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Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Even with a recent rash of recalls, Toyota (along with Scion and Lexus) is still near near the top of CR's reliability chart.
General Motors has improved considerably, though Honda and Toyota still dominate in the latest predicted-reliability Ratings of new cars, according to Consumer Reports 2010 Annual Auto Survey. While some GM nameplates had been among the least reliable brands in past years, they now rank above some major European competitors such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. As a company, GM is still a ways from the top when it comes to reliability-the major Asian automakers, including Honda and Toyota, are still out in front.
In the new survey, based on 1.3 million vehicles, 90 percent of Fords, including Lincoln models, have at least average reliability. Despite recent safety recalls, Toyota models, including those from Scion and Lexus, remained among the most reliable and earned top scores in five vehicle categories: small cars (Yaris), midsized SUVs (FJ Cruiser), luxury SUVs (Lexus LX), minivans (Sienna V6, FWD), and full-size pickups (Tundra V6). Honda and Acura are among the top four brands along with Porsche and Scion, with their models topping five vehicle categories-upscale cars (Acura TL, FWD), luxury cars (Acura RL), small SUVs (CR-V), upscale compact SUVs (Acura RDX) and compact pickups (Ridgeline).
Hyundai and Kia continued to do well, with only one model, the Kia Sedona minivan, rated below average.
Subaru had a good record overall, with a top rating going to the four-cylinder Legacy sedan and the non-turbo version of the Forester SUV. Six of Mercedes-Benz's 13 models were below average, and the GLK SUV was far below average.
Predicted reliability is Consumer Reports' forecast of how well models currently on sale are likely to hold up. On rare occasions Consumer Reports make predictions for a newly redesigned model, but only if previous versions had outstanding reliability.
Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey Reliability Ratings are unrelated to Consumer Reports vehicle road-test results, but are a key factor in determining whether or not Consumer Reports recommends a car.
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The automaker has also fixed squeaks and rattles that consumers reported last year with the Lexus IS 250 convertible. The K350 appears well built, with significant heft, and shows good looks to boot: "well built, with a classy rich look", "very nice looking keyboard", "high quality of manufacture", "Very good build quality","Logitech has made a fine, quality product in this one","I really like this keyboard.
The plague of wireless keyboards is poor wireless connectivity, but the Wave operates well in wireless mode for almost all users: "never has missed a key press", "no problems with loss of connection", "I was concerned at first about the reach the absolutely tiny usb dongle supplied with the keyboard would have, but I'm typing a good 10 feet from where it's plugged in and everything works perfectly. Reviewers are pleased with how easy the K350 is to set up, a task that is not always easy with wireless keyboards: "plug the tiny USB adapter into your computer, and it is instantly set", "set up was as simple as inserting the unifying receiver and making sure the keyboard's batteries made contact", "Logitech software to pair the keyboard to my already existing adapter was easy to use and worked the first time", "Simple simple simple installation","Good documentation and online help", "it took less than 5 minutes to download and install. Some RSI users actually rate the K350 high: "I have nerve damage starting from my neck down to my fingers. However, to other users, it is clear that the K350 represents a compromise between ergonomics for RSI and standard look-and-feel.
A small minority of users has issues with the keys, finding them slightly narrow, too mushy or too stiff, or, in general, not suited to speed typing: "the keyboard was just not comfortable to type on. The K350 comes with a large number of programmable keys and functions, and surprisingly easy to use set-up software."all sorts of programmable keys on the top, which I use all the time","very easy to customize the keyboard to your liking", "very programmable. More than a few users would like to see a visual indicator to verify whether NumLock and Caps Lock are on or off.
Logitech shows the K350 are Mac-compatible, and it can indeed function on a Mac - but beware the fact that some programming functionality will not be available, particularly for programming keys: "I've read in some google searching, that this keyboard wouldn't completely work with a Mac.
