But Cree might have some legitimate competition in Switch, a small … Read more
If you've thus far been resisting the urge to run out and replace your incandescent light bulbs with something more efficient, you won't be able to resist much longer, as rising efficiency standards will render 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs obsolete come January 1, 2014. This means that once existing stocks of common incandescent bulbs are sold out, they'll be gone for good, leaving you with a new generation of halogen, CFL, and LED lights to choose from.
Fortunately, bulb technology has taken some big strides in recent years, leading to higher quality lights at increasingly affordable … Read more
UPDATE: The SlimStyle LED is available now at HomeDepot.com for a price of $9.97 per bulb. It arrives in stores March 1st.
Consumers looking for new lights in wake of the looming phase-out of 40- and 60-watt incandescents are going to have a new option next month, as today Philips introduced their new SlimStyle 60-watt replacement LED.
Using just 10.5 watts to give off 800 lumens, the SlimStyle LED offers the usual upgrade in energy efficiency, but the true story is the shape of the thing. Unlike traditional bulbs, it's flat, with a string of LEDs … Read more
The very first Zu speaker I ever heard was a Druid IV, and it bowled me over! There was a rare vitality to the sound. That was back in 2007, and every Zu speaker I've tested since then has been remarkable. The Druid V is not only a significant advance over any Zu I've tested, it's the best speaker I've heard at home this year.
The Druid V is a 50-inch-tall floor-standing loudspeaker, and it's bolted to an immaculately finished, machined aluminum base. The speaker sports the latest version of Zu's 10.3-inch full-range … Read more
At the start of this year, rising efficiency standards mandated an end to the manufacture of 75-watt incandescent lights -- putting out less than 15 lumens per watt just doesn't cut it anymore. Fortunately, LED bulbs are looking brighter than ever, with many energy-efficient options offering light outputs comparable to their incandescent predecessors.
Cree's just-announced 75-watt replacement LED is the latest offering for homeowners looking for better brightness, and after spending some time with one, I'm convinced that Cree has yet another winner on its hands. The bulb carries the familiar design of other Cree lights, with … Read more
Blenders are fun, but buying the wrong one is anything but. With countless models available at a wide range of price points, it can be hard to tell the upgrades from the downgrades. Are more watts always better? How much does the shape of the jar matter? Could a top-of-the-line blender be the smartest upgrade you'll ever make? The dumbest?
If your head spins just thinking about it, don't worry -- our handy blender roundup will help you find the perfect machine for your needs, whether you're looking to spend $50 or $500.
There's a large middle ground between cheaply made budget blenders and all-powerful, all-expensive, heavy-duty ones, and this is where you'll find the Cuisinart PowerEdge 1000 Watt Blender. Priced at $199, it aims for the sweet spot: its high wattage and sturdy, die-cast construction qualify it as a worthy upgrade from basic countertop models, but its price leaves it affordable enough to make sense for the frugal shopper.
Microwave ovens are perhaps the most sophisticated piece of technology you'll find in an average kitchen, yet they get next to no respect. They're seen as a culinary shortcut, and they carry a connotation of compromise, the sense that the meal you're making will be more convenient than it will be delicious. Cooking with a microwave feels a bit like using a cheat code. You might successfully make dinner, but you're not going to feel especially proud of yourself.
Today's microwaves are trying to change that perception, offering higher wattage, bigger capacities, fancy new cooking … Read more
The "Spinal Tap" reference to the volume control that goes to "11" notwithstanding, there's a lot of confusion surrounding volume controls. There shouldn't be; the volume control setting has nothing to do with how loud an amp can play. Some folks mistakenly think that if you don't have to turn the knob up very far from the minimum setting to achieve high volume, that "proves" it's a powerful amp. No, not at all; the maximum volume level of any amp is determined not by how far you turn the knob, … Read more