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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

If variety is the spice of life, CNET's band of jolly editors really filled the spice rack this week. In addition to tortured metaphors in introductions to slideshows, this week saw a rocking (and affordable) sound bar, an impressive router (no, really), a large tablet that won't nuke your wallet, and a "surprisingly powerful" electric car.

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1 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

Pioneer SP-SB23W

If variety is the spice of life, CNET's band of jolly editors really filled the spice rack this week. In addition to tortured metaphors in introductions to slideshows, this week saw a rocking (and affordable) sound bar, an impressive router (no, really), a large tablet that won't nuke your wallet, and a "surprisingly powerful" electric car. First up:

Pioneer SP-SB23W

The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations. Read the review.

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2 of 16 Dong Ngo/CNET

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

For advanced and professional users, the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, and bounty of useful features. Read the review.

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3 of 16 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

FIFA 14

FIFA 14

FIFA 14 is easily the best sports game on iOS devices, bringing realistic soccer to your touch screen and a ton of content and game modes to explore. Read the review.

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4 of 16 Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Quickoffice for Android

Quickoffice for Android

Quickoffice for Android has more editing features than Google Drive, but it's still no match for the more robust and visual Kingsoft Office app. Read the review.

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5 of 16 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

PicPlayPost for iOS

PicPlayPost for iOS

PicPlayPost for iOS is a fun way to stand out on Instagram or Vine, but even if you're not into sharing personal photos on a network, it's perfect for creating family memories to share via iMessage and e-mail. Read the review.

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6 of 16 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Angry Birds Star Wars II

Angry Birds Star Wars II

While the gameplay has barely evolved, this sequel, available for iOS|Android|Windows Phone is just as addictive as ever, and is still a great download for all ages, the presence of Jar Jar Binks notwithstanding. Read the review.

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7 of 16 Colin West McDonald/CNET

Panasonic NN-SD997S microwave

Panasonic NN-SD997S microwave

If you're interested in the inverter tech angle, you may be disappointed. But if you don't expect to get artisanal omelets from a microwave, the Panasonic NN-SD997S is still a solid choice for a large, midprice countertop model. Read the review.

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8 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

While the "all-new" Kindle Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available. Read the review.

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9 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR

If you crave a compact megazoom that gives you a lot of control over your results, look no further than the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR. If you crave a good burger, check out the next product. Read the review.

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10 of 16 Colin West McDonald/CNET

Sharp R820JS Convection Grill Microwave Oven

Sharp R820JS Convection Grill Microwave Oven

We'd be happier if all the presets worked as expected, but the Sharp R820JS Convection Grill Microwave Oven does grill a good burger. Read the review.

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11 of 16 Colin West McDonald/CNET

Whirlpool WMC50522AS Microwave

Whirlpool WMC50522AS Microwave

The Whirlpool WMC50522AS is a fine microwave, but it would be more impressive at a lower cost. Read the review.

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12 of 16 Josh Miller/CNET

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 is a well-priced large tablet that doesn't compromise on useful extras. Read the review.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Like other electric cars, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV offers limited usage scenarios thanks to its range, but its drivetrain is ultra-efficient and surprisingly powerful. Read the review.

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14 of 16 Colin West McDonald/CNET

Amana AMC2166AS countertop microwave

Amana AMC2166AS countertop microwave

The Amana AMC2166AS countertop microwave is a perfectly fine appliance, but at this price, we expect a little more than just "fine." Read the review.

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15 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

Sony Alpha A3000

Sony Alpha A3000

If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget, but not better performance, the Sony Alpha A3000 meets that criterion. Read the review.

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16 of 16 Josh Miller/CNET

LG Optimus F6

LG Optimus F6

Competitively priced and stocked with respectable hardware specs, the LG Optimus F6 is a worthy buy for T-Mobile customers who are big on value. Read the review.

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