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The 100 best products of 2012

PCWorld staff | Nov. 28, 2012
Around this time each year, the editors at PCWorld and TechHive gather to recognize the best new tech products—the hardware, software, gadgets, and devices that had the biggest impact on the world. The process starts out casually enough, because editors get to name their favorites from their respective beats, and everything is included in the first pass.

95. Brother MFC-J4510DW (printer)

This printers innovative design finally gives Brother a reason to say follow me, instead of me, too. A wider print head prints more of the page at one time, accelerating performance, while a wider paper path allows paper sizes up to 11 by 17 inches. Best of all, this printer uses low-price inks.

96. rtpMIDI (music software)

Yes, this choice is a little esoteric, as it's designed for musicians. If you fall into that category, this software is worthy of your attention. Updated in September, rtpMIDI lets you control MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) devices (including other computers running MIDI software) with a networked PC or even an iPad.

97. Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB (TV tuner/adapter)

Anything a DVR can do, a PC can do better. If youre a cable subscriber, connect this box to your service and to your PC and you can program it to record up to four TV programs simultaneously, including premium channels such as HBO and Showtime.

98. V-moda Crossfade M-80 (r2) (headphones)

Few headphones can match the Crossfade M-80 for its deft combination of great sound quality, rock-solid construction, extended-listening comfort, and stunning looksespecially the White Pearl version. It even offers surprisingly good noise isolation for an on-ear headphone, and the interchangeable cables keep the in-line microphone near your mouth, with the in-line remote lower for easy access.

99. Sony PS3 Pulse Wireless Headset (gaming headset)

Not prepared to drop $300 for the Astro A50? Check out this alternative. Compatible with both the PC and Sonys PS3 game console, the Pulse sounds terrific and remains comfortable during long gaming sessions. When used with the PS3, BassImpact technology vibrates the headset to provide tactile feedback.

100. Pinball Arcade (video game) 

  Whether youre a pinball wizard or youve never heard of these classic amusements, you owe it to yourself to check out these faithful reproductions on your smartphone or, better yet, your tablet. The physics alone are absolutely mind-blowing. The ad-supported games are free; most ad-free versions can be purchased for just $3.


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