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

20. Jawbone Big Jambox (speaker)

Your mobile device might be the center of your entertainment universe, but we've yet to see a phone or tablet equipped with phenomenal speakers. The Big Jambox pairs wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled iOS and Android devices, pumps out impressive bass, and has the battery life to withstand long jam sessions.

21. Olympus OM-D E-M5 (camera)

Most mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are designed as "step-up" cameras for the point-and-shoot crowd, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has the mettle to compete with full-fledged Digital SLRs. We appreciate its fast focusing speed, terrific image quality, and appealingly retro aesthetic.

22. Apple iPhone 5

Its the best iPhone yet, improving on its predecessors with features such as LTE connectivity, an improved camera, and a larger screen. It might not have the best map program, as you may have heard, but we have no doubt that the iPhone 5 is still one of the best smartphones of 2012.

23. Stardock Start8 (Windows 8 add-on)

Many early Windows 8 adopters complain about the lack of a Start Menu. Stardock, known for desktop customization software Fences and ObjectDock, responded with Start8, an inexpensive utility that adds a StartMenu to the new OS and allows you to disable the new hot corners to make your transition less jarring.

24. Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (laptop)

Apples flagship laptop delivers stunning performance and effortless portability. This was not only the fastest overall Mac we've ever tested, but its spectacular IPS screen with 2880 by 1800 pixel resolution reveals so much detail that even desktop icons become something to marvel over.

25. Kickstarter (website)

Were recognizing this three-year-old crowd-funding site because it opened the crowd-funding floodgates in 2012. Marquee products such as the Pebble E-Paper Watch and the Ouya game console raised millions, demonstrating that Kickstarter isn't just for amateurs and side projects; its changing the way new products get funded.

26. B&N Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (e-reader)

Thoughtful design and an ethereal yet effective built-in reading light make this e-reader one of the best you can buy. Its also the most flexible, with a MicroSD card slot on board. And unlike Amazon, B&N doesnt charge extra for an AC adapter.

27. Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard


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