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Top 100 Products of 2008

Top 100 Products of 2008


Nos 31 - 40

The luster of NVIDIA's GTX 280 may have been somewhat dulled by ATI's Radeon HD 4800 series of cards, but the GeForce GTX 280 is still the fastest single GPU out there. And thanks to constant driver upgrades by NVIDIA, it remains an excellent choice for gamers.

Sony continues to excel when it comes to high-end HDTVs and its latest KDL40W4500 is the most recent example. Upgraded with 100MHz Motionflow picture processing technology, it has smooth standard definition playback. Not to mention that this HDTV has outstandingly rich black levels and looks great and sharp when playing HD content.

The D700 utilizes a similar sensor as its elder sibling, the D3, and also has the same ISO sensitivity, allowing you to capture somewhat usable photos in especially dim lighting situations with ISO25600. It also makes for an excellent backup to the multi-award winning D3, as many photographers have experienced first hand.

We've seen lots of wireless earphones running on Bluetooth technology. But the Sennheiser MX W1, unveiled during CES 2008 and tested with our ears, was nothing short of splendid for sound reproduction with no discernible signal loss using its Kleer technology. It might be the herald of what's to come for wireless earphones.

While there have been other such media players before, Western Digital's WD TV HD media player combines a simple, hassle-free, user-friendly interface with multiple file format support, including up to 1080p videos and subtitles. A quiet player with a competitive price tag, it certainly deserves a spot in our list.

The iPod Nano seems to have been around forever and the latest iteration of the tiny portable media player shows us why it is still the best in the game. Proudly boasting a crystal clear 2-inch screen, and up to 16GB memory, this is the yardstick by which all ultra portable media players are judged.

At 24.6-megapixel, the A900 currently holds the title of having the highest megapixel count for a full-frame DSLR. While reports have stated that they've captured the #3 spot when it comes to DSLR sales in some markets, we think the A900 is just a first of many more DSLRs to come. Watch for it.

Man's inexhaustible and unyielding quest for more storage space has just gotten a helping hand from Seagate with their Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive, which boasts capacities up to 1.5TB - a first for consumer hard disks.

When ATI launched its Radeon HD 4800 series, their flagship card the HD 4870 was fast, but it was still slower than NVIDIA's GTX 280. So ATI took two HD 4870 GPUs and stuffed them on a single PCB, and called its monstrous dual-GPU creation the HD 4870 X2. Needless to say, it was faster than the GTX 280 and for the first time in a long time, reclaimed the title of "fastest graphics card" from NVIDIA.

  Lenovo's X200 Tablet is what a tablet PC should have been. A solid build quality thanks to its carbon fiber origins and based on the classic ThinkPad design, it is light at around 1.6kg, comes with a 12.1-inch display with an active digitizer and has a dual swivel hinge for an easier switch to tablet mode.