The good: Cherry Blue switches offer satisfying tactility with every click; cheaper than most mechanical-switch keyboards; durable braided cord; small footprint.
The bad: Lacks extra USB ports.
The bottom line: Mechanical keyboards are gaining popularity in circles that miss the tactility of the original IBM Model M, and Rosewill introduces an inexpensive version in the RK-9000. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of competitors like Das Keyboard, but the Cherry Blue switches, molded keycaps, and simple-yet-durable design make the Rosewill RK-9000 an excellent, affordable product to start your click-clack keyboard addiction.
The good: Blu-ray, wireless networking, and HDMI make this tiny PC ideal for serving up living-room content; streams online HD video flawlessly; can play forgiving 3D games thanks to discrete graphics card.
The bad: Comparably slow productivity performance; upgradable slim-tower competition offers more potential and faster performance for a lower price.
The bottom line: With its thoughtful features, Dell's charming little Inspiron Zino HD is perfectly suited to serve up HD content to your living room. We wish it had more general computing speed, and design purists will find the Mac Mini more sophisticated, but on balance we recommend it, especially to more casual home theater PC enthusiasts.
The good: Great value compared with other midrange receivers; six HDMI inputs; graphical user interface; analog video upconversion; audio return channel supported; 3D compatible; second-zone functionality.
The bad: Lackluster sound quality; iPod dock costs $80 extra; does not support standby pass-through.
The bottom line: The Onkyo HT-RC260 offers an extraordinary value for a receiver with six HDMI inputs, although its sound quality isn't what we expect from an Onkyo.
The good: Excellent photo quality, features for its class; semimanual, manual shooting modes; uses AA-size batteries.
The bad: Slow shooting performance; bulky, heavy body.
The bottom line: The budget-friendly Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a solid compact megazoom for those who prize creative control and photo quality more than fast shooting performance or a small, lightweight design.
The good: The Samsung Intercept is a solid first foray for Virgin Mobile into Android territory. The phone brings with it a 3.2-megapixel camera, a great QWERTY keyboard, 32GB expandable memory, and the Android 2.1 OS.
The bad: Photo quality on the Intercept could be stronger, the screen could be larger, and the dimensions could be sleeker. We found the optical touchpad too small to be truly useful.
The bottom line:The Samsung Intercept is one of the most advanced and priciest phones for Virgin Mobile, but it's an excellent addition to the carrier's lineup.