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Photos: Top-rated reviews of the week

Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Malibal Veda series notebook, Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch, and the Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers.

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Canon Vixia HF S11

Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.

Canon Vixia HF S11

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Excellent video quality and performance; nicely designed interface; fast battery charging.

The bad: No eye-level viewfinder; expensive; lens cover rattles when closed.

The bottom line: An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF S11 has the advantage of an excellent image stabilizer but it disappointingly lacks an eye-level viewfinder.

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Price range: $1,399.95 - $1,399.99

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HP Mini 311

HP Mini 311

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Nvidia Ion graphics adds HD video and basic gaming functionality; reasonably priced; high-def display.

The bad: Annoying touch pad; streaming Flash video support for new Nvidia Ion graphics is spotty; $20 extra for a white lid, seriously?

The bottom line: HP's Mini 311 adds a larger, high-definition display and advanced graphics to a basic Netbook, while keeping the price very appealing. Once it starts shipping with Windows 7, this could become our favorite Netbook.

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Price: $399.99

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Malibal Veda series

Malibal Veda series laptop

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Powerful desktop gaming performance; excellent service, support, and pricing policies.

The bad: Poor speaker performance; fingerprint magnet; small keyboard and touch pad for a gigantic notebook.

The bottom line: If you're ready to give up your gaming desktop once and for all, consider replacing it with the Malibal Veda series laptop.

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Price range: Base price is $2,272; review model cost $5,242

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Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers (gold)

Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers (gold)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Monster Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are exceptionally stylish and well-made, and they offer a massive amount of bass without sacrificing on high-end clarity. Passive sound isolation is excellent.

The bad: The Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers are pricey, and they don't include an integrated mic or controls for the iPod.

The bottom line: The Monster Turbine Pro earphones offer a sleek and stylish design and plenty of deep, thumping bass. If you have money to burn, these are a nice choice.

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Price: $250

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Samsung UN46B8500

Samsung UN46B8500

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Deeper black levels than any HDTV available aside from Pioneer Kuro; solid shadow detail; reduced blooming compared with other local dimming LED-based LCDs; accurate, highly saturated color; excellent video processing with adjustable dejudder; numerous picture adjustments; extensive interactive features including Yahoo widgets; beautiful styling with 1.6-inch deep panel; extremely energy efficient.

The bad: Expensive; poor off-angle viewing; some blooming effects; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; glossy screen reflects ambient light.

The bottom line: It costs a mint, but Samsung's local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we've tested.

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Price range: $3,239.00 - $3,599.99

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Samsung UN55B8500

Samsung UN55B8500

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Deeper black levels than any HDTV available aside from Pioneer Kuro; solid shadow detail; reduced blooming compared with other local dimming LED-based LCDs; accurate, highly saturated color; excellent video processing with adjustable dejudder; numerous picture adjustments; extensive interactive features including Yahoo widgets; beautiful styling with 1.6-inch deep panel; extremely energy efficient.

The bad: Expensive; poor off-angle viewing; some blooming effects; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; glossy screen reflects ambient light.

The bottom line: It costs a mint, but Samsung's local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we've tested.

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Price range: $4,049.00 - $4,499.99

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Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Reasonable price; multitouch controls work seamlessly alongside pen; attractive design.

The bad: No mouse.

The bottom line: Multitouch in place of a mouse may not appeal to pro designers, but the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is an excellent choice for mobile users who want to begin dabbling with art tools.

Read CNET's full review
Price range: $179.00 - $199.99

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