Weekly Roundup: April 19, 2013

This week, we checked out Samsung's latest flagship plasma TV and one of its induction ranges, a toy-like camera from Pentax, and a purple pair of Philips headphones.

The Roundup

For nearly 15 years, has put thousands of products to the test, all to help consumers buy, use, and understand electronics and appliances. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.

Samsung F8500 Plasma TV Review


Samsung’s flagship TV is a perfect argument for the superiority of plasma technology. The F8500 ($2,699-$4,399) is the follow-up to our favorite TV of 2012, and it’s a phenomenal set. At the time of writing, it’s the best TV we’ve ever tested in our labs, with stunning picture quality, a beautiful design, and an excellent smart-TV platform. It’s an easy pick for our Editor’s Choice award.

Pentax Q10 Digital Camera Review

Compact system cameras are the talk of the camera world, but Pentax takes the category to a bizarre extreme with the Q series. The Q10 (MSRP $599) is the newest model in the lineup. Essentially, it’s a very well-built, very expensive toy camera system—yes, it has interchangeable lenses, but you get point-and-shoot image quality for the price of a DSLR. This is a niche camera if we’ve ever seen one.

Samsung NE597N0PBSR Induction Range Review

We’ve spent the past few weeks testing induction ranges, and loved what we saw. The Samsung NE597N0PBSR (MSRP $2,399) is among the best we saw, and wins our Editor’s Choice award. It’s not exactly cheap, but for the level of performance that it offers, it’s an induction bargain.

Philips Downtown CitiScape Headphone Review


The Philips Downtown CitiScapes (MSRP $99) are the purplest headphones we’ve ever reviewed, but that’s the only dazzling thing about them. On the plus side, they feature a great no-tangle cord, a handy remote, and a statement look. However, they aren’t quite comfortable enough, portable enough, or durable enough, and their audio performance is nothing to go crazy for.

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