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 24-inch desktop monitor has it all: A 1920-by-1200-pixel IPS panel that produces brilliant images with wide viewing angles, an easy-to-adjust stand that can pivot to portrait mode, a four-port USB hub, and an energy-saving LED backlight. It can connect to your computer via DVI, DisplayPort, DVI, or HDMI.

36. Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 (camcorder) 

Burning up your smartphones battery shooting impromptu videos? Maybe its time to move up to a dedicated device. The Bloggie Live is the most versatile pocket camcorder around, delivering wireless streaming, peer-to-peer sharing, and image resolution on a par with todays top phone cameras.

37. Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 (GPU)

If you find the size and power consumption of AMDs Radeon HD 7970 objectionable, this Nvidia GPU blends the high performance of the companys Kepler architecture with the terrific efficiency of its earlier Fermi design to deliver a well-balanced powerhouse thats suited to both gaming and GPU-compute applications.

38. Angry Birds Space (game app)

Quick review for the 0.00002% of the population that hasnt played Rovio's Angry Birds: You shoot birds at pigs. In-game physics are one of the games best attributes, so it was a brilliant idea to move the games environment into space and add gravity puzzles.

39. Instagram (digital photo app)

Love it or loathe it, Instagram has driven plenty of interest in phone photography. This free app for iOS and Android devices makes it incredibly easy to apply creative filters and borders to your photos and then share them with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

40. Arcam rPAC (digital-to-analog converter)

This device connects to your computer via USB, sounds spectacular (for its price), is built like a tank, supports high-resolution files, and incorporates a high-quality headphone amplifier to make even power-hungry headphones sing.

41. AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (GPU)

AMD made a few tweaks to the reference design it originally released in December 2011. This single-GPU card now overpowers Nvidias GeForce GTX 680 in most of our benchmarks. Its still too big and consumes too much juice, but well accept the trade-off.

42. Adobe Lightroom 4.5 (photo-editing software)


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