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Asus EN7600GT

The EN7600GT is a great mid-range card. If you're looking to get into gaming but don't want to break the bank, you could do far worse

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.

AMD Phenom X4 9500 / 2.2 GHz processor

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.

ZTE MF60

Telecom Square's Global Hotspot is a dependable and convenient way to access the Internet while traveling, but you'll need to be a heavy data user to make the service economical.

AMD Black Edition AMD Phenom X4 9850 / 2.5 GHz processor

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.

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.

ATI RADEON 7500 graphics card

Dual-display ability helps make the ATI's merely satisfactory performance much more palatable.

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 / 3 GHz processor

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.

Editors' Choice

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 / 3.2 GHz processor

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.

Tekkeon myPower MP1100

While not for everyone, the Tekkeon MyPower is a great option for iPod users who are constantly looking for an AC power outlet.

Asus ROG Avalon

The proof-of-concept motherboard-chassis hybrid combines to make it easier to install new components, but it's not perfect.

Logitech Notebook Riser N110

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

Novatel MiFi Liberate AT&T

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

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Extigy

This external sound card works great for watching DVDs, listening to tunes, or recording audio on your computer.

Iomega Super DVD Writer

Iomega's Super DVD Writer offers competitive performance for a reasonable price--perfect for anyone who wants five-format flexibility.

Leia

Leia is a new technology that aims to revive interest in glasses-free 3D display.

AMD A8 3850 / 2.9 GHz processor

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

Nyko Charge Station wireless game controller charging stand

If you don't mind a few minor annoyances, the Nyko Charge Station is a great way to recharge your Wii remotes.