Weekly Tech Roundup: August 30, 2013

We tested an affordable 32-inch LG TV, the 2013 Range Rover Supercharged, the exceptional Panasonic Lumix GX7, and more.

For nearly 15 years, has tested thousands of products all to help consumers buy, use, and understand electronics, appliances, and now cars. Here's what we tested this week.

LG 32LN530B TV Review

A winner of our editor’s choice badge, the LG 32LN530B (MSRP $349) deserves respect for its accurate color gamut and motion performance. It'd be great in a dorm room or other cozy living situation. Of course, it’s an entry-level display and has its share of shortcomings, including black levels that border on grey. But it's one of our favorite low-end models that we've seen this year.


Panasonic Lumix GX7 Review

For a such a feature-heavy Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix GX7 (MSRP $1,099) is extremely well designed, with excellent ergonomics, and perhaps the first retro-inspired design from the Panasonic G series. It's aimed squarely at enthusiast shooters, and should land a bullseye, with excellent quality, great control, and a nice feature set including a full video suite, plus NFC and WiFi connectivity. It easily lands our editor's choice award.

2013 Range Rover Supercharged Review

As high-end as it is, the 2013 Range Rover was designed as an off-road vehicle—a fact most noted by the 510-hp supercharged V8 engine. While you may scoff at the starting price of $83,545 for an off-roader, this thing can certainly handle rough terrain. The recent additions of automated parallel parking and terrain response selection were nice, but the dashboard tech lacks the refinement of other luxury (and even economy) brands.

Frigidaire Professional FPHS2699PF Refrigerator Review

Another Editor’s Choice winner, the Frigidaire FPHS2699PF (MSRP $1,699) is sleek, efficient, and consistent—three traits you should expect from any decent refrigerator. It fared poorly in our moisture retention tests, but boasted impeccable temperature consistency, especially for a side-by-side fridge. The price is nothing to write home about, but we found it for as low as $1,400 online—certainly fair considering its strong design and performance scores.


More Than TV: The OLED Display Revolution

This week we took a deeper look at one of the most promising technologies in consumer tech: OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes). While primarily used for TVs and camera screens, the flexible nature of OLED means it could eventually be used for foldable, scroll-like tablets, displays, tools, and even clothing. As an added bonus, OLED boasts superior color performance, sharpness, motion control, and luminance to traditional LCD and plasma devices. It truly is a game-changing technology.

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