But 2010 has had more than its fair share of successes, too. With iOS and Android battling for supremacy (and Microsoft staking its claim with Windows Phone 7), the world of smartphones has never been more competitive.
Dozens of companies are vying to produce the world's best HDTV. And as laptops have become more ubiquitous and reliable are experimenting to find just the right combination of features, size and battery life.
To find out which products topped their fields this year, I talked to each of PCWorld's category experts to get their top picks.