The 100 Best Products of 2006

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Best Products: 41-50

41. Alienware Aurora 7500
Power Desktop Computer ($1799 and up) You can configure this flashy PC with the best of everything, including AMD Athlon 64 X2, nVidia SLI graphics, and the Ageia PhysX processor. You'll pay dearly for it, all right, but this gaming rig is tops if you want to play. Review | Web Site

NEC MultiSync LCD 2180 WG-LED
Photograph: Marc Simon
42. NEC MultiSync LCD 2180WG-LED
Flat-Panel Monitor ($6900) The NEC MultiSync LCD 2180WG-LED's backlighting via LED (a first among desktop PC monitors) gives it crisp contrast and detail. The leaky fluorescent backlights that most LCDs use add a faint glow, turning inky black to graphite gray. But on this 21.3-inch beauty, a black zipper pull stood out sharply against a black jacket pocket and nuanced whites and grays of a snowy mountain loomed in the background. The LED technology is sure to catch on. Review | Latest Prices

43. Apple iTunes
Digital Audio Software (free) Not just a conduit for files between Apple's Music Store and an iPod, iTunes is great even if just for your desktop. It's compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs. Web Site

Olympus Evolt E-330
Photograph: Marc Simon
44. Olympus Evolt E-330
Digital SLR Camera ($1100) The E-330 shows you a live preview on its LCD--a first for a digital SLR--and it has a useful dust-removal feature (addressing a common bugaboo that afflicts such cameras). Review | Latest Prices

45. Ultimate Ears 5 Pro
Earphones ($250) Comparable in sound quality to Shure's high-end E5C earphones, this set costs far less. And it does a nice job of sound isolation. Review | Latest Prices

46. Creative Zen Vision:M
Digital Audio/Video Player ($300) Exceptional screen quality, a responsive interface, and great battery life make this portable player a worthy alternative to an iPod, if you like to run wide of the herd. Review | Latest Prices

47. Google Desktop
Desktop Search (free) Where did you put that file? To find it you could spend 10 minutes using Windows' search utility--or 10 seconds using Google Desktop. News Report

48. Opera 9 (Beta)
Browser (free) Opera deserves more exposure than it usually gets. Opera 9 is loaded with polished out-of-the-box features, such as useful ad and graphics blocking. Review

Photograph: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners
49. Mitsubishi XD460U
Projector ($2100) The XD460U ranked high for overall image quality in our tests, making it a great choice as a crossover projector for both conference-room and living-room use. It relies on a five-segment color wheel to achieve better imaging. Review | Latest Prices

50. Vonage
VoIP Service ($15 and up) Its Internet phone packages aren't the cheapest, but Vonage has useful features such as call-forwarding during an outage and quality controls. Review | Web Site

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 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)


  • 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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