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Top 100 Products of 2010

Top 100 Products of 2010



Picks 91 - 100

 

The BRAVIA NX810 is Sony's second wave of 3D displays to hit the shelves in 2010, right after the arrival of the flagship LX900. The 3D-ready panel requires an external IR transmitter, but apart from this minor niggle, the NX810 has plenty of treats in store such as a convincing 3D experience, integrated Wi-Fi, BRAVIA Internet Video, plus digital and analog tuners.

 

We are used to novelty phones, but for 2010, the Samsung Galaxy Beam takes the cake for the being most innovative and practical. Armed with an Android 2.1 OS, an 8-megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, and a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, the highlight of the smartphone is its built-in Texas Instruments Pico projector, which allows users to project almost anything from five to 50 inches in screen size.

 

It was late, but better than never. Logitech's SqueezBox family underwent a sweet makeover with a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen which doubles up as remote as well. Besides the new touch-screen, the new SqueezeBox Touch also allows you to pull music from media servers or Internet radio stations over the network like most SqueezeBoxes do.

 

ASUS has a knack of earning our vote when we least expect it to. Essentially, the slim and glossy RT-N56U is a true dual band router, packing two internal PCB antennas for the 2.4 GHz spectrum and three for the 5 GHz frequency range. Besides offering top notch throughputs on both bands, the RT-N56U also proffers a wide range of features such as an integrated uPnP server and two USB slots which supports data sharing over the network as well.

 

Less costly than its larger siblings, the micro-ATX ASUS Rampage III Gene nevertheless manages to retain the important features of the Intel X58 chipset. SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports are a given and despite its limited PCB space, the Gene manages to squeeze in a dual CrossFireX/SLI setup.

 

Lenovo adds a new flavor to its ThinkPad line with the introduction of the Edge series. These red and black notebooks are made for the SMB market in mind, but they are still pretty enough for the regular consumer thanks to its chiclet keyboards and glossy exterior.

 

Toshiba's Portege R700 is a no brainer to include in our list due to its neat and super-slim 13-inch form factor and its powerful internals. The highest end model sports an Intel Core i7 processor and if you are really going for broke, there is a model with an SSD drive for even more speed.

 

The MSI N460GTX Hawk wowed us with its excellent performance, efficiency and amazing feature set. Factory overclocked, it is markedly quicker than reference cards and thanks to its custom Twin Frozr II cooler, it also runs more cooly too. It is also very overclockable because of its Triple Over Voltage function, 7+1 phase power design, and Military Class components.

 

Despite somewhat cumbersome manual controls, the NEX VG-10 packs some powerhouse performance (1080i at 24 Mbps). Like the NEX-5 digital camera, it packs a 14-megapixel APS CMOS sensor. It was also the first consumer-priced HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses to come to market.

 

Microsoft has left no stone unturned with the new Windows Phone 7 platform. A radical departure from its Windows Mobile 6.5 predecessors, the infant OS showcases a revamped UI built around a Hub concept and a strong emphasis on integrated social feeds. It is always good to have more choices.