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Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Quietly making noise

The original Splinter Cell reinvented the stealth shooter.

Ultrasone Proline 750

Nothing comes between me and my audio

If you’re an audio purist—the type of aficionado who doesn’t want any component in the audio chain to color what the artist recorded—whether it be a Miles Davis riff or the eerie moan of a Half-Life 2 strider as it crumples to the ground—then you should be listening to Ultrasone’s Proline 750 headphones.

These headphones deliver more than just ultra-clear, ultra-crisp audio.

NASCAR SimRacing

EA makes a right turn into the realism pit, but doesn’t leave out the fun!

If you think about it, it’s absolutely astounding that a motor sport in which drivers pretty much only turn left can be as popular as NASCAR is today.

TrackIR 3 Pro

Look, Ma—no hands! Better view-control for sims has arrived!

Turn your head, turn your field of view.

Silent Hunter III

UbiSoft rules the deep with one of the best simulations of 2005

Immersive, atmospheric, enthralling—pick an affirmative adjective and it’ll likely stick to UbiSoft’s Silent Hunter III like a magnet to steel.

Cooler Master Praetorian 730

The vaunted Wave Master gets a face-lift

You know you’re a hardcore geek when you begin reminiscing about the good-ole days you spent with an ATX enclosure, but it happened this month when the Praetorian 730, aka the Wave Master 2, arrived in the Lab.

Accordance ARAID 2000

A cagey device that protects your data

The ARAID 2000 is a two-drive RAID enclosure for either SATA or PATA drives that occupies two 5.25-inch internal bays in your PC.

Tascam VL-S21 2.1-Channel Speaker System

Budget speakers that can hang with the big boys

When Tascam contacted us about reviewing its $100 VL-S21 2.1-channel speaker system, we wondered if anyone at the company had read our reviews of cheap speakers lately.

Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI

Polywell Computers specializes in reasonably priced custom PC configurations, so we requested the fastest PC the company could muster with the latest parts.

Welcome to the new!

So much has changed since I started out writing on the web. I was an editor at Ars Technica, where every single page on the website was a hand-written, flat HTML file.