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Top 100 Products of 2008

Top 100 Products of 2008


Nos 21 - 30

Its lack of an optical drive did not stop people from buying it. Neither did its lack of an Ethernet port nor replaceable battery. Heck, even reports of it overheating didn't stop people from buying it. Never before has a notebook conjured such feelings of lust, longing and desire.

After months of development, we see the birth of a new mobile phone operating system. Dubbed as Android, this new Google OS made its debut on HTC's G1. With a flooded market of Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 devices, it'll be interesting to see how this new player will bring the competition to these giants in the upcoming future. So far, sales of the G1 appear to be healthy.

Newly adopted by Apple for widespread use in its refresh of its MacBooks, the latest motherboard chipset with integrated graphics from NVIDIA, the GeForce 9400 mGPU easily trumps the competition from Intel. With a built-in GeForce 8400-class GPU inside, this is one chipset that can satisfy your multimedia and gaming needs at a relatively modest budget.

The new LED Cinema Display was clearly designed specifically with MacBook users in mind as it comes with an integrated MagSafe charger, three USB ports, and the new mini-Displayport video connector. If money was no object, this would definitely be the screen of choice for MacBook users.

The Canon HD10 Camcorder is probably one of the best AVCHD camcorder we've seen in 2008. Great shots under low lighting conditions, sharp resolutions with deep and rich colors make this Canon camcorder the king of the crop.

The flagship Viera series of LCD HDTV from Panasonic, the TX-37LZ800 comes with the company's new IPS Alpha LCD panels that promise viewing angles of up to 178 degrees vertically and horizontally. 1080p resolution, a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a 100MHz Motion Focus technology together with a new processing engine makes it a serious competitor.

Easily one of the best gaming keyboard we've seen this year. Features a switchable keypad, in-game macro recording, time sensitive macros and adjustable backlighting, this keyboard is a gamer's wet dream come true, and if used correctly, will certainly give you the winning edge.

This prosumer entry from Canon is considered to be a big upgrade from the G9. Now equipped with a 28mm lens, this is the first camera in the G series that incorporates a wider lens, making many Canon fans happy. With the sensor packing 14.7MP (up from the G9's 12.1), the G10 produces excellent shots, allowing for generally all-rounded photography.

Excellent data transfer speeds and a great web-based interface makes the Synology DS408 one of the outstanding NAS devices out there now. The many functions make it suitable for both the power user and even the small office and business.

  This is another highly anticipated camera. The LX3's predecessor, the LX2, captured the hearts of many photographers looking for a smaller package that they could bring along with them. The LX3 bettered that package with the inclusion of an extremely fast f/2.0 lens and 24mm wide lens. This, we see a pretty good marriage of performance and value in one device.