The 100 Best Products of 2006

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  • Generic Company Place Holder Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR Camera

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  • Citrix GoToMyPC 5

  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8.0 Preferred

  • Best Software Simply Accounting 2005

  • Corel Painter IX

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  • Vonage VoIP

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Full Product, PC)

  • Intuit Quicken Premier 2006

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4

  • Nero 7 Ultra Edition

  • LaCie d2 External 400GB SATA Hard Drive (Serial ATA, 7200 RPM, 8MB)

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  • Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 (PC)

  • Palm GPS Navigator (3207NA)

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  • Generic Company Place Holder Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Bridge Camera

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  • Apple iPod nano 4GB MP3 Player - Black

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  • Microsoft Xbox 360 System

  • NEC 21.3" MultiSync LCD2180WG-LED-BK-SV Black LCD Monitor (21.3", 1600x1200, 25ms, DVI, PC/Mac)

  • Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver (7.1 Channels, 130 W/Channel, 0.04% THD, Supports 10 Devices)

  • Apple IPod Video 5th Generation 60GB MP3 Player - Black (60GB Internal Hard Drive)

  • HP MD5880n 58" DLP Projection TV (16:9, HDTV)

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  • Mitsubishi XD460U DLP Projector

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  • ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Video Card (512MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI)

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  • Webroot Spy Sweeper 4.5

  • Generic Company Place Holder Fujifilm FinePix E900 Compact Camera

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  • Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard (Athlon X2/ Athlon FX/ Athlon 64/ Sempron, nForce4 SLI X16, Socket 939, ATX, 4GB DDR, 1000MHz Bus)

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  • Creative ZEN Vision:M 30GB Media Player - Black (2.5

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  • In2M Mvelopes Personal

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  • Generic Company Place Holder LN-S3251D 32" LCD TV (16:9, 1366x768, 4000:1, HDTV)

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  • Generic Company Place Holder Olympus EVOLT E-330 Digital SLR Camera

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  • Epson Perfection V700 Photo

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  • Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro

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  • Intel Core Duo Processor (2.16GHz, 2MB, 667GHz FSB, Socket 478)

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual-Core Processor (2.4GHz, 2MB, 2GHz Bus, Socket 939)

  • Seagate Portable ST9160821U2-RK External 160GB Hard Drive

  • Toshiba HDA1 HD-DVD Player

  • eVGA GeForce 7600 GT Video Card (256MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI)

  • Sonos ZonePlayer 80

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  • RedOctane Guitar Hero Bundle (PS2)

  • Pioneer Blu-Ray Disc Writer (2x/2x/2x BD, 8x/4x/8x DVD+RW, 8x/4x/8x DVD-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 2x DVD-R DL)

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  • Mionet

  • TiVo ? Series2? 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder (80 GB)

  • Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz

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  • Western Digital Raptor X 150GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA-150, 10,000 RPM, 16MB)

  • EIZO Nanao FlexScan S2410W 24.1" LCD Monitor (24.1" 1920x1200, 16ms, DVI, PC/Mac)

  • SmartHome SYLVANIA Z-WAVE DELUXE STARTER KIT BY UNICAL ENTERPRISES

  • Salling Software Salling Clicker 3

  • Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 with Media - 1-User License

  • iRiver Clix

  • BFG Technologies GeForce 7900 GTX OC Video Card (512MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI)

  • Channel Sources Dist. ThinkFree Office (Full Product)

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Best Products: 61-70

61. Kosmix.com
Search Engine (free) Kosmix categorizes search results into major content areas of health, travel, and politics--a valuable feature, though you'll obtain fewer results from Kosmix than you would from Google or Yahoo. Review

62. T-Mobile SDA
Cellular Phone ($300) This Windows Mobile-based handset supports cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless technologies (but you can't use it as a phone over Wi-Fi). Thanks to its impressive battery life, you can browse the Web with it all day long. Review | Latest Prices

63. Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
Motherboard ($200) This motherboard packs every feature you could want, including nVidia SLI graphics support, RAID support, six SATA ports, and plenty of options for overclocking. Test Report | Latest Prices

Dell Ultrasharp 3007WFP (left) Samsung LN-S3251D (right)
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64. Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP
30-Inch Wide-Screen LCD Monitor ($2200) Seeing this humongous, high-resolution LCD after spending hours in front of a 17- or 19-inch model is a bit like turning a corner and walking into a billboard. Review | Latest Prices

