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Top 100 Products of 2009

Top 100 Products of 2009


Picks 31 - 40


Like its dark horse predecessor, the Nokia E72 took its rightful place as the Nokia device of the year. Succeeding the Nokia E71 with new upgrades such as a 5-megapixel camera and faster HSDPA speeds (10.2Mbps), the E72 retains the great QWERTY keyboard experience and a new 3.5mm audio port that's well-loved by many, including us.


One of the earliest motherboards with the new SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 functionality, this ASUS P55 board got full marks for using a dedicated PCIe bridge to enable this without affecting SLI or CrossFireX support like some of its competitors. Other proprietary, exclusive features make it worthy of its premium billing too.


Ask around for a wireless gaming mouse and one device comes to mind: the Razer Mamba. With cutting edge laser tracking of 5600 dpi, and superb performance whether wired or wireless, the Mamba is the gaming mice to behold for 2009. Coupled with with its comprehensive tweaking function, it's one of the best mice we've seen in a long while.

Generally, larger sensors give you better image quality, but the larger the sensor the larger the camera. With the S90, Canon took their G-series' large sensor and made it work inside a compact camera body. Not only that, they included full manual controls, and an innovative manual control ring to change manual settings easily, making the S90 of the most ground-breaking cameras we've seen.


It's true that plasma TVs do not command the same buzz as the LED backlit LCD TV alternatives these days, yet, we did not forget about the VIERA V-series for our Top 100 list. Panasonic's premium P50V11S PDP didn't wow us so much with perks like the VIERA Image Viewer or DVB-T digital tuner. Instead, it was its Neo-PDP's panel exceptional handling of HD and SD sources which makes it a deserving display.


The QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo offers superior performance: featuring advanced RAID data protection, built-in iSCSI target service, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption and powered by Intel 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory. It is perfect for data sharing in workgroups, homes and businesses.

Easily one of the gems of the year, we received the SonicGear Xanadu X2 not expecting much, but the moment we turned it on, it blew us away. Be it soulful jazz tunes, thumping dance tracks or cinematic explosions, the Xanadu X2 handled all with aplomb. Easily the best bang for buck audio system we've heard all year.


Microsoft's answer to the iPod touch has a special ace up its sleeve and that would be its ability to play 720p video on your HD TV with an optional AV dock. Besides that, the Zune HD is also super slick in looks and its user interface. The only problem is that it's only sold in the United States for the time being.

The successor to the multimedia powerhouse HTC Touch HD goes into overdrive mode, with a larger 4.3-inch screen, now capable of multi-touch with its capacitive touch screen. More importantly, the HD2 is the first Windows Mobile device armed with the high speed Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, and comes with the new HTC Sense UI that makes it all that much easier to use a Windows phone.

The first six-core processor in the world, AMD's latest Opteron processor builds on the performance of its previous 'Shanghai' chip and competes well with rival Intel's Nehalem processors on cost and power efficiency. Best of all, it's an easy, drop-in upgrade for existing Opteron users and is now found in servers and supercomputers.