The PC World 100: Best Products of 2009
The PC World 100: #91-#100
91. HP W2558hc (monitor, $600) This feature-rich, 25.5-inch widescreen LCD delivered fantastic image quality in our tests. It comes with a host of extra features--including a built-in Webcam and a built-in task light that shines from beneath the monitor onto papers on your desk--and a pleasant design.
92. Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS (hard drive, $250) How about 2TB of space on a single drive? The WD20EADS is a boon to anyone with a large data archive, multimedia library, or space-hogging video collection. It's also part of WD's Green Power line of hard-disk drives, billed as environmentally friendly drives due to their lower power consumption.
93. FileHippo Update Checker 1.035 (update-managing service, free) PC World's Facebook fans recommended this practical tool, which scans your PC and identifies the software updates you need. You can use the FileHippo to download the updates, but you retain control. No updates happen automatically.
94. Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N (networking hardware, $91) The WRT320N has a sleek spaceship-style design. It performed well in our tests, operating at either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz Wi-Fi band--handy flexibility if neighboring Wi-Fi networks surround your office. An included software utility called LELA goes beyond standard setup tasks to offer network-monitoring features such as network maps and device information.
95. NinjaVideo (video-playing service, free) NinjaVideo.net is the place to watch just-released movies and premium TV shows that ran the night before. The site's content focus extends from episodes of the ABC show Lost to documentaries and other long-form news programming. NinjaVideo.net plays back video in high-quality DivX format, features an active Web community, and serves as a handy index to to MegaVideo movies and TV shows that you can't find by searching MegaVideo. Is it legal? Well, it can't be, but the site has survived.
96. Slacker.com (streaming music apps, free; also iPhone app, free) Slacker's mobile apps let you listen to the streaming-music service on your BlackBerry or iPhone/iPod Touch. And with a BlackBerry, you can store music for times when your wireless reception gets wonky.
97. Kensington Auto Power Inverter with USB Power Port (charger; $35) Some inverters are too bulky; others are nothing more than an AC outlet. This one provides both an AC outlet and a USB port for charging (so you can top up your cell phone or iPod while on the go), all from a single power connection to your car or airplane seat with DC power.
98. HP DreamScreen 100 (Internet touchscreen, prices start at $250) A sexy display that does more than just show photos, this slick ubermonitor uses wireless Internet service to display weather and Facebook friend updates, stream music from Pandora, and play videos. The screen carries 2GB of memory, two USB ports, built-in stereo speakers, an ethernet jack, and an 802.11 b/g wireless antenna.
99. Nintendo DSi (game console, $170) The world's bestselling games handheld gets smaller and smarter with a matte finish, larger TFT-LCD screens, two 0.3-megapixel VGA cameras, Facebook support, and a dedicated online games and apps store. This incremental touch-up possesses tremendous social networking potential for gamers of all stripes.
100. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (game, $60) Developer Naughty Dog's earlier Uncharted game was a masterful bolt from the blue. Created for the PlayStation 3, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves trumps its predecessor thrice over, offering a superlative cinematic romp full of clever 14th-century apocrypha and dazzling exotic venues. If Fable 2 justifies grabbing an Xbox 360, Uncharted 2 is the first game to provide a definitive reason for getting a PS3.
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