When you test as many products as the PCMag analysts do, it’s not surprising that they all start to look alike. Every box seems to have the same features, every game the same mechanics, every technology is simply keeping up with the digital Joneses.
Then, once in a while, something truly amazing stands out. Those are the products we’ve gathered here, the top 100 of close to 2,500 tested by our staff in 2017. That’s only 4 percent of the reviews published at PCMag.com this year.
The trends are obvious. Desktop PCs, once the lifeblood of our coverage, aren’t as plentiful nor, to be honest, as interesting as they used to be. Laptops are the top PCs, ubiquitous mobile devices keep us connected everywhere (whether we like it or not), and the real trend is in audio. Not just that speakers are more versatile and sound better than ever—they’re smarter too, with voice control at the forefront of our future digital world. This goes hand-in-hand with the explosive growth of the connected home and security categories with scores new of devices controlled by our phones, as well as our voices, with those smart speakers.
The following 100 products in 16 categories have all been tested and rated between November 1, 2016 and today. The vast majority of them—94 to be exact—have earned our coveted Editors’ Choice award. And eight of them earn a perfect 5-star rating, but the vast majority are merely excellent with scores of 4 or 4.5. Consider this list your ultimate holiday gift giving guide.
ULTRAPORTABLERazer Blade Stealth
An already-sleek laptop gets even better this year. The Razer Blade Stealth’s metal build is still high quality, it includes both standard USB and USB-C with Thunderbolt, and its brilliant screen is now larger without adding size or weight.
DESKTOP-REPLACEMENTDell XPS 15 Touch
With its brilliant 4K screen and updated components, Dell’s latest XPS 15 Touch (9560) is a powerful laptop for visual artists, graphics designers, and video enthusiasts.
BUDGET LAPTOPAcer Swift 1
How much laptop can you get for $330? Acer’s Swift 1 is a surprisingly strong answer, a little short on storage, but with a slim build and a 1080p IPS display.
CHROMEBOOKAsus Chromebook Flip
The Asus Chromebook Flip (C302CA-DHM4) might be more expensive than the average chromebook, but its metal body, 1080p screen, and long battery life makes it well worth the extra cash.
BUSINESS LAPTOPLenovo ThinkPad T470
The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 exemplifies the mainstream business laptop, with a no-nonsense body, manageable weight, excellent keyboard, dual pointing devices, and long battery life.
GAMING LAPTOPAlienware 17 R4
The 17 R4 unit we tested is a top-notch performer thanks to an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card. If you can’t afford the higher-end configurations, customize it as needed and you’ll still get the premium build and fancy features.
CONVERTIBLE-HYBRID LAPTOPLenovo Yoga 920
This thin and stylish convertible delivers excellent performance via an eighth-generation Core i7 processor, stellar battery life, and a comfortable keyboard, making it a fantastic companion at home and on the road.
HIGH-END TABLETMicrosoft Surface Pro
With faster performance, better battery life, and other welcome improvements over its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Pro is still the standard bearer for 2-in-1 Windows tablets.
MIDRANGE TABLETApple iPad
Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is all the tablet that most people need. Its high-resolution display and fast A9 processor, at a reasonable $329 price, help it blow away midrange Android tablets. Faster Wi-Fi keeps you connected to the Internet without worries. This is a tablet that just works, at a price that’s a lot less expensive than both the iPad Pro and the iPads of yore.
BUDGET TABLETAmazon Fire HD 8
Amazon continues to build the best inexpensive media tablets with its Fire lineup. The key is that they don’t try to do too much: using Amazon’s simple interface, they bring you straight to the books, movies, and apps that you (or your kids) want. A relatively high-res screen and good audio for well under $100 bring the experience home.
EBOOK READERAmazon Kindle Oasis
The new Amazon Kindle Oasis makes for the best mainstream e-reading experience you’re going to get. Waterproof, with a bigger screen than previous Kindles, it keeps up with competitor Kobo’s technical innovations while giving you access to the most popular US library of ebooks. Is it a little more than most people need? Sure. But for serious bookworms, it’s a delight.
