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Best (and Worst) Gadgets of 2005

2005 has been a banner year for gearheads, with more hot gadget launches than you could shake a USB cable at. But there's a great chasm separating pre-launch buzz from real-world performance, and not all gizmos live up to the hype. Here's a look back at the most anticipated product launches of 2005. Some were hot, some were not, and we made the call. ...[more]


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