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Ring and Sing
Plantronics Voyager 855

Plantronics Voyager 855

Enjoy music and take calls with the Plantronics Voyager 855, which features a convertible design so it can be used in one ear or both. Paired with the properly equipped phone, this headset can even play tunes in stereo.


 

Read the full Plantronics Voyager 855 review.


Ear In An Ear
Sound ID SM100 EarModule

A front and side view of the Sound ID SM100 EarModule

While many in-ear devices do their best to block out the outside world in order to improve the clarity of a phone call, the Sound ID SM100 EarModule, when not in use, actually amplifies the surrounding sound so users can hear well through both ears. This device also comes with customizable sound enhancement and includes a feature to suppress background noise like wind.


Read the full Sound ID SM100 EarModule review.


Tuning for Tunes
Belkin TuneBase FM for iPhone and iPod

Belkin TuneBase FM for iPhone and iPod

Connecting an iPhone or iPod to a car stereo can be a sticky business. Unless you own one of the 65 plus new vehicles that come with an auxiliary audio jack, your options are limited. Of the FM transmitters, one of the only consistently reliable products is Belkin's TuneBase FM for iPhone and iPod, which conveniently connects your portable music library to your vehicle's audio system.



Read the full Belkin TuneBase FM review.


Hands Off!
Aliph Jawbone 2

Aliph Jawbone 2

With several states enforcing hand-held cell phone bans, the ultra-contemporary Aliph Jawbone 2 comes to the rescue with its safe and sleek mode of wireless communication. The elegant device is small and light, and includes a patented feature to separate speech from ambient noise


Read the full Aliph Jawbone 2 review.


Sniffing Out Speed Enforcement
Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

As more towns begin to rely on speed enforcement to help generate additional revenue, drivers need to shore up their defenses. The Valentine One Radar Detector is one of the best in the business of avoiding speeding tickets, using antennas for both front and rear detection. V1’s fantastic range gives the driver plenty of advanced warning about the local “Officer Friendly.”


Read the full Valentine One Radar Detector review.


Lift Your Car With a Finger
Electric Auto Jack

Electric Auto Jack

Cranking a jack can be a hassle, so the Electric Auto Jack comes in handy. Simply position the automated jack under the appropriate spot on the vehicle, press a remote control and your car rises to the occasion. This electric scissors jack lifts up to one ton and extends up to 14 inches. Best of all, the jack only needs your car's cigarette lighter to run.


Read the full Electric Auto Jack review.


Sensors on Wheels
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Prevent car accidents and increase your vehicle’s fuel economy with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The system's sensors are planted on the car's tires, which signal a windshield-mounted monitor to alert you when tire pressure drops below 27 psi. The hardy, reliable and accurate sensors help save you the inconvenience of changing a deflated tire alongside the road.


Read the full Tire Pressure Monitoring System review.


Keeping Your Eyes On the Road
Drive Alert Master

Drive Alert Master

Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. The Drive Alert Master helps prevent you from dozing off behind the wheel by emitting loud beeps if your head drops too low from fatigue. The device is worn securely around your ear, similar to a cell phone headset. If you begin to sleep and drop your head, a sensor inside the device detects the motion and triggers the alarm to jolt you back awake.


Read the full Drive Alert Master review.


Have a Ball
Mothers PowerBall Mini

Mothers PowerBall Mini

Autophiles can keep their babies buffed and ready to roll with the PowerBall Mini. This smaller version of the original PowerBall is three inches in diameter, and can buff out the nicks and scratches that may result from day-to-day driving. Its diminutive size and included ten-inch extensions make it easy to restore those tough-to-reach spots.


Read the full Mothers PowerBall Mini review.


Your Own Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot
WAAV EVDO AirBox X2

WAAV EVDO AirBox X2

The WAAV EVDO AirBox X2 is a multi-connection mobile broadband cellular router that provides an internet connection on the go, making it convenient to download last minute documents, look up directions or just do a bit of online gaming during the carpool ride. Those who rely on public transportation for their daily commute need not fret, as mass transit vehicles may soon be equipped to utilize these handy gadgets.


