I subscribe to Cook's Illustrated and saw that piece in the September & October 2008 issue. Never having had any of the makers they reviewed all I could do was to "understand" their conclusions. However, we do have an 8-cup Bodum Chambord French press and love it. Thus far, it has made the best coffee for our tastes. At $239.95, the Technivorm better make darn good coffee...and often.
As for their testing, they are quite stringent and seem to test things to death, going far beyond what I would do.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!