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Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including HP Envy 14 laptop, Motorola i1 for Sprint, and the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX.

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Alienware M11x (Core i7, Nvidia Optimus)

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

Alienware M11x (Core i7, Nvidia Optimus)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Solid gaming performance in a very compact form; improves on the original Core 2 Duo version; automatic Nvidia Optimus graphics switching; impressive built-in audio.

The bad: The Core i7 ULV processor is still slower than normal Core i7 processors; higher-end configs get too expensive; no optical drive for installing games.

The bottom line: Equipped with Nvidia Optimus technology and new Core i5 and i7 processors, the updated 11.6-inch Alienware M11x has improved performance, but it takes a small step forward, not a quantum leap.

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Price: $1,099

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BlueAnt Q2

BlueAnt Q2

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The BlueAnt Q2 is slim and slender, with an impressive voice control interface that includes text-to-speech and access to Bing-411 services. It also has A2DP streaming, multipoint connectivity, and amazing sound quality.

The bad: The BlueAnt Q2 has very tiny physical controls, and there are quite a number of commands to remember.

The bottom line: The BlueAnt Q2 is yet another BlueAnt winner, with new Bing-411 features and fantastic call quality even in windy situations.

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Price: $129

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HP Envy 14

HP Envy 14

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Less expensive than last year's Envy models; highly configurable; solid design and construction.

The bad: Heavy; ATI switchable graphics not as seamless as Nvidia's; funky volume controls don't play well with games.

The bottom line: HP's updated Envy 14 is a well-built high-end laptop with impressive components and a surprisingly reasonable price.

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Price: $999.99

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Motorola Milestone XT720 (unlocked)

Motorola Milestone XT720 (unlocked)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Motorola Milestone XT720 features a sleek design and an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture. The Android 2.1 device also offers the full gamut of wireless options.

The bad: The Milestone is sluggish at times. The camera has shutter lag and picture quality could be better.

The bottom line: The Motorola Milestone XT720 is a full-featured and sleek Android smartphone, but it's rather underwhelming in the performance department.

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Price: $489.99

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Sony HT-CT150 home theater system

Sony HT-CT150 home theater system

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Three HDMI inputs; excellent sound quality for a sound bar home theater system; no AV receiver required; capable of switching between six devices.

The bad: IR receiver on the subwoofer limits its placement options; subwoofer isn't wireless; cluttered remote.

The bottom line: Sony's HT-CT150 sound bar home theater system sounds great and is way ahead of the competition with its three HDMI inputs; however, its IR receiver limits the subwoofer's placement options.

Read CNET's full review
Price range: $235.15 - $299.99

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Eton Soulra Solar Powered Sound System

Eton Soulra Solar Powered Sound System

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Rugged, splash-resistant design geared toward outdoor use; built-in rechargeable battery; integrated solar panel for trickle charging while outdoors; remote included; GSM-shielded so iPhone doesn't need to be switched to airplane mode.

The bad: Solar charging requires direct, outdoor sunlight; no FM radio; a tad pricey.

The bottom line: Its sound won't blow you away, but the Eton Soulra is a durable and compact portable iPod/iPhone audio system that offers a built-in rechargeable battery and solar charging.

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Price: $199.99

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HTC Wildfire (unlocked)

HTC Wildfire (unlocked)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The HTC Wildfire features a compact and solid design. As the successor to the Tattoo, it offers an updated OS, a 5-megapixel camera, and good call quality.

The bad: Features a lower-resolution screen. The smartphone can be sluggish at times. Lacks support for North American 3G bands. Camera quality was rather subpar.

The bottom line: Designed for international markets, the HTC Wildfire is a compact, budget-friendly Android phone packed with features, but you can find similar devices in North America for less on contract and with added 3G support.

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Price: $350

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Insignia Infocast

Insignia Infocast

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The Infocast weaves Web apps, digital photos, and streaming audio and video into an affordable, tablet-esque superscreen.

The bad: With all its features, the Infocast isn't for the technologically timid. Its sheer size makes it awkward for use as an alarm clock.

The bottom line: It won't slice or dice, brew your coffee, or fetch your slippers, but the Insignia Infocast's ability to put news, music, photos, calendars, and social networks at your fingertips makes it a worthy addition to today's digitally-enabled home.

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Price: $169.99

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Motorola i1 (Sprint Nextel)

Motorola i1 (Sprint Nextel)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: The Motorola i1 has a responsive touch screen, rugged construction, and excellent call quality. It also comes with Sprint's array of broadband services and Nextel Direct Connect.

The bad: The Motorola i1 is, sadly, saddled with Android OS 1.5, which makes it feel very dated when compared with more-current smartphones.

The bottom line: The Motorola i1 is not the best Android phone by any means, but if you must have an Android handset with iDEN push-to-talk, the i1 is your only choice.

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Price: $369.99

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Its all-wheel-drive system and new, wider track give the 2011 Subaru WRX excellent handling. Extensive audio controls allow for serious stereo fine-tuning.

The bad: The five-speed gearbox is unrefined. Destination entry and phone dialing are locked out when the car is moving.

The bottom line: The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX works as well for everyday driving as it does for weekend fun. Cabin tech covers essential features but is nothing special.

Read CNET's full review
Price range: Base price is $27,495; test model cost $30,690

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