The primary con for this keyboard is its size, not unduly large (about the same size as the Microsoft Comfort keyboard), but still large enough for some to complain about it: "it's large and a little on the heavy side, 19 x 10 inches, so it can hog desk space and is not easy tossed aside", "big - because of the wave shape and extra programmable keys, as well as the wrist rest, this keyboard is very large. Wireless keyboard have a hard time with backlighting, since they are typically battery powered.
The K350 is one of those rare products with an outstanding customer satisfaction index. Better than the anecdotal evidence provided by these great user reviews, the K350 shows excellent feedback statistics, with 84% positive reviews and a likely error of up to 6% ( 125 positive reviews over 148 total, across Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect and the Logitech home site). We recommend the Logitech Wave K350 wireless ergonomic keyboard to any user without significant, established RSI issues, with the understanding that, based on your personal dimensions and usage patterns, it may or may not be a perfect fit, but that it is statistically likely to work well with you. In the past sections, after reviewing the general results of the ammunition survey, we analyzed them in detail by categories. Across all centerfire calibers, the 7.62x39 Soviet is the cheapest, in all senses of the word. Among varmint calibers, the 223 Remington is over 50% cheaper to shoot than its alternatives.
Among the 7mm calibers below .30, the 270 Winchester is the least expensive to shoot, and the 7mm Remington Magnum, more expensive, also carries more punch, as much range, and more recoil. Of the medium bores, the 338 Winchester Magnum is the only choice for availability, but, surprisingly, shows very high cost in the category. Among the large bores, the only rounds with good availability are the 45-70 Government (great in brush and for any game in the US) and the 375 H&H Magnum, a cartridge with a long African and European history, the smallest of the large bores but also the most successful - the first truly universal cartridge able to be able to tackle any game on the planet.
These recommendations are specifically made with cost of ownership and availability as primary criteria, and are based on the ammunition survey.
The big bore cartridges, like the medium bores, count very few rounds with significant availability, making a selection of obvious winners easy.
Among the "African" big bores suited to any game worldwide, the clear winner is the 375 H&H Magnum (often classified as a medium bore), with broad general availability and a wide selection of SKUs to choose from. The big surprise of the African big bores is the 470 Nitro Express, fairly available with good selection, for a hefty but not unexpected price of $88 per box, almost double that of the 375 H&H Magnum. Among "American" big bores, the traditional 45-70 Government, ever popular, gathers the crown, with a box price of $47 (about the same as the 375 H&H) and broad cartridge availability. The medium bores constitute one of the weakest categories, with their own share of contradictions and surprises.
Despite the 338 Win Mag's excellent availability, its cost of $55 per box was actually one of the highest in the category, while practically all other cartridges in the category were significantly cheaper: this was the third surprise of the category.
The first big surprise of the category is to see the 7.62x39 Soviet lead the pack by a huge margin in affordability, with $7 per box.
The second surprise of the category is to see the excellent, but hard recoiling 300 Win Mag "Wonder 300" cartridge follow the 308 and the 30-06 in availability.
The Medium Game category is the most varied of all categories - ranging through the 6mm and the 7mm ranges.
As expected, the most available rounds in the category are the 243, the 270, beloved of Jack O'Connor, and the 7mm Rem Mag. The second surprise of the category is that the top three cartridges are not followed by the great old classics, i.e. The third surprise of the category is that the third tier of cartridges with good availability is composed of silent non-entities, the 270 WSSM, the 7mm WSM and the 280 Rem, decent in their own right but certainly not carrying any special charisma. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


Honda and Acura are also listed as producing highly reliable vehicles, with only the four-cylinder Accord and TSX receiving average ratings. Eighty-three percent of Chevrolets, General Motor's major brand, now have average or better scores in predicted reliability, up from 50 percent last year. All six new models for 2010 (Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Sonata, and Tucson; Kia Forte, Sorento, and Soul) had average or better reliability-an impressive first-year showing.
The Altima and Maxima sedans; the Murano and Pathfinder SUVs all rated average or better in predicted reliability.
