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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

As the first full week of August comes to a close, let us take a look at some of the gear that garnered the greatest accolades from CNET editors. Cool apps and games? Check. A camera? Yup. A fitness tracker? You bet. An awesome flagship sedan that may or may not put classic '80s song "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles on repeat in your brain? Amazingly enough, yes.

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1 of 13 Josh Miller/CNET

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

Mercedes-Benz takes a big step forward with its 2014 S550 flagship sedan, improving just about every feature in this model update, but app integration suffers from slow connection times. Read the review.

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2 of 13 Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Hipmunk for Android

Hipmunk for Android

With its unique features for both hotel and flight search, Hipmunk for Android is unquestionably one of the best travel apps on the market. Read the review.

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3 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

Timbuk2 Informant

Timbuk2 Informant

A pretty great grab-and-go camera bag, the Timbuk2 Informant camera sling is a perfect fit for dSLR or mirrorless camera users who want a lot of storage in a little bag. Read the review.

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4 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

It's not for everyone thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want an analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range. Read the review.

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5 of 13 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

A Ride into the Mountains

A Ride into the Mountains

A very impressive game for Android and iOS, A Ride into the Mountains makes the most of old-school graphics by creating a compelling storyline. Read the review.

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6 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277

Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277

The Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277 comes close to being a great mainstream slim gaming laptop. Read the review.

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7 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

Divoom Bluetune Solo

Divoom Bluetune Solo

As far as tiny wireless wireless speakers go, the Divoom Bluetune Solo stacks up well against the competition, with an attractive design, good features, and relatively decent sound. Read the review.

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8 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

Misfit Shine

Misfit Shine

The Misfit Shine is one of the most stylish and futuristic-looking wireless fitness trackers out there, but you're trading in extra versatility for minimalist style. Read the review.

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9 of 13 Dong Ngo/CNET

Motorola SBG6782-AC Surfboard eXtreme Cable Modem

Motorola SBG6782-AC Surfboard eXtreme Cable Modem

If you're looking to upgrade your existing cable-Internet-based home network, or start anew, the Motorola SBG6782-AC is currently the most complete and advanced all-in-one modem-router combo you can get. (Again, cable users only.) Read the review.

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10 of 13 Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Duolingo for Android

Duolingo for Android

As language learning apps go, Duolingo is a fantastic option that's completely free, but don't expect it to help you become completely fluent. Read the review.

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11 of 13 Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom if you'd like a flexible two-in-one camera/smartphone, no matter the size. Read the review.

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12 of 13 Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a quality tablet, but the Nexus 7 offers contract-free 4G LTE support with better performance at a much better price. Read the review.

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13 of 13 Sarah Tew/CNET

KEF M200 in-ear headphones

KEF M200 in-ear headphones

The KEF M200 in-ear headphones sound excellent, with clean, accurate sound, but they just won't fit some ears. Read the review.

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