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USB Cup Warmer Review

Product Requirements: Device: PC or MAC with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port I’m a tea drinker and have been since I came out of the womb. My mom would fix us hot tea every morning for breakfast (good old Lipton) and we would then have iced tea for supper. It’s no wonder that now, …

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Parental Internet Control Key Review

Product Requirements: Windows XP, 25MB free disk space, One free USB port Back in the late 70’s and early 80s, my parents trusted me to stay in the house by myself and not invite friends over when I was left at home alone. There really wasn’t that much I could do that would put me …

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JB1 007 James Bond Stealth Digital Camera Review

Product Requirements: Device: Win 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 or higher It’s common knowledge that gadgets and super spies go hand in hand. Just look at Sydney Bristow (Alias), and of course the number one spy of them all, James Bond. I for one, enjoy watching their movies and TV shows, just to see and drool …

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Tapwave Zodiac Cradle Review

Product Requirements: Tapwave Zodiac1 or 2 and a power/sync cable When Julie and I posted our review of the Tapwave Zodiac2 last month, I mentioned that I had ordered the separately available cradle. I am sure that for some, a cable is the idea solution, but I like using a cradle because I enjoy having …

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Contour Design Perfit Mouse Review

Product Requirements: Device: Windows PC, MAC The lowly computer mouse is an often overlooked PC peripheral. Quite often, users will buy a new input device only when their current one has become defective. This is surprising considering the fact that we use the mouse much more than other add-on hardware. If you’ve ever needed to …

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iTunes Review

Product Requirements: Device: Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Mac OS X Every company is always looking for the “killer app.”  The software title that makes everyone just have to get a product.  Visicalc was the killer app for the Apple IIe, Lotus and WordPerfect were the killer apps for the original IBM computers and now …

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Intelligent Stick USB Drive Review

Product Requirements: A computer with a USB port There is something so James Bond about the product I am reviewing today… I can almost hear the music cuing in as Pierce Brosnan slips this tiny purple stick into an enemy’s computer, downloads all of their files, and then casually walks out of the evil lair …

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USB to IrDA Mini Adapter Review

Product Requirements: Device: Pocket PCs, Palm PDAs, etc. When you are a gadget maven like myself, you tend to have a rats nest of cables all over your desk. A cradle for PDA #1 and #2, sync cables for PDA #3 and #4, etc. etc.. While I know that most of you only have 1 …

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MouseCaster Digital Radio Receiver Review

Product Requirements: Device: Windows 95 or higher, PC with PS/2 port and Line-In port on sound card Do you appreciate clever ideas? If so, here’s one that you might enjoy reading about… A mouse that has a built-in radio that can be controlled through an onscreen interface. It might sound more like a novelty product, …

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I-Pen Electronic Pen and Pen&Internet\’s Complete Note Taking Solution Review

Product Requirements: Device: Processor: Pentium class CPU 400 MHZ or higher, Memory: 64MB RAM or more, Monitor: SVGA (800×600) or better, Writing device: screen tablet, Tablet PC, graphics tablet, mouse, touchpad, Operating System: Windows 98/2000/XP and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Inquire by email about ports to other platforms, Handwriting Recognition: Pen&Internet’s riteScript handwriting recognition …

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XM PC Satellite Radio Review

Product Requirements: Device: PC with the following minimum requirements: Pentium®-class processor; Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows XP; Memory: 32 MB of RAM & 15 MB of hard-disk space; CD-ROM drive for software installation; Sound card or powered speakers; Available USB port. Wow!  Good things …

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Everglide Optical Mouse Pads Review

Product Requirements: Device: A computer with a mouse Can a mouse pad seriously improve your computing experience? Before I started this review, I had never really thought about it. Sure, I considered things like comfort and safety, and so I had a preference for mouse pads with a built in gel wrist rest. I also …

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SLIMP3 Network MP3 Player Review

Update 03/28/03 Here’s a confession: I’m an MP3 junkie! I listen to them through my desktop PC while I’m surfing or writing reviews and I listen to them through my Tungsten|T while I’m at work or on the go. The thing is that I’ve been wishing that I could listen to my MP3 collection while …

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