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Christmas Gift Guide

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Gateway DX4831-01e

Magellan Premium Car Kit for iPhone or iPod Touch

Nikon Coolpix P100

Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Maps in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid show fully rendered 3D urban centers. The Harman Kardon stereo delivers excellent audio quality. Blind spot detection warns against unsafe lane changes. Massage seats are icing on the cake.

The bad: The hybrid system's start-stop feature runs a little rough. The suspension and power train Sport mode buttons are separate, and placed far apart.

The bottom line: The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid bundles a wide array of very useful tech, and its hybrid system helps the car avoid the gas guzzler tax.

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Price: $87,950

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Gateway DX4831-01e

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Clever tower design puts a media card reader on top; quality video playback; virtualized quad-core Intel CPU offers competitive performance for its price; massive 1TB hard drive; plenty of room inside for expansion.

The bad: Lacks wireless networking; competition offers more memory

The bottom line: The Gateway DX4831-01e is the midtower version of the Editors' Choice award-winning SX2840-01 and exhibits equally impressive performance scores while offering ample room for expansion. We recommend this system to budget-minded shoppers who are looking for a powerful, affordable midtower desktop computer.

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Price: $549.99

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Magellan Premium Car Kit for iPhone or iPod Touch

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The Magellan Premium Car Kit keeps your iPhone safely visible and charged while increasing the positioning accuracy of any app that uses GPS. The speakerphone is much louder than the iPhone's internal speaker and the microphone is much clearer. The kit adjusts to accommodate the iPhone and the iPod Touch, with or without a case.

The bad: The Car Kit is a bit pricey for an iPhone accessory that duplicates, but enhances, functions that the iPhone already possess. The joint where the cradle meets the suction-cup mount feels flimsy.

The bottom line: The Magellan Premium Car Kit adds GPS capability to the iPod Touch, making the media player useful for navigation, but the kit's high price tag somewhat limits its value to iPhone users.

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Price: $129.99

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Nikon Coolpix P100

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Solid design; overflowing with photo, movie features; very fast shooting performance for its class.

The bad: Photo, video quality is weakest part of the package.

The bottom line: There's a lot to like about the Nikon Coolpix P100, but you'll need to keep your photo quality expectations in check to really enjoy it.

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Price: $399.95

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Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Large screen, good speakers, and great keyboard; zippy Core i3 processor.

The bad: Mediocre battery life; boxy and bulky design.

The bottom line: With Intel's new Core i3 processor, the Vaio EB1JFX/B is an affordable big-screen laptop that does many things well without much sacrifice.

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Price: $799.99

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