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

The original 5 system was one of the best near-field, powered studio monitors wed ever heard. The new 5+ is every bit as splendid, thanks to the dual 50-watt Class AB monolithic amplifiers driving the 5-inch Kevlar woofers and 0.79-inch silk-dome tweeters. Absolutely superb.

13. Amazon Kindle Fire HD (tablet)

Amazon vastly improved its tablet user experience, rendering this 16GB model even more suitable for consuming content from Amazons vast digital storefront. More important, the company is selling the Kindle Fire HD at an incredibly low price for a tablet with an expensive optically bonded display.

14. Google Nexus 7 (Android tablet) 

We saw plenty of cheap Android tablets in 2012, but not one that was a worthy contender for this list. Then along came Googles Nexus 7, which brought top-flight performance, features, and great design to an inexpensive tabletalong with a lovely, optically bonded display, too.

15. Falcon Northwest Tiki (mini-gaming PC)

It's small, quiet and extremely fastespecially with games. This is no budget box; rather, its a polished, purpose-built tiny gaming system. The heavily overclocked Ivy Bridge processor, a fast SSD and a GeForce GTX 680 videocard combine to make this the fastest system of its size.

16. Adobe Creative Suite 6  (artistic software)

This suite is full of technological triumphs, from its support for GPU acceleration in Photoshop CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6, to Dreamweaver CS6s ability to output smartphone apps for almost any mobile operating system by transferring their production to the cloud.

17. Sony Tap 20 (tablet/laptop hybrid)

A luggable all-in-one with a 20-inch, 10-point multitouch display that runs on either AC or battery power, this could be the perfect family PC. Or is it a humongous family tablet? Either way, it shows that Windows 8 is inspiring PC manufacturers to innovate.

18. Raspberry Pi (basic Linux PC)

Conceived as a tool that would encourage students to learn how to program long before they entered college, the low, low price tag on this Linux-powered computer also makes it the perfect platform for hobbyists interested in building experimental projects. Raspberry Pi is like a digital blank slate.

19. Dell UltraSharp U2713HM (display)

This big little monitor delivers the same number of pixels as a 30-inch model in a more affordable 27-inch package. An LED-backlit IPS panel boasting accurate color, excellent uniformity, and wide viewing angles, its an excellent choice for both PC and Mac users, even without a Thunderbolt connector.


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