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In our original review we suggested that the iPod touch’s video quality was a deal-killer. With the 1.1.1 update that quality has improved somewhat—enough to warrant a half-mouse uptick in our rating. But the touch’s feature set remains arbitrary.
The EyeTV 250 is a great personal video recorder for Mac users. This is a particularly useful unit if you have a slower Mac, as the hardware encoder ensures high quality recordings without stressing the computer’s processor.
Miglia’s TVMicro is a great portable analog TV tuner for Mac users. If you want something to let you watch TV on your Mac, you won’t go wrong with it.
The EyeTV Hybrid has many benefits and few drawbacks. It’s a clear winner—especially if you want to take TV viewing on the road. If you have a slower, single-processor Mac, however, the EyeTV 250 may be a better bet.
The small size of Apple's second-generation shuffle is a testament to efficient engineering, but it also makes for a music player that could be easier to use. It's not the best-sounding player made by Apple, but given its intended use, it's a more-than-capable musical companion.
This Apple-made iPod game adapts a proven concept to the iPod with great results, though it may prove too difficult to hold your attention indefinitely.
Imprecise aiming and a tiny screen mar the experience of playing this marble-matching game on your iPod.
It's fun to see Pac-Man on the iPod, but using the click wheel control to move the pellet-eating yellow mouth leaves a lot to be desired.
Although the new 5G iPod isn’t the “true video iPod” many people were expecting, it’s a solid upgrade from its predecessor, offering useful new software features for watching video, playing games, and browsing music, as well as improved hardware in the form of a brighter screen, better battery life, and better earbuds—all at lower prices.
The 2G iPod is both a welcome step back to more colorful (and scratch-resistant) days of the iPod mini and a moderate step forward in functionality. This middle-child iPod feels and looks great with its rugged aluminum finish and bright display.
Amp-less, lower-cost ZonePlayer for Sonos' complete home music system.
This stylish looking and compact device is a great way to get HDTV content on your Mac. And since it's a bus-powered USB 2.0 device, you can take it anywhere you go.
EyeTV 2 is a solid upgrade for all users who already own EyeTV and other compatible Personal Video Recorder hardware. The integrated programming guide and new editing options make it especially worthwhile.
One could argue that Elgato Systems’ EyeTV products rule the Mac personal video recorder market. Miglia takes a valiant shot at EyeTV’s dominance with its EvolutionTV USB 2.0 digital video recorder, but falls short because its software simply isn’t as mature.