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Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited, Canon Vixia HF200, and the 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

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Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset

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

Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The Aliph Jawbone Prime is a highly fashionable headset with a snug fit, plus it has better noise-cancellation and wind noise handling over its predecessor, resulting in even better sound quality.

The bad: We're not thrilled with the hidden buttons on the Jawbone Prime, and the singular volume button is a bit annoying. The volume is a little softer than we would like at times. While it has excellent call quality, you can get cheaper headsets that are on par or better.

The bottom line: The Aliph Jawbone Prime is a great Bluetooth headset that combines high style with high performance.

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Price: $129.99

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2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Editors' rating: 4

The good: A stunning exterior and beautiful coachwork mark the 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante. The standard 700-watt stereo system is good, and an available 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen system is even better. A hard-drive-based navigation system works quickly, and the Bluetooth system shows cell phone contact lists.

The bad: The ride is a little stiff, with no comfort settings, and the DB9 gulps gas. The navigation system LCD integration looks like a hack, and the overall electronics interface isn't well-integrated.

The bottom line: If you want and can afford an Aston Martin DB9, you will probably get one, no matter what anyone else says. But it's nice to know that the cabin electronics are modern enough for cell phones and iPods.

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Price range: $197,850-$208,970

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AVADirect Custom Gaming PC

AVADirect Custom Gaming PC

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Ambitious, stable overclocking leads to outstanding application performance; polished cabling; a lot of customization options for tech savvy buyers to choose from; lengthy three-year product warranty.

The bad: Online shopping engine doesn't prevent configuration errors; current phone and Web support options lag behind the competition.

The bottom line: The AVADirect shopping experience can be daunting, but for the tech savvy buyer willing to navigate the many options available for this system, you'll find that AVADirect's Custom Gaming PC is competently built, with options for blazing fast overclocking, all at an attractive price.

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Price: $2,900

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BlueAnt Q1

BlueAnt Q1

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The BlueAnt Q1 is a slim and stylish Bluetooth headset with an innovative voice user interface that lets you control the headset entirely with your voice. There's no voice recognition tutorial, and the audio quality is very good.

The bad: The voice controls on the BlueAnt Q1 sometimes would not work properly if the alignment is off or if you're in a particularly noisy environment. It takes some fiddling to fit the headset properly.

The bottom line: Despite a few minor issues, the BlueAnt Q1's voice controls and good audio quality sets this apart from other headsets.

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Canon Vixia HF20

Canon Vixia HF20

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design.

The bad: Relatively expensive.

The bottom line: While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier looking.

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Price range: $839.00 - $899.99

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Canon Vixia HF200

Canon Vixia HF200

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design.

The bad: Relatively expensive.

The bottom line: While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier looking.

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Price range: $704.35 - $849.99

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Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse

Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse

Editors' rating: 4

The good: BlueTrack sensor allows mousing on almost any surface; small footprint.

The bad: No support for lefties; no "off" switch to save battery life.

The bottom line: The Explorer Mini mouse features Microsoft's new BlueTrack sensor technology, which makes for smooth scrolling across almost any surface. Travelers listen up: unless you're left-handed, we're sure you'll appreciate its portability, ease of use, and innovative design.

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Price range: $42.99 - 52.99

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Plantronics Voyager Pro

Plantronics Voyager Pro

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The Plantronics Voyager Pro is a comfortable headset with excellent sound quality. It has the best wind noise handling of any Bluetooth headset we've tried to date. It's easy to use and offers value for the money.

The bad: The Plantronics Voyager Pro is bulky and its retro design might turn off some people.

The bottom line: The Plantronics Voyager Pro might not look like much, but it has the best sound quality of any Bluetooth headset we've ever tried.

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Price: 99.99

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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited gets excellent city and highway fuel mileage. Standard Sync system is among the best voice-command systems around. Hard-drive-based navigation option features traffic data and other useful info supplied by Sirius Travel Link.

The bad: The Escape's ponderous handling and high level of road and wind noise made highway driving a chore. Low-rolling resistance tires offer very little grip in wet conditions.

The bottom line: Urban dwellers will love the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited's great fuel economy and awesome Sync-based tech package, but freeway commuters will find its high-speed manners unsettling.

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Price range: $29,645 - $35,095

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Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150

Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: Network media streamer; enormous file playback compatibility; can access media RSS feeds and play many online video files; includes user-replaceable 500GB hard drive; 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; doesn't require Windows Media Center; plays YouTube videos (h.264).

The bad: A bit pricey; occasionally crashes; can't play any DRM iTunes Store video purchases; no access to Flash-based online video; and no streaming video services, like Netflix or Amazon Video On Demand.

The bottom line: While it's a bit pricey and far from perfect, the Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150 offers an easy way to access the widest array of digital audio, photo, and, especially, video files for the do-it-yourself crowd.

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Price range: $399,99 - 507.86

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