Read the full WAAV EVDO AirBox X2 review.


Going, Going, NAVIGON
NAVIGON 7100 GPS Navigator

The NAVIGON 7100
Hit the open road with confidence with the NAVIGON 7100 dashboard GPS navigator. Less than one inch thick, the NAVIGON is sleek, stylish and fully loaded. The full-color, highly-detailed 3D maps, turn-by-turn directions, free lifetime travel updates, destination suggestions and Bluetooth technology will ensure that you'll always know where you're going—and that you'll get there with flair.


Read the full NAVIGON 7100 GPS Navigator review.


Personal Mini Movie Theater
Sun Visor DVD Player

Sun Visor DVD Player

By law, drivers are not permitted to watch movies, television or other video displays, but many states allow the front seat passenger to do so. The Sun Visor DVD Player's seven-inch LCD screen is cleanly integrated into a fold-down sun visor designed to fit only on the passenger side of any automobile. In addition to reading DVDs, the player comes with an antenna for TV reception and the capacity to plug in a flash drive or memory card.



Read the full Sun Visor DVD Player review.


Mobile Video Security
Vehicle Safeguard Video Camera

Vehicle Safeguard Video Camera
No more walking out to a parking lot and discovering someone has damaged your car without leaving a note. The Vehicle Safeguard Video Camera acts as your own miniature surveillance camera. Once mounted on the dashboard, the cell phone-sized camera can film up to five hours when a 2-gigabyte memory card is used.



Read the full Vehicle Safeguard Video Camera review.


Keep Your Hands on the Wheel
DSP Bluetooth Car Kit

DSP Bluetooth Car Kit

Common sense dictates that the best way to use a cell phone while driving is with a hands-free device. Headsets don't work for multi-person calls, and cell phones with speakerphone sometimes can't deliver the volume necessary for an en route call. In steps the DSP Bluetooth Car Kit. The well-designed unit works pretty well and offers a fair amount of accessories and features, considering its reasonable price tag.



Read the full DSP Bluetooth Car Kit review.


Cool Your Jets... Or at Least Your Car
Susita Auto Vent II

Susita Auto Vent II
It is arguable that the worst part of summer is getting into a hot car after it’s been parked in the sun for a few hours. Leaving the windows open a crack helps vent some of the heat buildup but interior temperatures can still reach well over 130 degrees. The Auto Vent II uses a solar-powered fan to keep interior temperatures down.



Read the full Susita Auto Vent II review.


The Radar Detector That Thinks
Escort Passport 9500i Radar Detector

Escort Passport 9500i Radar Detector

In your daily commute, how many false alarms do you get from your radar detector? Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to reach over and turn down the volume of the beep, brap or buzz at city intersections where false alarms occur? Escort’s newest Passport 9500i radar detector takes care of that for you by remembering where the false alarms are.


Read the full Escort Passport 9500i Radar Detector review.


ESPN in Your Escalade
TracVision A7 Mobile Satellite System

Create the ultimate mobile entertainment system with TracVision A7 with DIRECTV. With the satellite "dome" mounted to the roof racks of an SUV or minivan, up to 185 channels are available to watch from the on-board LCD video screens.

 


Read the full TracVision A7 Mobile Satellite System review.


It's a Shoe-In
Piloti Spyder SV Driving Shoes

Driving enthusiasts with a sense of style will love these hip new driving shoes from Piloti. All come in leather or suede, with an assortment of colors that will hopefully match your pocket-rocket’s body paint or your custom Ferrari’s interior.

 


Read the full Piloti Spyder SV Driving Shoes review.


A Touch of Clarity
Sony Nav-U Portable Satellite Navigation System

Navigation systems are one of the most popular options on cars today. They can be expensive, however, and many consumers are turning to aftermarket choices to fill their directionally challenged needs. An excellent example of these portable devices is Sony’s Nav-U. It features highly intuitive touchscreen technology to input information, while crisp graphics and crystal-clear voice commands point you in the right direction.

