The 100 Best Products of 2005

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What makes a product great? For 22 years, we've answered that question in the form of our World Class Awards. The products, technologies, and categories keep changing. But in 2005, as in 1983, great products meld practical features with innovation. They help you rather than annoy you. And they do it at a fair price. This year we chose 100 tools--the most in years--for work, home, and everywhere in between. Then we ranked them from 1 to 100, scrutinizing each product's design, features, performance, innovation, and price. The resulting honor roll is as wide-ranging as today's world of personal technology. (And 23 of our 100 winners have the best price of all: They're free.)

In the following pages you'll find our top picks grouped by category (for example, Security on page 4 and Digital Photography on page 8), as well as in ranked order from 1 to 100 on page 12. Here, we begin with our Product of the Year.

Product of the Year

Mozilla Firefox
WEB BROWSER (Free) Let the browser wars begin anew: This open-source program is streamlined, customizable, and just plain better. No wonder it has attracted millions of users in just a few months. Is it merely a coincidence that Microsoft finally plans to give the aging Internet Explorer the major overhaul it has needed for years? Review | Download

<br clear="all" /><table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="4" bgcolor="DBDBDB"> <tr> <td colspan="6" class="blackBold14" height="18" valign="middle">&nbsp;The Best Products of 2005</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="2" colspan="6" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" alt="" /><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" /><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-POTY.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="redBold11">Product of the Year</td> <td width="10" rowspan="6"><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="10" /></td> <td width="20"></td> <td></td> <td rowspan="6" width="10"><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="10" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-PCs.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><nobr><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,2,00.asp">PCs and Peripherals</a></nobr></td> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-monitors.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,7,00.asp">Monitors and TVs</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-office.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,3,00.asp">Office Software</a></td> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-photography.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,8,00.asp">Digital Photography</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-security.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,4,00.asp">Security</a></td> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-printing.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,9,00.asp">Printing and Publishing</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-storage.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,5,00.asp">Storage and Backup</a></td> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-mobile.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,10,00.asp">Mobile Tools</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-web.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,6,00.asp">Web</a></td> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-ce.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td class="blackBold11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,11,00.asp">Consumer Electronics</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td height="2" colspan="6" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" /><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" /><img src="http://images.pcworld.com/shared/graphics/spacer.gif" width="10" height="2" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20"><img src="/reviews/graphics/120763-1_100.jpg" width="20" height="20" /></td> <td colspan="5" class="black11"><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,pg,12,00.asp"><b>1-100</b></a> The ranked list of all 100 products</td> </tr> </table>

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