From the Magazine

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.

Logicube Sonix Drive Duplicator

Drive copying doesn’t get any easier than this

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

It’s obvious the Sonix is meant for IT folks, given its fat price tag and limited usage for the consumer market, but we ask you this: What hardcore PC fanatic wouldn’t want the portable drive copier and its sleek G-man-esque briefcase pictured above? You might not use it often in the “real world,” but when duty calls, this cool-looking drive copier performs flawlessly.Operation is simple.

Strata 3D CX

3D imaging program compromises high-end tools for ease of use

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 6
URL: www.strata.com

Strata 3D is a 3D design and illustration package that’s been popular with Mac addicts for awhile.

Westinghouse W3301 30-inch LCD

It’s a good thing it’s big, because it looks best from afar

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

Westinghouse probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about computer LCDs, but the company is a big player—at least in terms of screen size.

Enermax CS-10182

A case aimed at geeks who have a sense of aesthetics

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.enermax.com.tw

Over the last few years, computer stores have been invaded by legions of factory-modded cases featuring preinstalled windows, wild paint jobs, and neon LEDs.