Tip: Think Multifunction

If you're in the market for a CD-type device for your PC—CD-ROM, CD-RW, or recordable DVD—consider the latest generation of these devices, which are starting to include handy six-in-one slots for popular media types. These drives have front-panel slots that will accept most of the popular media formats that today's digital cameras, PDAs, and video cameras use, giving you a handy and space-saving way to access multiple storage formats without having to add multiple devices to your PC. Eventually, we'll probably see these readers added as standard features to PC motherboards, but for the short term, this is a great cost-effective solution.

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