While the BMW M3 topped the sporty cars category, the 1-, 3-, and 5-Series models with the 3.0-liter turbocharged (N54) engine had high problem rates related to the fuel system, among other gripes.
The survey was conducted in the spring of 2010 by Consumer Reports' National Survey Research Center and covered model years 2001 to 2010.
To calculate predicted-reliability ratings, CR averages the overall reliability scores (used car verdicts) for the most recent three model years, provided that the model remained unchanged in that period and also didn't substantially change for 2011. CR only recommends models that have performed well in tests conducted at its 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut, and that have average or better predicted reliability based on its annual survey.
It may not display this or other websites correctly.You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. At the same time, all of us who spend a lot of time on our computers would like to use a keyboard with good ergonomic design, which will delay if not prevent the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a common type of Repetitive Stress Injury ("RSI") among computer users.
It has a slight wave form across the keypad, which results in approximately 10 degrees of angle in the orientation of the left-hand vs. The feedback clearly shows that it works well for average users who are not deeply affected by RSI.
There are a large number of programmable keys, many pre-programmed, that allow you to customize the keyboard to the way you work. As a result, all keyboards always find a small number of users for whom layout is not optimal, or simply not what they expect. For a wireless keyboard, the issue is difficult to resolve, since a light will directly impact battery life for the keyboard: "in order for you to see that if caps-lock or num-lock are on, or to use the neat buttons on the sides (play music, etc) you need to have a program running in the background. If you're putting it on a keyboard tray, measure first.", "on the larger side, with the attached padding and miscellaneous buttons","the keyboard is loaded with programmable convenience keys, resulting in a large footprint. These are some of the conclusions drawn by its users: "Overall, if I needed to buy another keyboard today, I'd buy another one of these", "surprisingly excellent product","this is a keeper for me, and I am picky on my keyboards","it's comfortable, convenient, and customizable, which are really the only things you need when looking for a keyboard. The above chart displays all the cartridges that were mentioned in section conclusions, whether or not they were recommended.
The 17HMR and 22WMR, better options for small varmint hunting, are approximately three times more expensive to shoot, but still significantly cheaper than any centerfire option. For centerfire practice, we recommend the next most inexpensive cartridge, the 223 Remington, which, while a bit more expensive, is much more accurate and versatile.
The 7mm-08, although pricier, is an excellent alternative for shooters looking for low recoil. We can also look at the availability of rifle chamberings,  and derive similar conclusions from them. We were expecting to find good availability for the popular 416 Rigby, the 458 Lott, the 458 Winchester Magnum, and possibly the new 375 Ruger. Of course, this is not a round that one would expect to find in a small country store in the middle of the US.
There is only one truly available cartridge in that batch, the excellent but heavy recoiling 338 Winchester Magnum, with an expensive cost of $55 per box. The most cost effective round was the traditional 8x57, at $36 per box, followed by the 338 Federal and the unpopular but very good 9.3x62, both at $42 per box. The 8x57 and 9.3x62, both European cartridges, have a lot of history and are sensible cartridges. We decided that, primarily because of recoil and of CXP4 capability, it really belonged with the big bores as far as we were concerned. As expected, the 308 Winchester and the 30-06 Springfield lead the pack in availability, and are considered by all as prime candidates for the all around US rifle, being able to take pretty much any US game in reasonable conditions and with the right bullets. We were expecting to see the 30-30 well placed for that spot, but at $15 per box to $7 per box for the 7.62x39, it trails badly. Here again, we were expecting to see the 30-30, supposedly the cartridge that has killed the most deer in America. Following it far behind are the 300 WSM with 38 SKUs at $34 average per box, and the 300 H&H Mag at 13 SKUs and $32 average per box.
At the low end, it gathers rounds like the 243 which can also be used for varmint, while, at the high end, rounds like the 270 can go all the way up to elk and caribou.
