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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 the Canon EOS 60D, HTC Evo Shift 4G, and the Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200.

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Canon EOS 60D (body only)

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

Canon EOS 60D (body only)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Very fast; articulated display; excellent video quality and options.

The bad: Some annoying interface conventions.

The bottom line: The Canon EOS 60D is in many ways a great camera: fast, feature-packed, and with excellent photo and video quality. Some annoying aspects of its control layout dim its shine a little, however, so try before you buy.

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Starting at: $809.00 from 26 stores

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HP Pavilion dm1

HP Pavilion dm1

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Nearly mainstream performance at premium Netbook prices; excellent battery life; capable graphics.

The bad: Plastic look and feel; thick and chunky compared with some 11-inch laptops.

The bottom line: The first laptop to offer AMD's power-efficient Fusion platform delivers on much of its promise, combining great battery life, decent performance, and basic graphics for less than $500.

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Starting at: $450.00

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HTC Evo Shift 4G (Sprint)

HTC Evo Shift 4G (Sprint)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The HTC Evo Shift 4G has a solid design with a comfortable physical keyboard. The Android 2.2 smartphone is 4G capable and can be used as a mobile hot spot.

The bad: Lacks a front-facing camera and HDMI port.

The bottom line: For those who crave a physical keyboard, the HTC Evo Shift 4G is a solid choice with a more wallet-friendly price than its 4G competitors, and it doesn't sacrifice too many features.

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Starting at: $149.99 from 8 stores

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Jawbone Era (Midnight)

Jawbone Era (Midnight)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Aliph Jawbone Era has a unique and attractive design, with updated features that include caller ID by name, a built-in accelerometer, and HD-quality audio.

The bad: The Aliph Jawbone Era doesn't have a dedicated volume rocker, and the way it fits the ear is not as easy and comfortable as we would like.

The bottom line: The Aliph Jawbone Era knocks it out of the park with high-end features, amazing audio quality, and innovative design.

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Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router offers true dual-band with 450Mbps on the 5GHz band; Gigabit Ethernet; fast throughput; a long range; NAS functionality; a nice set of networking features; and a good Web interface. The router also comes in a nice and compact design, and includes Cisco Connect, an intuitive software application that helps home users set up and manage their home wireless network with ease.

The bad: The Linksys E4200 doesn't offer 450Mbps throughput on the 2.4GHz band; its guest networking feature is limited to only 10 clients; the included desktop application doesn't allow for managing all of the router's settings, doesn't work well with the Web interface, and requires a live Internet connection for the initial setup. The router also runs warm, and its power adapter is bulky.

The bottom line: The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router is the first advanced router from Cisco that will make both novice and savvy users happy, thanks to its easy-to-use desktop application, comprehensive Web interface, great design, and stellar performance.

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Starting at: $179.99

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Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400

Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 supports true dual-band and offers fast wireless performance and long range. It has a useful set of networking features, such as Guest zone, network storage, traffic meter, and USB external hard-drive support for network storage. Also, it's aesthetically pleasing and affordable and comes with an intuitive Web interface.

The bad: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 doesn't offer Gigabit Ethernet and its network storage performance could be better.

The bottom line: The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 is a great dual-band router for any home at an affordable price. Its lack of Gigabit Ethernet might steer enthusiasts away, however.

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Starting at: $79.99 from 6 stores

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Origin Genesis (Intel Core i7 2600K)

Origin Genesis (Intel Core i7 2600K)

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: Impressively overclocked Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU sets new price-performance standard; overclocked graphics card provides gaming performance boost; polished build quality; comparatively power-efficient.

The bad: Drive bay cable rigging could be tidier; you'll want a beefier power supply than the one configured here to support a second graphics card.

The bottom line: The Origin Genesis is the first system we've seen with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K chip. Fast, and extremely overclockable, the new chip has provided Origin with a platform for a remarkably value-friendly gaming rig. Shop around for pricing as Sandy Bridge spreads among other vendors, but right now this is the $2,499 gaming PC to beat.

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Starting at: $2,499.99

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Parrot Minikit Smart

Parrot Minikit Smart

Editors' rating: 4 out of 5

The good: The Parrot Minikit Smart holds and charges a smartphone or mobile device with its cradle and powered USB connection. Bluetooth connectivity supports hands-free calling and audio streaming. Phone book syncing allows for easy initiation of calls, manually or with voice commands.

The bad: The cradle and smartphone combo is fairly heavy, requiring users to double- or triple-check the suction cup mount lest the whole kit come tumbling down while driving.

The bottom line: The Parrot Minikit Smart combines an easy-to-use Bluetooth speakerphone with a sturdy smartphone windshield mount and charger, making it useful for both hands-free calling and turn-by-turn navigation when paired with an app.

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Starting at: $129.99 from 1 stores

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Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200

Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200E

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Robust Nvidia graphics; affordable price; competitive performance for a Core i5 laptop.

The bad: Lackluster design; short battery life; weak speaker; no USB 3.0 or Bluetooth.

The bottom line: On a price-to-performance basis, the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200 is one of the better laptop buys on the market, but better-designed alternatives can be had for a little more money.

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Starting at: $749.99

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100 (black)

Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5

The good: Excellent shooting performance; great LCD; stereo mic; 10x zoom in an attractive compact body.

The bad: Soft photos on either side of ISO 200; white balance is a little off; no manual or semimanual shooting modes.

The bottom line: With fast performance, good photos, and an excellent feature-to-price ratio, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 is a compact megazoom worth considering.

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Starting at: $209.00 from 22 stores

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