Review

PC Design Lab Qmicra

So you want to create a DIY PC using all of today's white-phosphorous-hot components and the requisite hefty power supply, and you want it to be small? Impossible? Maybe not.

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Crucial Gizmo OverDrive

Crucial pulled out all the stops with its new Gizmo Overdrive key. This drive roars past everything but Corsair’s fastest offerings.

The Gizmo’s read speeds are more than twice as fast as OCZ's Mini-Kart and Kingston's DataTraveler, and its write speeds are 30 percent faster. This kind of performance has a price, however, as the Gizmo is twice as expensive per gig as these other two.

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Altec Lansing BB2001

A judicious application of bass can go a long way toward making up for the sonic shortcomings of a small speaker system.

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Scythe Mine

Scythe is a newcomer to the U.S. cooling market, and is trying to establish itself as the go-to company for monstrous heatsinks that—like Zalman’s—offer quiet cooling. We reviewed the company’s Ninja Plus cooler in July, and were impressed by its silent operation. The Mine runs just as quiet, but suffers several major flaws.

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Creative Zen V Plus 1GB

We've seen Lilliputian MP3 players before, but Creative has taken the concept a step further with the Zen V Plus: This change-purse-size device boasts a vivid 1.5-inch OLED screen for viewing photos and videos.

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Samsung HD400LJ

Even though Seagate’s behemoth 750GB Barracuda is getting all the love from the media these days, most people can’t afford a drive that spacious. The sweet spot is still at 300-400GB drives, but even those prices fluctuate. Enter the SpinPoint HD400LJ—a drive that offers both ample room and extreme affordability.

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Netgear WNR854T

Netgear's WNR854T commands a $10 premium over Linksys' WRT300N, a cost that's easily justified by the former products' features and performance.

Linksys Wireless-N WRT300N Ver. 1

If you insist that your high-tech gear look the part, you'll dig the paddle-shaped antenna on Linksys' WRT300N.

Falcon Northwest Mach V

There's an annual event here at the magazine: We set performance records every September with the Dream Machine and before we can finish guzzling the celebratory beer, Falcon Northwest shows up to pee on our parade.