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ACS T2 Dual Driver

The ACS T2 headphones are in a class of their own among the various custom-moulded earphone manufacturers. Their unique flexible silicone moulds offer greater comfort and fit than the hard plastic ones used in rival sets. Combined with an exciting bass- and treble-heavy sound signature, they are also a truly exciting set to listen to. The flexible silicone construction also makes them comfortable enough to wear when resting your head on a pillow, and combined with -27db of noise isolation, this makes them great as travellers earplugs too. You can also customise many aspects of the look, and how you want the cable positioned. However, our panel found that although the sound quality was excellent, they were too highly priced to take the crown. (from

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple’s iPhone is an iconic device and while this year’s iteration didn’t change the look of the phone, there were significant changes made internally. A faster dual-core CPU and updated graphics capability meant the iPhone 4S feels really fast. An improved camera and battery meant it kept pace with the competition while the addition of Siri was a new innovation. However our judges felt the iPhone 4S didn’t offer the best value and so just missed out on the top spot.

Apple MacBook Pro

A huge favourite with our voters, the 15in MacBook Pro this year added the high-speed Thunderbolt connection to round out an already great feature list. With Sandy Bridge processors and improved graphics capability, it's also a great all rounder. Add in an impressive level of style and build quality, and you've got one desirable device. The one area the MacBook Pro lost out was in terms of value, just missing out on the top award. --

Arcam rCube

Very much the gentleman of the iPod dock market, the rCube sounds classier and more refined than most. Design-wise, it's worlds away from the Zeppelin and the sound stage is remarkably different. It manages to look both stylish and unobtrusive. The panel found the audio to be faithful and classy and filled the room without being the life of the party. It also includes a battery which provides eight hours of portable listening. The result was on a knife edge with the Zeppelin, and consumers should consider whether they want beautiful, clear sound that fills a room, or gutsy room-owning performance. --

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

While the Asus Eee Pad Transformer may be a tablet first and laptop second, it is a credit to its design, performance and value that it has won the Best Laptop of 2011. With a keyboard dock attached, the Transformer is the first tablet to offer a truly great typing experience on a tablet and combined with the huge 14 hour battery life and IPS screen, it is a truly great laptop. --

BenQ W1200

A 'value' projector for under £1,200 which offers versatility in a smaller package with full HD, but not 3D. What you do get is a 12-element lens system which produces sharp images and excellent colours to a far higher degree than its price would suggest. --

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

The new Zeppelin Air is vesy similar to its iconic predecessor but now with added Airplay. The striking design is an acquired taste, meaning it can dominate a room. Turn it on however, and it's all about the sound. With five drivers, including a subwoofer, the Air can shake walls and produce sound you'd normally associate with home cinema audio systems. It's not cheap at £499, but its big body, big sound and bold looks meant it took home the title this year. --

Canon PIXMA MG6250

This all-in-one colour inkjet has a sophisticated design in piano black and packs in wi-fi, Ethernet, three memory card slots, a high quality flatbed scanner up to 4800 dpi and a 75mm LCD touchscreen. At £141 if offers the best printing in its class and price, with fast operation and versatile features. The five page speed test took just 34 seconds and the costs per sheet for black and white was 4.13p and 11.78 for colour. Although it packs in plenty of extra features and better print quality, at the end of the day, it just couldn't compete on the unbelievable value of the HP Deskjet 1050. --

Cowon X7

The Cowon X7 offers great value, at £199 for a generous 160GB of storage, and it has class leading file support to boot. A large screen, good battery life and superb sound quality also help to make this a real contender. However, the resistive screen and chunky build made it less appealing in both look and feel to the other competitors in this category. --

Fujifilm X100

The Fujifilm X100 is the most intriguing entry to this year’s list with its retro styling and cut-back functionality. A fixed 35mm lens means the Fujifilm X100 is not as flexible as the other finalists but its beautiful look combined with superb image quality from its large APS-C sensor makes it a compelling option for those looking for the best quality in the most compact package. While mostly a very basic camera in terms of operation, it does offer one unique technology in the form of its cutting-edge Hybrid viewfinder. However, at £1,000 our judges felt it was just a little too pricey to push for the top spot. --

Garmin nüvi 2460LT

The Garmin nuvi 2460LT offers a combination of sleek design and an excellent feature set, making it one of the best Sat Navs on the market. It also features the best voice control system available letting you control almost every aspect of the device without having to touch it.

