The NewerTech Voyager Q is a basic model that’s perfect for casual
users. It accepts a single 3.5-inch desktop or 2.5-inch laptop SATA
drive, and features USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and 800, and eSATA ports, so
you can connect it to any Mac. eSATA and FireWire 800 data transfers
will be roughly 3 times faster than USB 2 and FireWire 400, which is
true for all three enclosures reviewed here.
Coke versus Pepsi. Mac versus PC. Canon versus Nikon. Among these great
rivalries, we can only pick out one clear winner. (Here’s a hint: It’s
not the colored sugar water.) In the latest Canon-versus-Nikon
entry-level digital SLR (single-lens reflex) battle, both cameras score
hits against the other.
We have a confession to make: There are a few Palm fans among us. Back
in the day, you would have had to pry the grayscale Palm IIIx out of
our cold, dead, extremely well-organized hands. But Palm lost its
way--and we went back to our paper calendar for a while. With the Pre,
Palm is taking its flagging brand in a new direction. And while it has
adopted many of the multitouch gestures popularized by the iPhone, the
Pre also adds a fair amount of its own special sauce.
Who knew zombies were omnivores? Plants vs. Zombies presents a cuddlier
take on these murderous undead. They really want to eat your brains,
but they shamble in a straight path to your house, snacking on
landscaping that gets directly in their way. Thankfully, your garden
fights back, with pea-shooting plants, exploding peppers, giant
flytraps, and dozens more. You’ll plant these defenses to stop the
zombies in a sly, simple game with compelling strategy.
We’re divided on The Sims 3. We partly see the dollhouse-style people
simulator as a fun way to vicariously experience parts of life that are
far removed from our everyday monotony--and monogamy. On this level,
The Sims excels. You can become a master thief, buy a mansion, or wreck
marriages without any real-world consequences.
If an entire iTunes library was purchased from the iTunes Store, all
the tracks came with complete metadata. Those lucky (and wealthy) users
can scroll through iTunes without seeing any jarring blank spots in the
Artist, Album, and Genre columns, or songs named Track 01 and Track 02.
The rest of us? Our multi-gig libraries were patchworked together from
ripped CDs, mixes from friends, tracks digitized from analog sources,
and, um, “found” audio files that could’ve come from anywhere.
Painter has been around the computer graphics world almost as long as
Photoshop and has always been the absolute leader in the realm of
simulating natural media (paintbrushes, pencils, inks, and so on)—and
retains the title to this very day. While this latest version of
Painter continues to be the go-to app for painting on your Mac, this
update is possibly the least exciting in the program’s history and
doesn’t offer much in the way of upgrade incentive for existing users.
Even if it’s been a few decades since you wore a towel as a cape and
declared the family dachshund to be your loyal sidekick, who doesn’t
want to be a superhero? Four years after its initial release on the
Windows platform, the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes has landed on