Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Falcon Northwest Mach V (Intel Core i7 2600K)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Imposing new case makes a statement; fastest game performance we've seen; impressive leap forward in power efficiency.
The bad: A PC in this price range demands more ambitious overclocking; no hard-drive data or power inputs mounted behind tool-free bays; power button may need more support.
The bottom line: Falcon Northwest's flagship Mach V gaming PC gets a towering case redesign and upgrades to the latest components from Intel and Nvidia. We have a few suggestions to make this system truly live up to its boutique price tag, but overall the Mach V delivers on its promise of luxury PC gaming.
The good: The Plantronics Voyager Pro UC has Smart Sensor technology that lets you route calls automatically to the headset or phone, play or pause music automatically, and more. It also features A2DP streaming, multipoint connectivity, and great audio quality to boot.
The bad: The Plantronics Voyager Pro UC is not that much different from its predecessors, and it is currently not compatible with Plantronics' own Vocalyst automated phone service. We also think it's too expensive.
The bottom line: The Plantronics Voyager Pro UC combines a perennial favorite design with cutting-edge technology that results in a modern yet reliable headset.
The good: The Sony XNV-770BT features an extra-sharp 7-inch touch-screen display and checks all of the audio and video playback boxes we like to see with iPod, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. An external GPS module essentially puts a TomTom navigation device inside the Sony, utilizing all of the technologies and interface design of TomTom's midtier PNDs.
The bad: The menu structure can be a bit clunky, requiring multiple button presses to jump between the device's three modes. The navigation interface runs at a lower resolution than the screen's native resolution, causing maps to look blurry relative to the crisp menus and audio source screens.
The bottom line: Rather than reinvent the wheel, Sony's newest all-in-one car audio receiver pairs a brilliant 7-inch display with GPS navigation powered by TomTom. The result is almost the best of both worlds, but we'd like to see a bit more integration.
The good: The Synology DiskStation DS1511+ offers fast throughput speed, excellent hard-drive bay design, top storage capacity, an overwhelming number of features, dual Gigabit Ethernet, multiple peripheral ports, and a state-of-the-art Web interface. The server handles both standard RAID configurations and flexible Hybrid RAID, and supports up to 20 IP cameras.
The bad: The Synology DiskStation DS1511+ doesn't support USB 3.0 and its setup application is not straightforward enough. It includes only one IP camera license and is comparatively pricey.
The bottom line: The DiskStation DS1511+ is arguably the best five-bay NAS server on the market for both home and office environments. Novice and home users, however, might be intimidated by its setup software and the number of features it has to offer.
The good: The TDK Three Speaker Boombox delivers a finely tuned, powerful sound in a portable system with an unforgettable design. Features such as AM/FM radio, as well as RCA and instrument input, set it apart from the competition.
The bad: There's no way to secure your iPod/iPhone or other connected device; support for Bluetooth is absent; radio antennas are handled by two dangling wires; no remote; hefty weight and battery-hungry design make portability impractical.
The bottom line: TDK's Three Speaker Boombox is as beautiful as it is powerful, but the hefty design does not travel well.
The good: Economical LED engine; wireless connectivity; easy installation; prints high-quality color documents; supports manual duplexing.
The bad: Slow print speeds.
The bottom line: If you print a high volume of monochrome and color documents, the Dell 1350cnw color laser printer delivers strong results with a variety of wired and wireless networking options. As long as you're patient with its sluggish output speed and small LED screen, we recommend the Dell 1350cnw for use in a small business or home office.
The good: Four HDMI inputs; solid graphical user interface; analog video upconversion; 3D-compatible (with firmware update); 7.1 analog inputs.
The bad: Lackluster audio performance; auto-setup was inaccurate in our test environment; missing advanced HDMI features like audio return channel and standby pass-through; no out-of-the-box iPod connectivity.
The bottom line: The Harman Kardon AVR 2600 is a handsome 7.1 audiovisual receiver with a great GUI, but it's hard to recommend with its high price and comparatively lackluster performance.
The good: The HTC Trophy features a slim design and sharp display. The smartphone offers good call quality and some nice extras, including HTC Hub.
The bad: Camera quality isn't the best. The smartphone doesn't support North American 3G bands.
The bottom line: Designed for the international markets, the HTC Trophy is a well-designed and solid-performing Windows smartphone, but unless you're looking for an unlocked phone, there are better, more-affordable options here in the States.