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Pinnacle PCTV To Go

If you’re thinking Pinnacle’s TV streamer looks an awful lot like Monsoon’s, it’s because they’re almost exactly the same—right down to the software and user manuals. The only difference is in the outer shell. Monsoon actually makes the PCTV To Go; Pinnacle just puts its name on it and provides tech support.

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Monsoon Multimedia Hava Wireless HD

Is Sling about to be outslung? We like to reward innovation, and there’s no question that Sling Media popularized the concept of location-shifting TV with the original Slingbox. In fact, we awarded the new Slingbox Pro a nine verdict in our February issue. Monsoon Multimedia’s Hava Wireless HD trumps Sling’s product in some very important ways—but trails it in others.

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M-Audio IE-20 XB Reference Earphones

One of the most commonly voiced complaints about earbuds is that they don’t deliver enough bottom end; those tiny drivers just don’t have much material to work with when it comes to producing long waves. M-Audio’s IE-20 XBs are the exception to the rule. These earphones pump more bass than many full-size headphones.

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MSI P965 Platinum

Among the great mysteries of the universe—the Pyramids, Easter Island, the final season of Seinfeld—you can also include MSI’s RAM color coding.

While the rest of the industry has settled on mounting two DIMMs in slots of the same color to enable dual-channel mode, MSI thumbs its nose at the convention.

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Abit AW9D-MAX

When Abit hit the financial skids and outsourced its motherboard production, enthusiasts turned their mirrors around, broke out the whiskey, and prepared to mourn.

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Polywell Poly i680SLI-QX

Lately, we’ve been getting two kinds of systems for review: rigs
overclocked to within an inch of their lives (or beyond) and those
about as exciting as plain yogurt.

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Philips amBX Gaming Peripherals

We’ll try anything that immerses us more deeply in a game. We dig hardware that breaks down the barriers between a fantasy universe and our everyday real world. But we had to suppress a giggle when Philips first demonstrated its amBX system of colored lights, whirring fans, and vibrating wrist pads.

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Asus WL-700gE Wireless Storage Router

Asus has solved one of the most common problems download junkies face: By marrying a Wi-Fi router with a hard drive and built-in BitTorrent client, the company has eliminated the need for you to leave your power-hungry PC running 24/7.

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