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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

The lower-end version of the new Dell XPS 13 is still great. Osram provides another smart choice in smart bulbs, and the 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive feels like a couch, drives like a sports sedan. These and more in this week's CNET roundup of the top-rated reviews.

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1 of 8 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Osram's smart lights dial in on quality

These aren't the cheapest smart bulbs you can buy, but Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit is more affordable than Philips or Belkin's, and arguably more feature-rich, too. As a legitimate competitor, it deserves consideration.

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2 of 8 Sarah Tew/CNET

Drop the high-end display in Dell's XPS 13 for better battery life

Taking a second look at the new Dell XPS 13, this lower-end version costs less and has better battery life, but isn't as tightly designed.

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3 of 8 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Bimmer's big diesel is surprisingly quick for such a comfy couch

It's no surprise that the 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive is a comfortable cruiser, but the big Bimmer handles like a much smaller sport sedan.

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4 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET

An excellent balance of features, performance and cost

For heavy storage users who also need a high level of data safety, the Crucial MX200 is an excellent buy.

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5 of 8 Sarah Tew/CNET

A bargain Spotify Connect adapter with great audio quality

Spotify Premium users who value sound quality and the convenience of controlling Spotify through their phone's native app will love the Gramofon.

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6 of 8 Sarah Tew/CNET

This laptop's got (midrange) game with 4K bragging rights

A thinner, lighter gaming laptop, the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition satisfies with an excellent screen and performance and understated good looks.

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7 of 8 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Anova cooks up a smarter sous vide starting point

We loved the original Anova, and this one cooks just as well for less cash. Underwhelming smarts aside, it's a great sous vide starting point.

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8 of 8 Sarah Tew/CNET

Adonit pressure-sensitive Jot Touch stylus is a smooth iPad operator

Nicely balanced, comfortable and well-designed, the Adonit Jot Touch is an excellent pressure-sensitive stylus for the iPad.

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