back to Logo usat smarthome 3d00d0583dd95af3f7ce8dd6c5b121640f13c9e2513cef3241fb16a5d3f4960d
Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86 Weekly Roundup: April 26, 2013

This week, we looked at a mid-range Panasonic plasma that punches above its weight class, an excellent Olympus waterproof camera, a high-end LG fridge, a sturdy, affordable grill, and wrote about Earth Day.

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.

Panasonic ST60 Television Review


A breathtaking machine, Panasonic’s ST60 series (MSRP $2,599) is the company’s mid-tier plasma entry for 2013, but it performs like a higher-end set. Its deep black level, strong color accuracy, and wide viewing angle make it a winning choice for your living room. While its features and internal processing power are somewhat lacking, the rest of the technology is some of the most impressive we’ve seen in years.

Olympus TG-2 Digital Camera Review

The Olympus TG-2 (MSRP $379.99) improves upon last year’s TG-1, which was already the best adventure cam of 2012. The TG-2’s waterproofing has been extended down to 50 feet, and Olympus added a new zoom system called Microscopic Macro. The f/2 lens (rare among cameras less than $500) delivered some high-quality images that place the camera in direct competition with Pentax’s macro-oriented WG series. We still need to review most of the other new waterproof cameras this year, but the TG-2 is an early favorite.

LG LFX33975ST Refrigerator Review

LG’s new LFX33975ST (MSRP $3499.99) features an unprecedented 33 cubic feet of storage. While this may be a bonus for some homeowners, the added size strains its performance: The fridge compartment ran just slightly too warm. All in all, though, it’s one of the better big and expensive fridges we’ve tested, so if you’re willing to drop $3,500, you will not be disappointed.

Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D Gas Grill Review


While not short on design flubs, the DGP350NP-D has a “highbrow” attitude with a heavy stainless steel exterior, sturdy food trays, and strong performance—all at an affordable price of $249. The preheating performance was stellar. While it’s easy to move, you still won’t be lugging it to any tailgating events.

Earth Day Series: Gadgets and the Environment

In honor of Earth Day, we took a look at the environmental significance of the various gadgets, gizmos, and appliances we all use and love. From pollutant solutions to efficiency marketing, the four-day series is an interesting read for tech nerds and environmentalists alike.

Be in the know! Get news and reviews straight to your inbox.

Thanks for signing up!