Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 Limited, the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100, and the HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8540w.
Dell XPS 15
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Dell XPS 15
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Stellar JBL speakers with subwoofer; great specs for the price; large touch pad and backlit keyboard; Nvidia Optimus graphics; large variety of upgrade options; HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.0 ports come standard.
The bad: Clunky-looking design; disappointing battery life; no VGA port.
The bottom line: Dell's new line of XPS laptops, including the XPS 15, offers more bang for the buck than most, combining great audio and rock-solid features for less than $1,000.
The good: The HTC HD7 features a large 4.3-inch display and has a solid build quality and integrated kickstand. The Windows Phone 7 device offers full wireless options, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, and 16GB of internal memory.
The bad: The HD7 is on the bigger side and lacks expandable memory. Speaker is weak. Touch screen isn't quite as sharp or vibrant as the latest devices.
The bottom line: The hardware could use a bit of updating, but the HTC HD7 for T-Mobile combines the power of Windows Phone 7 with a large touch screen and delivers satisfying performance.
The good: Off-road control systems let the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee tackle tough terrain. The stereo sounds excellent and includes 30GB of onboard storage space for music. Satellite television is included with the rear-seat entertainment system.
The bad: The cabin tech interface does not have the same refined look as the interior of the Grand Cherokee would suggest. The automatic transmission only has five speeds.
The bottom line: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee drives well both on and off road, and brings a good set of cabin tech features, even if the look is a little haphazard.
The good: Impressive output speed and print quality; networking with Ethernet port; duplexer for double-sided printing; extra-large 350-sheet paper input tray.
The bad: Lacks desktop companion software; no USB cable included.
The bottom line: The Oki B431DN is truly a workhorse black-and-white laser printer, with rapid output speed and high print quality. Combined with extra features like an autoduplexer and a large paper input capacity, the Oki B431DN is worth your dollar.
The good: Active suspension equipment keeps the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S stable while cornering, and air suspension allows for different ride modes. The navigation system maps show topographical features and 3D building rendering.
The bad: The transmission displays torque converter sluggishness when shifting. Cabin tech interfaces are not very intuitive.
The bottom line: The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S embodies much of Porsche's sport-driving DNA, while its cabin tech is generally excellent.