HP Deskjet 1050

This all-in-one colour inkjet is incredible value at £30. It's not the fastest, at 52 seconds in the five page A4 test, but running costs remained reasonable at 4.59p per sheet in black and white (including 0.7p paper cost) and 10.4p per sheet colour. It lacks Wi-Fi and many other extras but thanks to its flatbed scanner (up to 1200dpi) it does all the basic multi-function duties and is an all-round easy-to-use, affordable and good quality printer. --

iPod Touch 4th Generation

In many ways, the most versatile of all portable media players, the iPod Touch can play thousands of apps and games as well as music and video, however you are tied in to iTunes. The screen is excellent and the user interface is a breeze, and with dual cameras, the Touch stands up to smartphones in many multimedia capabilities. This, combined with stylish looks, made it our winner for Portable Media Player of the Year 2011. --

Jamo A102HCS5

This 5.1 speaker system from Jamo offers those with a more modest living room and on a budget the chance to get a surround sound experience often limited to much more expensive systems. The wall-mountable satellite speakers are well built and are discreet when placed on your wall. The 200W sub is also wall mountable and offers power and precision in a compact package. Our judges felt the £230 price point meant it was a shoo-in for the title of Surround Sound Product of the Year 2011. --

JVC Everio GZ-HM445

The Everio offers excellent image quality and a degree of control for the user who wants to move beyond point-and-shoot filming for less than £200. A 40x optical zoom and LCD touchscreen meant this packed in many of the features of model twice the price. Lack of versatility meant this was pipped to the post because of a lack of on-board memory and user control, but there were some nice features including smile recognition and a user-configurable option button, which made this a respected competitor in this category. --

LG 42LW550T

The only passive entry in the final, the LG 42LW550T offers a great low cost way of getting into the 3D TV market. The 42in LCD panel with edge LED backlighting offers good 2D and 3D image quality as well as a host of features like BBC iPlayer, Acetrax, YouTube and the Plex Media Center. While the judges liked the more relaxed and accessible 3D experience of passive glasses, the LG 42LW550T didn’t offer quite enough take the Award for 2011. --

Marantz SR7005 AC Receiver

The Marantz SR7005 AC receiver would be an imposing presence in any room, and is certainly something all audiophiles would desire to have sitting under their TVs. With retro chic looks and minimalist styling the Marantz looks the part and certainly delivers the audio performance you would expect from a high-end AV receiver. With more connections than most people will ever need, 1080p video upscaling and DLNA support, the Marantz does offer a lot for your monye, however our judges felt that its high price meant it just missed out on the Award this year. --

Mio Spirit 685 EU

The Mio Spirit 685, like its better known finalists, features a 5in screen. It also features IQ Routes - licenced from TomTom - to help in calculating routes to help you avoid traffic. You also get maps of 44 European countriesas standard. However what really makes the Mio stand out is its price, meaning that you get a fully-featured Sat Nav for half the price of its competitors. However our panel of judges felt the Mio’s build quality was not as good its competitors and so it missed out on this year’s Award. --

Onkyo TX-NR609

For the past two years, Onkyo’s receivers have earned top spot in the Surround Sound category of the TrustedReviews Awards. The TX-NR609 builds on this rich legacy and adds some great new features. The 7.2 systems will now upscale video to 4K resolution, has added networking capabilities and also integrates Spotify, giving consumers great value for their £499. However our judges felt the receiver’s design and performance let it down a little, just missing out on top spot this year. --

Orange San Francisco

This year saw budget smartphones really come of age, and offer a relatively full smartphone experience at a low price. The Orange San Francisco (aka the ZTE Blade) was the phone which led the way offering a superb 3.5in screen, decent processor as well as a nice design and feel. However it was the sub-£100 price point which was the true revelation of this phone with our judges giving it full marks for value across the board - though not enough to take top spot this year. --

Panasonic HDC-SD90

For its price, our panel felt this was an excellent camera, scoring extremely well on value. Image quality was high with the 26x optical zoom, although the 1500x digital zoom seemed like a gimmick in our test, resulting in a grainy, unstable image. For under £350 however, with the option of an external microphone, 3D shooting capability with an additional adapter and a generous 3in LCD touchscreen, we felt this was a worthy contender for camcorder of the year. While its video quality may have been put in the shade by its bigger brother, but it remains a great piece of kit. --

Panasonic HDC-TM900

With a 12x optical zoom and 700x digital zoom, this camcorder records outstanding image quality in virtually all conditions. Our panel was impressed at the test footage we shot, which was smooths and pin sharp. As well as excellent image quality, the sound was markedly better from the on-board mic and the versatility of the Panasonic HDC-TM900 helped it become a clear winner for Best Camcorder of  2011. --

Panasonic Lumix G3

The Lumix G3 from Panasonic is certainly the leader of the compact system camera pack for 2011 and this is reflected by the judges who felt that the flexibility offered by the G3 was unsurpassed. The fully articulated rear LCD, superb ISO performance and a large range of digital effects filters and JPEG processing options make it an appealing option, but the judges felt that build quality let it down somewhat, meaning it just missed out on the top spot. --

