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Kingston DataTraveler

The Kingston DataTraveler is like the 1969 Mustang of USB drives; it looks old but has a ton of power under the hood, thanks to its preinstalled U3 software.

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OCZ Mini-Kart

The Mini-Kart is so small you could lose it in a bag of potato chips if you're not careful. Luckily, an included lanyard helps you keep track of the wee device. Instead of the standard rectangular metal USB port, the Mini-Kart’s pins are out in the open—it doesn’t even have a cap.

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PNY MaxFile Attache

The PNY drive not only sports the most capacity in this roundup, it’s also the fastest. It blew the others out of the water in our 3GB read/write test. Its read speed (361 seconds) was an incredible minute and a half faster than the Verbatim drive, and its write speed (430 seconds) was an ass-kicking three minutes faster than both the Verbatim and Western Digital models.

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Dreamgear i.Sound Max

Dreamgear obviously knows that speakers are the single most lucrative segment of iPod add-on products: The company offers eight models, including the i.Sound Max.

Saitek A-250 2.1 Wireless Speaker

Saitek's A-250 Wireless 2.1 Speaker is like a roadside accident. You know you should look away, but you can' stop staring.

iPort FS-2 Free-standing Music System

If you think it's foolish to drop $200 on a docking station for a $300 iPod, we won&'t even mention iPort's $1,100 model FS-5.

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Koolance EXOS-LT

Koolance’s new Exos-LT is a cross between the too-expensive Exos 2 and the previous-gen Exos system. At just $200 (plus an extra $40 for a Koolance CPU block, which isn’t included), it’s the budget contender of this roundup. Of course, it’s the sole CPU-only kit in the group—if it were spec’d with extra blocks, we’d expect it to be priced like the others.

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Danger Den Custom AMD Kit

Danger Den is one of the most popular online destinations for a la carte water-cooling parts (water blocks, pumps, radiators, etc), but it also sells pre-assembled kits using exclusive hardware.