For over 10 years, Reviewed.com has put thousands of products to the test, all for the sake of the informed purchase. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.
Mourn the death of the paper book if you must, but those who truly love the written word appreciate the eReader's contributions to preventing the death of literature. Since 2007, the Amazon Kindle has encouraged reading with its unique paper-esque screen and instant bookstore. The newest Kindle model, the PaperWhite, stands on the shoulders of the giants that came before it adding a 25% more contrast, 62% more pixels, new fonts, and a back light into this fantastic eReader.
As we trot towards the home stretch of 2012, our TV gurus get down to it and decide what flagship TV rules them all. We tested all the tremendous competitors, but the Samsung E8000 plasma took them all down, including its more expensive and newer LED brother. Scoring well in almost every category, it's an incredible TV. But how much better is it than the competitors? We break it down, punch for punch, picture for picture.
Yes, you may be able to pick up a mini-fridge for free on the side of the road after move-out day, but, uh, we wouldn't recommend it. If you've made the mistake of arriving at college sans fridge, we've tested and compared a handful of compact beer de-warming machines using the same scrupulous care we give to the full-figured fridges. Adding an icebox to your office, dorm room, or garage is easier with guidance, and we are here to guide.
The Canon dominance in advanced compact camera category ended when the Sony RX100 came on the scene. With the Samsung EX2F, it's now clear that the advanced compact camera segment has plenty of worthy options, even if most are a peg below the new leader. At $499 (a healthy $150 cheaper than the spectacular RX100) the EX2F showed super-sharp images, a great swiveling LCD display, and WiFi connectivity. An improvement over its predecessor, the EX1, we give this camera our stamp of approval.
Funded on Kickstarter by the endless generosity of the interweb, the California Headphone Company's slick Laredo is a good looking headphone with an interesting back story. Unfortunately, its looks are superior to its sound. Despite big audio issues (the high end of guitars and pianos might sound strangely muffled, for instance), the $100 Laredo isn't all bad. It's durable, handsome, and does still work. Depending on how you use your 'phones, this may not be the headset for you, but keep your ears open to this new audio company in the future.