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Consumer Reports Magazine | December

Published: December 2012
December 2012

Cover story

10 top electronics products Standouts for performance and innovation
Best TV, printer, camera, and computer brands Repair and performance histories can help you choose a winner

Features

Get the best electronics deals Where to buy and how to bargain for the lowest price

Lab Tests

Most and least reliable gas furnaces Today’s higher-efficiency models are more reliable and can save you money

Cars

2013 Lexus GS 350 review This redesigned luxury sedan is enhanced inside and out
2013 Nissan Altima review
Audi Allroad vs. Subaru Outback review All-wheel-drive wagons that think they’re SUVs

Up Front

Best AA batteries Find out which products can go the distance
Best heat-and-eat appetizers Taste tests of spinach pies, mozzarella sticks, and mini tacos
Claim check: Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style soups Will you 'want to slow down and savor' these fancy-sounding soups?
Fruit fiction: Is it blueberry or blue dye? Not all products that claim to contain this healthy fruit really do
Packaging gotchas Mad at hard-to-open, shrinking, undersized, or overwrapped products?
The buzz on energy-drink caffeine Caffeine levels per serving for the 27 products we checked ranged from 6 milligrams to 242 milligrams per serving
Tipping tips for tight times Housecleaners are the most likely to get a tip, and garbage collectors the least

CR Money

Resist the extended-warranty pitch You almost never need to buy this type of coverage

Departments

From our president: Cause and effect
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union, the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports, to improve the marketplace
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

The December 2012 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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