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.

Cases

Corsair Obsidian 650D

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Corsair Obsidian 650D

Having inspected every nook and cranny of the Corsair Obsidian 650D, we have no doubt it's a high-quality product that shines in virtually every category. Perhaps the only true weakness of Corsair's new arrival is its price. At $190, we're…

33 Reviews

Cooler Master Storm Trooper

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Cooler Master Storm Trooper

Cooler Master's Storm Trooper is possibly the best full tower case we've ever reviewed, at least for gamers and other performance fiends. At $190, we feel the enclosure is hard to beat. There are at least half a dozen worthy contenders that are…

28 Reviews

Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition White

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Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition White

The Corsair 600T is truly a showstopper! The overall look of the 600T, especially the color scheme, is outstanding. The built in fan controller, which can control up to four fans, is a great addition to the 600T, giving people the control they need…

27 Reviews

Graphics Cards

HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo

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HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 820MHz 1GB GDDR5 PCIe

The HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo remains one of the best options available to gamers shopping for a sub-$200 GPU, it features 454 million less transistors than the Radeon HD 5850's Cypress XT core, this allowed AMD to shrink the die from 334mm2 to 255mm2, making the Radeon HD 6850 more…

20 Reviews

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr 2 OC

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MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr 2 OC 1GB GDDR5 PCIe

We feel strongly that MSI has done an excellent job building a video card around the GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU. MSI’s Twin Frozr II heatsink and fan combo does exactly what it claims to. We are impressed with the temperature of this video cards At…

31 Reviews

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCIe

A superb choice for both work and play. For anyone that is looking to upgrade their workstation desktop to have three or more monitors, the SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 6870 makes a superb choice. With the FleX solution SAPPHIRE has created, this has…

12 Reviews

Input Devices

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth is the quieter edition of Razer's popular mechanical keyboard; however, softening the sound has left the typing experience a little stiffer.…

8 Reviews

SteelSeries Sensei

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SteelSeries Sensei

The Sensei is really a top of the line gaming-grade mouse thanks to three factors: the ExactTech, the high level of resolution, and great configuration features. We do think it’s worth noting that the software isn’t user-friendly, and two of…

26 Reviews

Roccat Kova+

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Roccat Kova+

The Kova was fantastic, and the Kova[+] now adds Roccat's great software into the mix. We'd recommend this one for…

41 Reviews

Monitors

Asus PA238Q

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Asus PA238Q

The Asus PA238Q is an incredible, all-round package – something I have not seen in a long time. It manages to do almost everything right, down to its ergonomics options, input ports, and to color reproduction and no. of options to tinker around…

10 Reviews

Asus VG278H

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Asus VG278H

The Asus VG278H is our number one pick for anybody who wants to try 3D. Low ghosting times make 2D games look great and 3D titles benefit from the absence of crosstalk. As long as you have enough pairs of 3D glasses to go around, it's also great for…

6 Reviews

NEC MultiSync PA301W

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NEC MultiSync PA301W

The NEC MultiSync PA301W is a professional grade 30-inch display offering excellent color and grayscale performance at a premium price. Buy it…

8 Reviews

Motherboards

Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC

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Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC

The Gigabyte X58A-OC motherboard is an overclocking motherboard in every sense of the word. There are so many features to this board that make it perfect for overclocking. That being said I really cannot put this motherboard in the same category as…

16 Reviews

Asus Rampage 3 Extreme Black Edition

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Asus Rampage 3 Extreme Black Edition

This is the most feature-rich board we have seen to date. It comes with all the bells, whistles and fog horns and much more to satisfy overclockers. The build quality is top notch, on-board troubleshooting options are great, the add-on Thunderbolt…

15 Reviews

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7

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Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7

The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 is definitely a pearl of a board, but there are still flaws that need to be worked out. 4-way SLI / CFx, tons of overclocking options and rock stability during the testing really vouch for this board to be Gigabyte’s AMD…

18 Reviews

Printers

Kodak Hero 7.1 All-in-One Printer

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Kodak Hero 7.1 All-in-One Printer

