The 100 best products of 2012

The top tech products of 2012, in categories ranging from PCs to productivity software.

By PCWorld staff, PC World |  Hardware

Dont buy the iPhone 5! This audiophile DAC, headphone amp, supplemental battery, and case is compatible only with the iPhone 4/4S. It connects to the iPhones docking port, taps its digital audio output, and upsamples that signal before converting it to analog and amplifying it. Expensive? Oh yeah. Worth it? Hell yeah!

73. Synology DiskStation 712+ (network-attached storage)

This NAS box lets you start small and scale up. It has only two drive bays, but you can add two or five more by connecting it to Synologys DX213 or DX513, respectively. A great NAS for both home and business.

74. Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse (computer mouse) 

Windows 8s emphasis on touch controls will change how you use your computer. If youre not ready to invest in a touchscreen display, Microsofts Sculpt Mouse has a touch-sensitive strip in its middle mouse button that can move the cursor up and down and left to right.

75. Lowes Iris (home control/security system)

If youre interested in home security automation without paying for central-office monitoring, take a look at Lowes Iris system. This DIY package is reasonably priced, exceptionally well thought out, and very easy to install. The best kit comes with a local alarm; door, window, and motion sensors; a thermostat; and basic lighting controls.

76. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (webcam) 

Webcams that deliver video at 1080p resolution are a dime a dozen. What separates Logitechs C920 from the crowd is its ability to support Skype HD video calls at 1080p, too. This well-designed, well-engineered webcam also has a versatile mounting clip that keeps it securely fastened to your display.

77. Asus Xonar Essence One (DAC and headphone amp)

Asus bills this device as a USB DAC and headphone amp, but its much more than that. Yes, it will drive even 600-ohm headphones, but it also boasts balanced XLR outputs so you can connect it to the finest analog amplifiers. It is an exquisite piece of gear.

78. HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer (printer) 

This is the first truly portable inkjet multifunction, squeezing a sheet-fed scanner into its compact form and including a full battery for on-the-go usage. Its neither fast nor cheap, but its printing and scanning are top-notch. Bluetooth connectivity lets you print from mobile phones and tablets.

79. Razer Naga Expert MMO Gaming Mouse (computer mouse)


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