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Devices that can help you at work or play, in the classroom or the dorm
The Altec Lansing VS3251 offers five 9W satellites with 2.5-in. full-range drivers and a 25W subwoofer for $79.
Western Digital's My Passport portable hard drives make it easy to back up your data and keep it readily available.
LapWorks Inc.'s Futura is a folding lap desk that doubles as a desktop stand. The slotted design helps keep both your laptop and your lap cooler.
Elgato's EyeTV Hybrid USB tuner stick does NTSC, ASTC and QAM; includes a TV viewing app and program-guide service; and uses a software encoder for recording.
Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader downloads books wirelessly, and the e-ink screen technology delivers battery life measured in days.
The Bookeen Cybook is an e-reader for the person who needs to display e-books and documents in many different formats.
Security tags from YouGetItBack.com make it easy for people who find things you lose to get them back to you.
The WinTV-HVR 950Q turns your laptop into a TV tuner and video recorder and adds a tuner for the unencrypted QAM channels delivered over cable.
Philips' Travel Phone for Skype makes a USB connection through a cable that stores on the phone and displays your contact list on its LCD screen.
The Lexmark X4650 is a compact multifunction device that has good photo-printing features, and best of all, it's wireless.
The Ipevo Free.2 is available in Mac white as well as black and has a four-line display and a call-recording feature in its driver software.
The Sony Reader doesn't have the Kindle's wireless networking and doesn't work with Macs, but it wraps the same e-ink screen in a smaller and lighter form.
When you need to feel the volume, the Altec Lansing FX5051 six-channel USB sound system provides a six-channel surround mode for games.
Matias Corp.'s USB 2.0 Keyboard includes a pass-through USB 2.0 port easily accessible on top of the unit.
Zoom's Handy Recorder H2 is an audio recorder that includes four directional microphones that record in either WAV or MP3 format.