CELLULAR NETWORKVerizon Wireless
While T-Mobile trumpeted its gigabit LTE this year, Verizon quietly installed the new technology and reaped the benefits. Wireless network competition was tougher than it’s been in a few years, but Verizon still maintained a narrow lead on coverage and speed in our annual Fastest Mobile Networks trials.
ANDROID PHONESamsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 was comfortably ahead of the competition for most of the year. It had the best OLED screen panel, with a big 5.8-inch screen in a slender, one-handed body; the best camera, great performance, and gigabit LTE, all at a more mainstream high-end price than its bigger sibling the Galaxy Note 8.
IOS PHONEApple iPhone X
The iPhone X sets the stage for a new decade of full-screen, augmented reality living. Like the best Apple products, it dares to question old assumptions, break rules, and introduce radical new concepts. Sure, there are some elements that are a little rough around the edges, but unlike the iPhone 8, the iPhone X isn’t boring. Not one bit. Get ready to be excited by an iPhone again.
HOTSPOTVerizon Jetpack MiFi 7730L
The latest MiFi hotspot has an easy-to-use touch screen interface and can be used to charge your phone, but its real value is in being the first Verizon hotspot to support three-carrier aggregation, which means it gets noticeably faster speeds on Verizon’s network than older devices.
PORTABLE BATTERYAnker PowerCore 10000
Anker’s no-nonsense battery is small, light, affordable, reliable, high-capacity and supports Qualcomm Quickcharge 3.0, making it an accessory that everyone should have in their bag.
SMARTWATCHApple Watch Series 3
The latest Apple Watch adds cellular capability and an increased focus on fitness. It’s pricey and you’ll sacrifice battery life, but it’s the best standalone smartwatch out there.
FITNESS TRACKERFitbit Ionic
The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s first foray into smartwatches. Ambitious and promising, it delivers accurate tracking, NFC payments, and superior battery life. Its app ecosystem is still in early stages, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better fitness tracker.
HEART RATE MONITORWahoo Fitness Tickr X
In addition to heart rate monitoring, the Wahoo Fitness Tickr X can also track outdoor and indoor runs, and reps during strength training. No other chest strap tracks more at such an affordable price.
SMART SCALEQardiobase 2
On top of a sleek design, the Qardiobase 2 tracks everything from weight and BMI, to full body composition and pregnancy. You can also receive smart haptic feedback and easily recognize multiple users in the same household. Plus, if numbers discourage you, watch your progress in smileys.
VOICE ASSISTANCE PLATFORMAmazon Alexa
Amazon’s Alexa remains ahead of Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana because of its massive library of third-party skills. Yes, it’s a bit pickier than Google is about using very specific wording in your queries, but smart home brands come to Amazon first, as do popular services like Lyft and StubHub. Plus Alexa is available on a wider range of more flexible speakers than Google Assistant.
SMART SPEAKERAmazon Echo
The second-generation Echo isn’t a huge upgrade for existing Echo owners, as its smart assistant features and audio capabilities are about the same. This Echo is about enticing folks who didn’t buy one before, whether it was because it wasn’t terribly attractive, or at $180, too expensive. The improved look and steep price cut make it easier to get Alexa into your home.
SMART SECURITY SYSTEMADT Pulse
ADT is an old and well-established security service company, so it makes sense the ADT Pulse has everything you’d want in terms of smart home security. It provides lots of component options with support for third-party smart home devices including those from Nest, Ring, and others. There’s even Amazon Alexa integration and the app experience is one of the most solid we’ve tested. ADT lives up to its reputation and you won’t go wrong trusting the security of your home to Pulse.
HOME SECURITY CAMERANetgear Arlo Pro
The Netgear Arlo Pro may be the perfect security camera. Not only is it completely wireless, weatherproof, and easy to install, it also boasts two-way audio. You also get attractive features like sound-triggered recording, rechargeable batteries, free cloud storage, and USB connectivity, letting you store video locally on a USB drive. While the Arlo Pro will cost you a pretty penny and requires a hub, it’s our top choice for outdoor home surveillance cameras.
