Porter Cable's new 18-gauge brad nailer (BN200C) offers a nice set of features at a reasonable price. It weighs in at only 2.5 pounds, has a magnesium housing, and can shoot 5/8- to 2-inch nails. It also has an adjustable belt hook and rear exhaust. Since it's oil-free, you can use it on stain-grade wood without having to worry about contaminating the finish.
Price: $80. 888-848-5175. portercable.com.