The Kodak Hero 7.1 shares the elegant style of the rest of the Hero multifunction range, with an exceptionally broad selection of connectivity plus an auto-duplex function, a large responsive touchscreen, separate photo paper tray and memory card…

7 Reviews

Canon Pixma MG6250

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Canon Pixma MG6250

The Canon MG6250 is a great option for people who are big into photography. It has an excellent scanner and produces very high quality photo prints. There's plenty more on offer, including Wi-Fi and Ethernet support, direct CD/DVD printing and dual…

7 Reviews

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

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Epson Stylus Photo R3000

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 A3+ printer is capable of stunningly high print quality for both black and white and colour prints, and once setup correctly, the printer performs admirably. It's well specified for its target market place and capable of…

23 Reviews

Routers

Belkin F7D8301 Play N600HD Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router

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Belkin F7D8301 Play N600HD Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router

The Belkin Play Max N600 HD Wireless N Dual-Band Router is a router that is suitable for those who don’t want to get their hands dirty on manual configurations or don’t know much about networking. You simply open the package, follow the…

5 Reviews

Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router

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Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router

Excellent throughput, easy setup, and a great price make Cisco Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router our favorite single-band router Buy it…

4 Reviews

PC Audio

Corsair SP2500

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Corsair SP2500

The SP2500 is one of the highest-quality 2.1 speaker sets manufactured today. The set performs phenomenally in every listening area, but what makes it worth the $250 price tag is the astounding performance/low distortion in extremely loud playback…

42 Reviews

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D USB

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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D USB

This USB sound card is a niche product tailor-made for gamers. It's ideal for its intended purpose, but musicians and home cinema enthusiasts should look elsewhere…

6 Reviews

Logitech Z-906

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Logitech Z-906

Whether you’re using the Z906 in the office or living room, it delivers a very impressive sound with depth, punch and decent detail reproduction. And although its techy design is better suited to a desk than a TV stand, build quality is extremely…

23 Reviews

Storage

Kingston HyperX SSD Series SATA600

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Kingston HyperX SSD Series SATA600

They say a picture paints a thousand words. So how many does this paint?Back at the start we wondered if the decision to put the highly respected Hyper X brand onto an SSD, especially when they hadn't done so even with their speedy SSD Now V+…

48 Reviews

OCZ Vertex 3 Series SATA600

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OCZ Vertex 3 Series SATA600

The OCZ Vertex 3 has a slim 2.5" design, measuring 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm and weighing just 77 grams, it consumes two watts of power when in use and just 0.5 watts in standby. The 240GB model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s -…

73 Reviews

Crucial RealSSD M4 C400 256GB SATA600

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Crucial RealSSD M4 C400 256GB SATA600

The RealSSD C400 represents a mild performance gain over last year's C300 during light workloads, it's handily dispatched by competing drives from OCZ and Intel when it comes to heavy multitasking, but that's okay if the C400's price reflects its inferior performance and it does -- there's nothing wrong with delivering an entry-level…

59 Reviews

Processors

AMD Fusion A8-3850 2.9GHz Socket FM1

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AMD Fusion A8-3850 2.9GHz Socket FM1

AMD’s A8-3850 chip brings better-than-ever gaming muscle to on-chip graphics. Just make sure you opt for speedy RAM if gaming frame rates are a top priority.…

75 Reviews

Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155

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Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155

The Intel Core i5 2500K operates at 3.30GHz and can reach as high as 3.70GHz when using Turbo Boost.It features a 6MB L3 cache and uses the HD Graphics 3000…

66 Reviews

Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz Socket LGA 1155

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Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz Socket LGA 1155

The Intel Core i7-2600K CPU is a super fast performer which thanks to its unlocked multiplier can also be overclocked like a monster.…

64 Reviews

Desktop PCs

Apple iMac 27 inch - Spring 2011

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Apple iMac 27 inch - Spring 2011 Edition - Intel Core i5

With super-charged components and a best-in-class screen, this top-of-the line iMac provides an excellent platform for digital-graphics-focused users.…

26 Reviews

Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC

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Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC

The Sapphire Edge HD2 is truly an all inclusive Mini-PC Solution. The package comes with everything needed to setup a kiosk or home media frontend and The new Pineview chipset further shows how versatile this Mini PC can be with Media and office…

