Arrow's T-50 Elite is a more compact version of the company's R.E.D. model introduced last year; it has the same drive system and a similar bottom-loading magazine. The drive system takes half as much power to squeeze as that of the old T-50, but the squeeze throw is shorter – a boon to those of us with smaller hands. The Elite offers a drop-down guide for fastening low-voltage wire and a high-low (+/-) switch to control the depth-of-drive. It also drives 1-inch brad nails.
¦ Price: $25. www.arrowfastener.com.