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

This is easily the best mechanical gaming keyboard weve tested this year. Its durable, useful, and just plain satisfying to use, whether youre playing games or powering through email. If you havent upgraded to a fully mechanical keyboard yet, this is the one to buy.

28. Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo (storage device)

If you need a lot of storage right at your desktop, and your computer is equipped with a Thunderbolt port, take a long look at WDs Thunderbolt MyBook Duo. This dual-drive device is available in 4-, 6-, and 8TB configurations with a blistering-fast Thunderbolt interface.

29. Linksys WUMC710 Media Connector (wireless bridge)

Most 802.11ac router manufacturers expect consumers to buy two of their routers and configure one as a bridge. Thats an expensive and unnecessarily complicated solution. Linksys was a little late to the 802.11ac party, but it arrived with the absolute best product for the client side.

30. Lenevo IdeaCentre A720 (all-in-one PC)

Squeezing the A720s guts into a base the size of a small pizza box allowed Lenovo to flatten the 27-inch, 10-point multitouch display to less than one-inch thick. Whats more, you can lay the articulated display completely flat and use the computer like a giant stationary tablet.

31. Sonos Sub (wireless subwoofer)

Craving a milkshake? Eat some ice cream, drink some milk, play your favorite funk on a Sonos multi-room audio system, and stand next to the Sub. The dual Class D amps and two force-canceling speakers in this 36-pound networked subwoofer will do the rest. Yeah, we dig it.

32. MicroExpress MicroFlex 37B (desktop PC)

  Its not pretty, but this model's utilitarian looks disguise a balanced, high-performance PC thats both a speedy general-purpose system and a decent gaming rig. Credit the fast Ivy Bridge CPU, Radeon HD 7850 GPU, SSD, Blu-ray drive, and 16GB of RAM, all in a package that costs less than $1300.

33. Mass Effect 3 (game)

This conclusion to one of the most ambitious gaming trilogies ever created isnt perfect. Indeed, the abbreviated, nonsensical ending ignited a firestorm of criticism from series fans. Nevertheless, the strong voice acting and action sequences propel the game forward at a satisfyingly breakneck pace.

34. D-Link DCS-5222L (IP security camera) 

IP cameras are great for monitoring your home, but configuring one for remote access is a pain in the neck. D-Links Cloud Camera line makes it easy. The DCS-5222L is a pan/tilt model with LED lighting for night viewing, a MicroSD card slot, and two-way audio.

35. HP ZR2440w (display) 


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