The 100 Best Products of 2006

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Best Products: 21-30

Photograph: Chris Manners
21. Pioneer BDR-101A
Blu-ray Drive ($1000) The first Blu-ray drive comes not as a set-top player for high-definition movies, but as an internal PC drive for backing up massive amounts of data. Review | Latest Prices

22. Adobe Photoshop CS2
Image Editor ($600) Anything that you want to do with a digital image, you can do with Photoshop CS2. Not a pro? Avoid CS2's expense by opting for Adobe's Photoshop Elements (#11). Review | Latest Prices

23. Citrix GoToMyPC 5
Remote Access ($20 per month) Turn any Web-connected computer into a clone of your distant desktop, so you can gain access to programs, files, and networks. GoToMyPC is a bit pricey, but its speedy, secure, hassle-free approach is unbeatable. Review | Web Site

24. Dealnews.com
Online Bargain Tracker (free) Many sites keep track of bargains for you, but Dealnews does more than just provide you with a link. It'll even let you know whether today's deal is better than last week's. Review

Palm's GPS Navigator package includes equipment for mounting it in your car.
Palm's GPS Navigator package includes equipment for mounting it in your car.
25. Palm GPS Navigator
GPS ($250) A clear interface and reliable directions make this device a great add-on to your Palm PDA. Don't leave home without it; don't get lost with it. Review | Latest Prices

26. MioNet
Remote Access ($7 per month) Two-way remote access permits you to tunnel into your work computer from home and vice versa--or to securely share resources with others--without having to spend time worrying about firewalls. Review | Web Site

27. Ubuntu
Linux Distribution (free) The Breezy Badger release of Ubuntu has a desktop interface that Windows users may find reassuringly familiar. The new Dapper Drake version should be out as you read this. Review

28. Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5
E-Mail Application (free) Excellent junk-mail filtering and efficient address gathering make Thunderbird the best e-mail application for your electronic correspondence, regardless of price. Look for a beta of version 2 this summer. News Report

Canon Pixma MP950
Photograph: Marc Simon
29. Canon Pixma MP950
Multifunction Printer ($400) The MP950's magnificent 3.6-inch color LCD screen and whoa-Nelly resolution of 3200 by 6400 dots per inch are among the most impressive photo MFP specs available. Review | Latest Prices

30. Yahoo Mail (Beta)
Web-Based E-Mail (free) This limited beta offering rates as the best Web mail client we've seen. Its Ajax-based interface convincingly imitates Outlook Express, without carrying over that program's clutter.
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At a Glance
  • Citrix GoToMyPC 5

  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8.0 Preferred

  • Best Software Simply Accounting 2005

  • 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

  • Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 (PC)

  • Palm GPS Navigator (3207NA)

  • Serious Magic Ovation

  • 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)

  • Webroot Spy Sweeper 4.5

  • Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pro

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Mionet

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

  • 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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