The good: Inexpensive; dual output trays; fast output speed; painless Wi-Fi setup; comprehensive driver software; easy to use; small footprint.
The bad: Output quality will not satisfy professional photographers.
The bottom line: The HP Photosmart C6380 is a good fit for beginning photographers that want more than just a simple printer. Its six-ink cartridge bay, scanning, and copying extend its versatility, and while the output quality suffers a few missteps, the C6380 remains a worthwhile deal for the money.
The good: The optional Mark Levinson audio system in the 2009 Lexus IS 350 makes music sound superb, and we like the aesthetics and usability of the cabin tech interface. F Sport accessories tune the IS 350 for track handling.
The bad: Ride quality becomes harsh with the F Sport suspension. Cabin tech lacks iPod integration and external information sources in the navigation system. The six-speed automatic isn't up to sport driving.
The bottom line: Putting tuner components on the 2009 Lexus IS 350 gives it a more sporting character, with only a minimum sacrifice of luxury. However, outdated cabin electronics suggest waiting for the next model update.
The good: Provides complete control of PlayStation 3 including all 51 possible commands; allows for powering on and off; saves a USB port.
The bad: Adapter requires power; Harmony programming isn't as simple as directions make it out to be; won't work with remotes other than Harmony.
The bottom line: Setting up the Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 isn't completely painless (or cheap), but once up and running, it does provide total control over your PS3 including the ability to power it on and off.
The good: The Replica backs up the entire contents of a Windows PC hard drive, operating system and all; simple setup; restoring a system is easy; step-up 500GB model offers option for backing up multiple PCs.
The bad: Only backs up your entire system; you can't selectively move files on and off the drive; no Mac support; supplied USB cable is unusually short.
The bottom line: While Seagate's Replica will seem silly and restricting to those looking for a flexible external storage option, others will welcome the singularity of its mission to back up your entire Windows PC.
The good: The Spracht Aura Blu Note is a compact and lightweight stereo Bluetooth speaker that's easy to set up and use. It has bass boost and stereo widening, which results in good sound quality. It also has a 3.5-millimeter headset jack, and can be powered with an AC adapter or four AA batteries.
The bad: The Spracht Aura Blu Note does not have any music player control buttons and it is lacking in features.
The bottom line: If you don't mind the lack of controls and features, the Spracht Aura Blu Note has great sound quality for a portable Bluetooth speaker.