20 Reviews

Laptops

Asus N75SF - Intel Core i7

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Asus N75SF - Intel Core i7

If you put aesthetics to one side for a second, the N75SF is a pearl. It's quiet to use and has all the functionality you could want (Blu-ray and USB 3.0, wide touchpad). The well-contrasted screen and high performance processor and graphics card…

9 Reviews

Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch Summer 2011

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Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch Summer 2011 - Core i5/i7

The latest and, at 13 inches, largest version of the MacBook Air series is undoubtedly the best. Over the previous generations it offers a better processor, a backlit keyboard and a Thunderbolt connector, while leaving everything that made its…

57 Reviews

Alienware M17X R3 - Intel Core i7

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Alienware M17X R3 - Intel Core i7

The Alienware M17x R3 is a class-leading entrant into the 17.3-inch gaming notebook market. Its outstanding design, AlienFX lighting system, and excellent performance make it ideal for gamers and multimedia enthusiasts. Other highlights of the machine…

18 Reviews

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch Winter 2011

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Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch - Winter 2011 Edition - Intel Core i7 MC721/MC723

We love the Apple MacBook Pro. It looks great, build quality is beyond any of its rivals, and it has the performance to match. It's a shame the company hasn't updated the styling from previous models, but there's virtually nothing to…

55 Reviews

HP EliteBook 8560P - Intel Core i5

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HP EliteBook 8560P - Intel Core i5

HP's EliteBook 8560p is chunky, solid and looks like a piece of industrial equipment. In a way, it is. The magnesium alloy chassis is absolutely gorgeous, and feels like it could take some pretty hard knocks.

7 Reviews

Tablets

Apple iPad 2 3G

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Apple iPad 2 3G

The iPad 2 remains the tablet to beat, even though its improvements represent just a satisfying aesthetic and spec evolution over its predecessor. Apple iPad 2: Tablet Is Thinner, Lighter, Faster to Use Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB Review, by…

26 Reviews

Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

Asus has put together what I think is the best of any of the Android tablets to date. While it’s not as thin as the 10 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. it has a great deal more functionality thanks to the well thought out keyboard peripheral. I actually…

125 Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch GT-P7500 / GT-P7510

I really admire that Samsung was able to react so swiftly to changes in the marketplace between the time it initially announced the original, thicker Galaxy Tab 10.1 and time that it was to come to market. The company's ability to scrap the old…

119 Reviews

Smartphones

Apple iPhone 4S

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Apple iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S may not have a radically brand new design or some of the features that other top-tier smartphones do these days (such as a larger screen or 4G connectivity), but offers what is arguably the best smartphone experience of any device on…

140 Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S 2 GT-i9100

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 GT-i9100

This part of the review is easy: The Samsung Galaxy S II is the best Android smartphone available on the market today. If you can ignore a few tiny niggles like missing NFC support and some Samsung bloatware, it's darn near perfect otherwise. Pros:…

159 Reviews

Nokia Lumia 800

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Nokia Lumia 800

There is, quite simply, no better Windows Phone smartphone on the market than the Nokia Lumia 800. It features wonderful hardware in terms of both design and quality, and Microsoft's operating system runs more smoothly on the Lumia than on any other…

71 Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

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Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

For a mobile phone, the Note has a big old footprint but it’s reasonably slim and not excessively heavy. It does everything you would expect of a high-end Android handset, but when it comes to all the other stuff we use our smartphones for, it…

59 Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250

The Galaxy Nexus is the best smartphone on the market right now. But right around the corner we'll see a device that is likely to fix every shortcoming of the Galaxy Nexus (battery life, poor camera, pentile display): the Galaxy S III. While no…

42 Reviews

T-Mobile G2X Optimus Speed 2X / P990

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T-Mobile G2X Optimus Speed 2X / P990

A vanilla UI and dual-core power combined with open hardware make the G2X one of the best Android phones to dateThe LG T-Mobile G2X and its cousin from across the pond the Optimus 2X show us LG is serious about getting into the high-end Android market...

