TechSpot: Best Gadgets and Tech Products of 2011

As 2011 nears its expiration date you've probably already wrapped up your holiday shopping and are looking forward to the year-end celebrations with your loved ones -- and, well, find out what they got for you. Being the tech fanatics that we are we'd also like to take a moment and look back at what 2011 had to offer, from the greatest computer hardware produced to some of the cool gadgets you shouldn't have missed.

We've used our Product Finder engine to selectively pick this year's standout products in over twenty categories as reviewed by hundreds of seasoned specialists across the web. You'll find each product listed alongside its aggregate review score, brief quote and number of reviews. Who knows, maybe you'll find something worthy of a last-minute indulgence.

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I've been drooling over Corsair SP2500 speakers for a while, especially after Oklahoma Wolf scrupulously reviewed and recommended them on [JG]. And now it's in this tech top as well!
Don't have the finances for this thing, though

How the hell is the iMac on there. It has to be the most outrageously overpriced machine out there. Hell those cinema displays the poster child of the "its amazing because it's an Apple" phenomenon.

The article states that both the GSII and the Nexus are the "best smartphone on the market right now". but then slates the Nexus for the "poor camera"? Really? Mine is perfect and comparable to my mates 4S ...

bushbrother said,
The article states that both the GSII and the Nexus are the "best smartphone on the market right now". but then slates the Nexus for the "poor camera"? Really? Mine is perfect and comparable to my mates 4S ...

Poor camera? what the hell?

It's a phone not a DSLR, who the hell cares?

I agree, the camera is a nice extra to the phone IMO, it should not make or break the overall score. And isnt the camera HD enabled? that makes no sense to me.

iPhone 4S gets the 2nd highest score? thats a pretty high score for basically a catch up product that offered nothing new. It just goes to show you that Apple products always get an extra 15 percent or so score just for having an Apple logo on the product.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a FAR more innovative product with FAR better hardware and yet it scores well below iPhone 4S.

Surprised at the relatively low score for the Galaxy Nexus. The most innovative smartphone ever to come to market.

Sam232, I think I share your general sentiment, on almost all counts, but in an attempt avoid sounding at all negative I would like to request justification of some of your claims.

I would, indeed, prefer to own a Lumia 800 than an iPhone. I had an opporutnity to play with one with the other day, setting up email accounts for a client, and I STILL feel that while it was probably fabulous in it's time (as the first realistic smartphone alternative to Windows Mobile (finger freindly, essentially), right now it seems really rather dated and clunky. But you claim the 800's hardware is "FAR better" and I just can't figure out how to justify that. I still believe the hardware in the 800 is very good indeed, and it clearly doesn't need more than one core, build quality is high, etc. But the iPhone is surely not inferior (at least in most ways). Perhaps you could elaborate.

I'm also curioius to know why the Galaxy Nexus is "the most innovative smartphone ever". I really don't know much about it, but perhaps you could summarise.

The reason I raise these points is purely as an effort to ensure claims supportive of "underdog" products/manufacturers are fair, and not sensationalist, because there's little more damaging in a debate than to exaggerate to make a point, especially when no exaggeration is necessary. People talk a lot of crap, and I sincerely believe WP7 and the Lumia 800 (and others) are good enough not to require fictional props.

[EDIT:] ...not that I'm implying that YOU are talking crap Or that you're exaggerating, though I detect the possibility.

sam232 said,
iPhone 4S gets the 2nd highest score? thats a pretty high score for basically a catch up product that offered nothing new. It just goes to show you that Apple products always get an extra 15 percent or so score just for having an Apple logo on the product.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a FAR more innovative product with FAR better hardware and yet it scores well below iPhone 4S.

Surprised at the relatively low score for the Galaxy Nexus. The most innovative smartphone ever to come to market.

If you honestly think that the 4S brought nothing new to the table, then it shows how little you know about the tech world. The iPhone has been arguably the best phone on the market since it came out, so Apple doesn't need to do a complete redesign for every release if it's already on top. Specs really don't matter as much on a phone. That's more PC mentality. The OS is what does all the talking, and WP7 and Android have serious issues in that department. Hence why those phones score badly.

Astra.Xtreme said,

...WP7 and Android have serious issues in that department. Hence why those phones score badly.

I suspect that's unfair, so I'd appreciate some elaboration on the 'series issues' you've found in either WP7 or Android. It's fair to say that Android has a good following now, but in my personal though admittedly limited experience I find iOS to be quite grossly overestimated (not BAD, just overzealously supported) and WP7 to be horrifically UNDERestimated, at least by those who haven't given it a fair chance.