HotHardware's Best Of 2009 Awards

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HotHardware's Best Of 2009 AwardsClearly 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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acarzt replied on Wed, Dec 30 2009 6:11 PM

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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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 9:56 AM

This was a good read Marco. I like most of what you selected and wish that I had the cubic money needed to buy it all.

But really,.... a $220 keyboard? Yow!!

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Nice job on piecing this article together.  I think you guys made some nice calls as far as the cases go.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 4:05 PM

/agree with Realneil. I just can't see that keyboard being worth that. It looks like someone stole it from my friend's 1994 Packard Bell.

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Marco C replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 8:48 PM

HAHA...don't get me started on keyboards! :) When you give a high-end mechanical keyboard an honest try, you'll never go back to a cheap rubber-dome. Practical--hell no. Worth it, hell yes. :)

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 8:58 PM

If you're going impractical, might as well go Optimus Maximus! :)

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Marco C replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 10:46 PM

The Maximus uses crappy switches though. I'm all about the keyfeel and tactility, and I'm willing to pay for it (obviously). I actually imported my Topre (and Filco, and HHKB!) boards from Japan before they were being sold here in the states.

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 2 2010 10:01 AM

For me, the Best of 2009 would have to be something SSD.   We didn't put them in the list because the product was still a little cost-prohibitive but I would say Fusion-io's stuff was pretty darn impressive.  Come to think of it, if they get the ioXtreme to be bootable, I'd nominate them for an honorable mention for sure!

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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 5 2010 10:30 AM

The ioXtreme series is absolutely staggering and I want one in each of my computers.

Those prices just slap me down like a Dog in the Dirt though!!

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 11:12 PM

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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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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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 4:19 PM

I wonder what surprises we'll get this year? The Apple tablet is tops on my list of expected but not received for now, Nvidia gpu is coming in a close second for now. At least Apple actually released something new rather than whispering about how cool it will be so props to them for that. I wish Comdex was still around to.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 4:21 PM

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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rapid1 replied on Fri, Jan 29 2010 2:52 AM

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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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 2:27 AM

Wow it was quit a year was it not!

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