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SMC WSKP100

SMC’s Skype phone is proof positive that consumer electronics design in 2006 is largely inspired by the iPod. Shiny, white plastic design? Check. Rounded edges? Check. Flat face? Check. Poor user interface that frequently doesn’t work right, and a screen that sometimes shuts off at random? Oh wait, Apple’s products don’t have that.

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Toshiba IK-WB15A

There are two types of webcams: the cheap devices used for online chats, and the expensive models used for video surveillance. Toshiba’s new IK-WB15A Network Camera falls squarely in the latter category, but it offers some features you won’t find on products costing twice as much.

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IO Data BRD-UM2/U

Combining a Blu-ray drive with a USB interface seems at first like hitching a flying saucer to a wheelbarrow. Can USB’s meager bandwidth handle such newfangled technology? Even at full-tilt, 2x Blu-ray burns hover in the 8MB/s range, which is actually slower than an 8x DVD burn. So, yes, USB 2.0 provides plenty of bandwidth.

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Plextor PX-B900A

When is a Plextor drive a Plextor drive? Certainly not when it’s a Panasonic.

To get onboard the Blu-ray train in a hurry, Plextor rebadged a Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray drive as its own. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Invaluable firmware updates will come from Plextor and not some Pac Rim outfit. And to be fair, the Panasonic’s far better than the first-gen Pioneer Blu-ray drive we reviewed in October, which couldn’t even read CDs.

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Soundcast iCast

The ever expanding world of iPod's and their peripherals epands once again, with the iCast's improved features and sleek design.

EVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS Signature Series

EVGA's low-price Geforce card can keep your current machine gaming, but does its performance warrant a standing ovation?

ATI Radeon X1950 Pro

Though lacking in Direct 3D 10 capabilities, the X1950 Pro's value and performance make it a choice to consider.

Yamaha RX-V2700 A/V Receiver

Yamaha launches itself to the front of the convergent media pack with its new all-in-one receiver unit.

CivCity Rome

Micromanagement comes to the Roman Empire, but does CivCity Rome's offerings appease the Gods?

The Ship

A mod for Half Life 2 turned Indie release, The Ship takes twitch reflexes out of the mix and substitutes a healthy dose of wit.