SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive ( 64G)
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a must-have accessory for those with a newer iPhone or iPad.
We recommend the AMD A8-3850 to mainstream desktop PC users in search of capable gaming power and multithreaded application performance.
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.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
AMD's new high-end dual-core CPU offers plenty of bang for the buck, outpacing Intel's Pentium 965 Extreme Edition, which costs $200 more. Sounds like a good deal, but wait to see what Intel's next-gen Core 2 Duo chips have to offer when they debut later this year.
ATI All-In-Wonder X1900
If you're looking for a single high-end 3D card, the Radeon X1900 XTX shows a lot of promise. If you have dreams of upgrading to a dual-card configuration, stay far, far away.
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.
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro
Plugged into a USB port, the ultracompact Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro affordably adds a shared headphone jack/optical digital-audio output to your PC or laptop.
M-Audio Torq Mixlab
For the aspiring digital DJ, the M-Audio Torq Mixlab is an unmatched value.
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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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ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition
Unequivocally the most powerful graphics card on the market, ATI's Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition hands Nvidia's new card a stunning defeat.
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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Lexar JumpDrive Traveler USB Flash Drive ( Hi-Speed USB, 128 MB)
Lexar's JumpDrive Traveler features some useful applications for e-mail, cookie-free Internet browsing, and file synchronization.
Cobra CPP 300
The CPP 50, 100, and 300 enable users to juice of their mobile device's battery when no outlets are to be found.
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.
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.
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.
XFX GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
The XFX GeForce FX 5950 Ultra graphics card is one of the fastest we've seen, but you can get nearly the same performance for around $100 less.
PNY Verto GeForce 7900 GS
Featuring Nvidia's latest midrange GPU, the $200 PNY Verto GeForce 7900 GS offers a strong bang for the buck compared to its ATI rival. We recommend it if you are looking to play 3D games on an LCD monitor, aren't too concerned about sky-high frame rates, and won't be bothered if a next-gen replacement emerges in the coming months.
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.
HP xb2000 notebook expansion base
The HP xb2000 notebook expansion base features most of the important ports, as well as a great set of speakers and a wireless keyboard and mouse, but it's very expensive.
PNY Verto GeForce 7900 GTX Limited Edition ( PCI-E, 512MB)
PNY's highest-end 3D card is overclocked and comes with a few helpful accessories. We just wish that it included a game or two, as a $500 graphics card isn't very useful if you don't have anything to play with it.
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.
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS ( PCI-E, 640MB)
No other 3D graphics card comes close to this bang for the buck, making the 320MB XFX GeForce 8800 GTS mostly an easy decision if you need a midrange upgrade. Nvidia still has to polish off its Vista software, and the sooner-or-later arrival of competing cards muddies the waters a bit, but if you need a midprice graphics card today, this should be your pick.
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.
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
We've given plenty of coverage to the priciest, highest-end 3D graphics cards, but what about 3D for the rest of us? Nvidia's new midrange GeForce 6600 GT card delivers respectable game performance for roughly $200--significantly less than the $400 and $500 6800-series cards.
Targus Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video
The Targus Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video would be a winner if the VGA-over-USB experience were more fluid; however, video performance is so poor that we'd wager most people won't use it.
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro
Creative's Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro is the must-have sound card for hard-core gamers, PC-theater aficionados, and audiophiles.
Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III
Toshiba's Advanced Port Replicator III is compact and offers more ports than any other setup, but it's not easy to attach.
Monoprice Wi-Fi microSD Adapter
For less than $35, this SD-card-size adapter lets you connect mobile devices and computers to your camera for wireless viewing and transferring of pictures and videos.
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
If you can live a few frames per second behind those with the highest-end graphics cards, the ATI Radeon X800 Pro saves you $100 and still smokes most of the competition.