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.
EVGA e-GeForce 9800GTX+ Superclocked graphics card
EVGA's GeForce GTX 9800+ Superclocked edition has basically the same price-performance benefit as its Radeon HD 4850-based graphics card competition. With identical bang-for-the-buck, you'll like this card if you demand power efficiency, but you should turn to ATI's card if your PC has limited upgrade room.
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.
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
The 3D graphics card market changes too rapidly for us to get bullish about a card with premature driver software. The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 shows promise, even outscoring Nvidia on many PC games, but we would still wait until AMD works out the kinks before handing over your $450.
AMD Phenom 9600 ( 2.3GHz)
AMD's new Phenom quad-core CPU has little to recommend it over competing chips from Intel. The Phenom is marginally less-expensive, but not enough to make up for its subpar performance. Unless AMD drops prices more aggressively, it looks like Intel will maintain its grasp on the CPU market for the foreseeable future.
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AMD Phenom 9500 ( 2.2GHz, OEM)
AMD's new Phenom quad-core CPU has little to recommend it over competing chips from Intel. The Phenom is marginally less expensive, but not enough to make up for its subpar performance. Unless AMD drops prices more aggressively, it looks like Intel will maintain its grasp on the CPU market for the foreseeable future.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
The CPU market is due for a lot of upheaval over the next 12 months, so you might be wise to wait for a clearer picture before plunking down $1,000 or so on Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core desktop processor. But if you want to claim ownership of the fastest multicore CPU around today, look no further.
Sendstation PocketDock ( USB)
If you're looking for an ultraportable AV adapter for your fifth-generation Video iPod, the SendStation PocketDock AV offers high-quality performance at a great price.
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
If you're looking to build a home theater PC, we recommend ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT as the midrange card to use, thanks to its nearly perfect HD video image and its no-fuss installation. But for 3D gaming, you'd be much better off looking for a good deal on a faster, older graphics card.
M-Audio Torq Mixlab
For the aspiring digital DJ, the M-Audio Torq Mixlab is an unmatched value.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
The quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 keeps the desktop CPU performance belt tied firmly around Intel's waist at a price that helps offset the lack of sizable performance gains. New products at the end of the year may outclass this new chip when they arrive, but for now, the QX6850 reigns supreme.
Callpod Chargepod Bundle Pack CHPA-0002
The Callpod Chargepod does its job well, but the convenience comes at a high price.