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.
For the past couple weeks, we've been tiptoeing around the most expensive TV we've ever tested. For $6,000, you pay for Sharp Elite's most trumpeted characteristic, its contrast, made by the darkest blacks available (seriously, these blacks were darker than some LCDs switched off). But while many consider this contrast as the golden standard of image quality, we value color accuracy and consistency higher. To that end this TV is good, but not great, and certainly not worth six grand.
Since the beginning of the Swedish Invasion, Americans have been deeply in love with Ikea's 10,000-piece-puzzles, often making up 90% of some houses' furniture. Ikea's attempt at the American refrigerator market includes all the classic touches: the efficient--though sterile to some--euro design and ease of use, without the cheeky some assembly required bit. But in our lab, the Dåtid ISC23CDEXY01 (great name guys) underperformed, showed ruthless inefficiency, failing to justify the $1,899 price tag.
If you're not willing to drop a few thousand on a Viking, Jenn-Air, or Wolf gas range, we think this KitchenAid could be a solid gas substitute. At $1,650, this upper-mid range, uh, range may not have the monolithic price-is-no-object look with its back panel, but it received great marks in our tests for oven temperature consistency and boiling. The only real issue we found with it was its rather impotent broiler. But it's better to use a grill anyway.
While we enjoyed playing with the Sharp we mentioned, the LG 50PM9700 smoked it, and with a price tag $4,300 lower. We especially liked the motion control, the smart TV platform, the wide viewing angle, and thought it had a generally good picture quality. While the color wasn't as good as the flagship Samsung and Panasonic, and 3D wasn't as good as its own LED TVs, this LG got a lot of stuff right and is a great deal.
A staple in the hand-rolled cigarette and snug-denim community, the very hip retro looking Koss PortaPros have long been the preferred instrument to enjoy the crackly sounds of Velvet Underground LPs. For less than $50, these headphones offer good portable audio at a low price, allowing broke singer-songwriters to hear themselves on something better than Apple iPhone 3G Headphones. But naturally, price, comfort, portability, and decent sound results are nothing compared to the fact that they've stayed trendy since the 50s.