The good: The 2012 Lexus CT 200h brings excellent fuel economy in a good-looking hatchback package. The infotainment system includes connected data such as gas prices and weather. Lexus luxury means a comfortable ride.
The bad: With a similar hybrid drivetrain to the Toyota Prius, the CT 200h doesn't have the brawn to back up its beauty.
The bottom line: The 2012 Lexus CT 200h's good looks are complemented by its excellent practicality, but it lacks power and its cabin tech falls short of the cutting edge.
The good: The 2012 Hyundai Veloster features a unique asymmetrical design that's bound to stand out from the crowd. Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system gives drivers access to a variety of connected services. Standard and upgraded cabin tech packages have been upgraded for this new model.
The bad: Power delivery is poor. Menu system borders on being too complex.
The bottom line: The 2012 Hyundai Veloster's wimpy engine can't back up its sports-car looks. Fortunately, there's plenty of good cabin tech to keep drivers and passengers entertained.
The good: The Acer Aspire Z5571 offers respectable performance and a strong feature set for its price, including HDMI input and output jacks.
The bad: This system's biggest faults are its cumbersome design and uninspired touch software.
The bottom line: Acer's Aspire Z5571 isn't the most polished all-in-one, but with an able balance of performance and features for the dollar, it offers enough value to entice anyone in need of a basic computer with home entertainment versatility.
The good: The Arriva Leo is a relatively lightweight wireless Bluetooth headphone that fits securely on your head and is designed for sports activities (it's water- and sweat-resistant). It also has a built-in microphone for making calls.
The bad: The "hard" earbuds won't be comfortable for all ears, and the battery life is shorter than we'd like.
The bottom line: If you like the round-the-head fit, the unique design of the Arriva Leo makes it worthy of consideration for joggers and other active listeners.
The good: Thanks to its Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, Nokia's Lumia 710 provides plenty of power for both fun and productive uses. It has a smooth and engaging user interface, satisfying photo quality, and 720p HD video, all in a compact and affordable package.
The bad: The Lumia 710's all-plastic construction doesn't scream luxury and its small physical buttons are stiff and often tough to press. The handset also lacks a front-facing camera, so video chat is out of the question.
The bottom line: The $49.99 Nokia Lumia 710 is an excellent way to get the growing capabilities of a Windows Mango smartphone for a rock-bottom price. Though it isn't an Android superphone with a luscious AMOLED display, it's a practical device that covers all the mobile bases.