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Now the Rubik's Cube can taunt you in mini-fridge form, too. / ThinkGeek

This week at Reviewed.com, we got to test the mettle of a variety of home appliances and gizmos. How did they fare? Well, some, like the Sony KDL55W800B TV and the Samsung DW80H9930US dishwasher performed splendidly, with the Sony TV earning our Editor's Choice Award. The JVC HA-S400 headphones were a qualified success: They looked sleek and sounded good enough-for their low price. Scraping the bottom of the barrel, the Hisense 32H3 LED TV fell flat on its face in all of our core tests.

Over in the news and features department, we examined a few innovative solutions for global problems. Those included a simple tea kettle that could save millions in energy costs, a water filter that has the potential to deliver clean water to all, and a look at what may be the future of food: Plastics. Among the less serious, but still intriguing stories were geeky fridges and an online database for GIF addicts.

This simple kettle could save millions in energy costs

Each time you pour too much water in a tea kettle, you're inadvertently wasting electricity and water. It might not seem like much, but those minuscule expenditures add up to millions in energy costs. Fortunately, a new kettle has a solution to this seemingly minor problem. The KTTL kettle allows you to easily measure the right amount of water to boil. It's so simple, we wonder why no one thought of it before.

Sony KDL-55W800B on the cusp of bargain and posh

The W800B is a hidden gem in Sony's 2014 lineup. It outperforms some of its fancier cousins, but at a considerably cheaper price. If you don't have need for some of the extraneous features you might shell out for in a high-end TV-such as mounted cameras or touchpad controllers-this TV will seem like a real steal.

New filter could bring water to everyone on Earth

With global water scarcity on the rise, providing clean water for all is becoming an increasingly demanding challenge. Fortunately, a little Swiss engineering may go a long way. The DrinkPure is an inexpensive new water filter designed by students in Zurich. All you need to do is screw the filter onto a plastic bottle filled with non-potable water and squeeze to drink. The filter instantly removes bacteria, viruses, pollutants, odors, and more. With any luck, this Swiss marvel might provide clean water to millions.

WaterWall dishwasher may be the one to save your dishes

Samsung's WaterWall technology blew us away earlier this year, but it was only available in a high-end washer with a steep price tag of more than $1,500. Luckily, the new DW80H9930US brings the revolutionary dish-cleaning tech to a far more reasonable price point. Considering everything it offers, this is one formidable dishwasher.

The food of the future? Just one word: Plastics

Plastics: What can't they do? Well, now they're being proposed as part of a futuristic diet. With scientists searching for new, sustainable food sources to feed an ever-growing global populace, plastic could one day be adapted to become edible and even nutritious. But while the future of food is looking increasingly synthetic, you'll still be able to eat a steak-at least occasionally.

Kenmore dryer is a great middle-ground

If you plan on shopping for a new dryer at Sears anytime soon, the latest Kenmore dryer might be right up your alley. Most notably, it can balance raw power and finesse: The Delicates cycle dried clothes to an iron-able condition without surpassing 108Ā°F. Though it isn't perfect, its excellent price-to-performance ratio makes this a viable option for those on a budget.

Pop cultureā??themed mini-fridges are great for geeks

Mini-fridges, a staple of dorm rooms across the country, are getting a culturally aware facelift. Nerd-friendly website ThinkGeek has created ones with designs that reference beloved pop culture icons, like the Rubik's Cube and Star Trek's Borg ship. While mini-fridges generally aren't useful for storing much else besides canned beverages, at least these ones look cool.

These JVC headphones are the belle of the bargain bin

If you're searching for cheap, high-performance headphones, there are a slew of in-ear options available. But if you seek those qualities in a pair of on-ear cans, your search will be much more difficult. Thankfully, the JVC HA-S400s offer respectable audio and chic design at just under $40. While it retains many of the flaws common to cheap on-ear headphones (including occasional discomfort and poor isolation), for its price it's quite rewarding.

New site gives GIF addicts their fix in a jiffy

While IMDb offers notable quotes and trivia for an exhaustive list of movies, it's missing one thing: actual video clips of those quotes. Now, a new site called Quotacle is offering just that, along with the ability to create GIFs of these memorable moments to send to your friends. The site's library of titles already includes quotable favorites like Anchorman and Pulp Fiction, for those instances when milk was a bad choice.

Hisense entry-level TV scrapes bottom of the barrel

Unless your only criteria for a new LED TV is that it's the cheapest option available, you'd do well to steer clear of the Hisense 32H3. It is certainly inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. This TV performed abysmally in all of our tests, and doesn't make up for it with any other notable features or design elements.

Dynamite deals: 5 TVs perfect for your dorm room

While August generally conjures images of beaches and vacations, it also means that the start of the school year is right around the corner. For those lulls between intense study sessions, we've compiled a list of five affordable but impressive TVs that will fit comfortably in your sardine can of a dorm room. Among our picks are a couple Samsung models, a fantastic entry-level Vizio, and an oddball TV from Seiki that's ideal for retro video game fans.



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