Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Flip UltraHD (2010, 2 hour)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Excellent video quality for its class; electronic image stabilization; takes included rechargeable battery or three AAA-size batteries; simple recording controls; embedded FlipShare software remains excellent, adds Twitter support; accessory port expands usability.
The bad: No memory expansion; no HDMI cable included; no macro focus; no mic, headphone jacks; resolution fixed to 720p at 60fps.
The bottom line: The Flip UltraHD 2 Hour is a solid update to an excellent mini camcorder, while staying as simple to use as the original.
The good: 720p HD video and 8 megapixel snapshots; "RightLight" sensor and "RightSound" microphone feature boosts clarity and automatically adjusts for best lighting; clever video effects enhance fun factor; 360-degree panning.
The bad: Video quality gets choppy at higher resolutions on slower systems.
The bottom line: The Logitech C510 HD Webcam is an inexpensive solution for computers that don't come with built-in cameras. Its 2-megapixel sensor takes 8-megapixel snapshots, and 720p HD video performs well with video-chatting programs like Skype, Google Chat, and Windows Live Messenger. With a handful of extra features like one-click uploads to YouTube or Facebook and fun video effects, the Logitech HD Webcam C510 is a worthwhile buy.
The good: Netgear's ReadyNAS Ultra 4 offers a great backup solution with fast performance. Its excellent hard-drive-bay design and X-RAID 2 configuration make it easy to manage the server's storage.
The bad: The ReadyNAS Ultra 4 is expensive and has just three USB ports. It doesn't allow users to use standard RAID configurations and takes a long time to add a new hard drive to the existing X-RAID2 setup.
The bottom line: The ReadyNAS Ultra 4 is a workhorse NAS server best suited for home- or small-office environments, where heavy data sharing and backups are required.
The good: The Sansa Fuze+ comes in a variety of colors and capacities, at superaffordable prices. Features such as video playback, AAC compatibility, FM radio, photos, podcasts, Rhapsody support, voice recording, and Mac compatibility make it an easy iPod alternative to recommend.
The bad: The new touch-pad navigation is sluggish; screen resolution isn't great; audio quality is just average; and the all-plastic design feels cheap.
The bottom line: You can find smaller or cheaper MP3 players, but you won't find a better value than the Sansa Fuze+ in terms of dollars per features.
The good: Outstanding sound quality; four HDMI inputs; analog video upconversion; audio return channel support; standby pass-through; 3D compatible; built-in HD Radio; greatly improved remote over previous models.
The bad: Competitors offer more HDMI inputs; fewer digital audio inputs and analog video connections, too; text-based user interface; no minijack input.
The bottom line: The Denon AVR-1911 costs more than competitors and has fewer features, but its outstanding sound quality bests competing 7.1-channel AV receivers.
The good: With MyFord Touch, the 2011 Ford Edge features an innovative, configurable instrument cluster display and a very usable cabin tech interface. Sync offers excellent voice command and connectivity with phones and music players. The 22-inch wheels come standard on the Sport version.
The bad: Fuel economy is only average for this segment. The cabin tech interface felt a bit sluggish at times.
The bottom line: The 2011 Ford Edge's cutting-edge instrument cluster will appeal to technologists, and the vehicle provides a very practical form factor in an attractive package.
The good: Affordable sub-$100 price tag; ultrasmall factor; streams a variety of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, Major League Baseball games, and Mediafly podcasts; built-in Wi-Fi, including dual-band 802.11n in highest-end model; works with all TVs, including non-HD models; upgradable firmware allows for periodic update of content and features; good HD video quality (on channels and programming that support it).
The bad: Ever cheaper Blu-ray players offer many of the same Internet-viewing options plus disc playback; video quality varies from channel to channel, depending upon provider and source material; setup and content queues usually require at least some PC interaction; yet another box under the TV; currently offers no access to PC- and USB-based media; lacks support for Hulu Plus and YouTube.
The bottom line: If you don't need compatibility with iTunes, Roku's trio of ultra-affordable video boxes offers a wider range of streaming video and audio providers than you'll find on Apple TV.
The good: The 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited uses an advanced all-wheel-drive system to help grip in slippery conditions and a rev matching transmission for smoother shifts. A Harman Kardon audio system and advanced audio controls should make audiophiles happy.
The bad: The cabin tech interface locks out destination entry and iPod music selection when the car is moving. The navigation system offers limited points of interest.
The bottom line: The cabin tech is behind the curve in the 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, but the vehicle's all-wheel drive and high clearance make it a good choice for people dedicated to outdoor activities.
The good: Nvidia Optimus graphics; great Harman Kardon speakers.
The bad: Underwhelming battery life; no Blu-ray.
The bottom line: The Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 has a great combination of audio/video quality and fast graphics, but its short battery life compromises the equation on what's otherwise a rock-solid midrange laptop.