Newegg and Amazon report their holiday best-sellers

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Launched as a fledgling Web operation in 2001, Newegg has become the second-largest online retailer in the US and the number one destination for tech-savvy shoppers. Given its position, the company is privy to all manner of technology trends, including the holiday's hottest products. Newegg has released a list of the top-selling gear on its site through the shopping season, spanning various consumer electronics and PC hardware categories:

  • Laptops/Notebooks: 15.6" Asus A53E-EH91
  • Televisions: Sceptre 32" 720p LCD HDTV
  • Video Games: Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle with Halo Reach and Fable 3
  • Digital Cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47K 12.1 MP
  • Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
  • Monitors: Acer G235HAbd 23" LCD
  • CPUs/Processors: Intel Core i5-2500K
  • Motherboards: Asus P8Z68-V Pro
  • Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 3.5"
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Video Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon, the top US e-tailer, has also offered a list of its best-sellers. Unsurprisingly, the Kindle has experienced its finest holiday to date, moving more than four million tablets and e-readers through December. Kindle book sales also soared at the end of 2011, with the gifting of e-books up 175% over the year-ago period and Christmas day marking the biggest day ever for Kindle book downloads. We've included some of the top products below:

  • Electronics: Kindle Fire -- Kindle Touch -- Kindle
  • Video Games: Just Dance 3 -- CoD: Modern Warfare 3 -- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Books: Steve Jobs -- Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- 11/22/63
  • Kindle Books: The Hunger Games -- Catching Fire -- The Litigators
  • CDs: Christmas -- 21 -- Duets II
  • Amazon MP3s: 100 Classic Christmas Songs -- Mylo Xyloto -- A Very She & Him Christmas
  • DVDs: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 -- Bridesmaids -- The Help
  • Amazon Instant Video: Super 8 -- The Help -- Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Amazon Wireless: Droid Razr 4G (Verizon) -- Galaxy S II Epic Touch (Sprint) -- Galaxy S II 4G (AT&T)
  • Amazon App Store: Angry Birds (ad-free) -- Tetris -- Pandora Internet Radio

Overall, comScore reports that online holiday spending reached $35.3 billion during the first 56 days of November and December, up 15% over last year. In the most recent week (ending Christmas day), the outfit recorded $2.8 billion in spending, up 16% from the same period in 2010. In case you missed it, we recently published a compilation of 2011's best-rated tech products based on average review scores assembled by our Product Finder.

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