2005 Gear of the Year, part 2

By Brian Livingston

Reviewers of computer products often exhibit maddening differences in their ratings of identical sets of items. But when several unrelated reviewers all pick the same product as Editors’ Choice, you can be sure you’ve found a real winner.

That’s the concept behind my Gear of the Year awards. I’ve analyzed every objective test of computer products I could find in calendar year 2005. Out of that mass of data emerges a picture of the best of the best. Those products are featured here.

Back in the Nov. 10 issue, I reported my findings on Windows-compatible cameras, LCD screens, laptops, MP3 players, hard drives, PDAs, projectors, and printers. Today, I’m covering lower-priced items — perhaps a stocking stuffer for a loved one or, more likely, a treat you’ll be buying for yourself. (Ho, ho, ho!)

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The latest test results from the dozens of reviewers we analyze are summarized during the year in the newsletter’s Index of Reviews section. I’ve left that section out this issue to make room for part 2 of the Gear of the Year. You can find every ranking we’ve indexed in the past 12 months — and use our search engine to locate any comparison you may need — in the Reviews section of WindowsSecrets.com.


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