The versatile Jetpack MiFi 6620L is an excellent mobile hotspot for those who live and travel within Verizon's 4G LTE coverage.
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.
The Novatel Wireless MiFi Liberate is arguably the best mobile router AT&T has offered yet.
The reasonably priced Creative Xmod does a remarkable job of making audio sound brighter, deeper, and more vibrant.
The Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is a good, affordable tool for computer technicians and those who work with internal hard drives.
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.
Dedicated 3D gamers need not bother, but home or business users will appreciate the solid 2D performance and a new approach to face-to-face communication over the Internet.
If you thought dual cores were over the top, get ready. Intel presents the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, a single CPU with four distinct processing cores. At $999, the first quad-core CPU will remain an enthusiast part for a while, but as a glimpse of the future, it's clear that clock speed is out and core counts are in.
Well-designed and reliable, the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot makes a very good travel companion.
The makers of the wacky e-ink Yota Phone turn their attention to the humble hot spot.
Leia is a new technology that aims to revive interest in glasses-free 3D display.
Hauppauge's WinTV-PVR-500 MCE is a good choice if you want to record two programs simultaneously, but it assumes you have a Media Center remote and the correct decoding software.
Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra
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.
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.
The proof-of-concept motherboard-chassis hybrid combines to make it easier to install new components, but it's not perfect.
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.
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.