Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Sony VAIO VGN-NW270F/S
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Low price; Blu-ray drive; roomy display but still relatively lightweight; great keyboard.
The bad: Seems to be room for a bigger battery; no media control buttons.
The bottom line: The Sony Vaio VGN-NW270F/S is a low-cost, Blu-ray-equipped laptop that makes a great choice for home use and, should you be willing to tote around a 15-inch machine, a decent choice as your everyday, take-it-with-you laptop.
The good: Top-tier performance results; plenty of upgrade room; versatile array of motherboard connections.
The bad: Power efficiency needs improvement; oversized case gives the appearance of a more aggressive system.
The bottom line: Massive case notwithstanding, the affordable Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004 delivers a competitive feature set with the horsepower to back it up. We recommend this system for light media editors and anyone who can make use of its straightforward performance and multipurpose features.
The good: The GoPro HD Hero Motorsports captures video in a variety of resolutions and frame rates up to and including 1080i full HD, as well as still photos. The Hero has a large selection of mounting options and replacement parts. The polycarbonate shell is submersible, shockproof, and-- if it takes too bad of a beating--replaceable.
The bad: The lack of a viewfinder makes precise aiming difficult. The tiny LCD display and a cryptic menu is difficult to navigate without first consulting the manual. Low-light performance still leaves much to be desired.
The bottom line: The GoPro HD Hero captures crisp HD video and offers users a great deal of flexibility of resolution and mounting options. However, some users may find it to be too complex for its two-button interface and tiny screen.