Read the full Sony Nav-U Portable Satellite Navigation System review.


Plug and Play
Belkin Auto Kit for iPod

Automakers are answering customer demand by outfitting most new cars with an auxiliary MP3 player jack that provides a direct connection to the car’s stereo. The Belkin Auto Kit for iPod is perfect for these vehicles, providing both power and stereo connection. Without this kit, iPod owners (with the exception of the nano) would be forced to plug in two different cords at opposite ends of the player in order to both listen and keep the battery charged.

Read the full Belkin Auto Kit for iPod review.


One Giant Wipe for Mankind
ACDelco Beam Wiper Blades

Before Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903, trolley drivers had to stick their heads out of their side windows to drive through the rain. By 1916, all American cars were made with a hand-operated version of the device that has saved millions of us from having to towel off our precipitation-drenched heads. Ninety years later, the latest advancement in windshield wiper technology is ACDelco’s Beam Wiper Blade.

The frameless blades create less wind lift resistance than typical wipers, and are less noticeable in the driver’s line of sight. “It’s the design of the future for wiper blades,” said Chris Vermette, product specialist for ACDelco. “Its sleek, modern styling complements the aesthetics of today’s vehicles. With no metal structure, the Beam Wiper Blade fits the curvature of the windshield for a more uniform wipe.” Automakers, including Cadillac, are already adding pairs of them to their vehicles, and the parts maker estimates they fit 94 percent of the automobiles already on the road. Although they are start-of-the-art, their goal is the same Mary Anderson envisioned – keeping windshields and drivers’ heads dry, and everybody safer.

To find out how to get ACDelco Beam Wiper Blades, visit www.acdelco.com.


All in the Family
Justice Brothers Car Care Products

If your car upkeep routine involves little more than filling up the tank and occasionally going in for an oil change, you might be surprised to discover the myriad products available to help your vehicle perform its best. Justice Brothers, Inc. offers car care products for your engine, transmission, brakes, tires, fuel injection and any other auto parts that might need attention. The company, which makes all its products at the Justice Brothers headquarters in Duarte, Calif., also makes fleet, farm and industrial lubricants and cleaners. Over sixty consumer goods are available, ranging from engine oil and diesel fuel system additives, to brake parts and engine cleaners. Items available in auto parts stores, car dealerships and repair shops are the same as those used by professional teams that compete in racing events like NASCAR, Grand American and the Indy Racing League. So whether you’re speeding down the race track or cruising on the freeway, Justice Brothers car care products can help your ride be as smooth as possible.

Auto aficionados, note that the Justice Brothers Racing Museum in Duarte, founded in 1985 and located on Route 66, features a wide collection of vehicles. Among the automobiles and parts on display are street rods, restored classic vehicles, ice racing motorcycles, dragsters, midgets, antique gas pumps and historic engines, as well as a Pitts aerobatic biplane and two Indie cars that appeared in the movie “Driven” with Sylvester Stallone. The museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is no admission fee.

For more information about products as well as the museum, visit www.justicebrothers.com.


Finding Your Way
StreetPilot 2720 Automotive Navigator

Getting lost is a drag, and every time it happens, don’t you think, “if only I could afford a car that had GPS in it?” However, you don’t need a vehicle with a built-in navigation system, because there are affordable, portable alternatives. The StreetPilot® 2720 is small, completely portable and compatible with any automobile. So whether your ride is a jalopy or a Jag, you will always know exactly what turn to make so you don’t end up in another time zone. Built-in maps will get you where you need to go, and for increased safety, the 2720 converts text into speech so that you can keep your eye on the road, not the dashboard. Hate being stuck in traffic? In certain areas, drivers can also subscribe to the GTM 10 optional traffic services that let you know which freeway or intersection to avoid. So roll down the windows and drive, without worrying that you won’t be able to find your way back.

For more information, including cost, visit www.garmin.com.