SMART DOOR LOCKAugust Smart Lock Pro + Connect
The Smart Lock Pro + Connect offers all the bells and whistles you get with the HomeKit model and adds a few new features, including August’s DoorSense technology, Z-Wave compatibility, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s easy to install and can be controlled remotely or with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri voice commands, and it retains the sleek aesthetics of its siblings. It’s the best smart lock we’ve tested so far.
The Ecobee4 thermostat offers flexible scheduling, a well-designed mobile app and web interface, remote room sensors, and motion-sensing technology to help save you money when you’re not home. It’s a snap to install and lets you track your energy usage, and it works with a number of third-party smart devices. It even has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in.
ROBOT VACUUMEufy RoboVac 11
With high-end models going for as much as $1,000, robot vacuums aren’t exactly an expense that’s easy to justify. So it’s a pleasant surprise that the Eufy RoboVac 11 is a quiet, efficient robotic vacuum cleaner that costs just a little over $200, an absolute bargain by market standards.
BUDGET TVTCL 55P607
TCL’s 55P607 packs excellent picture quality and the impressive feature set of the Roku TV platform into a $650 package, making it easily the best value in televisions of the year. It’s just a shame TCL doesn’t offer other sizes besides 55 inches in this line.
HIGH-END TVLG OLED65C7P
If you want the best TV picture money can buy, go with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. LG’s OLEDC7P series offers superlative performance, with perfect black levels that are only possible with an OLED panel and a wide, vivid color gamut that keeps its accuracy. Like all OLED TVs, it’s quite expensive compared with LCDs, though.
MEDIA HUBAmazon Fire TV
Amazon’s new Fire TV scraps the tabletop box in favor of a Chromecast-like dongle-on-an-HDMI-tether design without making any compromises, plus cuts its price by $30 to boot. This 4K-capable model supports HDR10 content and keeps all of the excellent features of the previous Fire TV, including Amazon’s useful Alexa voice assistant.
SOUNDBARPolk Audio Signa S1
You don’t need to pay a lot of money to get more audio power out of your TV. The Polk Audio Signa S1 soundbar is a mere $200, with satisfying performance and just enough extra features like a wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth connectivity. It isn’t fancy or eye-catching, but it’s a powerful sounds system with a very wallet-friendly price tag, and if you want something better than your TV’s built-in speakers that’s really all you need.
SPEAKER FOR MULTIROOM AUDIOSonos One
Sonos updates its already compelling Play:1 wireless multi-room speaker to the even more simply named Sonos One. This new version features a microphone array that enables it to use the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, complete with hands-free voice activation just like with an Echo speaker. It can do almost everything Echo devices can, all with far better sound quality.
WIRELESS SPEAKERKlipsch The Three
The Klipsch The Three speaker is awkwardly named and looks retro, but it’s packed with audio power and wireless technology. Listen to music streamed through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or plug in your favorite wired audio source through 3.5mm, RCA (with phono support), and even USB. It gets very loud for its size, but keeps the finesse needed to give high-frequency instruments proper attention without holding back on the bass.
BUDGET SPEAKERSony SRS-XB10
Sony’s inexpensive little SRS-XB10 puts out some solid sound considering its tiny frame. Pair it with another SRS-XB10 for stereo audio. It’s ideal for taking outside, with an IPX5 water-resistant rating that will keep it going in the rain or near the pool.
WIRE-FREE EARPHONESBose SoundSport Free
The wire-free earphone category had a shaky start, with awkward designs and poor battery life. The Bose SoundSport Free is a sign that those problems are getting fixed and stands as one of the best sets of wire-free earphones we’ve seen yet. These earphones are small, sleek, and cleverly designed, and provide powerful audio with plenty of bass.
WIRELESS EARPHONESShure SE215 Wireless
Shure’s SE215 Wireless are, like the name implies, the wireless version of 2011’s excellent Shure SE215. While they use Bluetooth instead of a wired connection, they still sound excellent, and a removable cable between the earpieces offers options for repair and replacement almost never found in this price range.
WIRELESS HEADPHONESB&O Play Beoplay H4
You can get incredible sound from wireless headphones, especially if you’re willing to spend some money. The Beoplay H4 is one of the best; they look premium, feel comfortable, and sound fantastic.
