The 4th annual HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards was held on February 27, and it served to honor the best in tech products and services that were introduced between December 2011 and November 2012. A grand total of of 77 awards, consisting of 36 Editor’s Choice and 41 Readers' Choice awards, were handed out in categories ranging from computers, consumer electronics, communications, and digital entertainment. That's an increase of eight more award categories handed out than the previous year.
Just a couple of days ago, we posted the results of the Readers' Choice polls, which we're delighted to have received more than 249,000 votes based on a four-week survey period in November 2012. That's more than 60% increase compared to last year, which further cements the clout and familiarity of our annual Tech Awards event. Do check out the results if you've not already done so, and see if any of your favorite brands won. Alternatively, you can go to our Tech Awards microsite for a condensed version of all the results.
For the Editor's Choice awards, a total of 159 products were hauled into our labs, and put through a series of stringent benchmarking tests throughout the course of 2012. After evaluating these products through a specific criteria consisting of performance, consumer benefits, value, and technology advancements, we finally have our list of 36 winners. If you haven't noticed, a few of the Editor's Choice categories are newly created (e.g. Best Windows 8 Ultrabook and Best 4K TV); this is to keep up with the ever-changing tech landscape, and after considering feedback from our ardent readers.
Due to the number of categories, we've decided to split the Editor's Choice results article into two parts - consumer electronics and computing. In this article, we start off by taking a look at the best in consumers electronics. For individual scores and breakdowns for each product category, just hit the appropriate jump in the drop list located at the top or bottom of the article.
*Note: Prices and ratings listed in this article are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.
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