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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

This week, reviewers from CNET UK took on the Sony PlayStation Vita Slim. You'd never guess from the way they talk about it, but they gave it four stars and you can click through to find out why. Meanwhile, the American judge -- sorry, CNET's US-based reviewers -- gave enthusiastic Editors' Choice Awards to the five-door 2014 Mazda3 and The Room Two, a puzzle game for iOS. Those numbers are the highlights of a nicely competitive week. Check out the high scorers!

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The Room Two (iOS)

This week, reviewers from CNET UK took on the Sony PlayStation Vita Slim. You'd never guess from the way they talk about it, but they gave it four stars and you can click through to find out why. Meanwhile, the American judge -- sorry, CNET's US-based reviewers -- gave enthusiastic Editors' Choice Awards to the five-door 2014 Mazda3 and The Room Two, a puzzle game for iOS. Those numbers are the highlights of a nicely competitive week. Check out the high scorers!

The Room Two

Polished graphics and sound design along with excellent puzzle-solving gameplay make The Room Two well worth the price. Read the review.

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2014 BMW 428i

2014 BMW 428i

When optioned well, the 2014 BMW 428i achieves an excellent balance between being an exciting sports car and an everyday driver with modern, connected tech, and it looks good doing it. Read the review.

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2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-Door

2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-Door

In features and driving character, the 2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-Door punches way above its humble economy-class roots, although a few bugs suggest the cabin tech needs refinement. Read the review.

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Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7)

Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7)

The Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting. Read the review.

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5 of 11 Andrew Hoyle/CNET UK

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim

In the face of stiff competition from smartphone and tablet gaming, we were hoping for something more audacious from Sony's Vita revamp. The Sony PlayStation Vita Slim is still a powerful, portable games machine, however -- just watch out for those pricey, proprietary memory cards. Owners of the original shouldn't worry about upgrading, but if there are Vita-specific titles you've been hankering to play for a while now, this is a good time to get involved. Read the review.

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6 of 11 Sarah Tew/CNET

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 135

Early versions of the Dell XPS 135 had promise, but lacked must-have features. Over time, the system has gained a high-res display, then a touch screen, making the new 2014 version an ultrabook that has nearly everything you'd want. Read the review.

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Pioneer AppRadio 3 SPH-DA210

Pioneer AppRadio 3 SPH-DA210

The Pioneer AppRadio 3 SPH-DA210 is significantly improved over the previous generation and one of the best choices for drivers wanting to use smartphone apps safely while on the road. Read the review.

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8 of 11 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Facebook Paper (iOS)

Facebook Paper

Facebook Paper is a new and attractive way to browse the social-networking site and get the latest news, though its unclear why it's better to have two Facebook apps rather than one. Read the review.

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9 of 11 Sarah Tew/CNET

Brainwavz HM5 headphones

Brainwavz HM5

The Brainwavz HM5 headphones sound great, are very comfortable, and can compete with high-end headphones for a relatively affordable price. Read the review.

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Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Betting on a full 1080p display partly justifies the Dell Venue 11 Pro being higher-priced than other Atom-powered tablets. But the keyboard dock add-on, which should turn this into a functional laptop alternative, is too expensive and occasionally frustrating to use. Read the review.

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JLab Epic earbuds

JLab Epic

The JLab Epic earbuds may look a little cheap, but they offer a comfortable, secure fit, and sound richer than their design would indicate. Read the review.

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