COMPACT CAMERAOlympus Tough TG-5
It’s 2017 and smartphones are the perfect point-and-shoot camera. Except when they aren’t. The TG-5 is the camera you take places where your phone won’t survive. It dives 50 feet deep, works in the freezing cold, and survives drops. Add RAW capture, killer macro, a bright lens, and 4K video, and you’ve got a good, tough camera.
PREMIUM COMPACTFujifilm X100F
The X100 series has long been a favorite of photographers who don’t want to give up SLR image quality, but don’t always want to carry an SLR. The latest version uses Fuji’s current, excellent 24MP image sensor and keeps the same style, fast prime lens, and hybrid viewfinder that have made the series a fan favorite for years.
MIRRORLESS CAMERASony a9
The a9 is the first mirrorless camera that goes toe to toe with the big boys. Its 20fps RAW capture rate and incredible autofocus system compete with the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The big advantage is that there’s no blackout during exposure, so you never lose track of your subject.
The Sony a9 is a glimpse of the future, but the SLR isn’t dead yet. The D850 is the best that Nikon’s ever made, with an incredible high-resolution (45.7MP) image sensor, fantastic autofocus and 7fps tracking, and modern fit and finish—a tilting touch LCD and wireless image transfer. Best of all, it works with Nikon’s extensive line of lenses and accessories.
You can’t have a pro camera without top-end lenses. Sony’s FE 70-200mm F2.8 pairs with the company’s latest mirrorless models, delivering speedy focus and incredibly sharp images. Its reach can be extended with a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter, making it a versatile tool for events, reportage, sports, nature, and more.
360 CAMERASamsung Gear 360
It’s going to take a little more time to see if 360-degree cameras stand the test of time. If you’re an early adopter, the Samsung Gear 360 is our recommendation. It’s affordable (it typically sells for less than its asking price), while offering video quality on par with pricier models. Stitching software (to combine the view of the dual lenses) is available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, with the caveat that Android support is limited to Samsung handsets.
ACTION CAMERAGoPro Hero6 Black
GoPro has faced some stiff competition in the action camera market as of late. We’ve seen new high-end models like the Sony RX0 intrude at the top of the market, and Chinese companies like YI undercut on price. The Hero6 Black is the answer. It doubles the frame rates of the Hero5 for slower slow motion and adds effective digital stabilization and GPS.
DRONEDJI Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom 4 Pro significantly ups video and image quality from its predecessor thanks to its 1-inch sensor camera. The drone shoots 4K video at up to 60fps and stills in Raw or JPG format. We noted about 25 minutes of flight time in tests, and the Phantom 4 Pro has baked-in safety features, including GPS, automated return-to-home, no-fly-zone recognition, and obstacle avoidance.
ELECTRIC CAR2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
High-tech electric vehicles (EV) has typically been thought of as being costly and lacking range, but the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a breakthrough on price and performance. It’s the first mainstream and low-cost EV that can be driven nearly 250 miles on a single charge—twice the range of rivals. The small car is spacious inside, fun to drive, and has an intuitive center-dash touch screen that helps drivers learn the ins and outs of EV charging and ownership. It’s a fun, functional, everyday vehicle that won’t break the bank, making it a pleasure to drive.
The Navdy is a portable head-up display (HUD) for older vehicles that don’t come with one built-in. If you have a car made after 1996, the Navdy plugs into the OBD-II port and projects a range of information including speed, engine rpm, and compass. It’s also able to use built-in GPS and Google Maps to provide directions, helping keep your eyes on the road. The Navdy is great for drivers of older vehicles who want to introduce a little technology to their driving.
MAINSTREAM CONSUMER DESKTOPDell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930)
This compact and upgradeable multi-purpose desktop is now packed with Intel’s new Coffee Lake processors for improved performance. Coupled with an Nvidia GTX 1070, it can do it all, from everyday work to gaming and media creation.
BUDGET DESKTOPRaspberry Pi Zero W
Add some accessories, and the Raspberry Pi Zero W is a full PC for less than a night out at the movies, but its potential for DIY electronic projects is its real draw.