Interestingly, none of these cartridges are really inexpensive, the lowest priced being the 270 at $18 per box, followed by the 243 at $23 and the 7mm Rem Mag at $27 (the most popular and the least expensive of all the magnums). However, at this time, because of the lack of reliable availability we do not recommend the 6.8mm SPC as a general medium game hunting cartridge.
The other cartridges in the category are not recommended due to low or spotty availability: 6mm Remington, 257 Weatherby Magnum (an excellent long range cartridge with very tolerable recoil), 260 Remington, 264 Winchester Mag, 270 Weatherby Magnum, and the 7mm Weatherby Magnum. Nissan had a strong showing despite the fact that its Cube, in the first year it has appeared in this report, received a below average score. Porsche and Volvo are near the top of the industry while Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi are among the worst.
First, GM's recent introductions, such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Equinox, Buick LaCrosse V6 (FWD), and Cadillac SRX, are proving reliable from the time they were launched.
Its quality renaissance has been led by the Fusion, a design that has been very reliable since its debut five years ago. The redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius, hurt by antilock brake problems on early vehicles, scored only average. The Titan had shown improvement in the last year or two, but both 2WD and 4WD versions have once again dropped to below average reliability. But Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are among the worst automakers overall in terms of reliability.
The new E-Class coupe, a wholly different car from the E-Class sedan, languished in the bottom ranks.
Volkswagen did better, with its Golf, formerly the Rabbit, doing very well and the various Jetta models scoring average or better.
Consumer Reports' expert team of statisticians and automotive engineers used the survey data to predict reliability of new 2011 models. If a model was new or redesigned in the past couple of years, one or two years' data may be used, or if that's all that's available. In addition, vehicles must perform at least adequately in government or insurance industry crash and rollover tests, if tested, and have electronic stability control (ESC) readily available in a mainstream high-volume trim line in order to be Recommended by Consumer Reports. Unfortunately, few keyboards, and even fewer ergonomic or wireless keyboards, get very good user feedback: there is too much individual fit required. Not for the Wave K350 though: "battery seems to last forever", "long battery life","to my surprise, after several months, it still shows fully charged batteries. But the curve of the keyboard and the height differences in the keys are not as pronounced as in those true ergonomic keyboards such as the Goldtouch or the Kinesis, which are typically used by people with significant RSI issues.
We feel that the K350 layout could have benefited from being a little more standard in its positioning of function and optional keys.


The actual keyboard itself works well without this (just start typing to see if you are in caps-lock), but it is frustrating that you should require another memory-chugging program in the back just to do things that are advertised in the keyboard","my only complaint is that there is not indicator light when the cap-lock or num-lock is on","I do wish it had lighted symbols to let you know if caps lock is on or num lock is activated.
The next few sections will review our survey of rifle chamberings, along with our survey analysis.
None of them can be recommended on the basis of availability, in particular with the 375 Ruger being very difficult to find and with very few options. While its price, as that of the 450 Marlin, positively surprised us at $30, its availability is spotty, and there is little cartridge choice. Every other medium bore cartridge was flagged for spotty or low availability - that was our first surprise. The 338 Win Mag is actually the most expensive cartridge that we are recommending across all rifle rounds. In fact, the 30-30 scores well in availability with 31 SKUs, and very well in affordability at $15 per box (vs.
Because of it compact size and potential accuracy, we would love to see it show up with good availability in the future. Asia is once again at the head of the class while America has reportedly made great strides and Germany is a mixed bag. In total, nearly 70 percent of the entire General Motors family is rated at average or better. BMW was certainly not helped by its N54 engine, Mercedes has six of 13 models receiving below average ratings and Audi got the same ratings for 75 percent of its lineup.
