Macworld announces ‘Best of Show Awards’

“Macworld magazine on Thursday announced the products that won Best of Show Awards during this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco. Using the criteria that the winners had to either make their public debut at Macworld Expo or been recently introduced — and that the judges had to be able to see them in action — Macworld’s editors selected 12 winners, including Apple’s iPod shuffle (US$99/$149) and Mac mini ($499/$599), both of which are aimed at expanding the company’s market share among budget-conscious consumers.

The other winners were: Xerox Phaser EX7750, a color laser printer and network color server aimed at graphic professionals who need accurate color (starting at $17,899); TEN Technology’s NaviPlay ($199), Bluetooth-based wireless headphones for iPod; Griffin Technology’s SmartDeck ($24.99), an adapter that plugs an iPod into a cassette player and employs special technology to let users navigate the MP3 player with their car stereo controls; Roxio’s Popcorn ($49.95), which backs up unencrypted DVDs, including dual-layer ones, to standard 4.7GB DVD-R discs; and ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition ($499), a graphics card with 256MB of VRAM and the capacity to drive a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD display and an older monitor simultaneously.

Rounding out the Best of Show list were MacSoft’s Close Combat: First to Fight (price TBA), an upcoming squad-based tactical first-person shooter that emulates real Marine tactics; Bare Bones Software’s TextWrangler 2.0 (free), an upgrade to the text editor that’s free for everyone, not just current users; Panic Inc.’s Transmit 3 ($24.95) FTP software, which offers a new column view and more; Corriente Networks’ Elektron ($299.99), which adds RADIUS/802.1X security to wireless networks; and Better Energy Systems’ Solio ($119.99/$99.99), a solar-powered battery recharger for iPod and other mobile devices.”

[ Via MAcCentral ]

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