PC World Reveals Winners of the 2006 World Class Awards; Editors select standouts in hardware, software, Web sites, and services.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 31, 2006 – PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, today announced the winners of its annual World Class Awards. The "100 Best Products of 2006" in the July issue features the finest products and services of the past 12 months, from antispyware utilities to wireless broadband technology, from Adobe Photoshop CS2 to Z-Wave. The issue will be on newsstands June 13, and the article is now available at http://find.pcworld.com/53822 .
This year's list of World Class winners contains a wide range of products and services for work, home, and everywhere in between. The editors' picks reflect the ever-changing world of technology, with revolutionary products in various categories, such as remote access software, power notebook computers, portable hard drives, home-theater receivers, and online bargain trackers. The 2006 Product of the Year is the Intel Core Duo, a Notebook/Desktop CPU. Editors noted that it " … provides multitasking power never before possible on a portable PC … The Core Duo processor is so good that it's the CPU of choice not only for Windows laptops but also for Apple's Windows-capable laptop and desktop Macs."
PC World editors also selected "Top Companies of the Year" in various categories: Web Company of the Year: Yahoo!; Software Company of the Year: Adobe; and Hardware Company of the Year: Apple. Also included in the article is "The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time" ( http://find.pcworld.com/53824 ). In addition, site visitors can view two streaming videos narrated by staff editors with more information on the "Best Products of the Year" and the "Worst Products of the Year."
A new component to the 2006 World Class Awards article is a live online chat hosted by PC World Senior Writer Alan Stafford. The interactive discussion will answer questions about the featured products and how they were rated, all in real-time. The event will take place on June 6, 2006 at 4pm/Pacific. Interested participants can sign-up here: http://find.pcworld.com/53808 . Transcripts will be available on PCWorld.com post-chat.
The complete list of ranked winners follows; editors made their selections based on exemplary design, features, performance, innovation, and price. The honorees were selected after editors reviewed hundreds of products, including those that have appeared in the magazine over the last year.
2006 PC WORLD WORLD CLASS AWARD WINNERS
RANK COMPANY DESCRIPTION/PRODUCT
1 Intel NOTEBOOK/DESKTOP CPU: Intel Core Duo
2 AMD DESKTOP CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core
3 craigslist WEB CLASSIFIEDS: craigslist.org
4 Apple DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER: Apple iPod nano
5 Seagate PORTABLE HARD DRIVE: Seagate 160GB Portable Hard Drive
6 Google SATELLITE IMAGERY: Google Earth
7 Adobe VIDEO EDITOR: Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0
8 Canon DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Canon EOS 30D
9 YouTube VIDEO-SHARING SITE: YouTube.com
10 Apple MAC DUAL-BOOTER: Apple Boot Camp
11 Adobe IMAGE EDITOR: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0
12 Mozilla WEB BROWSER: Mozilla Firefox 1.5
13 Weblogs GADGET BLOG: Engadget.com
14 Toshiba HD DVD PLAYER: Toshiba HD-A1
15 Toshiba POWER NOTEBOOK COMPUTER: Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600
16 NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARD CHIP SET: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
17 Google SEARCH ENGINE: Google
18 Sonos DIGITAL AUDIO STREAMER: Sonos ZonePlayer 80
19 RedOctane VIDEO GAME: RedOctane Guitar Hero
20 Yamaha HOME-THEATER RECEIVER: Yamaha RX-V4600
21 Pioneer BLU-RAY DRIVE: Pioneer BDR-101A
22 Adobe IMAGE EDITOR: Adobe Photoshop CS2
23 Citrix Systems REMOTE ACCESS: Citrix GoToMyPC 5.0
24 dealnews.com ONLINE BARGAIN TRACKER: dealnews.com
25 Palm GPS: Palm GPS Navigator
26 Senvid REMOTE ACCESS: MioNet
27 Canonical LINUX DISTRIBUTION: Ubuntu
28 Mozilla E-MAIL APPLICATION: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5
29 Canon MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER: Canon PIXMA MP950
30 Yahoo! WEB-BASED E-MAIL: Yahoo! Mail (Beta)
31 TiVo DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER: TiVo
32 Avvenu REMOTE FILE ACCESS: Avvenu
33 Google BLOGGING SERVICE: Blogger
34 Sony ADVANCED DIGITAL CAMERA: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
35 Apple VALUE DESKTOP COMPUTER: Apple Mac mini
36 Apple DIGITAL AUDIO/VIDEO PLAYER: Apple iPod
37 Lenovo ULTRALIGHT NOTEBOOK: Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
38 SideStep TRAVEL SITE: SideStep.com