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Panasonic DIGA DMR-EZ48VK DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
Editors' rating: 3.5
The good: Outstanding DVD-recording quality, with a best-in-class LP mode; flexible recording speed; chasing playback with DVD-RAM discs; USB port and SDHC card slot for playback of MP3, DivX, and JPEG files; upscales DVD to 1080p; VHS-to-DVD dubbing for home recordings.
The bad: VHS operations are a bit slow; expensive; no Blu-ray compatibility.
The bottom line: Outstanding recording quality, tons of features, and a built-in digital TV tuner make the Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK an excellent all-purpose DVD and VHS recorder.
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Asus Eee Top ET1602
Editors' rating: 3
The good: Most affordable all-in-one PC on the market; semiportable and easy to set up, thanks to its small size and self-contained design; boasts a touch interface with a few useful apps.
The bad: Touch software only semiuseful; decent performance for an Atom system, but horrid compared with similarly priced laptops and desktops.
The bottom line: Thanks to its price, size, touch screen, and semiportability, the Asus Eee Top ET1602 presents a lot of usage options. Put it in the kitchen, den, or even a hallway, and it can serve as an easy information hub for your family. Just don't put it on a desk, where a desktop or a laptop will be much better suited for serious work.