Top Products of 2009

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This post was edited by Yale on 12/07/2009 3:48 PM

Remember our Top Products of 2008: A Buyers Guide? Based on your votes and feedback we listed the most popular products of the year just in time for you to get the things your family and friends wanted most for the holiday season.  Well it's almost that time again, and we've decided to let the community have some added say on what products are nominated. Lets talk first about categories, but make yourself heard quickly... these will probably get nailed down fairly early in the process...

Top Picks

  • Video Games - our most popular category from last year, everyone is always salivating at the latest and greatest,  and boy is there ever a long laundry list of amazing releases from this year. Video games are also an affordable - yet equally enjoyable - alternative to the majority of expensive gadgets and gismos listed.
  • Mobile Devices - our second favourite category and these devices just keep getting better and better. There is no better time than the present to jump on the new Android bandwagon, upgrade to the 3GS or get your first Blackberry.
  • Laptops - the third most popular category, there has been quite a bit of advancement in the last year - whether it be Core i7 powerhouses or sleek and affordable (or not so affordable) ultraportables.
  • Digital Cameras - I think this should be split into SLR and P&S categories. A ton of super exciting releases this year from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and others...

Obvious Additions

  • Top LCD/Plasma TV - I'm not a huge fan of TVs, but thinner, brighter, better contrast, better blacks and a sprinkle of energy efficiency never hurt anyone. Not to mention these things are always getting cheaper!

Possible Additions

  • Monitors - I love monitors. But I'm probably the only one. They're not exactly thrilling. Still, this might just be a category to throw in, or keep on the backburner until we see some more LED backlighting, or a larger variety of eIPS and CPVA options - if that ever happens. Still, Dell's latest H-IPS U2410, a variety of 3D/120Hz gaming displays, the trickle of multi-touch options or Samsung's affordable C-PVA F2380 are nothing to feh at. We might even fool ourselves and include last years LED backlit 24" Apple Cinema display.

Potential No-Nos

  • MP3 players - The new Zune HD and slightly older Cowon S9 (it actually came out in December 2008)  pack beautiful displays and functionality only before seen on the Apple iPod Touch - which happened to dominate last years poll with 60% of the vote. Can they take it down a peg... or not? Lets not kid ourselves. Any other popular options? The Zen X-Fi 2? Ha!
  • Netbooks - last years fad? Netbooks have become more affordable, sleeker and have better battery life than ever before, but has anything really changed? Besides ION and Windows 7 becoming a reality there is nothing about netbooks that tickle my hoho. It's probably because of the same boring 1.6GHz Atom, a gig of RAM and some 10" 1024 x 600px resolution. Maybe next year!
This post was edited by Yale on 11/02/2009 12:37 PM

In general the home theater market this year was pretty quiet. Nothing too much came out, just a lot of refinements to existing lines, with the mainstreaming of LED-based TV sets. Blu-Ray players have been pretty active though, with many coming in sub-$100 now, so I'd put Blu-Ray players as a category for sure.

As for video games, I could see adding Video Game Hardware. You had some decent activity in this area with the DSi, PSP Go, PS3 Slim, Wii Motion+, and price drops on the PS3 and Wii.

Also, Smartphones is a great category. We had it last year, and I'd argue it's even more important this year with all the Android stuff becoming a lot more refined.

I'd probably get rid of GPS Receivers as a category.

So in general:

Keep - Blu-Ray Players, Smartphones, Laptops, Netbooks, TVs, Video Games

Lose - GPS Receivers, MP3 Players, maybe A/V Receivers

Add - Video Game Hardware, maybe Car A/V Head Units


Personally I'd like to see something covered in the enthusiast PC category. Maybe a graphics card or case category.


Yes, agreed. PC components. Doesn't even matter if it's a mixed bag of random goodies.


 Ya, not a bad idea shadowtech. Though I think ATi would clean up on graphics cards :)

Oh, what about SSDs? Those are just starting to make some headway, so knowing which ones to consider would be great.


Yeah, this is why a mixed bag would be good. Dedicated categories might not work out for the casual PC user. Intel might also wipe the floor with the competition when it comes to CPUs and SSDs, so maybe 'best PC upgrade' Intel SSD, RunCore SSD, OCZ SSD, ATI Radeon (5800 series), Intel i7 or the ultra-affordable AMD Athlon X3 and X4 lines. Dunno!




I think the big categories for 2009 are:

  • smart phones
  • laptops
  • digital cameras (SLR, 1080p ones)
  • video games

Some more out of the box categories

  • iphone apps
  • browsers
  • operating systems

TVs, Blu-ray, netbooks, and mp3 players are passe IMO.


So last call on this. If you have a good category - let us know ASAP and we'll slip it in. Nominations under the following should be made as well - we need to get moving!

Here are my favourite categories with my thoughts on general nominations:

Smart Phones

Apple iPhone 3GS
Palm Pre
Motorola Droid / Milestone
Nokia N97
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - not sure about this one but maybe another android phone :)

Video Games

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Dragon Age: Origins
Brutal Legend
Street Fighter IV
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Forza Motorsport 3

We need a good variety here... I'm sure I'm missing a ton.

Laptops are next, and I think they should be split int

Laptops (high end offerings)

HP Envy 13 / 15
Dell Latitude Z
Dell Adamo
Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds
Apple Macbook Pro (13/15/17)

Laptops (budget offerings - including netbooks)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL410 / SL510
Lenovo IdeaPad S12
Dell Studio 11z / 14z / 15z
HP Pavilion dm3
Asus Eee PC 1005HA
Asus UL80Vt (?? doesn't really fit in either....)

Digital Cameras (compact / P&S)

Canon PowerShot G11
Ricoh GXR
Ricoh CX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Olympus E-P2
Sigma DP2

Should probably cut out some of the above and add some popular budget options ...

Digital Cameras (dSLR)

Nikon DS3
Nikon D300S
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-7D
Sony Alpha 850
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Pentax K-7

Sure I'm missing something up here, or off with the popularity of one or two... *cough* Sony *cough*

More to come...



This post was edited by Yale on 11/27/2009 4:14 PM

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