Quirky Pivot Power Genius
This power strip is smart, but "Genius" might be pushing it. Even though it has only one socket, for now we still prefer the Belkin WeMo Switch.
LaCie RuggedKey ( 32GB)
The LaCie RuggedKey is one of the best portable, ultracompact, storage devices on the market.
Mobee Magic Bar
The Mobee Magic Bar is a great way to add easy, (mostly) cordless recharging to your Apple Wireless Keyboard or Magic Trackpad.
Lexar JumpDrive Triton
Thanks to its stellar performance and nifty design, the Lexar JumpDrive Triton is more than worth its relatively high price tag.
We recommend the AMD A8-3850 to mainstream desktop PC users in search of capable gaming power and multithreaded application performance.
Lexar Echo MX backup drive 128GB
If you're willing to dig a hole in your wallet, the Lexar Echo MX could be a great option for quick backups and on-the-go storage.
The LaCie FastKey USB flash drive is an excellent portable storage solution for those who can afford its hefty price tag.
Targus Premium Laptop Charger
The ultraportable Targus Premium Laptop Charger is definitely a smart option for powering your portables, on the go or at home.
Sound Blaster Wireless System for iTunes and Receiver
The Sound Blaster Wireless System for iTunes and Receiver is a painless way to stream audio from your PC or Mac to a set of speakers or AV receiver.
LaCie IamaKey ( 16GB)
LaCie's IamaKey USB flash drive is slim, sturdy, and, most importantly, will stay on your key ring.
Belkin Conserve Surge Protector ( 10-outlet)
Belkin's Conserve surge protector probably won't save you a ton of money, but it does provide a convenient way to selectively shut off any power-sucking devices in your home.
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked
We don't think most gamers shopping for a midrange 3D card are looking for power efficiency, but for those conscientious few, the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked is the card for you. Otherwise, you can get noticeably more performance and capability from an only slightly more expensive ATI card.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 ( PCI-e 2.0, 2GB, GDDR3)
Even if it's a relative power hog, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 brings so much speed and utility to the table it's hard for us to recommend another midrange 3D card. Only the particularly power conscious or those who play games with known multichip scaling issues should look elsewhere.
PNY GeForce GTX 295 ( PCI-e 2.0, 1.7GB, GDDR3)
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 295 is the single fastest 3D card on the market, and for a relatively aggressive price. Added bonuses like power efficiency and PhysX support sweeten the deal, but even without those extra benefits, we'd still recommend this card for its processing power and comparative value.
Callpod Fueltank CAFT-0001
The Callpod Fueltank is a well-constructed and user-friendly device that works exactly as advertised.
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition
Thanks to an expensive new motherboard requirement, Intel's new Core i7 desktop processors will remain enthusiast and professional-level parts until more affordable complementary hardware comes out later next year. Speed never comes cheap, however, and if you're willing to spend for it now, you'll find yourself in possession of the fastest CPU on the market.
ZeeVee ZvBox Zv-100
While the ZvBox succeeds in delivering any Web- or PC-based videos to your TV, the system's convoluted setup and laggy control scheme make it hard to recommend--especially at this price.
SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus ( 4GB)
SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus boasts an innovative set of features, fast data transfers, and a complimentary six-month online backup subscription, but we're put off by the subsequent annual service fee and the expensive retail price, especially when other drives at equal capacity cost much less.
Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800
The Tekkeon TekCharger MP1800 accomplishes its job and does it well. We just wish an important part wasn't missing.
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AMD Phenom X4 9850 ( 2.5GHz)
AMD's new Phenom X4 9850 is overpriced and outclassed compared with its Intel-based quad-core competition. If PC vendors can use this chip to make cheap systems (as they did with older Phenoms), we might have nicer things to say, but as a DIY part at this price, we can't recommend AMD's latest quad-core CPU.