ALL-IN-ONE DESKTOPMicrosoft Surface Studio
This slick desktop combines a big, beautiful display and speedy components with an innovative reclining design, resulting in a high-end PC and a capable digital creation tool in a single package.
GAMING DESKTOPOrigin Neuron
As nicely built as it is fast, the Neuron is a dream of a high-end gaming machine. With an elegant case and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 TI graphics cards, this desktop is hard to beat if you have the budget.
BUSINESS/WORKSTATION DESKTOPHP Z2 Mini G3
The HP Z2 Mini G3 is an ISV-certified workstation in a package that’s smaller than a shoe box. It’s an ideal choice for professionals who need plenty of power, but don’t have much desk space.
MULTIFUNCTION PRINTEREpson WorkForce Pro WF-4740
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720, combines good speed, excellent print quality, competitive running costs, and a wide range of features in a midrange business inkjet all-in-one.
INKJETCanon Pixma TR8520
The Canon Pixma TR8520 has a strong feature set and churns out high-quality output, including superb photos, making it our new top inkjet all-in-one for household and/or home-office use.
The Brother HL-L8360CDW, a color laser printer for a micro or small office or workgroup, provides good speed, robust features, and offers great expandability in its paper handling.
PHOTO PRINTEREpson SureColor P400
Although moderately priced for a near-dedicated photo printer, the Epson SureColor P400 produces gallery-worthy prints at sizes up to 13 by 19 inches, and it can print from paper rolls as well as cut sheets.
3D PRINTERXYZprinting da Vinci Mini
The XYZprinting da Vinci Mini gets the nod as PCMag’s first Editors’ Choice consumer-level 3D printer, thanks to its easy setup, low price, ease of use, and smooth, misprint-free operation in our testing.
SCANNERXerox DocuMate 6440
The Xerox DocuMate 6440 is fast for its price, has a large (80-sheet) automatic document feeder (ADF), and is among the best performers in reading and converting text (OCR) that we have encountered.
HOME WI-FI SYSTEMLinksys Velop
The Linksys Velop provides Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home and seamless roaming over a single network. It’s stylish, easy to install, and delivers fast single-user and MU-MIMO throughput speeds.
NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGESynology DiskStation DS216+II
The Synology DiskStation DS216+II is a whisper-quiet two-bay NAS device that offers good file transfer performance, 4K video transcoding, and a generous selection of apps. It’s a breeze to set up and manage.
EXTERNAL HARD DRIVECalDigit Tuff
Not only is the CalDigit Tuff a rugged hard drive designed to survive extreme conditions, it’s also a terrific value for the amount of storage you get. It even comes with USB-C and USB 3.0 cables for connecting to both new and old PCs and Macs.
The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is a well-built, versatile mouse that offers robust customization software and works with Windows and macOS. It also lives up to its name, with a travel-friendly design and a sensor that works on nearly every surface.
KEYBOARD Nixeus Moda Pro
Mechanical keyboards like the Nixeus Moda Pro are much more comfortable to type on than the one that came with your new PC. The Moda Pro works well with both macOS and Windows, it’s sturdily built, and has an attractive price.
MONITORNEC MultiSync EX241UN-BK
The 24-inch NEC MultiSync EX241UN-BK is a well-equipped business monitor that offers some handy IT-friendly features and delivers excellent color and grayscale performance.
GAMING HEADSETAstro Gaming A50
The Astro Gaming A50 is one of the best gaming headsets you can buy, with a hefty price tag to match. This wireless headset looks and feels premium, and features a charging base that keeps it ready without needing to plug it in. It’s available in PS4 and Xbox One versions, both of which can work with PCs.
VR HEADSETSony PlayStation VR
The virtual reality landscape has stayed largely the same over the last year. That could change in the near future with the slow release of Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets from various manufacturers, but until we see how that ecosystem develops the PlayStation VR remains our favorite VR headset. It isn’t quite the most technically advanced one out there, but its price, ease of setup, and solid selection of compelling VR experiences make it very appealing.
