Devices to carry at work and play

Vickie stevens Mobile gadgets dominate this batch of reviews. Everything from gaming devices to wireless mice to Wi-Fi detectors gets a look — and just in time for summer vacations.

In recent weeks, several major reviewers, who we summarize here, have also tested LCD monitors, digital cameras, external hard drives, affordable DVD players, and more. We bring together the top ratings for you.

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Sony psp
  HANDHELD GAMINGDEVICES
PSP is unbeatable handheld, says T3 Mag
The new Sony PlayStation Portable hit the market last month, and T3 Magazine is one of the first with a head-to-head evaluation of the PSP against its four main competitors. The device plays movies as well as games and earns a perfect score from T3.
Sony PSP (Best Buy, Score: 5.0/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


Dell ultrasharp 2405fpw
  LCDs
Dell’s widescreen monitor impresses testers
CPU Magazine puts five premium LCDs through the ultimate graphics test. Both Dell’s 16:9-ratio UltraSharp and the 3:4 Sony get high marks, primarily based on overall image quality.
Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW (Score: 4.0/5.0)
Sony SDM-HS75P (4.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


Canon powershot sd500
  7MP DIGITALCAMERAS
Two Canons tie for CNET’s top camera rating
CNET reviews high-resolution, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The two Canon models dominate the top spots on the list.
Canon PowerShot SD500 (Score: 7.2/10.0)
Canon PowerShot S70 (7.2)
Link to all ratings and full review


Hauppauge wintv-pvr usb2
  USB TVTUNERS
Laptop Mag names Hauppauge best TV tuner
All six devices in Laptop Magazine’s tests of TV-to-PC tuners use USB to connect, but the editors say the similarities end there. Hauppauge’s high score places it far above competing models.
Hauppauge WinTV-PVR USB2 (Editors’ Choice, Score: 4.5/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


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  WI-FIDETECTORS
Another win for Canary’s hotspot sniffer
The Canary Hotspotter has come out atop every previous review of portable Wi-Fi detectors. (See the Wired review and the Mobile PC review.) This time, it’s CPU Mag that’s giving the Canary its highest rating.
Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter (Score: 3.5/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


Buffalo linkstation 250gb
  EXTERNAL HARDDRIVES
LinkStation is CNET’s drive of choice
In tests of low-cost solutions for adding a drive and a print server to small networks, CNET finds the Buffalo LinkStation is most suitable for the Editor’s Choice award.
Buffalo LinkStation 250GB (Editors’ Choice, Score: 8.3/10.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


RCA drc616n
  BUDGET DVDPLAYERS
RCA DVD is sharp, says Laptop Mag
Finally, you no longer have to spend a fortune for a handheld DVD player. Laptop Magazine tests five of the newest offerings and names the RCA model as the pick of the litter.
RCA DRC616N (Editors’ Choice, Score: 4.5/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


Microsoft optical desktop elite
  INPUTDEVICES
MS mouse & keyboard click with PC Mag
If you’re still using the keyboard and mouse that came with your computer, PC Magazine may convince you to upgrade. Of the 10 different mice, keyboards, and combos tested, Microsoft’s Optical Desktop came out ahead with a perfect score and an Editors’ Choice.
Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth (Combo, Editors’ Choice, Score: 5.0/5.0)
Contour Design RollerMouse Pro (Mouse only, Editors’ Choice, 4.5)
Link to all ratings and full review


BenQ m310
  CORDLESSMICE
BenQ mouse makes cutting the cord easy
In the field of wireless mice, Laptop Magazine rates five possible replacements for the awkward touchpad on your laptop. The BenQ M310, with its USB-port connection, wins with the highest score possible.
BenQ M310 (Editors’ Choice, Score: 5.0/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review


i-Phono bt-420ex
  WIRELESSHEADPHONES
Cordless headphones are maturing, CPU Mag says
CPU Magazine puts three wireless headphones through an “audio challenge.” The i-Phono model received the highest rating of the three, but the editors do say corded products still provide superior sound quality.
i-Phono BT-420EX (Score: 4.0/5.0)
Link to all ratings and full review

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Vickie Stevens is research director of WindowsSecrets.com.
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