The 100 Best Products of 2006

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Best Products: 71-80

Photograph: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners
71. Canon Pixma IP6600D
Photo Printer ($180) Who needs a photo mart when you can get prints this good at home? For best results you have to use Canon's special (and expensive) paper. Review | Latest Prices

72. EMC Retrospect Professional 7.5
Backup Software ($100) This watch-your-back application carries two unique client apps so you can back up as many as three PCs; competing programs make you buy extra licenses. Review | Latest Prices

73. Yahoo Music Engine 1.1
Digital Audio Site/Software (free to $10 per month) Subscribe to Yahoo Music Engine and you can listen to anything in the service's library. We like how it integrates with Yahoo Messenger so that you and your friends can share playlists; you can share music over a local network, too.
Review

74. Network Magic
Home Networking ($4 per month) Even when every element of your home network seems to have been set up correctly, there's invariably a baffling snag. Network Magic helps you configure your network with minimal hassle. Review

75. Z-Wave
Home Automation ($130 for starter kit) Of the leading home-automation technologies, Z-Wave combines performance, reliability, and product selection most effectively. Review | Latest Prices

Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners
76. BitDefender 9 Standard
Antivirus ($30) The Best Buy winner from our most recent roundup of antivirus software, BitDefender 9 provides top-of-the-line protection against a rogues' gallery of electronic miscreants. Review | Latest Prices (Note: BitDefender 9 Standard is no longer available; see pricing and other information for BitDefender Antivirus Plus 10.)

77. Sage Software Simply Accounting Basic 13
Small-Business Finance ($50) If you're still trying to manage your business finances in Excel or Quicken, you owe it to yourself to invest $50 in this entry-level small-business accounting package instead. Review | Latest Prices

78. Flickr
Photo-Sharing Site (free to $25 per year) Yet another Yahoo property, Flickr wins out as the best community-based photo-sharing site. Neatest feature: You can tag photos--yours or others'--with keywords and then browse pictures based on those keywords.
Review

Nero 7 Ultra Edition gives you access to its many functions in an attractive startup window.
Nero 7 Ultra Edition gives you access to its many functions in an attractive startup window.
79. Nero 7 Ultra Edition
CD/DVD Burning ($100) Nero 7 Ultra Edition lets you copy data, edit high-def video, encode 7.1-channel audio, play with a dance-music synthesizer, and lots more. Review | Latest Prices

80. Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8
Voice Recognition ($175) The latest Dragon is probably the best voice-recognition software ever, though it won't make keyboards obsolete. It works best for dictating text (especially if you haven't completed your Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing lessons). Web Site | Latest Prices

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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