In addition, GM shed many models with subpar reliability when it shut down the Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn brands. Ford vehicles are tops for reliability in two categories: family cars (Fusion Hybrid) and large SUVs (Ford Flex EcoBoost). The small Nissan Cube had a below average score in its first appearance in Consumer Reports survey. The Logitech Wave K350 keyboard, however, is somewhat of an exception, and succeeds at many of its key success factors, and its user feedback shows it. These two features result in less, and more natural, motion for the user's hand while typing. The wave shape and the slightly upturned keys make it easy to type for an extended period. Good keys size and positioning, very efficient cushion base, apparently very well constructed and beautiful (and it has some minor Mac keyboard icons on ALT and Windows keys","only available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7","this DOES work with mac","as some pointed, you cannot use the Logitech software to configure the extra keys with user defined actions on the Mac OS X, but a lot of them works without any software or extra driver. Of the other three, the 458 Winchester Magnum has the most availability, with a smaller number of choices, and presents a high price of $88 per box.
The 45-70 is an excellent brush cartridge, but, despite its size and weight, does not provide the range or the power of the African-capable 375 H&H. In particular, we were expecting to see reasonable availability from the 338 Federal - we were disappointed. The 35 Whelen and the 358 Winchester are US cartridges linked to some of the big characters of US hunting history - and represent solid hunting cartridges to boot, large enough to go after any CXP3 game. These are excellent common sense cartridges, with a great track record, and available internationally in the case of the 6.5x55 and the 7x57. The rest of the lineup however, was rated average or better, including the entire Infiniti model line. Ford is the top domestic manufacturer on the list though, with 90 percent of its lineup being given ratings of at least average.
On the flip side, the Porsche Boxster has the highest rated reliability in the entirety of the report.
Even some older models, such as the Chevrolet Avalanche, Corvette, and Suburban have improved to average. Across GM brands (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC), 69 percent of models had average or better reliability. With Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler, many of its products will either be replaced or redesigned in the near future.
The 458 Lott also counts fewer SKUs to choose from (too little to recommend), with spotty availability to boot, and a more reasonable price of $64. As usual, this does not mean that you cannot take African game with it - it simply means that other cartridges are better suited to take very large, thick skinned, dangerous game of African size, in particular beyond 150 yards. Our second surprise was that the second most available cartridge (albeit still spotty) in the category was the largely unknown (in the US) 9.3x62. The 338 Federal, also a US cartridge, is an effective medium bore cartridge, good for 250 to 300 yards (depending upon the bullet and load), and with significantly lower recoil than the 338 Win Mag. It is a true military cartridge, being made to main and injure human targets, with poor accuracy and range. The 30 carbine does not register well on availability, and its usefulness as a hunting cartridge is limited.
Subaru, Hyundai and Kia all had good scores as well, with only Subie's WRX falling below average.
A large number of function and programmable keys are added to the back and the left edge of the keyboard, while a regular numbers' pad is positioned on the right. Don't know why, but the pre-programmed key for the battery status and web search just seem to do nothing. The 416 Rigby of African fame has still  fewer choices, with spotty availability as well. As for the 340 Weatherby Mag, it is an outstanding medium bore Magnum with heavy punch, long range, and even heavier recoil. The 7mm-08 is an excellent and understated cartridge, with moderate recoil, less noisy than the 25-06 and more capable with large.
It's not all good news in the states unfortunately as none of the Chrysler products were able to receive a rating higher than average. Chevrolet had its best showing in years; 83 percent of models had average or better scores in predicted reliability, up from 50 percent.
It price of $126 per box gives one severe sticker choice, only surpassed by the astronomical amount of $136 for the "ultimate" 460 Weatherby Magnum. We like all of these cartridges, to varying degrees, but we cannot recommend them on the basis of availability. The reason for its affordability, of course, is the large amount of cheap Eastern block ammo available for it.
Both are good choices for low recoil "all-around" rifles, begin very capable with deer-size game, the 25-06 being preferred on varmint and the 7mm-08 on larger game, as long as you can provide very good bullet placement.
The number of SKUs is surprising low low for such a cheap round (47, compared 248 to for the 223, the second most affordable centerfire cartridge at $10 per box). Despite its low price, its poor range and the often low quality of ammunition for this cartridge don't make it a good hunting or multi-purpose cartridge.



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