Top 100 Products of 2010


Picks 51 - 60

 

The Korean giant first hit jackpot with the Samsung Galaxy S, one of the top-tier Android smartphones with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Similarly, the slim Samsung Omnia 7 stood out amongst close competitors as the only Windows Phone 7 device thus far with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and boasted longer battery life. Those and a powerful Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz processor and reasonable 5-megapixel camera makes the smartphone a worthy device for someone new to the OS.

 

One of the first notebooks to sport the new Intel Core i family of processors, the Acer Timeline X 4820TG keeps the same svelte figure that we loved while still delivering a battery life that lasts much longer than any others from the competition. That is no by no means an easy feat as it uses a high performing Intel Core i7 processor.

 

Always wanted a mid-range TV with a credible display and an equally desirable price? Sony has the answer in the BRAVIA EX400. Powered by Sony's BRAVIA Engine 3, this humble yet exemplary 1080p TV emerged as the winner in HWM's shootout with thanks to its crisp display and all-round handling. That should be reason enough to buy one, no?

 

Enough has been said about the Sonos S5, so we will just recap what it is good for. With the S5, streaming music over the network has never been easier, or more aurally pleasurable, credit to its simple setup, iPhone controls and crystal sound architecture which hordes five Class-D digital amplifiers. To enjoy music on this baby, all you need is a router and the right groove.

 

Aztech's HL280E is the perfect solution when you need to extend your Ethernet coverage or overcome Wi-Fi dead spots at home. Offering blistering speeds of up to 1 Gbps, this HomePlus enables to you to network your gaming consoles, media players, computers and set-top boxes simply by tapping into your power lines.

 

We are still in 2010, but Microsoft has already released Office for Mac 2011, some 21 months after its predecessor Office for Mac 2008. In Office 2011, Entourage has been replaced by Outlook, and provides full support for Exchange 2007. Office 2008’s Elements Gallery also made its way for the Ribbon interface, so Windows’ Office users should feel quite at home. Office 2011 also supports document collaboration between Mac and Windows users via Microsoft’s SharePoint, SkyDrive, and Office Web Apps.

 

The HP 2301e is one of our favorite 23-inch full HD LED LCD monitors this year and for good reason. It looks exceptionally good thanks to its slim and sleek profile; and secondly, for a TN panel, it offers brilliant visual quality with exceptional levels of detail, color and text readability. To seal the deal, it also features a good selection of inputs (DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort).

 

Boasting a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, the Dell UltraSharp U2711 exhibits deep blacks, vibrant colors and terrific sharpness. It also features a plethora of connectivity options to satisfy even the most demanding user (VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and even component and composite video). Admittedly, it might be a tad pricey, but the UlraSharp U2711 is easily one of the best IPS panel screens money can buy.

 

ASUS' top motherboard based on the Intel X58 chipset that's not part of its Republic of Gamers series, the P6X58D Premium comes with all the features you would expect on a board of its class, from 3-way CrossFireX/SLI support to dual Gigabit Ethernet to SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports. Throw in a relatively competitive price and an excellent layout, and ASUS has a winner here.

 

If you want the biggest and fastest external drive, take a look at the 3 TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk. It is also the first 3 TB drive to in the market. You can easily upgrade it from an USB 2.0 interface to an even faster USB 3.0 or FireWire 800. You can also schedule automatic backups, and even encrypt them for peace of mind.