November 2006

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Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 2GB

Look at this sexy mofo. Talk about elegant and sophisticated! And we love how its cap-less design addresses one of our biggest complaints with these drives—the caps always get lost! On this key, you push the USB header out of the key when you need it, and slide it back in when you’re done. This not only reduces the key’s size considerably, but it protects the port as well. It’s a perfect design, in our opinion.

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OCZ Rally 2 4GB

Aluminum casing and huge capacity allow the OCZ disk to transfer and store data quickly, efficiently, and maybe a bit sexily.

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Sandisk Sansa E260

The Sansa e260 has several features we’d love to see in other media players, including a microSD card slot; unfortunately, it’s also saddled with a killer design flaw.

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iRiver Clix

We hereby decree that every new media player should henceforth be equipped with an instant-on feature, like that of iRiver’s Clix. You push the power button and—bam!—the Clix is up and running.

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Logic3 iStation 8

Fancy-pants modeling and a new song collecting feature keep the iStation 8 and its mediocre sound quality afloat, if only partially.

JBL On Tour Plus

Small and sophisticated, the JBL On Tour Plus attempts to bring good looks and performance to a portable platform.

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Razer Krait

We’ve traditionally slammed Razer mice because their oversize buttons are too easy to accidentally click and their low-profile ambidextrous design hurts our hands over long sessions. The new Krait ditches the obnoxious, impossible-to-click side buttons that we detested on the Copperhead model and streamlines the overall shape of the mouse, for a mousing experience that had us pleasantly surprised.

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GuardID ID Vault

Today’s simple username/password system is a single-factor authentication mechanism—your credentials are the only information necessary. When an evildoer has that information, whether it was stolen with a keylogger or a “phishing” email, you’re screwed.

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