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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.