Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Apple MacBook Pro Fall 2011
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Incremental updates to the CPU help keep the MacBook Pro line a step above the now-mainstream MacBook Air. The trackpad and gesture controls are still the best of any current laptop.
The bad: Unless you need an optical drive, the MacBook Air may be a better fit for most, and the Pro still lacks things we'd like to see, such as HDMI, Blu-ray, and USB 3.0.
The bottom line: A MacBook Pro is a significant investment, especially when adding in optional upgrades. Cost aside, there's not a better choice (there are, however, some close ties) for an all-around powerhouse that will work in the home, the office, and in between.
The good: The 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S exhibits excellent driving dynamics owing to its active suspension, and outrageous acceleration with a dual-clutch transmission and direct-injection engine. The premium Burmester audio system delivers finely detailed music reproduction.
The bad: Voice command is not standard, and for close to $200K, we would expect more-advanced cabin electronics.
The bottom line: With a powerful yet efficient engine and high-tech suspension, the pricey 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S delivers near-supercar performance, but the cabin electronics fall short of cutting-edge.
The good: The Motorola Atrix 2 has a sharp and colorful 4.3-inch qHD display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, HSPA+ support, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a front-facing camera, Webtop functionality, and it ships with Android 2.3.
The bad: The Motorola Atrix 2 no longer has the fingerprint sensor, and there's a slight shutter lag that will not please camera enthusiasts.
The bottom line: For the price, the Motorola Atrix 2 is an amazingly feature-packed high-performance Android phone for AT&T customers.
The good: The Asus Zenbook UX31E boasts sleek, pristine design; excellent-sounding speakers; a higher-resolution screen than the MacBook Air; and a better price for nearly identical specs.
The bad: The keyboard and touch pad are weak points; there are equally thin laptops out there with better battery life.
The bottom line: The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an excellent-looking Windows Ultrabook laptop that matches the MacBook Air step for step with an even better price. Fans of great audio, high-resolution screens and lots of ports will be happy; keyboard/touch pad aficionados will be disappointed.
The good: The LG Enlighten has a great keyboard, ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has plenty of features, like a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G with EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi, 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, and more. It's also very affordable.
The bad: The LG Enlighten is bulky and can be a bit sluggish.
The bottom line: The LG Enlighten is a great beginner smartphone for Verizon Wireless customers who want a physical keyboard.
The good: The Monoprice 8247 is one of the least expensive 5.1 speaker systems we've ever seen. The system includes four small two-way satellite speakers with swivel wall-mounts, a center channel, and a compact powered 8-inch subwoofer. Most importantly, it actually sounds pretty good, as long as you're not expecting miracles.
The bad: The plastic speaker cabinets don't compare to the nicer finishes on more expensive systems. And if you can spend more money, the Energy Take Classic 5.1 and Pioneer SP-PK21BS are better in just about every way.
The bottom line: The Monoprice 8247 does the impossible by offering a competent 5.1 speaker system for less than $100, setting a new standard for ultrabudget speakers.