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7:57 PM

Asus Transformer Prime review: The best Android tablet yet?

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CNET Reviews Android Atlas Asus Transformer Prime review: The best Android tablet yet? Eric Franklin by Eric Franklin December 2, 2011 5:29 PM PST Follow @nidopal The Asus Transformer Prime connected to its keyboard dock. Never has a purple(ish) tablet looked so sexy.

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Since the launch of theiPad 2, I've been waiting for the Asus Transformer Prime. While I didn't know it existed until a few months ago, just the thought of a powerful, robust, and sexyAndroidtablet has invaded my dreams for months now.

Well, maybe not my dreams, but at least my thoughts. The moment tablets start invading my dreams is the moment I'll know I'm spending too much time with tablets.

So, is Transformer Prime the tablet of my dreams thoughts? Its quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU definitely gets me excited, but it takes more than just raw speed to truly impress. Thoughtful design as well as well-implemented and useful features don't hurt either.

Throw in that intangible, "it just feels right" quality and you could be truly on the road to something special. Something that could be considered the best in its category.

Check out the Transformer Prime's full review to see how we considered it.

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Eric Franklin Eric Franklin is senior editor covering monitors and tablets and also manages CNET's San Francisco testing lab. When not reviewing the latest products in his categories, he's usually gaming, system building (you know, desktop PCs), working out, or imagining himself as one of an interchangeable cadre of super-powered individuals performing really cool-looking actions in slow motion.

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3:47 PM

Give your homely headlamp a sexy makeover

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CNET News Crave Give your homely headlamp a sexy makeover Amanda Kooser by Amanda Kooser December 2, 2011 12:57 PM PST Follow @akooser Princeton Tec Spectrum Fuel headlampYour "True Colors" are shining through.

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Headlamps are undeniably useful, but they are typically dull-looking entities with an emphasis on function rather than fashion. That's changing with Princeton Tec's Spectrum program for customizable headlamps.

Princeton Tec gave me the opportunity to customize a $35 Fuel light. I could have gone with something tasteful, like black and gray. Instead, I went '80s retro with a mix of pink, green, yellow, orange, and blue. It's the Cyndi Lauper of headlamps.

The online design tool is simple and accurate. (Click to enlarge.)

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The Fuel has four LEDs that spit out 43 lumens. There are three brightness settings and a flashing setting. It runs on three AAA batteries and goes for up to 146 hours.

The headlamps are hand-assembled in the U.S. to your color specifications. The online design process gives you a very accurate idea of what the final product will look like.

There are 10 colors to choose from, ranging from screaming orange to subdued gray. You can select different colors for each individual part, including the body, battery door, end cap, and bracket.

Currently, the Fuel headlamp is available to customize, but the stronger $45 Remix is expected to be added soon. A non-customized Fuel costs $30, so you're looking at a $5 premium to choose your own colors.

Princeton Tec didn't leave out the social media tie-ins. You can Facebook and Twitter your design so that all of your spelunking friends can be envious or deride your fashion sense.

Sporting the Fuel headlampI'm ready to lead an expedition to the Mountains of Madness now. Anyone want to join me?

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One of the biggest advantages of having a color-customized headlamp is that nobody else will accidentally pick it up. The pink monstrosity I created doesn't look like anyone else's.

Since it arrived in the mail, the Spectrum Fuel has been pressed into use to search for a lost dog, fix a cracked pipe under the bathroom sink, and locate a baking pan hidden far back in kitchen storage. It's comfortable and plenty bright for these sorts of uses.

I know I should be doing more glamorous headlamp things like exploring cave systems, discovering urban tunnels, and launching expeditions to the Mountains of Madness.

I consulted with my brother, an actual research caver in New Mexico, about headlamps. He owns both the Fuel and the Remix headlamps in regular colors. The more powerful Remix gets the most use when he's working underground. Keep that in mind when you're deciding which model to customize.

Amanda Kooser Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto. Amanda is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive.

Follow @akooser Topics: Fashion, Lifestyle, Geek culture Tags: Fuel, LED, Princeton Tec, headlamp, Remix, Spectrum

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