Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on Samsung's bid to rule the world, on the many pieces of the Samsung Group, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung gets plenty of press for its phones, but TV is how it made its mark as a high-end consumer brand.
The company often points to its Bordeaux line of LCD TVs (the ones with curved bottom edges reminiscent of a wine glass) from 2006 as an example of its design chops. Since then, … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on Samsung's bid to rule the world, on the many pieces of the Samsung Group, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, and on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon.
GUMI, South Korea -- I stood behind a woman wearing what looked like oven mitts, watching as she picked up a Samsung smartphone and brushed the display with a sort of wand, using slow, gentle strokes.
Then she zapped the phone with a stun gun. … Read more
With a reasonable $1,399 sticker price, the LG Smart ThinQ Single Oven Range with Infrared Grill LRE3027ST incorporates new technology along with features you'd find in a traditional freestanding range and oven. In some cases, this LG takes those predictable elements and adds some flair and utility, such as a pair of dual-element burners for rapid boiling, and an infrared broiler. It's also one of the first large cooking appliances on the market with smartphone connectivity.
Unfortunately, glitches with the app and less-than-useful features mean the LG's smart functions aren't really enough to set this … Read more
A name like JetForce inspires high expectations. It conveys power, performance, and excellence, at least in my mind. Unfortunately, the Panasonic MC-UL429 JetForce Bagless Upright vacuum falls short of the mark.
Priced at $148, the MC-UL429 is the newest member of Panasonic’s line of MC-UL vacuums, all of which boast the same JetForce technology and hourglass-shaped bin. This particular model, available exclusively at Walmart, failed to wow me the way I’d hoped it would.
Performing in the bottom half of six of the nine tests we scored, the Panasonic failed to impress, even for its budget-friendly price. It’… Read more
According to the company history, the Hoover vacuum cleaner brand began in 1907 when Murray Spangler, an asthmatic inventor/night janitor, invented a primitive suction sweeper to help him breathe while he did his work. W.H. Hoover bought the patent soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. Full story here.
It seems that, true to Spangler's original intent, the Hoover vacuum's strong suit is fine particulate carpet debris. In our sand/sawdust tests, the $179 Hoover performed admirably, picking up the most particulate weight on low-pile carpet, coming in a close second on mid-pile, … Read more
With a $119.99 sticker price, the Dirt Devil Dash Upright Vacuum is the cheapest vacuum cleaner we've looked at by more than $50. Unfortunately, it seems that to some extent, you get what you pay for when buying a vacuum, at least in the sub-$200 category. This Dirt Devil was the bottom performer in five of the nine tests we scored and was never in the top half. It performed reasonably well with pet hair on both mid-pile and low-pile carpet, but performed so poorly with the other debris types that we can't recommend this vacuum, … Read more
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I went into vacuum cleaner testing expecting price to directly correlate with performance. I'm not sure why I cling to this assumption when other tests have proven otherwise time and time again. The Bissell PowerGlide Deluxe Pet Vacuum proved to be a contender alongside the $399-plus models we tested, even though it boasts a sticker price of $179.99.
Originally, I expected the Dyson vacuums to outperform the pack by large swaths. I have since come to see Dyson vacuums as status symbols more than anything. They perform well, certainly, but they cost an arm and a leg and … Read more
The Dyson DC40 Origin is the least expensive model in the Dyson line of upright vacuums. It's a sleek-looking vacuum with all of the attributes you expect from a Dyson product such as the ball technology and bright coloring, a yellow-orange in the case of the DC40. The DC40 performed well enough, but we have some concerns about its overall durability, concerns you shouldn't have with a $399 vacuum.