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Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Sharp LC-52LE820UN Is a Good but Pricey HDTV

The Sharp Aquos LC-52LE820UN offers good image quality, above-average audio, and energy efficiency, but it has serious shortcomings, and it's pricey for its screen-size class.

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Vizio XVT553SV Is an HDTV Bargain

The Vizio XVT553SV delivers solid image quality and a good collection of Internet features at an outstanding price.

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Sony Bravia KDL-52NX800 HDTV: Design Weaknesses Detract From Solid Image Quality

The Bravia 52NX800 delivers respectable audio/video quality, integrated Wi-Fi and a ton of Internet features, but suffers from annoying design issues.

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Logitech Revue: Lots to Like and Dislike in This Google TV Box

We like the keyboard-equipped remote, the desktop-caliber browser, and the cool videoconferencing--but this pricey set-top box is slow, and its searches can be confusing.

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Samsung LN46C650 HDTV: Great Image Quality at a Low Price

The Samsung LN46C650 is a dream come true for budget minded buyers who seek solid image quality in a connected HDTV with advanced features.

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Samsung Series 8 UN55C8000: An Outstanding HDTV

The Samsung UN55C8000 delivers excellent video and audio, plus a ton of well-designed Internet and media player features--for a hefty fee.

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Quicken Gets a Web-Inspired Overhaul

The 2011 editions of Intuit's popular personal finance program sport many improvements inspired by Quicken's online sibling, Mint.com. But perhaps the biggest selling point is a huge increase in the number of financial institutions that let you download transaction data.

PayPal Alternatives That Let You Shop Around

These online payment services have their own pros and cons, but they give users frustrated with PayPal new options for making personal and business transactions.

QuickBooks 2011 Adds Mobile and Web Access

The latest version of Intuit's small-business accounting software includes a simplified setup process as well as useful but costly smartphone and online access.

Sony Dash: Beyond an Alarm Clock

The Sony Dash reinvents the tabletop gadget, delivering lots of Internet content as well as traditional radio alarm-clock features, but its price and its lack of a full browser might put off potential buyers.

New Roku XDS Media Streamer: Modest Upgrades

The latest Roku Internet media streamers--led by the Roku XDS--are small and slim, and some offer 1080p, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB support. But the new features will matter only to some.

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Wilson Electronics Sleek Pumps Up Cell Phone Reception

The Wilson Electronics Sleek provides an affordable means of improving cell signal reception for people who make lots of calls while driving.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an HDTV

From the sneaky salespeople to the misleading movie demos, buying a new HDTV can be tough. Here's how to see through the in-store demo tricks and save money on the set that's right for you.

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player: Versatile, but Lacks Polish

Seagate delivers a full-featured media streamer at an affordable price, but it's not quite as polished as the WD TV Live Plus.

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