September 2006

New Slingboxes

Sling Media is now shipping several new models of their products that enable you to watch and control your TV or DVR anywhere you have web access and a PC or smartphone.

PhysX: Six Months Later

It's been six months since I first laid my hands on an Ageia PhysX card, for a review published in our July issue, and I still don't see any reason why Maximum PC readers should buy one.

PC Design Lab Qmicra

So you want to create a DIY PC using all of today's white-phosphorous-hot components and the requisite hefty power supply, and you want it to be small? Impossible? Maybe not.

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Crucial Gizmo OverDrive

Crucial pulled out all the stops with its new Gizmo Overdrive key. This drive roars past everything but Corsair’s fastest offerings.

The Gizmo’s read speeds are more than twice as fast as OCZ's Mini-Kart and Kingston's DataTraveler, and its write speeds are 30 percent faster. This kind of performance has a price, however, as the Gizmo is twice as expensive per gig as these other two.

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Altec Lansing BB2001

A judicious application of bass can go a long way toward making up for the sonic shortcomings of a small speaker system.

Auto Assault

Screw all that mystic and magical MMO crap. Hop into a car and blow something up, will ya!

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Scythe Mine

Scythe is a newcomer to the U.S. cooling market, and is trying to establish itself as the go-to company for monstrous heatsinks that—like Zalman’s—offer quiet cooling. We reviewed the company’s Ninja Plus cooler in July, and were impressed by its silent operation. The Mine runs just as quiet, but suffers several major flaws.

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Private Disk

We carry a ton of data on our USB thumb drives that we wouldn’t want leaked on the Internet. Whether your key carries your “piss off” letter to your boss, a cache of all your passwords and serial numbers, or those incriminating videos that you took on your last trip to Amsterdam, you need to protect its contents. That’s where Private Disk comes in.

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