Music As You Like It
3 in 1 Car Kit for iPods

As convenient as iPods are, somehow, they just got more convenient. Meet the 3 in 1 Car Kit for iPods from Sakar International. It’s lightweight, portable and props up your iPod or iPod Mini so it’s in easy reach while driving, just like your radio. Simply plug the gadget into your cigarette lighter receptacle, slip the iPod into place and put the FM Transmitter into the headphone jack. Your iPod will charge and play music through your stereo system. So now you can listen to those old disco tunes or Frank Sinatra or whatever you’ve downloaded with clear (and loud, if you feel so inclined) stereo sound.

Purchase at www.compusa.com.


Time for a New Car
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG "IWC Ingenieur"

They're all doing it. Automobile manufacturers and watch companies are working together to bring their respective products together. The latest ultra-fast and ultra-luxurious combo comes from Mercedes-Benz speedmerchant division AMG and the Ingenieur line of IWC.

So you get a lot of attention, speed, luxury and precise timing … but it will take a lot of your hard-earned greenbacks to secure the purchase … if you can. Please let us explain. The price for an AMG edition of IWC’s Ingenieur series starts at $6,200 and creeps up to $7,000. The price for the car, if you have to ask, is circa $100,000, but the German manufacturer is releasing only fifty-five CLS55 AMG’s Ingenieur! And yes, the IWC only made fifty-five watches. So if you buy the car, you have an option to purchase the watch, but you would think they’d go as a set. Too bad it’s not a “gift with purchase.”

The watch is guaranteed to deliver a lifetime of accurate time, and you’d want the car to feel new for a lifetime as well. Speaking of the car: This just-released version of the CLS comes with 476 horsepower, achieves 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and can reach almost unheard of speeds for a luxury sport sedan (the CLS 55AMG is governor-limited around 150 mph). It has distinctive Ingenieur logos all around and a plaque on the gear-shift, titanium, 19-inch wheels. With all this combined equipment, you have no more excuses to be late for work.


Star Service—Truly
OnStar by General Motors

An OnStar Advisor assisting a subscriber

As a car multi-tasker, OnStar is that rare product that can help you find your way in daily life as well as provide a lifeline when in need. The simple-to-use service utilizes satellite and wireless technology to give its users constant phone-like access to OnStar Advisors. These Advisors can provide a driver with something as basic as alternate directions when the interstate is jammed or assist in a more urgent matter by contacting an ambulance in the case of an accident.

Read the full OnStar review.


Don’t Get Lost, Get High-Tech
Magellan RoadMate 700

When you’re lost in the wrong part of town, asking for directions may be impossible no matter who’s nagging—that’s where the Magellan RoadMate 700 comes in.

Using the same technology it developed for Hertz’s Never Lost system, Thales Navigation has designed a portable GPS device that’s ready to use in any car. Its plug-and-play installation means you can move it between cars or even use it with a battery pack accessory when you step out of the car. Just like Mapquest, the RoadMate allows users to key in a destination and choose a route based on the shortest distance or the shortest time. The map then moves along with the car as the device provides oral directions.
Wrong turn? No problem. The RoadMate will adjust its route to bring you back on course.

Retailing at $1,299, this peace of mind doesn’t come cheap, but a scaled down version, the Magellan RoadMate 500, is available for $999. The difference: while the 700’s internal hard drive comes pre-loaded with mapping data, the 500 uses a flash memory card onto which users must upload their maps. A fixed system on a new car could cost $2,000 or more, so considering its comparatively low price and its portability, we think the RoadMate is a refreshing option.

Purchase at www.magellangps.com


Beam Me Up Some Music, Scotty!
"Part rocket science, part rock 'n' roll:" XM Satellite Radio

Satellites may be an integral part of billion-dollar weapons systems, but they're also used to deliver "killer" tunes. XM Satellite Radio is the industry leader, with over 170 digital channels cranking out everything from music and Oprah to IndyCar Series Racing and the World Cup. More than 6.5 million subscribers are spending $12.95 a month to have the signal beamed to their homes and cars. Through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, and Subaru, XM is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. Get it at www.xmradio.com


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(Updated: 07/08/13 MG)


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