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Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2011 BMW 740i, Canon PowerShot G12, and the HTC Inspire 4G.

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2011 BMW 740i

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

2011 BMW 740i

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The standard navigation system in the 2011 BMW 740i looks and works excellently. The Bluetooth phone system downloads contact lists and offers dial-by-name voice command. With the optional active suspension, the 740i handles like a sports car.

The bad: Cabin tech interfaces, most notably for points of interest and music selection, are not the most intuitive. BMW charges extra for little things such as iPod integration.

The bottom line: The 2011 BMW 740i proves that you don't need a V-8 in an executive sedan. It offers first-rate cabin electronics and driver assistance features, and preserves BMW's sports car reputation.

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Starting at: $70,650.00 from 1 store

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HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T)

HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The HTC Inspire 4G is affordably priced and boasts a large display. The Android 2.2 smartphone runs on AT&T's HSPA+ network and offers mobile hot-spot capabilities. New HTC Sense provides faster boot time and other enhancements. It also has an 8-megapixel camera that takes excellent photos.

The bad: The smartphone is rather large and heavy, and the battery cover is difficult to remove. We didn't experience great 4G speeds. AT&T blocks third-party apps. Lacks a front-facing camera.

The bottom line: Though dual-core smartphones are on the way, the HTC Inspire 4G stands as one of AT&T's best, high-end Android devices and is an incredible value.

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Starting at: $99.99 from 1 store

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Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)

Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Motorola Atrix 4G features a dual-core processor and a sharp qHD (quarter HD) display. The Android 2.2 smartphone has a sleek design and a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video calls, and an HDMI port.

The bad: No 1080p HD video recording or playback at launch. You can't install non-Market third-party apps. We didn't experience great HSPA+ 4G data speeds.

The bottom line: The laptop dock is a decidedly cool (and pricey) feature, but the dual-core Motorola Atrix 4G has plenty to offer on its own. The smartphone packs speed and high-end features into a sleek package and earns its place at the top of AT&T's Android lineup.

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Starting at: $199.99

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Asus U41JF-A1 laptop

Asus U41JF-A1 - Core i3 380M 2.53GHz - 14

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Solid performance; includes switchable discrete graphics; slim body.

The bad: Two-tone body doesn't come off as high-end; lots of competition in this price range.

The bottom line: The Asus U41JF is a workmanlike but uninspiring 14-inch laptop that offers decent performance and graphics and excellent battery life, but costs nearly as much as a MacBook.

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Starting at: $808.00 from 6 stores

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Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Optical viewfinder; articulated LCD; built-in neutral-density filter; very good photo quality for its class.

The bad: Shot-to-shot performance still a little sluggish; some annoying controls.

The bottom line: Relatively unchanged from its predecessor, save the addition of 720p video, the Canon PowerShot G12 remains a very good, more-or-less compact model, designed to please photo enthusiasts.

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Starting at: $429.00 from 20 stores

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Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The Jabra Clipper is small and portable, and clips easily to clothing. It has a 3.5mm headset jack so you can use your own headphones. Sound quality is admirable for the price.

The bad:: The Jabra Clipper doesn't have very good noise canceling or wind noise reduction properties. The volume buttons are a tad on the small side.

The bottom line: The Jabra Clipper is a great option for those who want a stereo Bluetooth headset but still want to use their favorite wired headphones.

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Starting at: $41.99 from 1 store

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HP Mini 1103

HP Mini 1103

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Budget-priced Netbook with solid construction; excellent battery life; comfortable keyboard.

The bad: Lacks HDMI; single-core Atom CPU; narrow touch pad; limited customization; ultimately, still a plain old single-core Netbook.

The bottom line: If you're looking for a budget-level Netbook with a long battery life, the HP Mini 1103 offers a very affordable package compared with other HP Netbooks. Just be forewarned: there isn't anything here you haven't seen before.

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Starting at: $299.00 from 3 stores

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Huawei Ideos X5

Huawei Ideos X5

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The Huawei Ideos X5 has a clear, sharp display, a decent camera, HD 720p video capture, and a touch of premium styling.

The bad: There's no camera shutter button, the microSD card is behind the back cover, and call quality was variable.

The bottom line: The Huawei Ideos X5 has all the ingredients of a satisfying Android phone, but it faces stiff competition from the top and middle of the pack.

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LG Flatron E2290 monitor

LG Flatron E2290

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The LG Flatron E2290 is stylish and sleek and looks great on a desktop. Also, the E2290 has a useful assortment of OSD features and connection options.

The bad: The LG Flatron E2290 is pricey for a 22-inch monitor. Attempting to access the connections makes us want to cry.

The bottom line: The LG Flatron E2290 looks beautiful and includes basic monitor features; however, for its price we expected something more than a pretty face.

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Sony Reader Daily Edition e-reader

Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC (silver)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Responsive touch-screen interface with no glare or contrast issues; high-contrast 7-inch E-Ink Pearl display; both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity; zippier performance than its predecessor; integration with Sony e-book store; good battery life (up to 22 days); supports EPUB e-book standard, which enables e-book downloads from libraries and other third parties; audio capabilities; SD and Memory Stick Duo memory expansion slots; charges via Micro-USB port.

The bad: Expensive compared with the competition; Sony online store isn't as robust as Amazon's; Sony Reader app not available on many other platforms; no protective cover included.

The bottom line: Sony's flagship e-reader, the Daily Edition PRS-950, is a capable, well-designed e-reader that offers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity--but at $300, it's too expensive.

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Starting at: $299.00 from 3 stores

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