Reviewed Weekly Roundup: June 28, 2013

All the week's best reviews and roundups, including the best TV money can buy, coverage from CE Week in New York, and a phenomenal Bosch dishwasher.


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

Bosch SHE8PT55UC Dishwasher Review

The Bosch SHE8PT55UC (MSRP $1,499) is the company’s new flagship dishwasher, and one of the best dishwashers on the market today. With adjustable racks, a third rack for silverware, interior lighting, and even a full-color LCD display, the only thing that’s missing is the proverbial kitchen sink. Washing performance is excellent, too, decimating just about any food stain we threw at it. It’s an easy pick for our Editor’s Choice award.

Panasonic ZT60 Plasma TV Review

Every kingdom needs a king, and it comes to true television royalty, the best picture quality reigns. The Panasonic ZT60 (MSRP $3,499-$4,099) is the new king of home theaters everywhere. Picture quality is simply the best there is—even better than the legendary Pioneer Kuro. If you want the blackest of blacks, the truest of colors, and the power to control such an elegant, efficacious machine at the swipe of a finger, the ZT60 is ready to shine its majesty throughout your living room.

Olympus PEN E-P5 Digital Camera Review

The Olympus camera lineup is getting pretty crowded. With just $400 separating the buy-in prices for their entry-level and flagship offerings, buyers are spoiled with choice. Now comes the **PEN E-P5 (MSRP $1,449 w/ 17mm f/1.8 lens), matching the kit price of the top-end OM-D E-M5. It’s an excellent camera, with great picture quality and retro-inspired design. But its sturdier, viewfinder-equipped brother will better serve most photographers.

GE Targets Millennials with New Appliance Lineup

Some might think that appliances aimed at buyers between the ages of 25 and 34 should feature high-tech interfaces and social media connections. But GE is pretty confident their minimalist, retro Artistry kitchen appliances are more in line with what younger homeowners want. How are they so sure? They put a 27-year-old in charge of the design process. The chrome handles, shiny finishes, analog clocks, rounded edges, and black-or-white-only are reminiscent of a bygone era—is it the key to future success?

Coverage from CE Week in New York trekked to CE Week in New York City, covering the latest in consumer electronics. It’s a mid-year show, so it was light on big announcements. But we did see some pretty cool gadgets, like app-controlled, multicolored light bulbs, and some new smart-home tech.

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