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SanDisk Sansa e280R Rhapsody

We liked almost everything about SanDisk’s Sansa e260 flash-memory digital media player when we reviewed it in November 2006, but we slapped it with a verdict of 5 because we activated its voice recorder every time we picked the damned thing up. The Sansa e280R fixes that problem and adds two more gigs of memory for good measure.

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Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray Drive

Most folks aren’t prepared to choose sides in the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD—and who can blame ’em, given the scarcity of HD content and the exorbitant cost of drives and media. But for the gotta-have-it-now early adopters, Blu-ray remains the only next-gen disc you can burn. The HD DVD camp has yet to release a burner, while Sony’s BWU-100A marks the third Blu-ray burner we’ve reviewed in the last six months. And with each new model, we’re seeing improvements.

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An End of an Era

Associate Editor Dave Murphy bemoans the loss of his box fort. It must be Friday.

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HP TouchSmart IQ770

When HP designed the TouchSmart IQ770, it must have been thinking of that old saying, “No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like the kitchen best.” This PC is tailor made for serving up—and scarfing down—digital media in the kitchen.

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Pertelian X2040

One-part silly and two-parts helpful, with just a pinch of problems, the Pertelian 2040 USB display leaves us with a mixed taste in our mouths.

Game Theory: Rainbow 5 1/2

When games shift from PCs to consoles, in-depth content goes right with them. Case-in-point -- Rainbow Six: Vegas.

Fast Forward: Is Nothing Secret?

In his March column, Tom Halfhill takes a look at the idea of recording the entirety of one's life in a digital format.