IDG’ PC World Announces its 2001 World Class Award Winners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 1, 2001 – Today, PC World announced the winners of its 19th annual World Class Awards. The editors revealed their selections for the "Best of 2001" in the July 2001 issue of PC World (online now at; on newsstands June 12). The awards, which will be presented at an invitation-only ceremony during PC Expo, honor the best of the best in computers, hardware, software, and the Internet.


To cast their votes for this year's World Class winners, PC World editors evaluated hundreds of products on the following criteria: performance, value, consistency, and innovation. For its speed and reliability among CD-RW drives – which "quietly became essential, affordable components for everything from entertainment to workaday computing tasks" – the Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A received PC World's "Product of the Year" honor. Conversely, Napster's legal difficulties earned it the dubious achievement of "Loser of the Year." The "one-drive-will-do-ya" Pioneer DVR-A03 won the "Most Promising Hardware Newcomer" award and Microsoft's DirectX 8 earned the "Most Promising Software Newcomer" nod for its revolutionary impact on 3D effects. And the "Most Promising Web Newcomer" wasn't a product, it was reality itself – because, according to the editors: "It's time for Web sites to get real, and we can't wait to see how they do it."

"The ultimate buyers guide, the World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the high-tech industry," stated Kevin McKean, editorial director of PC World. "From printers to personal finance software, corporate PCs to search engines, the editors reward the finest products and most outstanding performers in this annual award program. Congratulations to the winners."

· Product of the Year: Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A

· Most Promising Hardware Newcomer: Pioneer DVR-A03

· Most Promising Software Newcomer: Microsoft DirectX 8

· Most Promising Web Newcomer: Reality

· Loser of the Year: Napster

PC World's 2001 World Class Award Winners


· Best Corporate PC: Dell OptiPlex GX

· Best Small-Business PC: Gateway Professional

· Best Home PC: Gateway Select

· Best Notebook: IBM ThinkPad A21p

· Best Subnotebook: Dell Inspiron 2100

· Best PDA: Casio Cassiopeia EM-500


· Best CRT Monitor: ViewSonic GS790

· Best Flat-Panel Display: Eizo Nanao FlexScan L330

· Best Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 64MB DDR

· Best Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Live Platinum 5.1

· Best PC Speaker System: Klipsch ProMedia 4.1

· Best Home Networking Kit: Linksys BEFW11S4 EtherFast Wireless Access Point

· Best Input Device: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer

· Best Scanner: Epson Perfection 1640SU

· Best Digital Camera: Nikon CoolPix 880

· Best Projection System: InFocus Proxima DP6150

· Best Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 60

· Best CD-RW Drive: Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A

· Best Workgroup Printer: Xerox DocuPrint N2125

· Best Color Laser Printer: Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2200GN

· Best Photo-Quality Ink Jet Printer: HP DeskJet 932C

· Best Personal Laser Printer: Minolta-QMS PagePro 1100L

· Best Wireless Communications Device: RIM 957 Wireless Handheld

· Best MP3 Player: Creative Nomad Jukebox C

· Best Gadget: Sony Digital Relay CRX10U-A2


· Best Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

· Best Office Suite: Microsoft Office XP Standard

· Best Utility: Dynamic Karma Power Drawers

· Best Security Software: Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Pro

· Best Antivirus Utility: Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2001

· Best Contact Manager: Interact Commerce ACT 2000