The 100 Best Products of 2005

PCs and Peripherals

Alienware Aurora 5500
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Alienware Aurora 5500
PERFORMANCE PC ($3500) Powered by a very capable 2.6-GHz Athlon 64 FX-55 processor, the Aurora 5500 embodies what Alienware does best. Quick and well designed, it exudes a sophisticated cool that will appeal to many users. This is currently our speed-record-holding desktop system. Look no further if you want a blazingly fast PC. Review

Antec P160
DESKTOP CASE ($169) It has top-notch fit and finish, noise-abating features like a 120mm chassis fan, and a cool swiveling front control panel. Review | Latest Prices

APC Back-UPS RS 800VA 120V
UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY ($150) A real savior in an outage, it also fixes over- and under-voltage without even engaging its battery. Review | Latest Prices

Apple Mac Mini
SMALL PC (Starts at $499) Tiny, elegant, quiet, and inexpensive, Apple's latest inventive machine could turn you into a Mac user. Review

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
MOTHERBOARD ($185) It comes with practically every port you could need, and uses speech synthesis to tell you what's wrong if the PC can't boot. Review | Latest Prices

Compaq Presario V2000
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Compaq Presario V2000
ALL-PURPOSE NOTEBOOK (Starts at $780) The versatile V2000 offers a sleek profile, a great keyboard, a bright 14-inch wide screen, and superlong battery life. It would be at home on your desk or on the road. Review

Contour Design RollerMouse Pro
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Contour Design RollerMouse Pro
MOUSE ($200) This one-of-a-kind input device, a mouse-in-a-tray, takes some getting used to. But it offers an innovative alternative if you find ordinary mousing awkward and painful. You move the RollerMouse pointer by shifting the rotating bar up and down, and side to side. It comes with a scroll wheel, as well as right-click, left-click, double-click, and changeable buttons. Company Web Site

Dell Inspiron 6000
DESKTOP REPLACEMENT NOTEBOOK ($1369) A 15.4-inch wide screen, swift performance with a 2-GHz CPU, and a slew of ports make the 6000 a very capable alternative to a desktop machine. Review

IBM ThinkCentre A51p
ALL-PURPOSE PC ($1627) Easy-access design and advanced security features distinguish this good-looking, all-business black tower. Review

IBM ThinkPad X41
ULTRAPORTABLE NOTEBOOK ($2249) Offering arguably the best keyboard around, this lightweight notebook trumps the competition with a built-in fingerprint reader--for extra security--and a full-featured docking station. Latest Prices

Logitech Z-5500 Digital
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Logitech Z-5500 Digital
PC SPEAKER SYSTEM ($299) Booming bass, detailed surround sound, and a superb digital control center with equalization and surround processing make the Z-5500 an outstanding set of speakers. Review | Latest Prices

NVidia GeForce 6600 GT
GRAPHICS BOARD ($180) The 6600 GT supplies most of the 3D graphics muscle of the higher-end 6800 Ultra at less than half the price. Review | Latest Prices

Shuttle Computer XPC i8600b
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Shuttle Computer XPC i8600b
SMALL PC ($1611) Striking a terrific balance between compactness and expandability, the XPC packs many of the features of a full-size desktop computer. It will appeal to folks who want a PC that can grow with them without taking up much space. Review

<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><a class="redBold11" href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,120763,00.asp">Product of the Year</a></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>PCs and Peripherals</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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