2005

Sling Media Slingbox

The engineers at Sling Media must really identify with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Mike Teavee, because they’ve invented a device that enables you to watch your home television anywhere you have Internet access.Actually, the Slingbox does more than that: It can control any media device (DVD player, camcorder, etc.) outfitted with an infrared remote-control receiver, and then stream that device’s A/V output over the Internet to your remote PC.

M-Audio Studiophile LX4

We looked at a few studio monitors in 2005, but M-Audio’s Studiophile LX4 surround system is the first one we can enthusiastically recommend as both a tool and a toy—albeit a cheap tool and an expensive toy.

Logitech MX610

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some little status lights that let you know when you’ve received an email or an instant message, without having to actually wake your computer from its Standby slumber? We think so, and apparently so does Logitech, because that’s one of the features of its MX610.

Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet

We really like Microsoft’s concept of the Tablet PC. Whether we’re taking notes in a meeting, web browsing on the couch, or working in bed, the Tablet, with its fancy touch screen and handwriting-friendly software, fits the bill perfectly.

Unfortunately, until now, you had to sacrifice too much to get those conveniences: Most Tablets are underpowered, their screens are too small, and they lack an optical drive, to say nothing of a decent graphics processor.

Kingwin AquaStar AS-3000

This month Kingwin bravely wades into the water-cooling fray with a CPU- and GPU-cooling kit dubbed AquaStar.

Zalman VF700-Cu LED VGA Cooler

In the past we’ve been a smidge wary of aftermarket VGA coolers, but all that’s changed now that we’ve tested the royally badass VF700-Cu cooler from Zalman.

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood

Anyone who’s read Stephen Ambrose’s exquisite history of the WWII exploits of the 101st Airborne’s Easy Company, Band of Brothers, or seen the HBO miniseries of the same name, is going to feel right at home with Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood.

ATI Radeon X1600 XT

ATI has launched a variety of bang-for-the-buck GPUs this year; the 16-pipe X800 XL and the eight-pipe X800 GT are particularly impressive.

Serious Sam II

It’s no secret that we love to blow stuff up, yet despite our penchant for destruction, the sequel to Serious Sam isn’t as fun as the original.

Razer Copperhead

The nitwit who thought that updating firmware on a mouse was a good thing should be kicked in the groin.