Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 (2.7GHz Core i7, 13-inch)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: CPU updates offer big leaps in performance; phenomenal battery life; excellent ergonomics, keyboard, and large, smooth, multitouch clickpad are still among the best available; 720p HD Webcam.
The bad: Graphics performance is slightly worse than last year's 13-inch Pro; 13-inch screen resolution still low compared with the MacBook Air; Thunderbolt port still an unknown until accessories become available; limited upgrade options; expensive; no HDMI or Blu-ray.
The bottom line: Despite retaining the same price and look as last year's model, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro's significant CPU updates and fantastic battery life make it one of the top laptops we've reviewed, provided you can live with passable integrated graphics.
The good: The E-PL2 delivers excellent photo quality, with an extremely customizable interface.
The bad: Performance has improved, but the E-PL2 still couldn't be classified as fast overall.
The bottom line: A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
The good: The Palm Pre 2 ships with WebOS 2.0, which brings such improvements as better multitasking and enhanced universal search.
The bad: The Pre 2 doesn't offer a lot of hardware changes over its predecessor. The smartphone can also be sluggish.
The bottom line: The enhancements in WebOS 2.0 make the Palm Pre 2 a very capable smartphone, but we think it's worth waiting for the HP Pre 3, which will offer hardware improvements to complement the software upgrades.
Sonos WD100 Wireless Dock for iPod or iPhone - White
Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5
The good: Easy way to stream music from an iPhone or iPod to your multiroom Sonos system; wirelessly streams to Sonos ZonePlayers; charges your iPod or iPhone.
The bad: Somewhat expensive; locks down iPod or iPhone, temporarily obviating one of the Sonos system's biggest advantages.
The bottom line: While it's a bit pricey for what it does, the Sonos WD100 Wireless Dock is a flexible accessory that allows you to stream your music collection directly from your iPhone or iPod without turning on a computer.