Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon Wireless)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Motorola Droid Bionic has a nice slim and sleek design, with a 4.3-inch qHD display and the double whammy of a dual-core processor and Verizon 4G LTE support. Multimedia features are plentiful, and business users will be pleased with its enterprise abilities like the Webtop application and solid security.
The bad: The Motorola Droid Bionic is saddled with Motorola's custom UI, which might not be for everyone. It's also quite expensive, and the Webtop accessories aren't cheap.
The bottom line: The Motorola Droid Bionic is everything you want from a high-end smartphone. It's sleek, fast, and powerful, with features that will please both consumers and business users--if you're willing to pay the high price.
The good: Seagate's USB 3.0 4TB GoFlex Desk offers great performance and the highest capacity to date among single-volume external storage devices on the market. The drive works with both Windows and Mac OS X out of the box and comes in a flexible design that makes adding more connections/features a snap.
The bad: The Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk is comparatively expensive, and its other connection adapters cost extra. The drive also topples rather easily.
The bottom line: Like the previous version, the Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk offers top capacity and comes in a superflexible design. Supporting USB 3.0, it also offers great performance.
The good: The Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H's low price, robust OSD, easily accessible connections, and great performance make it a general-purpose monitor worth buying.
The bad: Unlike most other recent Samsung monitors, the S23A450H is pretty plain-looking. It's also missing some eco-friendly options found on other Samsungs, and the lack of a DVI connection can be an annoyance.
The bottom line: While the Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H can't match the Samsung PX2370 in raw performance, it bests the S23A550H in both performance and price.
The good: The 2012 Civic Hybrid is currently the most fuel-efficient Honda that money can buy. The new I-MID puts navigation, trip computer, and media playback information in a safely viewable location.
The bad: Navigation maps are low-resolution and difficult to read.
The bottom line: The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid's green tech and driver aids boost efficiency without greatly compromising performance or comfort.
The good: Strong battery life and a clean design along with a fast processor and USB 3.0 make the $699 Gateway ID47H02u stand out; the laptop also manages to fit a 14-inch display into the body of a 13-incher.
The bad: The Gateway ID47H02u lacks Bluetooth and dedicated graphics, and plenty of other 13- and 14-inch competitors offer similar features for a similar price.
The bottom line: The Gateway ID47H02u is a slim-bodied, full-featured 14-inch laptop that offers a surprisingly strong mix of performance and design at a price that hovers between budget and mainstream. While there are plenty of similar alternatives from other manufacturers, this Gateway should keep up with most of them.