January 2005

MGE Quantum

This is one of the coolest cases we’ve ever tested—literally

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.xgbox.com

The Quantum is a serious enclosure that is both quite large and jam-packed with features.

Velocity Micro Raptor 64 Dual X

The wait for PCI Express is over for AMD fans

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9 Kick Ass
URL: www.velocitymicro.com

Oh, the ignominy.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe

SLI for the masses arrives (sorta)

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.asus.com

If you’ve followed our coverage of nVidia’s scaleable link interface (SLI), you know that we’ve been anxiously waiting for an SLI-capable mobo that doesn’t require registered memory or an expensive workstation CPU.

Creative Gigaworks ProGamer G500 5.1 speakers

Hard on your organs, but not on your wallet

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.creative.com

Creative Labs has downsized its 7.1 speaker system—the GigaWorks S750—to a more manageable 5.1 system “tuned for gaming.” This translates into one less driver in the satellites and a muscular subwoofer that’s capable of turning your steak and tomatoes dinner into chili while it’s still in your tummy.

Razer Diamondback

It’s ultra-sensitive--for your pleasure

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.razerzone.com

We’re not going to waste time writing about Razer’s miss-and-miss history with high-precision gaming mice.

256MB MPIO FL300

Smaller and better than most larger MP3 players

Month Reviewed: May 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.buympio.com

Like the psychotically belligerent short guy you knew in high school, the MPIO FL300 seems determined to prove that its size is no reflection of its abilities.

256MB WeWa Zealot WMP-4000+

Austere design and great sound come together in the Zealot

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 7
URL: www.cirago.com

After the Stanchion, the Zealot is the second in a series of MP3 players from WeWa that appear to have gotten their names from words pulled out of the dictionary at random.

5GB Rave-MP ARC5.0

Five gigabytes never sounded so bad

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 0
URL: www.rave-mp.com

The ARC5.0 is not an MP3 player you’d wear with pride.

Corel Painter IX

Doodlers and dabblers need not apply

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.corel.com

Opening Painter IX is like walking into the best-stocked artist’s studio you’ve ever seen.

Seagate 40GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

A rugged drive that gets the job done

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.seagate.com

Now that Seagate is manufacturing 2.5-inch notebook drives, it makes perfect sense the company would enter the booming portable storage market by slipping one of its new drives into a rugged shell and slapping a USB 2.0 bridge on it.