotion Compact iMT320 iPod speakers

Altec Lansing InMotion Compact iMT320 iPod speakers

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

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.

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Price range: $79 - 79.99

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B&W MM-1

B&W MM-1

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

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.

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Price: $499.95

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2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo

2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo's six-speed automatic has an aggressive sport mode. The navigation system incorporates excellent traffic avoidance and shows weather information.

The bad: The Bluetooth phone system lacks a phone book feature.

The bottom line: The 2010 Cadillac SRX is a good luxury crossover with above-average tech, but it doesn't outpace the competition.

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Price: $51,860

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Gateway EC5809u

Gateway EC5809u

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Slim, clean design that includes an optical drive; good battery life.

The bad: For the price, you could opt for a less slim, higher-powered laptop.

The bottom line: As a thin 15-inch laptop packing a lower-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, the Gateway EC5809u sacrifices performance for battery life at a decent price--but you could do even better.

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Price: $619.97

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LG Ally (Verizon Wireless)

LG Ally (Verizon Wireless)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The LG Ally is a sturdy device with Android 2.1. It has a great slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Features include GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and EV-DO Rev. A.

The bad: The photo quality could be better, and it doesn't come with Verizon's V Cast apps.

The bottom line: With its solid design and great features, the LG Ally is an affordable and welcome addition to the Android family.

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Price: $99.99

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MSI Wind U160-007US

MSI Wind U160-007US

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Excellent battery life; near the top of Netbook performers in some tests.

The bad: Too expensive for what you get; wonky touch pad.

The bottom line: The basic-as-it-gets MSI Wind U160-007US is a leader in battery life, but shouldn't cost $80 more than comparable systems.

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Price range: $379.99 - $402.99

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 (with 14-42mm lens)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

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.

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Price: $599

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Samsung BD-C5500

Samsung BD-C5500 Blu-ray player

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Excellent Blu-ray image quality; Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and Pandora media streaming, plus the expandable Samsung Apps platform; DLNA-compliant.

The bad:Sluggish operational speed; no built-in Wi-Fi; compatible Wi-Fi dongle is too expensive; last year's Samsung Blu-ray players had questionable reliability.

The bottom line: The BD-C5500's expandable Samsung Apps platform and DLNA compatibility make it stand out from other entry-level players, although it's one of the slower players we've tested.

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Price range: $161 - $179

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Trendnet TEW 655BR3G router

Trendnet TEW 655BR3G router

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

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.

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Price range: $96.91 - $103.17

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