GAME CONSOLENintendo Switch
Nintendo’s newest game system is a unique cross between a handheld and a home game console. Docked, it lets you play games on your TV like a console. Out of the dock, its 720p screen and snap-on Joy-Con controllers turn it into a powerful handheld game system. It makes good on its promises of playing games everywhere, and its library is full of must-play games thanks to a very strong first year of releases.
BEST PLAYSTATION 4 GAMEFIFA 18
The Madden franchise takes center stage in the minds of many American gamers, but given its global appeal and overall quality, FIFA is the biggest jewel in EA’s sports crown. It’s difficult to nail down the feel of the real sport while balancing it for fun and accessible gameplay, but EA has struck a sweet spot with FIFA 18. Its changes to ball winning, handling, crossing, and overall presentation make this year’s version a better simulation of football from top to bottom.
BEST XBOX ONE GAMECuphead
Cuphead is a charming run-and-gun/shoot-’em-up hybrid that channels the twitch gameplay of Konami’s iconic Contra series and the boss-fighting mayhem of Treasure’s Alien Soldier. The true hook, however, is the exquisite rubber-hose animation style that recalls the likes of Steamboat Willie and other early-20th century cartoons.
BEST NINTENDO SWITCH GAMESuper Mario Odyssey
The Nintendo Switch has had an absurdly strong first year, building a library of must-have games since its March 2017 release. The best game in the Switch library is Super Mario Odyssey, the best game featuring the rotund plumber since the Mario Galaxy games. In it, Mario uses a sentient cap, the appropriately named Cappy, to possess enemies and gain their abilities. It’s a bizarre, fun-filled ride that represents the splendor birthed from the combination of delightful imagination and superb game design.
BEST PC GAMETekken 7
Billed as the conclusion of the Mishima family drama, Tekken 7 reveals secrets and leaves cliffhangers, thus simultaneously answering long-standing questions and prompting fans to ask new ones. Thankfully, the madcap tale is bolstered by some of the best mechanics featured in contemporary fighting games, with the new Power Crush, Rage Arts, and Rage Drive attacks deftly blending into the established mix.
BEST ANDROID GAMEMiracle Merchant
Take on the role of a late-night apothecary with many magical orders to fill. Use colorful cards to concoct potions for equally colorful characters in this charming and challenging solitaire game. Watch out for evil ingredients or inattentive mixing, otherwise you’ll enrage your customers and lose the game.
BEST IPHONE GAMEPokemon Go
ROBOTIC TOYLego Boost Creative Toolbox
The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox is designed for kids who are too young to tackle Lego’s MindStorms robotics kits. Designed to introduce children ages 7 to 12 to coding and robotics, the kit provides building blocks with sensors, motors, and app-based coding to help them build a variety of robotic toys. It’s simple, fun, and (relatively) affordable.
BEST ANDROID APPDoodle
There’s no greater battle than trying to find a time for more than two people to meet. Enter Doodle, which uses handy polls to quickly and easily determine the days and times that do and don’t work. It’s stunningly useful and free.
IPHONE APPApple iMovie
Apple’s free included video editor is a winner, and gets better in 2017. It’s a slick trick for a small-screen interface to let you edit video comfortably—an activity that normally demands a large canvas. Templates and soundtracks give your iPhone movies extra polish.
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Fall Creators Update
Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system continues to push the envelope, with new VR capabilities, handy My People communication, OneDrive Files on Demand, and smartphone linking. Fall Creators Update adds lots of minor new help as well as those marquee features.
MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMGoogle Android 8.0 Oreo
The latest version of the Android operating system left a sweet taste in our mouth with smart upgrades to security, improved picture-in-picture, and a vastly improved notification system that gives users more control than ever. Oreo makes a strong argument for exploring the multitude of Android phones on the market.
PHOTO EDITINGAdobe Photoshop CC
After nearly 30 years, there’s still nothing that can match Adobe’s flagship photo software for image editing wizardry. New digital painting tools, built-in search, templates, and Art Boards help professionals create images with exactly the visual impact they need.
