HotHardware's Best Of 2009 Awards - HotHardware

HotHardware's Best Of 2009 Awards

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2009. It's the end of a decade, but just the beginning of an era. A lot has changed since Y2K frightened the world and then made us all look like fools for being worried, and it's safe to say that 2009 ushered in some of the most advanced technology this world has ever seen. More so than in years past, this year's tech innovations had a more direct impact on the average Joe. It used to be that technology was most appreciated by enthusiasts--nerds and geeks who could appreciate the thinking and planning that went into such things as iPods and cell phones.

Today though, moms and grandmothers are just as likely to be taking advantage of technology. Just think of the
Peek--an email only handheld designed for those who didn't grow up with the Internet running through their veins. Or the netbook: a notebook for almost everyone. Or the smartphone, which is becoming more than a status symbol, and more like a necessity. It's easier than ever to stay connected, and social networks have allowed exactly that. And let's not forget the impact that Twitter and Facebook have had.



Clearly 2009 has been a watershed year for all of technology, and we'd be remiss of our duties if we didn't break down our favorites in our most closely watched segments to close out the decade. Read on to see which products and technologies raised the bar and garnered our praise in 2009--from CPUs to SSDs to peripherals, it's all here. Our top picks represent the best bang for the buck and / or most impressive products in a category, while the runners-up require some sort of compromise in one area or another, whether it be price, features, or performance.

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With a dual-core Atom 330 processor and Nvidia Ion graphics, I would like to nominate the Asus Eee PC 1201N as the best netbook of 2009. I'll take mine in silver!


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Agreed on the Asus Eee PC 1201N! Can we call 2009 the year of the netbooks? Even Costco has started selling them!

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The UL products just keep getting better and better as well as cheaper and cheaper and of course more capable as well. I was thinking about getting my daughter a netbook, but in many ways don't see much point as I could get a UL for a hundred or so more thats way more capable.

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Depending on her age, a Nvidia ION capable netbook would work well. The GPU would be good enough for most basic games (you can even play Torchlight on it). It would also be small enough for her to carry around, and you should be able to find a sturdy model that will last her a couple of years.

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Yeah I know gibbersome one of the things today is there are so many capable choices for so many different avenues. 1 of them may be better than the other but by only a few points which your not even going to notice in real time anyway.

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Wow it was quit a year was it not!

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I'd say the Thermaltake Element S at least deserves an Honorable mention! :-P Or was that 2008? Eitherway, I love that case :-D

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If you like the looks of the pricey Dell Adamo that's given honorable mention in the article, take a look at the Dell Vostro V13 with prices starting at only $449.


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Man and it comes with Ubuntu installed. Hmm. Tempting to get that for Jen. She has gotten used to using Ubuntu Netbook remix on my netbook. She actually finds it easier than booting into Win 7 on the small screen. I installed wubi and Kubuntu on her desktop, but she never uses it. She is a gamer though. Anyway off to actually read the article.

Edit: Just read the article. Nice read. The Corsair H50 is the first watercooling setup that I feel comfortable recommending As far as price/performance goes.

Also the Nvidia 3D Vision glasses are looking more awesome by the minute. I have been playing with the 3D Vision Discover as of late. Using the old blue/red style glasses that you can get anywhere. It works with any 8000 or up Nvidia card. I think ATI has something similar. The only games I have messed with are Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. TF2 looks good, but you can't tell teams(blue and red lol) L4D looks awesome. If I had a 120hz monitor I could almost justify the $200 glasses. Still tempting though come tax time.

Also thanks for helping me with getting the 3D working Marco. It seems to be a Windows 7 issue. I booted into Vista and it works fine. I am still running the 7 RC though so idk.

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Nice find super dave! That dell is sexy!

I'd pimp one fo' sho!

And about the keyboard.... holy crap that thing is expensive... Just reading about it, i'm not sold lol Perhaps I just need to type on it.

I think this cheap rubber plunger dell keyboard gives enough feedback. But if you guys say the mechanical ones are better!! Do you guys know anywhere i'd be able to get a hands on experience with one?

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