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Sling Media Slingbox Pro

The original Slingbox was housed in a goofy ingot-shaped box. The Slingbox Pro is only slightly more attractive, but it’s eminently more capable. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spend one-third more than its $250 base price to enable some of its cooler features.

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OnAir USB HDTV-GT

With the ability to record unencrypted high-definition cable streams, this HD-tuner has a big advantage over pure over-the-air tuners

Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick

This notebook sized HDTV tuner lets you take your HDTV watching on the road, but we're not sure we dig the magnetically mounted antenna

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Etymotic Research ety8 Bluetooth Earbuds

Thanks to Apple’s ubiquitous advertising, you can walk around town with wires hanging out of your ears without getting strange looks from passersby. Etymotic Research’s ety8 Bluetooth earphones shorten the wires, but these anything-but-discreet earbuds are guaranteed to draw a few sets of eyeballs your way.

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Ultrasone iCans

Ultrasone’s iCans feature the same S-Logic technology that prompted us to name the company’s Proline 750 headphones to our 2006 Best of the Best list. However, as wonderful as they sound with an iPod, they can’t displace the Shure E4g earbuds in their respective Best of the Best category.

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Microsoft Zune

If you still want to buy a Zune after reading our review, you’d better not count on filling it with music from Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.

Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Player

The MP3-player landscape is littered with me-too merchandise, so a new product needs a little something extra if it's to rise above the noise.

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ABS Ultimate X8 III

One of our favorite scenes in Pulp Fiction takes place when Samuel L. Jackson’s character, the ever-so-eloquent Jules Winnfield, describes the wonderful gourmet taste of his friend Jimmie’s coffee. Of course, Jules and his partner have just pulled up to Jimmie’s house with a body blasted all over the backseat of their car. But for the briefest of moments, nothing else mattered, save for the sweet flavor of something that wasn’t freeze-dried Taster’s Choice.

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Patriot Xporter XT 4GB

The Patriot Xporter XT offers the same capacity at less than half the price of Kingston’s drive (reviewed next). Unfortunately, that’s the only stand-out feature we could find.

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