Reservoir Dogs

We don't know who owns the rights to Quentin Tarantino's classic jewel-heist-gone-awry film, but licensing the gaming rights to Reservoir Dogs is probably the worst decision that studio executive ever made.

Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Longtime readers will know that we're big fans of the adventures of Sam Fisher. There's something eminently satisfying about using a combination of stealthy moves, acrobatics, and super-spy gadgets to get into places where you're not supposed to be and take things you're not supposed to have.

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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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Kingston Datatraveler Secure 4GB

Kingston’s DataTraveler Secure is billed as an “enterprise-grade” flash drive. Translated for civvies, that means 256-bit AES hardware encryption, an IPX8 waterproof rating, and a titanium shell. Oh yeah, and optimization for small files. While almost every key we’ve tested in the last few months choked on the 10,000 Word docs we feed them during testing, the DataTraveler Secure was able to write that onslaught of files in three minutes instead of the usual 20 minutes.

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Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Corsair’s Flash Voyager isn’t the largest thumb drive around, but it sure is affordable, as well as speedy. In our tests, the Voyager ran away from all the others here in large-file transfers, and only Kingston’s drive could match it in medium-size JPG file copies.

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Roku SoundBridge Radio

It's hard to imagine a middle-class American's bedroom that's not equipped with a clock radio.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro

Buffalo's original LinkStation network-storage device (reviewed September 2004) gave consumers an easy way to hang 120GB on their network without having to break the bank-if they were willing to live with the slow performance.

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HIS X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo

Our enthusiasm for ATI's new X1950 Pro GPU is tempered by the fact that the chip is incompatible with DirectX 10.