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LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive

Like the Plextor PX-B900A and the IO Data BRD-UM2/U that we reviewed in December 2006, the d2 is actually a Panasonic-manufactured Blu-ray burner. The drive is encased in a LaCie-branded brushed-metal shell that offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire connectors. Roxio’s Easy Media Creator 8.2 comes bundled with the package.

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Lite-On BD Triple Writer LH-2B1S

As far as Blu-ray burners go, Lite-On’s Triple Writer comes across as the most forward-looking, with the simple inclusion of a serial ATA interface—a feature that’s been sorely lacking in all the other Blu-ray drives we’ve tested. Really, it should be standard issue with any so-called next-gen device, as parallel support will only get more scarce over time.

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Dice Electronics iPod Integration Kit

Finding an aftermarket stereo that blends seamlessly with your car’s interior can be an impossible dream; it’s certainly not a task you’d want to endure just so you could plug in your iPod. For that, you should consider buying a third-party integration kit that allows you to retrofit your factory unit.

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Falcon Northwest Mach V

It’s no secret that we’ve had nothing but headaches with overclocked
quad-core Intel systems this year. The cause of the problems—be it
heat, over-overclocking, or other—doesn’t really matter. Frankly, we
don’t care. These systems are being sold to consumers who don’t want to
know the shape of the piston heads in their engines—they just want to
be slapped back into the seat when they step on the gas.

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