- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headest
This was a tough one, as I found a compelling case for both the Logitech G930 and Creative's World of Warcraft headset-specifically chosen for its initial "cool" factor below all other models. Feature-wise, the ear-enveloping G930 comes with four buttons right on the headset-one to mute your attached microphone, and three that can be customized to whatever you'd like (I have mine set to control music in my media player of choice). And don't forget the volume control.
- Logitech G19
Amongst all the keyboards that one could purchase-especially those with a gaming slant to them (extra buttons / macro support / blinky lights / etc)-there are none more impressive than Logitech's G19. Why's that? Because while plenty of keyboards build some kind of monochrome LCD display directly front-and-center on the device, none come with a freakin' full-color screen, a super-mini-monitor, as it were, for displaying all sorts of interesting things as you type.
- MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T.9
Nothing's changed in design or format between the RAT 7 and RAT 9 mice, save that the former has a cord and the latter does not. The latter also comes with a wireless adapter that doubles as a charging station for the two batteries that MadCatz includes with the mouse.
- Bluelounge Refresh
I've been jumping back and forth on this one, because I actually have two similar products on-hand, both designed to somehow ease your process of recharging the 10 various handheld devices you own. Each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses but, in the end, I had to rule in favor of Bluelounge's Refresh over Idapt's I4-here's why. Idapt's I4 is a hard-shell design that uses a solid base station for the root of its recharging. You plug this into the wall, and then you slap three of six different plugs into three modular connections on top of said charging station. The device supports a variety of, er, devices, including those based on mini-USB or micro-USB connections, iPhones, Nokia phones, et cetera. Turning the entire platform on and off is as easy as hitting a button on its top.
- Zalman ZM-MH200 Hub
Zalman's ZM-MH200 Hub comes into the picture, because there is no enclosure to deal with on this product. Just flip your 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive vertically and glide it gently onto the associated connectors within the device. It's as easy as that, provided you don't mind having a bare drive just reaching to the heavens, as it were. Not only can you mount two drives at once, but you can also connect two other USB devices to the ZM-MH200 at any given time. The device also comes with a built-in reader for SD, SDHC, and microSD cards. Overall, the ZM-MH200 connects to your system via a simple USB or eSATA cable.
- Antec Digital PSU Power Tester
Your system won't turn on. You swear up and down that you haven't actually done anything to offend the gods and/or deserve this treatment, but the fact of the matter is that you're staring at a large brick that used to otherwise be a fully functioning desktop PC. Nuts. Antec's Digital PSU Power Tester is the perfect such device to eliminate (or pinpoint) a potential problem within your system build. Or, for the more hardcore Maximum PC readers, it's a great tool for checking the various power supplies that litter your workspace/basement/garage. The last thing you want to have to deal with is undoing a perfect wiring job as the result of your careful efforts to stuff a dead PSU into your newly minted system.
- Microsoft Lifecam Studio
For starters, this is one of the few webcams on the market that actually runs a 1080p resolution. That's right. You can now capture images in full 1920-by-1080 glory using a device that's slightly larger than a tube of lipstick (not video, though! Microsoft's software limits you to a mere 720p resolution. Sigh).
- Razer Nostromo
Razer's Nostromo might seem like a little overkill at first glance-I, too, was a bit suspect… and I play World of Warcraft for Thrall's sake-but this hand-shaped keyboard extension is far easier on one's fingers than a typical keyboard for playing most titles you throw at it. A quick-hit button within thumb's reach toggles the eight different keymaps you can set up for the device, making for a total of 112 different commands that you can dial up with one hand-sized gadget. More, if you count the fact that the directional pad itself can be mapped based on the direction you're pushing.
- Corsair Flash Padlock 2
There are USB keys of all shapes, sizes, varieties, and novelties-so how about a USB key that's essentially a bank vault for your information? Corsair's Flash Padlock 2 is just that: A USB stick that automatically secures your contents with 256-bit AES encryption without requiring you to install any additional software or fuss with any configuration screens.
- Razer Megasoma
Now, I'm going to say that I enjoy Razer's Megasoma gaming mousepad, but for the chief reason that it presents me a smooth, easy-to-navigate surface that I can literally roll up with me and take into unknown environments. Is that worth the gaming mat's $50 asking price? Only you can really be the judge of that one-it sure beats slapping your optical mouse on the cut-off top of a cardboard box, eh?