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

Despite a few usability hiccups in its first-generation camera, Lytro's core technology is truly groundbreaking. This tube-like camera lets you shoot photos quickly and decide where to focus (and refocus) later. Lytros manual shutter control, added via a free firmware update, delivers even more fun tricks.

65. Microsoft Type Cover (tablet keyboard)

If you decide to take the plunge into Microsofts Surface (pun intended), spend the extra ten bucks to buy the Type Cover. Its a tad thicker than the less-expensive Touch Cover, but this keyboard has authentic keys that deliver genuine tactile feedback. Your fingertips will thank you.

66. Western Digital My Passport 2TB (portable hard drive) 

Cloud storage is greatuntil you cant access the cloud. When you need to take a lot of data on the go, Western Digitals biggest My Passport drive packs two terabytes into a 2.5-inch chassis, and it draws all its power over a USB connection.

67. Pinterest (online social sharing service)

"Pinning" entered the lexicon in 2012 as Pinterest users built online pinboards to collect, organize, and share everything interesting they found on the web. The versatility of this serviceyou can also use it for event planning and building shopping listsrendered Pinterest the fastest-growing website to date.

68. Maingear Shift Super Stock (desktop PC) 

Maingear pulled out all the stops to build this super-powered PC, which tore through our benchmarks to generate a Worldbench 7 score of 205105% faster than our baseline. The top-shelf components in this rig should keep any gamer satisfied for a least a couple of years.

69. Panasonic HC-V700M (camcorder)

Heres an easy-to-use compact camcorder that shoots great video. The built-in video light and flash work exceptionally well, capturing clean, crisp video and still shots from as far as 10 feet. Colors appear realistic with little or no oversaturation, and with hardly any blurring during fast pans.

70. Sony XQD S Series (memory card) 

Speed is key for some photographers, and the Sony XQD S Series delivers that in spades, with read and write transfer speeds of up to 168 MBps. Thats faster than any high-end CompactFlash card. Nikon is an early adopter, supporting XQD in its Nikon D4.

71. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (video game)

If you think turn-based strategy is too old-school, youre missing a nail-biter of a gaming experience. Firaxis makes the classic genre feel brand new: The game rewards patience and strategic thinking while you build up your forces to repel an alien invasion.

72. V-Moda VAMP (DAC and headphone amp)


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