Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
G-Form Extreme Sleeve 13-inch laptop case
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The compact design of the G-Form Extreme Sleeve provides serious extra protection for your 13-inch laptop without taking up too much extra room.
The bad: While padded with high-tech materials, this is still a soft case, and may not be too effective against sharp objects or corner drops.
The bottom line: Trusting the life of your laptop to a rubberized sleeve is a serious commitment, but the high-tech materials behind the Extreme Sleeve will at least make your MacBook checked-luggage-friendly.
The good: The standard air suspension in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 delivers a very comfortable ride, and the Harman Kardon audio system reproduces music with excellent fidelity. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and lane departure systems all work very well.
The bad: The engine creates uneven acceleration in certain power bands.
The bottom line: Mercedes-Benz bolsters its reputation for luxury with the 2012 CLS550. A powerful and efficient engine propels this sleek ride, and there are a number of advanced driver-assistance features.
The good: You can control the Sonos Play:3 single-speaker streaming-audio system from any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smartphone using a free app. It offers good sound, its compact, elegant design cuts down on cord clutter, and it can stream Internet-based radio and audio services, plus your own digital music collection, from any Mac, PC, or NAS drive. Also, it's simple to set up, particularly if you already own a Sonos system, and linked Sonos players (purchased separately) can cover up to 31 additional rooms.
The bad: The Play:3 has almost no stereo separation and doesn't offer the detail and clarity of the step-up Play:5. Also, while it can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless Sonos Bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component.
The bottom line: While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.
The good: The Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002 boasts a living-room-ready design, a unique touch-pad input device, and capable media features, including a Blu-ray drive, for a fair price.
The bad: This Nettop is not meant for gaming or general productivity due to a low-power CPU, and we'd feel better about its value if it had a 1TB hard drive.
The bottom line: Not everyone wants a living-room computer, but the Acer Revo 100 is one of the better low-cost HTPCs we've seen thanks to a wisely chosen feature set, its attractive design, and a mostly well-conceived input device.
The good: The Canon ImageClass MF3010 is a competent imaging device with quick output, simple controls, and a wallet-friendly price tag for budget-minded students and small offices.
The bad: The printer lacks common features like wireless networking and an auto-document feeder.
The bottom line: Though it's lacking Wi-Fi and an auto-document feeder, the Canon ImageClass MF3010 laser printer's strong performance and versatile features has appeal for students and home offices on a budget.
The good: The Olympus XZ-1 is nicely designed with a solid user interface and very good performance for its cohort.
The bad: The XZ-1's image quality is good, but even shooting raw it's not quite up to the level of its better competitors.
The bottom line: Enjoyable to shoot and relatively fast, the Olympus XZ-1 only stumbles when it comes to photo quality, which is very good, but not uniformly excellent as one would expect from this class of camera.
The good: The Thunderbolt-enabled Promise Pegasus R6 offers superb throughput speed and a large amount of storage, and supports multiple RAID configurations. You can also daisy-chain the drive with up to five other Thunderbolt devices without decreasing the throughput.
The bad: The Promise Pegasus R6 only works with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs for now, it's expensive and relatively noisy, and it doesn't include the necessary Thunderbolt cable or any other peripheral connections.
The bottom line: If you have a Thunderbolt-enabled computer, the Promise Pegasus R6's storage capacity, its features, and especially its performance are worth the hefty investment for those who demand fast external storage.
The good: The Samsung Nexus S offers a brilliant display, decent call quality, and enough features to keep you busy. The Gingerbread OS offers usability improvements, and the stock Android is a welcome change for AT&T.
The bad: The Samsung Nexus S feels rather fragile, and it lacks a memory card slot and LED notifications. AT&T added no new features, and data speeds were slow.
The bottom line: The Samsung Nexus S brings Gingerbread OS a much-needed stock Android to AT&T. But eight months after its original debut, the handset feels underpowered and behind the smartphone curve.