gift guide 2009

  • Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

    Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

    Overview In my never-ending search for a high image quality compact digital camera, I came across the Panasonic DMC-FX37. This little compact caught my eye with its long list of premium features and tiny footprint. It’s got a wide-angle Leica lens, image stabilization, 720p HD video recording, and a 4x zoom. That’s a pretty compelling list of features for such a small camera. I’m… Read More

  • Quick Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour for iPhone

    Quick Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour for iPhone

    For ten bucks, Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the iPhone/iPod touch is absolutely, hands-down, the best deal going when it comes to portable golf games. Read More

  • Review: Kodak Z980

    Review: Kodak Z980

    I’ve been avoiding this moment for a month. Before I left for Europe, Kodak sent me their latest ultra-zoom camera, the Z980, and I’ve been carrying it for over 30 days and through five countries. I’ve taken about two hundred photographs and I’ve gotten to know this thing fairly well. My initial conclusion? I’m going to say this just to get it over with: I miss my… Read More

  • Review: Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio

    Review: Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio

    Short Version: This good-looking, small internet radio receiver has the potential to fit right in with your home audio equipment. But those looking for a portable streaming audio device will want to look elsewhere, as the Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio is tied to its remote control and doesn’t feature built-in speakers. Read More

  • Review: JBL Duet II speakers

    Review: JBL Duet II speakers

    Short version: An alright set of $99 computer speakers that, while lacking a dedicated subwoofer, do produce good lows as well as good highs. Read More

  • Review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player Solution + 250GB FreeAgent Go and Dock

    Quick Version: In short, the FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player Solution from Seagate was made for a caveman if cavemen been around in 1999 when people actually used the DivX codec and only used Windows machines. Not to be completely unfair, but if you’re an avid reader of CrunchGear or a savvy BitTorrenter then this definitely isn’t what you’re looking for. Read More

  • Review: Alienware M17 notebook

    Review: Alienware M17 notebook

    When you hear the name Alienware, most people think of a high-end machine with some funky styling and a premium price. Alienware is trying to shake this image, however, and they are taking a giant step in that direction with the new M17 notebook. Read More

  • Review: SplitFish FragFX v.2 controller

    Review: SplitFish FragFX v.2 controller

    Quick Version: So you’re a gamer that splits his or her time between the PC and PlayStation 3, but you really want to make the switch to console full time. And at the same time, you can’t give up the mouse and keyboard combo you’ve grown accustomed to, right? Short of the PlayStation team announcing a mouse and keyboard as an official control scheme, SplitFish’s FragFX controller is… Read More

  • Review: Mophie iPhone 3G Juice Pack air

    Review: Mophie iPhone 3G Juice Pack air

    I can’t deny the fact that Mophie knows how to make stylish accessories for the iPhone, but after a lackluster experience with the original Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G I’m wondering if the air will fair any better. Quick Version: The Juice Pack air has an added bonus of being not only a reserve battery pack, but also a hard cover for your iPhone 3G. It doesn’t add too much extra girth to… Read More

  • Review: 1TB Western Digital My Book World Edition NAS

    Review: 1TB Western Digital My Book World Edition NAS

    Without a doubt, the 1TB Western Digital My Book World Edition is the easiest to use NAS I’ve ever tried. There’s virtually no setup, it’s remotely accessible and works flawlessly on both PCs and Macs. Read More

  • Review: SanDisk slotRadio

    Review: SanDisk slotRadio

    Short Version: SanDisk’s slotRadio player provides good value as it pertains to content, with the $99 kit featuring 1,000 popular music tracks and an attractive hardware player. The “radio” portion of the slotRadio name should be given close attention — you can skip tracks but you can’t go backwards, and everything’s played in random order, just like… Read More

  • Review: Razer Carcharias gaming headphones

    Review: Razer Carcharias gaming headphones

    Continuing with our headphone roundup this week, we’ve got Razer’s followup to their Piranha headset, which I liked just fine. The Carcharias is bigger, to be sure, but is it better? Read More

  • Review: Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360)

    Review: Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360)

    Short Version: If you're a Metallica fan, this may quickly become your new favorite game. Drummers, too, will find the new Expert+ mode with double-bass pedal compatibility a welcome addition to the Guitar Hero series. Read More

  • Review: Tritton AX Pro gaming headset

    Review: Tritton AX Pro gaming headset

    Short Version: Tritton’s AX Pro headset makes gaming exponentially more immersive. At $160, you get eight-speaker Dolby Digital surround, which makes the AX Pro a good choice for gamers who want to step up to a serious headset without breaking the bank. Read More

  • Review: PogoPlug USB hard drive network sharing

    Review: PogoPlug USB hard drive network sharing

    We wrote about the PogoPlug NAS adapter in January, and I was excited to see what it could do. I finally got my review model, and this little gadget does a pretty good job of living up to the hype. Read on for the whole scoop. Read More

  • Review: Nintendo DSi

    Review: Nintendo DSi

    The question on everyone’s mind since October 2, 2008, has been whether it will be worth upgrading to the DSi from the DS Lite, right? We’ve all seen the countless videos coming out of Japan about the DSi’s new features and I’m sure most of you have already made up your mind by now, but if you’re on the fence then I hope this review helps. Read More

  • Get ‘em started young with the BlackBerry-like ‘Text & Learn’

    Get ‘em started young with the BlackBerry-like ‘Text & Learn’

    It’s true what they say: Little kids love the BlackBerry. Imagine the message you’re sending to your kids by having your own big boy BlackBerry glued to your face all the time. They want to be like mommy and daddy and mommy and daddy have two kids and two BlackBerries, which equals a family of six. Naturally, your little ones want their own QWERTY-enhanced handhelds. Read More