VIDEO EDITINGCyberLink PowerDirector 16 Ultra
Time and time again, CyberLink beats the competition at introducing new technology to its ultra-powerful video editing software. With this version, you get more 360-degree VR editing capabilities than anyone else offers, including stabilization, motion tracking, and VR titling.
AUDIO EDITINGApple Logic Pro X
Apple’s digital audio software costs less than much of the competition, but it doesn’t fall short in advanced tools, instruments, and effects. The latest version offers a friendlier interface and workflow improvements. If you’re a Mac user who’s serious about sound editing, this is your app.
VIDEO STREAMING SERVICENetflix
Come for the surprisingly large catalog of movies and TV, but stay for the trend-setting original content like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things. The service that brought streaming to the masses now includes downloadable options for offline viewing on the go.
MUSIC STREAMING SERVICESlacker Radio
Slacker Radio began as the human-curated alternative to the pioneering Pandora Internet Radio. Since then, Slacker has expanded its streaming audio options to include news and weather updates, live ESPN radio, entertaining lifestyle channels, and well-conceived themed stations that are sure to delight music fans.
A slick task-management tool, Todoist will have you ticking off boxes and getting things done in no time. It’s available on the web, as well as just about any device, so your to-do list is never out of reach. Colorful charts help take your productivity to the next level.
This fantastic free language service, available on the web or in mobile apps, can help you toward fluency in any of 20 languages, with several more offered in beta form. Its reinforcing approach to spoken and written learning along with gamification make becoming a polyglot fun.
In the world of personal finance, Mint is the 800-pound gorilla. Provide Mint with secure, read-only access to your various financial services (banks, credit cards, 401k, etc) and it’s the single dashboard for your money. It’s great for checking your finances on the fly or saving for a big purchase.
There are dozens of website-building services, but Wix stands out with its clear interface, a wealth of options, and control over your site’s appearance. Automatic site building with Wix ADI and Wix Code for dynamic content both debuted in 2017.
BEST WEB HOSTING SERVICEDreamHost
MSRP: Starting at $10.95 per month
DreamHost has a long list of features to satisfy your personal- and business-related web hosting needs. The company’s shared, WordPress, virtual private server (VPS), and dedicated plans offer plenty of options for webmasters to create attractive, flexible sites. In addition, the host has added new website building software that makes creating a DreamHost-powered site easier than ever.
CLOUD STORAGE & SYNC SERVICEGoogle Drive
Google’s Cloud storage offering gives you the most online storage at no cost and the best collaboration tools around. Its new companion utility, Backup & Sync, makes any file or folder on your system fair game for backup, complete with version saving.
FILE SYNCING AND BACKUPIDrive
IDrive offers an affordable combination of storage space and top-notch capabilities. The base plan includes a generous 2TB of cloud storage for unlimited devices. It features full disk backup tasks, historical ransomware protection, and the IDrive Express service for bulk uploads and restores.
If your PC isn’t running as smoothly as it did when out of the box, the likely culprit is a fragmented hard drive, an overabundance of junk files, a Windows Registry in disarray, or a combination of those ills. AVG TuneUp improves performance by deleting junk files, uninstalling unneeded programs, and defragmenting the hard drive. Install the tune-up utility on as many computers as you’d like.
SECURITY SUITESymantec Norton Security Premium
In addition to a raft of top-notch suite features, Symantec Norton Security Premium comes with 25GB of online storage and a top-tier parental control system. Furthermore, you can install it on up to 10 Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS devices.
STANDALONE ANTIVIRUSBitdefender Antivirus Plus
Testing labs give Bitdefender Antivirus Plus top marks, and it aces many of our own hands-on tests. Beyond that, it adds a wealth of security features that almost qualify it as a security suite, and well worth the price.
When it comes to keeping safe online, NordVPN has a little bit of everything: a robust network of servers, smart options for streaming and BitTorrent, and access to advanced protection like Tor-over-VPN. It’s easy to use and an excellent way to stay anonymous.
The new standalone browser extension means you can use Dashlane on almost any platform. It fully supports 11 languages, and can automatically change passwords on more than 500 websites. This very capable password manager earns a rare five stars.
Source: The Best Products of 2017