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Top 100 Products of 2009

Top 100 Products of 2009

Picks 51 - 60

Sure, Sony's X4500 may not be as terribly sexy as its ZX1 sibling. Still, the X4500 has impressed us with its visual prowess and competent video processing. Armed with RGB Dynamic LEDs which offers local dimming, mind you, the X4500 managed to deliver razor sharp images with stunning blacks in its Full-HD capacity. That's more than enough for the Sony X4500 to earn a page in our annals.

If you are looking to impress your visitors, perhaps it would be wise to invest in the Panasonic SC-HC4. With the unique usage of bamboo in its twin 6.5cm come speakers, and equipped with six equalizer presets (flat, vocals, heavy, rock, clear and soft), a double-bass boost function, and a surround sound option, the impossibly stylish SC-HC4 will definitely pander to audiophiles.

 For many a HTPC builder, the Zotac DIY Ion Kit remains to be the weapon of choice. Solid performance aside, most of all, we liked that Zotac provided the motherboard kit with its own external power adapter, which makes sourcing parts for a system much less of a hassle.


While most smartphones in the market today have social networking capabilities, they still have to be downloaded to be utilized. The INQ Mini 3G however is built for this purpose and comes with Facebook and Twitter onboard so you can start tapping away. Better yet, it is sold at a very affordable price.

No one does audio like Sony Ericsson does. And with its 30 years of Walkman legacy supporting it, the Sony Ericsson Walkman W995 gave our ears an aural experience we'll never forget. As both a mobile phone and a portable audio player, the W995 is the perfect audio companion with its crystal clear audio reproduction, fitted into a compact and eye-pleasing form factor.

To accommodate this new X58 based motherboard that now has SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 features, Gigabyte had to increment its series naming convention to UD7. It's appropriate since this is arguably Gigabyte's highest end motherboard, with all the bells and whistle you'll expect from the vendor. What's best, you'll get 3-way SLI or CrossFireX with no compromise.


This massive 18.4-inch notebook easily fulfills your entertainment needs with its Blu-ray drive, decent graphics unit, quad-core processor and a design that is considerably more elegant than previous iterations. Luckily it doesn't burn a hole in your pocket either, thanks to Acer's pricing strategies, the Aspire 8935 remains relatively affordable compared to other notebooks of equal size and specs.

The LEGRIA HF S11 is the newest flagship HD camcorder from Canon and an upgrade to the HF S10 released earlier this year. It adds double the internal memory at 64GB, a new Dynamic Image Optical Stabilizer and Instant AF, while keeping the same large 1/2.6" sensor and form factor, which adds more features to strong performance.


Sennheiser's HD 800 would make a neat choice if you're delirious enough to fork out two grand for a pair of headphones. With a shell engineered out of a lightweight and durable plastic known as Leona, and a cleaner aural fidelity thanks to its wider transducers, the HD 800 is undoubtedly an audiophile's dream come true.


The Barnes & Noble's Nook has been a subject of interest for a few months now, and we dare say it has deserved the attention. An e-book reader boasting of the latest E-Ink technology, built-in WiFi, LendMe features (allows you to swap or lend content to a friend over a certain time period), a small and handy full-color capacitive touchscreen for almost all navigation, interaction within the device and on the online store is cool.