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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

From a phone that's also a camera -- no, but really, an excellent camera -- to the Piper NV security system, and BMW's i3 "compact car of the future," CNET's editors found some great stuff this week.

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1 of 9 Dong Ngo/CNET

Portability and performance redefined

Aside from its cost, the Samsung Portable SSD T1 is what any portable drive should be.

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2 of 9 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

BMW's lightweight EV looks strange, drives strangely

The 2014 BMW i3 looks and feels like the compact car of the future, but its high price will be a huge sticking point for thrifty small-EV drivers.

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3 of 9 Megan Wollerton/CNET

This overachieving DIY security stunner scores big

For easy, seamless DIY home security and automation integration, look no further than Icontrol Networks' Piper NV.

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4 of 9 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

A clever design helps the Cloud LED shine

For basic household usage, the Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED is a solid value pick that gets the important stuff right.

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5 of 9 Sarah Tew/CNET

Apple's Logic Pro music production suite gets a free 10.1 upgrade

Logic Pro X 10.1 from Apple is a self-contained music studio that offers tremendous flexibility and power -- once you get past the learning curve.

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6 of 9 Sarah Tew/CNET

Slim receiver with full-bodied sound

The slim, compact Marantz NR1605 provides excellent sound quality and thoroughly up-to-date features, making it one of our favorites for the price.

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7 of 9 Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

This well-designed puzzle game begs for more challenge

Shadowmatic (iOS) is worth the pocket change for its unique perspective, but a better progression of difficulty would make it a more engaging play.

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8 of 9 Aloysius Low/CNET

Xiaomi's latest flagship dazzles with quality design

The Mi Note showcases Xiaomi's top-class potential to the world -- it's just a shame so few outside Asia will get to see it.

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9 of 9 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Photographers, say hello to your next phone

While the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is undeniably pricey and bulky, its wealth of photography kit helps it achieve image quality that's unrivalled in the smartphone world. If you love the idea of always having a great camera to hand but don't want to be weighed down with two devices, the Lumix CM1 is the phone for you.

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