The good: The Razer Onza Tournament Edition is a high-quality third-party Xbox 360 controller with adjustable tension analog sticks, Hyperesponse light-up face buttons, two customizable extra shoulder buttons, and an extra-long braided 15-foot wire.
The bad: The D-pad is a bit clumsy, especially for fans of fighting games. We don't love wired controllers, but there's no way around Microsoft's licensing.
The bottom line: With its bevy of forward-thinking features and customization options, the Razer Onza Tournament Edition is easily one of the best third-party Xbox 360 controllers we've ever used.
The good: The Jays c-Jays open-stage headphones employ a clean architecture and include three interchangeable earpads that let you design the best fit and sound for your tastes.
The bad: Most will find the smallest pads the most sonically pleasing, but they also happen to be the least comfortable out of the three choices.
The bottom line: Jays delivers a smooth-sounding on-ear headphone that gives you three ear cushions to customize your listening experience. Although they don't come cheap, the c-Jays are a worthwhile investment if you're shopping for an aftermarket pair of on-ear headphones to fit your mobile lifestyle.
The good: The Optoma Neo-i is a DLP projector that includes an integrated iPod/iPhone dock for playing videos straight from your iOS handheld. It delivers a brighter image than what most pico projectors offer, and the speakers play reasonably loud. The Neo-i also offers HDMI and standard video inputs for connecting other video components.
The bad: The picture is somewhat soft, especially at larger sizes. Not all iPhone and iPod Touch apps (such as Netflix) offer video output on the projector. The Neo-i is fairly pricey. It's compact but not superportable, and the remote doesn't work as well as it should.
The bottom line: Though its design stretches the definition of "pico" projector, the Optoma Neo-i's inclusion of an iPod/iPhone dock along with its semirespectable image and sound quality help put it ahead of many competing small, casual video projectors.
The good: The Synology DiskStation DS411slim is compact and offers fast performance, an intuitive Web interface, and a generous set of features. Supporting up to eight IP cameras, it makes an excellent surveillance DVR for home or office.
The bad: The Synology DiskStation DS411slim's Surveillance Station requires additional license fees to support more than one camera; its included backup software is primitive; and its Photo Station is sluggish when it comes to generating thumbnails.
The bottom line: Despite a few shortcomings, the Synology DiskStation DS411slim makes a worthy upgrade from its predecessor, the best-of-its-time DS409slim.