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Top 100 Products of 2009

Top 100 Products of 2009



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Best of 2009

Economic crisis or no, tech firms have managed to keep us immersed with a flood of new gadgets and technologies. From CULV processors to USB 3.0, the acronyms and buzzwords have been unrelenting. So what are our top picks for the year? Well, we have scoured everything from consumer electronics to PC components and shortlisted 100 products that deserved to be mentioned for their merits in their categories.

In no particular order of merit, our top 100 products of the year are as follows:

Dell's Alienware series finally made its way down to the region, and boy did it pack a punch while doing so. The Alienware m17x boast impressive specs of up to an Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Q9300, SLI graphics, a solid hefty build and a bling-ish design that immediately causes gamer aggro whenever this monster is brought out for serious gaming downtime.

There are lots of reasons to love the versatile 7D; its newly-developed 18MP CMOS sensor, the 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed for up to a maximum burst of 126 shots (shooting JPEGs), and full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second.

If a respectable showpiece is what you crave, then you might want to consider LG's SL90 for your living space. Slim and pretty, the Korean's LED-backlit screen features an "edge-to-edge" design, thanks to a layer of glass over its panel. With a DVB-T tuner, Bluetooth connectivity, local dimming and all the visual goodness of a Full-HD screen, it really doesn't get any better than this.

In need of a stylish touch screen compact? Sony T90 might be your answer, and more - the glossy beauty boasts of a slim 13.9mm build, 12.1MP sensor, Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation, face and smile detection technology, ISO up to 3200, 1280x720 pixel resolution 720p HD movie recording capabilities, intelligent scene recognition and a large 3.0-inch touch-sensitive screen.

Glass. The final frontier for optical and laser mice. Many have tried, but none have succeeded. That is until Logitech came along with the Performance M950 Mouse. Featuring a revolutionary tracking system called Darkfield (using dual lasers), the Logitech Performance M950 mouse is the first laser mice in the world to be able to track on glass.

With a huge library of e-books to choose from, it's no wonder why the Kindle series is our favourite e-book reader yet. The Kindle 2 may not have expandable memory as its predecessor but we are bowled over by its slimmer and sleeker look and better design all around.

Motorola might have started off slow in 2009, but it ended it with a big bang via the Motorola Droid, equipped with Android 2.0. Not only does it have free turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps Navigation, the Droid goes all out and gives Motorola a new lease of life in a competitive mobile industry.

Quad-core processors get into budget territory with AMD's Athlon II X4 630. This processor's modest price belies its competitiveness with more expensive quad-core equivalents from Intel. Coupled with the affordability of the AMD platform, it's a great choice for those starting to dabble in multi-threaded applications like content creation.

With Apple rebranding its entire aluminum unibody notebook line into the MacBook Pro range, the 'new' 13-inch MacBook Pro replaces the base model with plenty of new features found on the Pro range including a backlit keyboard, built-in 7 hour battery and packing a price point that doesn't blow your wallet to smithereens.

Windows 7 is what Windows Vista should have been - an elegant version of Windows, with an improved interface that doesn't just look good but helps you work better. 7 isn't only a refined edition of Vista though; it adds new functionality like gestural shortcuts, HomeGroup for easy file sharing, and virtual folders which help you manage your files.