Half-Life 2: Episode One

This month we got to sample the first installment of what probably should have been called Half-Life 3. But was it worth the wait?

Battlefield 2: Armored Fury

Battlefield 2 won our 2005 Game Of The Year award for one simple reason: our entire game-playing staff was completely absorbed by the game for the second half of last year.

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Western Digital Passport Pocket 6GB

The Passport Pocket is slow. Way slow. Its read speed of our 3GB test file (590 seconds) was two minutes slower than that of the PNY and the Verbatim drives, and its write speed (636 sec) was three minutes slower than the PNY. That’s just ridiculous.

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Digital Deck Media Connector

Streaming music and video from a server to your TV is nothing new, but this streaming box offers something a little different

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Foxconn C51XEM2AA

If you want to judge nVidia’s vision for the new AM2 nForce 590 SLI chipset, look no further than Foxconn’s C51XEM2AA. This motherboard is the closest you’ll get to nVidia’s concept design. In fact, nVidia even wrote the BIOS for this board.

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Verbatim Store 'N' Go 4GB

Verbatim’s Store ‘n’ Go offers sassy looks and an awesome software package named Ceedo Mobile Launchpad. When the drive is inserted into a USB port, something similar to the Windows Start menu appears in the middle of the taskbar. This menu lets you run a variety of free programs right off of the drive itself.

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Kodak EasyShare V570

Ever have that problem where you want to take a nice group picture of your friends, say at the Grand Canyon, and you just can’t get ‘em all in the frame? So you ask them to keep backing up a step and before you know it… oops!

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Ultra Products MicroFly

At first glance, Ultra Products'; MicroFly might look like a clone of Aspire's X-QPack (reviewed October 2005) but it isn't.

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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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