Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI, Moxi HD DVR, and the Sony HDR-CX500V.
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Escort Entourage CIS
Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Escort Entourage CIS car security system
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Escort Entourage CIS is small, easy to install, and can be hidden out of view. Users can track their vehicle's GPS location online and can receive SMS/e-mail notifications to keep the user updated about their vehicle's status. The MyPass key fob automatically arms/disarms the device, reducing user interactions to zero.
The bad: Parking garages and tunnels can compromise the Entourage's position reporting capabilities. The cost of MyPass key fobs is a bit steep for vehicles with multiple drivers.
The bottom line: As a security solution, the Escort Entourage CIS may not prevent your car from being stolen, but by stealthily reporting the vehicle's GPS location, it goes a long way toward quickly recovering it.
The good: The iTech SolarVoice 908 has a photovoltaic cell, so it can charge via solar power. Features include multipoint technology, A2DP streaming, and noise canceling. It comes with a variety of earbud covers.
The bad: The iTech SolarVoice 908 needs direct sunlight for the solar charging to work. The multifunction button is located on the bottom left, which may be awkward for some people. The ear fit felt a little odd, as well.
The bottom line: Despite a few quirks, the iTech SolarVoice 908 is a good headset that has acceptable call quality, especially if you're into solar-powered gadgets.
The good: The Motorola Devour has a sturdy design with a functional feature set and a spacious keyboard. It's a good performer too.
The bad: The Motorola Devour runs Android 1.6, and its display is small for the phone's size. The placement of some controls could be improved, and the camera has few features.
The bottom line: The Motorola Devour is built to last and it delivers on features and performance. We'd make a few usability changes, and we were hoping for more than Android 1.6, but Moto makes another good Android move.
The good: Dual-tuner cable high-def DVR includes support for YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix via PlayOn software; built-in Flickr and Rhapsody compatibility; streams digital photos, music, and video from networked PCs; multiroom viewing (with additional Moxi Mate hardware purchase).
The bad: Monthly fee is replaced by high upfront cost; interface and program guide take some getting used to; does not work with cable video-on-demand; no built-in Wi-Fi; PlayOn-related video services require you to run a Windows PC simultaneously; PC-based media access slows interface and introduces some instability; does not support over-the-air antenna reception; remote control isn't particularly intuitive.
The bottom line: If you can get past the high price of entry, the Moxi HD DVR's bevy of network and Internet-enhanced features makes it a potentially worthwhile TiVo competitor.
The good: Compact design; first-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited.
The bad: No SD card support; awkward control layout; no wind filter; no manual shutter speed, iris, or audio controls; expensive.
The bottom line: The geotagging capability remains mostly a novelty, but the top-notch video quality of the Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V make them worthy options. Because internal memory is overpriced, the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two, though you may want to opt for a 2010 model that supports SD cards rather than Sony's Memory Stick.