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It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.
There's a premium to be paid, but the massive Alienware 18 is a show-off-worthy desktop replacement that takes down even the newest PC games, and is just plain fun to use.
Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.
Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10vi
If you're searching for stellar-sounding in-ear headphones that won't lighten your wallet quite as much as the Shure SE530, the Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 earphones fit the bill--just make sure the gigantic earbuds fit in your ears.
The iMainGo 2 portable speaker offers an innovative design, solid sound quality, compatibility with a ton of MP3 players, and an extremely competitive price. It's a great choice for anyone who wants to rock out loud on the go.
If you have a mobile device running Windows Phone version 7.5 or higher, then SkyDrive is a must-have.
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The new supersmall Lightning Dock Connector on the iPhone 5 and 2012 iPods is going to need one of these.
The Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 earphones are a good middle-of-the-road option thanks to their thumpy bass and solid overall sound quality, but be wary of fit and comfort issues.
With more USB ports and a few new features, the new Pogoplug remains a unique and relatively easy way to share files online. However, its media-streaming features leave something to be desired.