Caso’s new inverter microwave won’t rubberize your roast

casos new inverter microwave can actually cook stuff evenly screen shot 2013 11 06 at 10 37 23 am

If you’re anything like me, you use your microwave for three things: boiling water, popping popcorn, and reheating Olive Garden leftovers. That’s all it’s really good for. Cooking anything else with a microwave generally tends to ruin it. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if your microwave could actually be used for stuff other than Hot Pockets and Hungry Man dinners? Well, good news:  Microwaves have slowly been progressing over the past few years, and thanks to the relatively recent advent of “inverter” technology, there are a few machines on the market that can cook food without making it taste all microwave-y.

Cooking food successfully in a traditional microwave is challenging because the magnetron – the element that emits the microwaves that cook your food – can only operate at full power. Even when set to “50% power,” most machines are actually going through cycles of delivering 100% power, followed by a period of no power at all. Imagine if your conventional oven worked that way – instead of cooking a turkey at 350 degrees for a few hours, that’d be like cooking it at 700 for ten minutes, taking it out, and then repeating that process over and over again until it’s done. Not exactly ideal, is it?

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 10.49.05 AMInverter microwaves – like the IMG25 from Caso – circumvent this problem by incorporating a power inverter into the machine. By using a technique called pulse width modulation, these microwaves can effectvely provide continuous, variable-power heating. So if you set it for 50% power, you actually get a steady stream of 50% power for the entire cooking time instead of intermittent bursts of 100% power. This results in food that’s cooked more evenly at a given power level, and can be heated more quickly without being damaged due to uneven cooking.

This technology has been around for a few years now, and while Caso wasn’t the fist to incorporate it into their machines, their new  IMG25 microwave is arguably one of the best-looking models we’ve ever seen. Boasting a 25-liter stainless steel cooking cavity and brushed aluminum exterior, this energy-efficient inverter microwave can pump out 1 kilowatt of microwave output and comes with 13 automatic cooking programs. It’s not quite available just yet, but Caso will begin selling them in January 2014 for  € 250 (around $345).

Find out more here.

Smart Home

May the force cook with you: New slow cooker sports Star Wars figures

We can't say it will make your pot roast tastier, but Uncanny Brands' $50 Star Wars Slow Cooker, decorated with cartoon figures of Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and other characters, might make cooking it more fun.
Computing

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you must know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.
Computing

3DMark’s new Night Raid benchmark gives integrated graphics their own test

The 3DMark benchmark has one more test up its sleeve, called Night Raid. Designed for integrated graphics and Microsoft's line of Always Connected, ARM-powered laptops, it's a low-end benchmark aimed at entry-level gamers.
Computing

Acer brings Intel’s 8-core, 9th-gen processor to its Predator Orion desktops

The new Intel 8-core 9th-gen processor in the Acer Predator Orion puts more power in the hands of gamers and should make for seamless gameplay in the most demanding situations.
Deals

How to create a smart living room for under $250

By being shrewd about which brands and products you invest in, you can quickly and easily turn your house into a home that's “smart,” and that's true even if you’re starting from scratch.
Smart Home

Alexa will trick or greet you with custom doorbells this Halloween

Amazon released new Alexa-compatible smart doorbell application tools for developers. These let smart cameras and doorbells use motion sensing and doorbell presses to start Alexa Routines.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: DIY smartphones and zip-on bike tires

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Like many of us, this tiny home keeps itself running with coffee in its system

Dunkin' partnered with a biochemical company, a tiny home manufacturer, and Olivia Wilde to build a 275-square foot transportable home powered by coffee ground-based biofuel. The Home That Runs on Dunkin incorporates reclaimed materials.
Product Review

Alexa, annoy my neighbors! The Echo Sub brings the boom you've been missing

Amazon’s Echo Sub is aimed at Echo speaker owners looking to inject some room-moving bass into their smart speaker experience. We quickly learned that it’s a niche product, but one that does its odd job extremely well.
Product Review

Hotter than a Dot? Google's Home Mini outsmarts, doesn't outperform Amazon rival

With voice match and improved artificial intelligence capabilities, the $49 Google Home Mini is a voice assistant that seamlessly puts the Google platform on the tip of your tongue.
Smart Home

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did in our showdown.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Smart Home

How to create spooky Halloween effects with smart home lighting and sound

This Halloween, bathe your home with eerie smart home lighting and audio effects guaranteed to spook your neighbors. Use colored light and eerie sounds to create eerie Halloween effects.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.