Best SDHC for Gamers4/25/2008 9:25:54 AM

Pros: Fast as hell. Fluid and continuous interaction with DS Lite: No lags or memory-related issues. The higher capacity, which can be quirky with other models/brands (Sandisk, etc.), works seamlessly here. Reliable, well made and inexpensive.

Cons: None that I've experienced; but mileage with the *original* DS might vary.

Overall Review: Make no mistake: If you're running homebrew on a DS Lite with a third-party cart, this is fastest, cheapest, most reliable and least problematic card you'll find. It gets universally good reviews from DS users and the reviews are justified. Every reported lag running ROMs is gone with this card; memory-related crashes are also completely absent. I've tried out 53 ROMs so far and they play as fluidly as proprietary carts. I never use my hard copies any more, since you can use this card to make backups of your game saves. Homebrew can be flaky, so hedge your bets. Buy the best card available: the A-DATA 4GB Micro SDHC Class 6.

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For Better Battery Life, Get the 60GB; Software and File Type Limitations Now Dead Issues9/10/2006 9:39:50 AM

Pros: Though all 5Gs are superior to previous generations in terms of battery life, the 60GB is more efficient than the 30GB due to smarter caching and increased file size capabilities. If you like to listen to uncompressed files, choose the 60GB. Small, slender, fetishistic; good with iTunes on a mac, excellent with Rockbox on any platform; superior audio performance with line out dock; very workable 44.1k recording through mic in of Belkin Tune Talk; plays video and photo slide shows; address book/calendar integration good for mac-loyal luddites without smart phones or compact laptops.

Cons: Battery life, while good, is less than advertised. Too easily scratched (invest in an Invisible Shield before using and this will never become an issue); screen too small to warrant playing videos; headphone amp lacking; iTunes integration excellent with Macs but questionable with PCs.

Overall Review: Earlier iPods had wretched battery life. However, the 5G has proved so efficient that battery dock manufacturers have no future market share. Those who complain excessively have never owned a 5G iPod. They're making misleading reference to previous battery issues with the 3G. The giveaway: Apple's supposed unresponsiveness, which predated a class action settlement for 3G users (users' batteries were replaced for free). The ability to record 44.1 audio is a welcome change. So is the superior EQ and file tree sorting after Rockbox is downloaded and installed. Though I've never liked any iPod's headphone out, that's also true of every other player I've ever owned or tested, including the celebrated iRiver h140. Using the line out through a headphone amp is always best (though few players have a true line out). Yes, files can now be deleted with third-party software, but organizing a music library on a tiny player without a keyboard is ridiculous and shouldn't have been an is

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Software, File Type and Battery Limitations Are Now Dead Issues9/10/2006 8:54:41 AM

Pros: Small, slender, fetishistic; good with iTunes on a mac, excellent with Rockbox on any platform; superior audio performance with line out dock; very workable 44.1k recording through mic in of Belkin Tune Talk; plays video and photo slide shows; address book/calendar integration good for mac-loyal luddites without smart phones or compact laptops.

Cons: Too easily scratched (invest in an Invisible Shield before using and this will never become an issue); screen too small to warrant playing videos; headphone amp lacking; iTunes integration excellent with Macs but questionable with PCs.

Overall Review: Previous iPods have had terrible battery life. However, the 5G has proved so efficient that even the best battery dock manufacturers (BTI) have no future market share. Those who complain have not actually bought or used a 5G iPod. They're stuck on known battery issues for the 3G and are out of touch. The ability to record 44.1 audio is a welcome change. So, too, is the superior sound, file tree sorting and EQ available when Rockbox is downloaded and installed. Though it isn't terrible, I've never liked any iPod's headphone out. However, that's true of every other mp3 player I've ever owned, including the celebrated iRiver h140. Using the line out through a headphone amp is always best (even though few players have a true line out). Yes, files can now be deleted on the player with third-party software, but organizing your music library on a tiny player without a keyboard is a ridiculous thing to do. People who complained about this in the past weren't thinking clearly.

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