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Top 100 Products of 2005

Top 100 Products of 2005


Nos. 11 - 20


Remember the days when you could extend the life of a Slot-1 motherboard through the use of a Socket-370 to Slot-1 converter card? ASUS made us relive those glorious days in 2005 with a unique Socket-479 to Socket-478 adapter which lets current Pentium 4 users swap their scalding hot CPUs with a cooler and quieter Pentium M processor. Although it works only with a limited number of ASUS motherboards, there's really no reason why it doesn't deserve to be honored for its innovation.

One of the last few products to land in our labs in 2005 was a surprise entry from ExcelStor. The GStor Plus has built-in encryption capability that lets you protect your data from unauthorized users. It also has the capability to allow users to restore an entire partition image at an instant. Although ExcelStor is a little-known brand in the storage industry, ExcelStor transformed the hard drive into more than just a storage device.

Launched to satisfy the ever-growing demands for high capacity, high-speed storage surfaced by the increasing number of consumer electronic products that rely solely on SD memory card, the 4GB 150X SD card from Transcend boasts 70% better performance over regular SD cards and an incredible data transfer speed of 22.5MB/sec.

Backed by the world's fastest 15.4-inch laptop display with a 16ms pixel response time and an ATI Mobility Radeon X600, the BenQ Joybook R53 is able to deliver class leading visual performance, making it an ideal multimedia notebook for not just action movies, but also fast paced, adrenaline pumping games.

With a chassis that is crafted out of lightweight but tough carbon fiber similar to those used by the aerospace industry and advanced LED backlight technology for superior battery mileage, there really is no other notebook that is more fitting to epitomize portability than the Sony VAIO TX series of ultra portable notebooks.

Not only does the BenQ DW1640 dual format DVD writer boast to have one of the fastest set of DVD read/write specifications around, it is also complemented by BenQ's unique QSuite software that serves up advance settings and some useful utilities to ensure high quality reading and writing of CD/DVD media.

Far from being just another point and shoot digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 gets our nod for having an 8.4-megapixel image sensor, MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system and being the first of its kind to feature a 16:9 aspect ratio CCD image sensor for snapping both portrait and wide angled scenes.

The first camera to use a large format 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with full-time live preview, features the widest range of ISO sensitivity, first to provide top-mounted LCD screen, first to support Adobe RGB and first to implement "Auto Gamma Control", the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 offers digital SLR imaging capabilities but with none of the drawbacks.

Fulfilling the wishes of photojournalists and the likes is the 12.8 Megapixel Canon EOS 5D that packs a full frame CMOS image sensor and Canon's highly regarded DIGIC II processor into a lightweight but tough magnesium alloy body. These give photographers a professional yet robust camera for full 35mm sized shots without magnification or cropping whatsoever.

Currently the most affordable entry level digital SLR around, the Nikon D50 combines compact camera usability with a 6.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor, fast response time, optics and imaging features that even professionals would approve. Simply put, you will be hard pressed to find a better kit for budding photographers than a Nikon D50 kit.