Components

Creative Sound Blaster X7
REVIEW

Creative Sound Blaster X7

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 offers a ridiculous number of features for the money and sound quality is generally very good, but its appeal is limited.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 14, 2015
Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit
REVIEW

Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit

The Actiontec gets the job done for those who want to quickly extend their home network without much concern about performance.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 14, 2014
Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro
REVIEW

Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro

The Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro's superfast 4G LTE speed and exceptionally long battery life make it a great buy on its own, but its juice pack feature sweetens the deal that much more.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 18, 2013

Available direct from T-Mobile.

Anker USB 24W USB Car Charger
REVIEW

Anker USB 24W USB Car Charger

If you find it at a discount, the Anker 24W USB charger is an excellent option for powering multiple smartphones or tablets while on the road.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on October 18, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Novatel MiFi Liberate
REVIEW

Novatel MiFi Liberate ( AT&T)

The Novatel Wireless MiFi Liberate is arguably the best mobile router AT&T has offered yet.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 9, 2012
1 star User rating out of 2 votes
Targus Space Saving Lap Chill Mat
REVIEW

Targus Space Saving Lap Chill Mat

Most laptop stands either are too big to carry, or only support smaller notebooks. The Targus Space Saving Lap Chill Mat packs down nearly flat, and can also support 17-inch desktop-replacement laptops.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 2, 2012
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Energizer 5W Premium USB Wall Charger
REVIEW

Energizer 5W Premium USB Wall Charger

With its convenient and portable package, the Energizer 5W Wall Charger offers some welcome improvements over the common cell phone charger.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 23, 2012
NZXT Cryo E40
REVIEW

NZXT Cryo E40

For under $30, the NZXT Cryo E40 provides efficient cooling through its movable fans, and its metal body makes it look like a more expensive accessory.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 18, 2012
Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L
REVIEW

Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L ( by Novatel Wireless)

Business travelers will find the Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L an excellent companion thanks to its fast connection, nice set of features, and long-lasting battery. Its expensive and limited data plans, however, might steer casual users away.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 14, 2012
1 star User rating out of 5 votes
Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter
REVIEW

Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter

All things considered, the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is currently the best investment for those who want a superfast storage device to use with a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 15, 2012
AMD A8-3850
REVIEW

AMD A8-3850

We recommend the AMD A8-3850 to mainstream desktop PC users in search of capable gaming power and multithreaded application performance.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 30, 2011

MSRP: $135.00

Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
REVIEW

Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11 ( by Samsung)

Business users who need a superfast mobile Internet connection will be happy with the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11. Others should be aware of its expensive data plans and hot temperature.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 10, 2011
1 star User rating out of 10 votes

MSRP: $269.99

Sprint MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot
REVIEW

Sprint MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

For mobile users who travel within good Sprint 4G coverage areas--especially those traveling with laptops-- the Sprint MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot makes a good companion.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 21, 2011
Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
REVIEW

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid

If you're a Mac user who's been looking for a way to add live TV and DVR functionality to your computer, the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid could be the solution you've been waiting for. However, in a world of ever-increasing streaming video options, you might find your needs for live TV recording to be ever diminishing.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 18, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Roxio Game Capture
REVIEW

Roxio Game Capture

While the Roxio Game Capture system might satisfy the ultranovice game capturer, many average users and do-it-yourselfers will be better served seeking alternatives.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on April 12, 2011
2.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
XCom Global MiFi Hotspot
REVIEW

XCom Global MiFi Hotspot

The XCom Global MiFi Hotspot is pricey, but if you need reliable Internet coverage abroad, the cost will be worth it.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 24, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
Idapt i3 Universal Desktop Charger
REVIEW

Idapt i3 Universal Desktop Charger ( black)

Though it's not flawless, the Idapt i3 Universal Charging Dock does a good job at simultaneously powering up to three devices, but a few annoyances keep it from being a must-buy.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 30, 2010

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Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station
REVIEW

Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station

The Ineo USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station is a good hard-drive docking station for those who work frequently with internal hard drives. It saves time and negates the need to open the computer's case.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 13, 2010

MSRP: $44.99

Powermat Home and Office Mat
REVIEW

Powermat Home and Office Mat

The Powermat isn't entirely free of wires, but it succeeds at being different and at powering your phone. On the other hand, we don't see it fulfilling a need.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 13, 2010
Targus AWE55US Lap Chill Mat
REVIEW

Targus AWE55US Lap Chill Mat

The Targus Lap Chill Mat is among the least-ugly laptop fan stands we've seen, helping it rise above the generic-looking competition.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 11, 2009
1 star User rating out of 2 votes
Logitech N110 Notebook Riser
REVIEW

Logitech N110 Notebook Riser

The Logitech Notebook Riser N110 is a flexible ergonomic stand, but check first for a perfect fit if you use a thinner laptop.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 11, 2009
Sound Blaster Wireless System for iTunes and Receiver
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 13, 2009
Voyager Q
REVIEW

Voyager Q

The Voyager Q is a versatile hard-drive-docking station for people who work with more than one internal hard drive. It saves time and spares you from having to open the computer's case.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 11, 2009

Pricing not available

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 6, 2009
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 6, 2009
PNY GeForce GTX 295
REVIEW

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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on January 16, 2009
Targus Chill Mat for Mac
REVIEW

Targus Chill Mat for Mac

Designed to coordinate with your Apple work space, the USB-powered Targus Chill Mat for Mac provides effective cooling for your MacBook or MacBook Pro.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 1, 2008
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition
REVIEW

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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on November 2, 2008
Mophie Juice Pack for iPod Touch
REVIEW

Mophie Juice Pack for iPod Touch

The Juice Pack comes at a high price for a glorified battery, but weary, entertainment-starved travelers will appreciate the extra time it offers.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 22, 2008

As Reviewed: $99

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Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station for Wii
REVIEW

Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station for Wii

The Penguin 4X Quad Charge Station does a great job charging and storing up to four Wii remotes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 18, 2008