The good: The ContourGPS is compact and configurable, yet also extremely easy to pick up and use. Laser sights and a rotating lens help to aim the camera while mounted, without the need for a viewfinder. Connectivity allows the camera to connect to an Android or iOS device using an app for live view and adjustment of settings.
The bad: Using the live-view function with an iPhone requires a $30 Connect View card.
The bottom line: The Contour GPS sports camera is the sweet spot in Contour's sport camera lineup, offering most of the features most owners will find useful, but at an affordable price.
The good: The affordable Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 boasts two solar panels that power the keyboard while you type, and other eco-conscious features include PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging.
The bad: The keyboard lacks an integrated palm rest, which may limit its appeal for heavy typists, and there's currently no software support for Mac OS.
The bottom line: Logitech's K750 wireless solar keyboard gets our Editors' Choice Award for being an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional input devices with convenient extras and at an affordable price.
The good: The Motorola Photon 4G is an absolute powerhouse of a phone. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4G WiMax speeds, a 4.3-inch qHD display, and a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset. Features include HDMI-out, DLNA support, a Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot for up to eight devices, 720p HD video capture, 1080p HD video playback, and secure data encryption. We also like the kickstand. Call quality and overall performance were great.
The bad: The Motorola Photon 4G has a large and bulky design, which might not be to everybody's taste. The Motoblur interface isn't for everyone, and we found Sprint ID to be an unnecessary add-on. The Webtop dock functionality is pretty cool, but it requires a $129 accessory. We expected better photo quality out of the 8-megapixel camera.
The bottom line: With a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4G speeds, enterprise-level security, and world phone credentials, the Motorola Photon 4G is a top-notch Android phone for Sprint customers.
The good: The Motorola Triumph has an attractive 4.1-inch WVGA display, decent multimedia features like a 5-megapixel camera that can record HD video, a front-facing VGA camera, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Performance is snappy.
The bad: The Motorola Triumph has squishy side buttons. Captured video has poor audio quality.
The bottom line: The Motorola Triumph finally brings a high-end Android smartphone to the prepaid market.
The good: The Samsung PND7000 series has outstanding overall picture quality, with excellent black-level performance and extremely accurate color. The screen can handle bright rooms well and exhibits the nearly perfect screen uniformity of plasma. Key features include built-in Wi-Fi and a comprehensive set of picture controls, and the Smart Hub Internet portal boasts more apps and streaming services than the competition. The PND7000's design is one the most attractive of any plasma we've seen.
The bad: The relatively expensive PND7000 cannot produce full shadow detail or proper 1080p/24 cadence without sacrificing some black-level performance. Smart Hub lacks Amazon Instant, its search is next to useless, and its interface can be cluttered and confusing.
The bottom line: With picture quality on par with the best TVs we've ever tested, the Samsung PND7000 plasma represents an excellent value for videophiles who don't demand to own the top of the line.
The good: The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is a stereoscopic 3D laptop with excellent CPU performance and high-end graphics. The Nvidia 3D Vision system works as advertised. Tons of RAM and hard-drive space and a Blu-ray-RW drive are part of a big feature list.
The bad: Bulky and heavy, this isn't a laptop that's ever likely to leave a desk--especially with its unsurprisingly poor battery life.
The bottom line: Those in the market to spend more than $1,000 and get a 3D-enabled, Blu-ray-equipped laptop with plenty of horsepower for games should strongly consider Toshiba's latest high-end Qosmio. It's not cheap or portable by any means, but it's certainly powerful.
The good: The Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III is a 5.1 speaker system with tiny, stylish satellite speakers and a large powered subwoofer. It creates a big, dynamic sound (especially for its size) and requires very little tweaking to sound good.
The bad: The Acoustimass 6 Series III is more expensive than competing systems that sound better and look just as good. It also has an unusual configuration that requires more wires than other 5.1 speaker systems. And although the satellites are tiny, the subwoofer takes up more space than many competitors' subs.
The bottom line: The Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III speaker system delivers a big sound from exceptionally small speakers, but its high price keeps it from being a good value pick.