This year, 36 Editor’s Choice and 41 Readers' Choice awards were given out by HWM and HardwareZone.com to recognize the best brands, products, and services in the computer, consumer electronics, digital entertainment, and communications industries. This grand total of 77 awards is six more than the 71 awards last year.
For the Editor’s Choice awards, 159 products that were introduced between December 2011 and November 2012, and which fitted the stringent criteria set for the 36 categories were meticulously tested and benchmarked in the HWZ Labs by a 12-writer-strong editorial team throughout the course of last year. The nominees were selected in accordance to the benefits, value and significant technological advancements they've brought to consumers. To better reflect the ever-changing market trends, the Editor’s Choice categories have continued to evolve. For example, last year, we added new categories such as Best Tablet and Best Headphones; this year, we've Best Windows 8 Ultrabook and Best 4K TV categories just to name a few.
For the Readers' Choice awards, voting was opened to all the readers of HWM and HardwareZone.com. A total of 169 brands competed for the 41 Readers' Choice awards available, up from last year's 138 nominees and 37 awards. New categories this year include Best Fiber Broadband and Best In-Ear Headphones. A record-breaking 249,000 votes were cast during a 4-week voting window. This is 60% more than the 155,000 votes we've gotten for Tech Awards 2012. We are proud and humbled by the strong support shown to us by the community.
This year's awards ceremony took place on February 27 at the Joyden Hall at Bugis+. To capture all the details from our testing, reader's inputs and event highlights, we've prepped the following HWM and HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013 related content:-
Without further ado, we present you a detailed outcome of our Readers' Choice categories in this article.