19 Reviews

Camcorders

Sony HDR-TD10

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Sony HDR-TD10

Fun, easy and effective 3D video with the option of 2D video at any phase makes the TD10 an excellent choice for bringing depth to your scenes.Sony Electronics, Inc…

12 Reviews

Panasonic HDC-SD90

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Panasonic HDC-SD90

Panasonic's HDC-SD90 records Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p video to SDHC and SDXC cards and is part of the firm's 1MOS range for 2011. It's an AVCHD model aimed, primarily, at people who want an HD camcorder with a wide range of features and…

12 Reviews

JVC Everio GS-TD1

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JVC Everio GS-TD1

The JVC Everio GS-TD1 redefines what we can expect of a 3D camcorder. This shooter may be a tad cumbersome, but compared to a pro-rig it’s a masterpiece of compact engineering. We loved the unparalleled creative control on offer, and 3D image…

21 Reviews

Cameras

Sony Alpha SLT-A77

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Sony Alpha SLT-A77

The Sony Alpha 77 is a success on all fronts: its electronic viewfinder is good enough to silence critics (including us) as it avoids most of the usual pitfalls; the camera's performances are at least excellent and sometimes outstanding; and on top…

34 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Like the FZ47, the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 combines a 24x zoom with a 12-megapixel sensor in a compact design light enough to carry in your hand for hours, that puts all the controls that matter right at your fingertips. That makes it a pleasure to use…

24 Reviews

Canon PowerShot S100

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Canon PowerShot S100

Pocket shooters looking for more of a challenge or advanced photographers who want a capable point-and-shoot will be fans of the S100's…

24 Reviews

Headsets

Westone 4

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Westone 4

The Westone 4 headphones are a class act! They've raised the bar for in-ear headphones ... and for audio products in general come to that. With the Westone 4 headphones in your pocket, there's no need to spend thousands on a home hi-fi system to…

9 Reviews

Corsair Vengeance 1500

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Corsair Vengeance 1500

If you're feeling crunched for time and don't want to spend the next 10 minutes reading my in-depth review of Corsair's Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset, well, don't. I'll do away with the teasers now and tell you to just go buy...

5 Reviews

AKG Q 701

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AKG Q 701

The AKG Q701s are a truly excellent pair of headphones, with which Quincy Jones can be proud to be associated. Their wide, flat and accurate sound puts them in a great position in competition with similarly priced headphones from Sennheiser, Beyer…

9 Reviews

Home Audio & Video

Sonos Play:3

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Sonos Play:3

The Sonos Play:3 features three Class-D digital amplifiers and three drivers--one tweeter and two 3-inch mid-range drivers, as well as one passive, rear-firing bass radiator. The cabinet has volume and mute control and it measures up 5.2 x 10.5 x 6.3 inches (132 x 268 x 160 mm) while weighing in at 5.7 pounds (2.6…

43 Reviews

Apple iPod Touch 4G 8GB / 32GB / 64GB

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Apple iPod Touch 4G 8GB / 32GB / 64GB

The iPod touch is now even slimmer (7.2mm), comes with iOS 5, and supports iCloud – a neat way of accessing your music and photo stream from anywhere via the web.

80 Reviews

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30

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Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30

While the Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 has hi-fi credentials with its native 24/96 streaming rate, but you’ll need a decent system to appreciate it. You’ll also need an iOS device to get the most out of it too. Due in Q4 this year, is the…

13 Reviews

TVs

Panasonic TX-P55VT30

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Panasonic TX-P55VT30

Panasonic has done it. This 50-inch plasma TV is a true home cinema heavyweight, in every sense of the word. The Panasonic TX-P50VT30B's backbreaking setup, however, is worth it for one of the most delectable performances of the year...

49 Reviews

Panasonic TC-P50GT30

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30

With both 2D and 3D content, Panasonic's TC-P50GT30 is a very good performer, and its well-rounded features package hits all of the desirable bases: Web-based video-on-demand, an included WiFi adapter, DLNA streaming, and even Skype video…

37 Reviews

Samsung PN64D7000

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Samsung PN64D7000

With picture quality on par with the best TVs we've ever tested, the Samsung PND7000 plasma represents an excellent value for videophiles who don't demand to own the top of the...

21 Reviews

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