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If you're serious about gaming, you need a good pair of headphones. And if you want to communicate to your team, you're going to need a mic too. But that doesn't mean you have to drop a ton of money on something that will address both issues. So to find out which headset does the best job of marrying these two functions for less than $150, we pitted five popular gaming peripheral makers in a battle to see which is best.

Wireless speakers can be basic and cheap, or they can be fancy and expensive. Features and design flair usually scale with price, usually. The Sound Blaster Roar is solidly built, is chock-full of fancy (and superfluous?) features, and sounds pretty impressive -- and it costs a lot less than I thought it would.

Dragging party music to the park or patio doesn't have to involve so much actual dragging. More party, more easy! You've got a gazillion songs on your phone already. And little, portable Bluetooth speakers are getting so cheap. Now, for around $100-$150, you can blast your jams to the high heavens, or at least a 10m radius.

Secretly want an iPod nano, but loathe Apple/iTunes/iPods/yourself? Creative's ZEN M300 is like a slightly jumbo-er nano - but it plays video, has a microSD card slot, is Bluetooth-y and doesn't force you to use a thumbnail-sized touchscreen.

Currently, the blind have two ways of telling time: using an audible watch or an open-face watch to feel the watch's hands. This watch, the Haptica, actually sets the time in Braille and could become real with your help.

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ZiiLABS latest system-on-a-chip is crammed full of features: 1080p playback, 24fps encoding, HD video conferencing, OpenGL ES 2.0 support, an integrated HDMI controller, X-Fi audio and Flash acceleration. All combined with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8. Of course, there's a catch.

The portents have hung in the air for a while, but it's clear now that the traditional dumb PMP is dead, like a dull and rusted Swiss army knife. In their stead we'll have...smart PMPs.