HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Readers' Choice Results

Readers' Choice Awards - Computing (Part 2)

Best Desktop PC Brand - HP

Maybe it's the cannibalization from the iPad, or maybe it's the shortage of the new super-slim iMac, but the fact remains that the Mac's long-standing run of outpacing the PC industry has come to an end. A similar story seems to be unfolding here too: for the Readers' Choice award for Best Desktop PC Brand, HP, the world's largest PC vendor in 2012, has regained the trophy that it has lost to Apple last year. However, the margin isn't very wide, just 2% of the votes separate them. Both ASUS and Dell are tied for third place.



Best Inkjet Printer Brand - Canon

While there's a slight drop in the share of votes, Canon remains our readers' favorite inkjet printer brand. Just early this month, the company added three new wireless Pixma printers (MG6370, MG5470, iP7270) to its lineup, and they came fairly soon after the company's last Pixma lineup refresh in October, which saw the introduction of the Pixma Pro-10 and Pro-100 A3+ pro-level photo printers. And for those paying attention, Canon has unveiled a few new Pixma office AIOs at CES 2013; hopefully, these will arrive on our shores soon.



Best Laser Printer Brand - Canon

HP was the winner for the Best Laser Printer Brand for the past two years; and on both occasions, it faced strong competition from Canon. This year, with 26% of the votes, Canon has finally edged HP for the award. The constant stream of new Imageclass products (three of them just a month ago; five in October last year - just to name a few) looks to be paying dividends.



Best LED Printer Brand - Fuji Xerox

Fuji Xerox has long been a strong proponent of LED printing, and for many years now, the company has been aggressively bringing its award-winning S-LED print head technology into products targeted at home/SOHO and SMB users. Case in point: In August last year, the company introduced several S-LED-based monochrome single function and multifunction printers. And more recently, the company has developed a suite of mobile solutions to help companies get ready for the cloud.



Best Wireless Networking Brand - Linksys

For those unaware, enterprise network gear giant Cisco is selling its Linksys division to Belkin (the deal is expected to close in March this year), a consumer electronics manufacturer who, other than making routers, also makes iOS, notebook, and data center accessories. While Linksys has managed to hold on to the trophy for the third year running, we can't help but notice that its share of votes has dipped to 30%, compared to 32% last year, and 40% in 2011. Second placed D-Link also sees a drop in its share of votes, and it looks like ASUS is the one that has profited, as the latter's share shot up from 7% to 17%. If you're hoping to get an 802.11ac router this coming IT Show, we've reviewed the offerings from all the three top brands (Linksys, D-Link, ASUS).



Best Antivirus/Internet Security Software Brand - Symantec

If you're running Windows 8, you can use the bundled Windows Defender to protect your PC from spyware and viruses. Alternatively, if you want more features, you can use third-party tools like Norton 360, AVG Internet Security, and Trend Micro Titanium Premium Security. With this latest win in the Best Antivirus/Internet Security Software Brand category, Symantec (which markets its consumer security software products under the Norton name) has joined an illustrious list of brands to have won their respective award for three consecutive years.
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