65. Meebo (alpha)
Instant Messaging (free) When you're away from your own PC, you can still connect. Use this utility (still in alpha) in an Internet caf\0xE9 to access AIM, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, or Yahoo buddies by browser. Review

66. Corel Painter IX.5
Graphics Software ($375) Corel's painting program does a fine job of mimicking real paint and canvas, watercolor and paper, and charcoal and paper. Paint runs and bleeds just like the real stuff does. A recent upgrade introduces a rubber stamp and new photo painting capabilities. Web Site | Latest Prices

67. Samsung LN-S3251D
LCD TV ($1799) Among 32-inch television sets that we tested recently, the LN-S3251D won by a significant margin. It's very bright, so colors really pop from the screen, and it has a well-designed stand that swivels fluidly. It's one of the best televisions we've seen, regardless of type. Review | Latest Prices

Trillian
68. Cerulean Studios Trillian 3.1
Instant Messaging Client (free) Using Trillian 3.1 means not having to decide which IM client to adopt, since Trillian works with nearly all of them. Its interface is beautiful, especially compared with AIM--hoo boy, that thing is ugly. You can set Trillian up to log your conversations so that when you forget something you said, you can look it up easily. You can also set up alerts for when people are online, and you can issue a command from your laptop that shuts down the program on your desktop. A new version, called Astra, should be released later this year. Review

You can now access Real's Rhapsody music service without desktop software, if you want.
You can now access Real's Rhapsody music service without desktop software, if you want.
69. Rhapsody
Online Music (free to $10 per month) After experiencing a rocky relaunch, the new Rhapsody service looks good. Now you can access it without desktop software (though you may want to use the client, since it works as your streaming service and plays songs from your MP3 library). Web Site

70. In2M Mvelopes Personal 3
Online Budgeting ($8 per month with two-year plan) When you put Mvelopes on the case, you may be surprised to learn how much you spend on Diet Coke and Doritos (you aren't under any obligation to change your habits, of course, but it's still nice to know). Recent updates make Mvelopes easier to use than ever. Review | Web Site

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating
  • Citrix GoToMyPC 5

  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8.0 Preferred

  • Best Software Simply Accounting 2005

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  • Vonage VoIP

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Full Product, PC)

  • Intuit Quicken Premier 2006

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4

  • Nero 7 Ultra Edition

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  • Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 (PC)

  • Palm GPS Navigator (3207NA)

  • Serious Magic Ovation

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  • Microsoft Xbox 360 System

  • NEC 21.3" MultiSync LCD2180WG-LED-BK-SV Black LCD Monitor (21.3", 1600x1200, 25ms, DVI, PC/Mac)

  • Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver (7.1 Channels, 130 W/Channel, 0.04% THD, Supports 10 Devices)

  • Apple IPod Video 5th Generation 60GB MP3 Player - Black (60GB Internal Hard Drive)

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  • Webroot Spy Sweeper 4.5

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  • Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro

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  • Intel Core Duo Processor (2.16GHz, 2MB, 667GHz FSB, Socket 478)

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual-Core Processor (2.4GHz, 2MB, 2GHz Bus, Socket 939)

  • Seagate Portable ST9160821U2-RK External 160GB Hard Drive

  • Toshiba HDA1 HD-DVD Player

  • eVGA GeForce 7600 GT Video Card (256MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI)

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  • RedOctane Guitar Hero Bundle (PS2)

  • Pioneer Blu-Ray Disc Writer (2x/2x/2x BD, 8x/4x/8x DVD+RW, 8x/4x/8x DVD-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 2x DVD-R DL)

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  • Mionet

  • TiVo ? Series2? 80-Hour Digital Video Recorder (80 GB)

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  • Western Digital Raptor X 150GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA-150, 10,000 RPM, 16MB)

  • EIZO Nanao FlexScan S2410W 24.1" LCD Monitor (24.1" 1920x1200, 16ms, DVI, PC/Mac)

  • SmartHome SYLVANIA Z-WAVE DELUXE STARTER KIT BY UNICAL ENTERPRISES

  • Salling Software Salling Clicker 3

  • Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 with Media - 1-User License

  • iRiver Clix

  • BFG Technologies GeForce 7900 GTX OC Video Card (512MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI)

  • Channel Sources Dist. ThinkFree Office (Full Product)

  • NewsGator FeedDemon 2

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