Computer Shopper Magazine Announces 23rd Annual Shoppers' Choice Awards - Awards Recognize Readers' Picks for Technology's Best Products, Companies, and Services

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Computer Shopper magazine and ComputerShopper.com today announced winners of its 23rd annual Shoppers' Choice Awards. The awards recognize Computer Shopper readers' picks for the year's best technology products, companies, and services in 50 categories.

"Our Shoppers' Choice awards recognize companies and products that deliver outstanding technology, value, and service," said John A. Burek, Editor-In-Chief of Computer Shopper. "This is our version of the People's Choice Awards because we let our readers--an amazingly tech-savvy group of computer users--select the companies and products that they believe are best in class."

The Shoppers' Choice winners were announced today at ComputerShopper.com and in the February 2009 print issue of Computer Shopper magazine. Reflecting the huge purchasing influence of the Computer Shopper audience, winners were picked across a broad spectrum of categories ranging from "Best Place to Buy Consumer Electronics" to "Best Performance Desktop" to "Best Digital Camera." Thousands of readers voiced their choices with online balloting open to all readers of Computer Shopper and ComputerShopper.com

The winners of Computer Shopper magazine's 2009 Shoppers' Choice Awards are listed below and can be found online at http://www.computershopper.com/2009shopperschoice.

BEST GAMING/PERFORMANCE DESKTOP
Alienware Area-51 ALX
Runner-Up: Dell XPS 730

BEST BUDGET DESKTOP PC (Under $1,000)
Dell Inspiron 530
Runner-Up: HP Pavilion A6560f

BEST MIDRANGE DESKTOP
HP Pavilion Elite m9200t
(Replaced by the HP Pavilion Elite m9400t)
Runner-Up: Dell XPS 630

BEST SMALL-FORM-FACTOR DESKTOP
HP Pavilion Slimline s3330f
(Replaced by the HP Pavilion Slimline s3650f)
Runner-Up: Apple Mac Mini

BEST HOME THEATER PC
Sony VAIO VGX-TP25E/B
Runner-Up: HP TouchSmart IQ506

BEST DESKTOP-REPLACEMENT NOTEBOOK
HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC
(Replaced by the HP HDX18)    
Runner-Up: Sony VAIO VGN-FW198U/H

BEST GAMING NOTEBOOK
Alienware Area-51 m17x
Runner-Up: Alienware Area-51 m15x

BEST THIN-AND-LIGHT NOTEBOOK
Sony VAIO VGN-FZ485U/B
Runner-Up: Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

BEST ULTRAPORTABLE NOTEBOOK (UNDER 4 POUNDS)
Apple MacBook Air
Runner-Up: Lenovo ThinkPad X300

BEST NETBOOK
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
Runner-Up: Asus Eee PC 1000H

BEST CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Runner-Up: AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition

BEST MOTHERBOARD
Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n
Runner-Up: Asus P5Q Deluxe

BEST CASE
Cooler Master Cosmos S
Runner-Up: Antec Twelve Hundred

BEST BUDGET GRAPHICS CARD
Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Runner-Up: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT

BEST PERFORMANCE GRAPHICS CARD
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2
Runner-Up: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2

BEST LCD MONITOR
Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP
Runner-Up: ViewSonic VP2250wb

BEST INPUT DEVICE
Logitech MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse
Runner-Up: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 Keyboard and Mouse

BEST HOME NETWORKING DEVICE
Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link (WRT600N)
Runner-Up: Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router (WRT610N)

BEST PC GAMING DEVICE
Logitech G15 Keyboard
Runner-Up: Headplay Personal Cinema System

BEST INKJET PRINTER
Canon Pixma iP2600
Runner-Up: HP Photosmart B8550

BEST PERSONAL LASER PRINTER
HP CP1215
Runner-Up: Xerox Phaser 3250/DN

BEST MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER
HP Photosmart C8180
Runner-Up: Canon Pixma MX7600

BEST PHOTO PRINTER
HP Photosmart A636
Runner-Up: Canon Selphy CP770

BEST SMARTPHONE
Apple iPhone 3G
Runner-Up: RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330

BEST DIGITAL STILL CAMERA
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
Runner-Up: Nikon D300

BEST DIGITAL CAMCORDER
Sony Handycam HDR-SR12
Runner-Up: Canon Vixia HV30

BEST GAMING DEVICE
Nintendo Wii
Runner-Up: Xbox 360

BEST PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER/GAMING DEVICE
Apple iPod Touch
Runner-Up: Sony PSP

BEST FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION
Sony Bravia KDL-46Z4100
Runner-Up: Samsung LN52A650

BEST OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE
Microsoft Office 2007
Runner-Up: OpenOffice.org 2.4

BEST PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE
Microsoft Works 9
Runner-Up: TurboTax Premier

BEST PHOTO EDITING/ORGANIZING SOFTWARE
Adobe Photoshop CS3
(Replaced by Adobe Photoshop CS4)
Runner-Up: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

BEST UTILITY PACKAGE
Norton SystemWorks
Runner-Up: WinZip 11

BEST INTERNET SECURITY SOFTWARE
AVG Internet Security 8.0
Runner-Up: Norton Internet Security

BEST CD/DVD UTILITY
Nero 8 Ultra Edition
(Replaced by Nero 9)
Runner-Up: Roxio Easy Media Creator 10

BEST INSTANT-MESSAGING SERVICE
Yahoo
Runner-Up: Windows Live

BEST WEBMAIL SERVICE
Gmail
Runner-Up: Yahoo Mail

BEST PC GAME
Crysis
Runner-Up: Mass Effect

BEST MEDIA PLAYER
Windows Media Player 11
Runner-Up: iTunes

BEST FREE ONLINE SERVICE
YouTube
Runner-Up: Google Earth

BEST FOR-PAY ONLINE SERVICE
Netflix
Runner-Up: Consumer Reports

BEST FREE DOWNLOAD
Mozilla Firefox
Runner-Up: Adobe Reader

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT
Apple iPhone 3G
Runner-Up: Asus Eee PC

BEST SERVICE AND SUPPORT
Dell
Runner-Up: Hewlett-Packard

BEST PLACE TO BUY (RETAIL)
Best Buy
Runner-Up: Fry's Electronics

BEST PLACE TO BUY (ONLINE)
Newegg.com
Runner-Up: Amazon.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
Best Buy
Runner-Up: Amazon.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY DESKTOPS, NOTEBOOKS, COMPONENTS, SOFTWARE, AND
PERIPHERALS
Newegg.com
Runners-Up:
Best Place to Buy Desktops: Dell
Best Place to Buy Notebooks: Best Buy
Best Place to Buy Components: TigerDirect
Best Place to Buy Software: Amazon.com
Best Place to Buy Peripherals: TigerDirect

About Computer Shopper:

In print and online at http://www.computershopper.com, our expert staff of technology editors helps readers cut through technology-buying clutter with focused editorial that is informative, relevant and actionable. Computer Shopper offers in-depth product reviews, comparison tools and buying advice that empower users with the information they need to purchasing decisions.

About SX2 Media Labs, LLC:

SX2 Media Labs serves passionate technology enthusiasts online and in print. With a focus on niche technology audiences, the company is rapidly expanding its footprint in technology media.

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