2009 BMW 335d

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2009 BMW 335d

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The 2009 BMW 335d's diesel engine delivers excellent fuel economy, with little performance compromise. The new iDrive controller works very well, and hard-drive-based navigation provides very detailed maps. iPod integration and Bluetooth phone support prove capable and easy to use.

The bad: BMW puts too much control on initial acceleration. Options run up the price of the car quickly.

The bottom line: The 2009 BMW 335d is an economical performance car with room for four people and cabin electronics that measure up with the latest and greatest.

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2009 Nissan Maxima SV

2009 Nissan Maxima SV

Editors' rating: 4

The good: The 2009 Nissan Maxima features sporty performance thanks to its V-6 engine and finely tuned continuously variable transmission. The cabin tech is highlighted by a hard-drive-based navigation system showing live traffic. Audio sources include onboard music storage and excellent iPod integration.

The bad: The Bluetooth phone integration doesn't import cell phone contact lists, and the navigation system doesn't automatically reroute around traffic incidents.

The bottom line: Nissan gives the 2009 Maxima a serious performance treatment, making the car fun to drive while offering practical cabin technology in this comfortable sedan.

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Onkyo HT-S9100THX

Onkyo HT-S9100THX

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Outstanding audio quality; 7.1 surround sound speaker system with full-size speakers and subwoofer; component-style AV receiver included; four HDMI inputs, onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; can upconvert analog sources to 1080i.

The bad: Upconverting video quality is mediocre; speakers are large and boxy, so they need a lot of room and may detract from your decor.

The bottom line: The Onkyo HT-S91000THX breaks the HTIB mold, offering four HDMI inputs, full-size speakers, and the best sound we've heard to date from an all-in-one system.

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Price: $999

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Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile (250GB, red)

Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile (250GB, red)

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Triple layered chassis protection; cheap; quick transfer speeds; convenient one touch backup; two year warranty.

The bad: No FireWire port.

The bottom line: The Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile stomps the competition and lives to fight another day, thanks to its rugged military-grade exterior. It also delivers chart topping transfer speeds and offers the cheapest cost per gigabyte on the market today. We fully recommend this tough little drive.

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Price range: $80.00

Photo by: Transcend

Wacom Intuos4 (extra large)

Wacom Intuos4 (extra large)

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Beautiful, slim and well-thought-out new design; extremely fluid pen operation.

The bad: Schmutz very visible on black pen grip; buttons could use a bit more tactile differentiation; mouse still a bit awkward; still pricey; need more real-time feedback when configuring; glossy plastic panel shows fingerprints.

The bottom line: With a beautiful and more functional new design, Wacom's Intuos4 tablet demonstrates that a lack of competition doesn't necessarily keep you from innovating.

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Price range: $789.00

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HP Pavilion dv7-1285dx

HP Pavilion dv7-1285dx

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: Attractive design skips the usual gray and black; excellent battery life for a desktop-replacement; big hard drive; discrete graphics card.

The bad: Low-resolution screen not ideal for HD content.

The bottom line: HP's Pavilion dv7-1245dx is a slick multimedia machine with great battery life, but for $1,200, we want a full 1080p display.

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Price: $1,199.99

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Motorola Stature i9 - black (Nextel)

Motorola Stature i9 - black (Nextel)

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: The Motorola i9 Stature offers a sleek design, brilliant displays, useful features, and good call quality.

The bad: The Motorola i9's controls and keypad are flat and stiff. The camera is rather slow and photo quality is just average.

The bottom line: The Motorola i9 Stature is the sexiest Nextel phone we've seen. Apart from the disappointing camera, it offers decent features and admirable call quality.

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Price: $249.99

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TomTom XL 330S

TomTom XL 330S

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: The TomTom XL 330S offers accurate directions with text-to-speech functionality and is easy to use. The GPS is also sleek and features a spacious 4.3-inch touch screen.

The bad: Route recalculations could be a little faster. The mini USB port/power connector is difficult to access. The price is too high, especially without integrated Bluetooth.

The bottom line: Stylish, easy to use, and accurate, the TomTom XL 330S is a great all-around GPS but we wish it was just a little cheaper.

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Price range: $179.99 - $296.95

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Velocity Micro Edge Z-5 (Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Overclocked)

Velocity Micro Edge Z-5 (Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Overclocked)

Editors' rating: 4

The good: Best in-class gaming performance; strong day-to-day application performance; plenty of upgrade room; compact, attractive case.

The bad: No Blu-ray drive option; outpaced on multithreaded applications and multitasking by a competing Dell of the same price.

The bottom line: By tweaking its internal components to achieve maximum 3D performance, Velocity Micro has made its $999 Edge Z5 one of the most impressive lower-end gaming desktops we've ever seen. As long as you don't mind sacrificing a bit of productivity speed to get it, we recommend this system to any PC gamer on a budget.

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Price: $799.99

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Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar

Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar

Editors' rating: 3.5

The good: Stereo sound bar speaker with 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer; easy setup; gloss black finish; includes remote; eliminates the need to buy an AV receiver.

The bad: Has trouble emulating true surround sound; skimps on video connectivity options; frustrating LED indicator system; some remote control limitations.

The bottom line: The VSB210WS, Vizio's very first sound bar system, delivers reasonably full-bodied sound for a very affordable price.

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Price: $350

Photo by: Corinne Schulze/CNET

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