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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Readers' Choice Results

By Ng Chong Seng - 17 Feb 2017

Readers' Choice Awards - Consumer Electronics (Part 1)

Readers' Choice Awards - Consumer Electronics (Part 1)


Best Business Notebook Brand - Lenovo

With 24% of the votes, the Best Business Notebook Brand award is once again won by Lenovo, currently the world’s largest PC maker and which shipped 56 million units last year, according to Gartner. Last year, we reviewed the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and found it to be the business notebook to beat. And in the near future, more X, L, and T series ThinkPads featuring Intel's Kaby Lake processors are expected to land on our shores. If your business needs are simple, check out this cool, traditional keyboard-less Yoga Book. Apple, with 20% of the votes, is in second place. Did the iPhone maker's aggressively redesigned 2016 MacBook Pros harm its chances this year?


Best 2-in-1 Notebook Brand - ASUS

Some call it notebook-tablet hybrids, some call it 2-in-1 notebooks. Whichever the case, such new form factor is only possible due to the multifaceted nature of Windows 10. A new category we created two years back to reflect this form factor trend, this award has been won by ASUS on both occasions. Well, you can call it a three-peat now, as ASUS is the winner yet again, this time with 33% of the votes. To recap, in 4Q last year, ASUS launched the Transformer 3 Pro, which features a kickstand and detachable Transformer Cover keyboard, to go head-on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. Looking for something decidedly more entry-level? There's the Transformer Book T101, a 10.1-inch machine that weighs just 580g without its keyboard. Microsoft, which didn't release any new Surface Pro device last year, is second with 26% of the votes. If you prefer Lenovo's devices, the Chinese company has new Yoga and Miix devices too.


Best Tablet Brand - Apple

With 53% of the votes, Apple’s iPad remains our readers’ most beloved tablet. Kudos to Apple, because its only new iPad in 2016 was the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. (The iPad Mini 4 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro were announced in September 2015.) Like the bigger iPad Pro, this 9.7-inch pro iPad supports the Apple Pencil that lets you write and draw fluidly like a real pencil, and it's still the only iOS device that has a True Tone Display that dynamically adjusts the white balance of the screen to adapt its color to your environment. That said, if you're considering an iPad now, we'd say wait, because Apple is widely expected to refresh its tablet lineup in the coming few months. And for what it's worth, second place Samsung, which launched a refreshed Galaxy Tab S2 and Tab A last year, apparently has a Galaxy Tab S3 on the horizon.


Best Compact Camera Brand - Canon

Good news, camera makers! According to CIPA, sales of digital cameras are improving. In fact, looking at December 2016 data, there's actually a year-on-year increase in net shipments. For this Readers’ Choice category, our winner is Canon, which garnered 28% of the votes. For the benefit of those not keeping track, the Japanese camera maker introduced quite a few compact cameras last year. We've the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SX720 HS in early 2016, followed by the PowerShot SX620 HS with 25x zoom soon after. And barely into 2017, we already have the PowerShot G9 X Mark II and new IXUS cameras.


Best Interchangeable Lens Camera Brand - Canon

In a nutshell, interchangeable lens cameras refer to both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. After tabulating the votes, the winner is Canon with 32% of the votes. In second place is its long-time DSLR rival Nikon with 19%. To recap, 2016 saw the arrival of the EOS 80D for enthusiasts, the EOS 1300D for beginners, and the EOS 5D Mark IV for pros. And for its compact mirrorless EOS M family, we got a Rilakkuma edition of the EOS M10 in the middle of the 2016 and the top-of-the-line M5 later in the year. And sticking with its commitment to expand and prioritize the available EOS M camera and lens options, Canon has announced the new EOS M6 literally just a few days ago. Olympus, which most recent camera is the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, completes the top three.


Best Action Camera Brand - GoPro

With 40% of the votes, GoPro is the winner of our new Best Action Camera Brand award. The company's latest Hero action camera models are the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session, both introduced in September 2016. Both action cams are waterproof up to 10m, capable of 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, and support USB-C connectivity. As the action cam market gets more crowded (and smartphones become more capable), GoPro has recently entered the drone market with its Karma Drone. In second place is ViDi, maker of the aptly-named ViDi LCD Action Camera, with 34% of the votes.

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