Panasonic TX-P50G30

The Panasonic TX-PG50G30 simply offers the best image quality from any 2D TV you can get. Using a Plasma panel means fast action, sports and gaming are all handled without a problem. It also means that it produces both exceptionally dark black levels and punchy colours. Connectivity is excellent and it also comes with THX and ISF certification. Only let down slightly in terms of online connectivity and sound, the Panasonic TX-P50G30 only just missed out on the Award. --

Panasonic TX-P55VT30

The 55in Panasonic TX-P55VT30 is an imposing presence in any room, and its 55in plasma panel with 600Hz processing means that the 3D images it produces are the best from a TV that money can buy. It aslo has an extensive list of multimedia features and connections like Skype, iPlayer and YouTube and comes with THX and ISF certification. Our judges were clearly wowed by the 3D image quality of the Panasonic TX-P55VT30, making it a worthy winner of Best 3D TV of 2011. --

Phonak Audeo PFE 012

These earphones feature changeable filters that let you alter their sound signature to alternate between a more bass and treble heavy sound, and one that offers more mid-range warmth. Either choice still offers an exciting powerful listening experience that belies their modest price. When combined with a simple stylish design, good build quality and an easy, comfortable fit that provides good noise isolation, you have our favourite in-ear headphones of the year. (from

Samsung Galaxy S II

The bright and punchy 4.2in AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy S II is the first thing you notice about this remarkable phone. The next thing you’ll notice is the slim and light design of the phone which belies its large footprint. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor means Android 2.4 flies along and the phone’s unrivalled video decoding means it ticked all the boxes for our judges and was a worthy winner of Best Mobile Phone of 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the second generation tablet from Samsung and is a vast improvement over the first iteration. It is thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 and features the best media playback support of any tablet currently available. It also features a superb IPS screen and an elegant design but a lack of connectivity meant that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 just missed out on taking the Award. -- from

Samsung ML-1865W

This budget mono laser costs just £89 and zipped along in our speed test, making light work of five A4 pages in 27 seconds. Black and white prints also cost just 3.61p per sheet, keeping running costs low. This is a very compact 341 x 224 x 184mm unit as well, and packs in wireless connectivity for easy setup. It prints with very little initial wait and produces excellent prints. --

Samsung Series 9

The Samsung Series 9 was the first Windows-based laptop to challenge the MacBook Air in terms of looks as well as performance. The judges loved the sleek lines of the 13.3in Series 9, made from an aluminium alloy called Duralumin, but some felt the screen quality of the laptop was a disappointment. However the Series 9 scored well for connectivity, build quality and design only narrowly missing out on top spot. --

Samsung UE32D5000

Despite its rather diminuitive size in comparison to the other finalists, the Samsung UE32D5000 held its own against the big boys, with our judges marking it up in terms of design, image quality and value. The slim and stylish design makes it ideal for wall-hanging and would suit any living room or bedroom. However a lack of features like SmartTV or a Freeview HD tuner meant it didn’t quite make it to the top spot this year. --

Samsung UE40D5520

The Samsung UE40D5520 offers a remarkable combination of slim, stylish design and excellent image quality for a low cost 40in TV. The slim bezel of the TV means you can fit more screen into a smaller place and you also get a Freeview HD tuner thrown in too. Connectivity is excellent and Samsung’s SmartTV is the best on offer. The judges scored the TV well in all sections meaning the Samsung UE40D5520 just managed to grab the title of Best 2D TV of 2011. --

Samsung UE46D7000

The Samsung UE46D7000 is so stylish it could almost be called a work of art with its slim design and narrow bezel. However it's not just looks this TV has going for it, producing excellent 3D and 2D images, Freeview and Freesat HD tuners as well as tonnes of SmartHub apps. While our judges were very taken with the look of the TV, they felt the 3D images were slightly below those of the winner and so it just missed out on top spot. --

Sennheiser HD 518

These over ear headphones are at the lower end of the Sennheiser's premium range, however they are stylish and well put together. The open-back design features a comfortable padded headband and earcups, and a removable, 3m long cable. The sound itself is warm, detailed and enveloping, offering quality which rivals headphones twice the price and for that reason it's the winner in this category. (from

Sim2 Lumis 3D-S

The Sim2 Lumis 3D-S is arofessional-level projector for the well-heeled cinema enthusiast. Make no mistake, it is not cheap, and if you have to ask how much then you'll want to take home cinema very seriously indeed. At £30,000 it is all about the image, but that it does exceptionally, with no crosstalk or ghosting, simply producing the best 3D picture available to consumers. If you can afford it, this is the best available. --

Sony NWZ-A866

Smaller and lighter than the iPod Touch, it retains excellent build quality and a colourful interface. The SensMe feature, which magically arranges tracks into moods, retained an air of mystery and wonder, and the bundled headphones were better than Apple's equivalent. Our panel liked the drag-and-drop interface which freed them from the binds of iTunes, and the pitch and speed alteration modes, which would appeal to musicans. Its main downside was value - at £220 for the 32GB model it's expensive for what is still at its heart a basic player - but if you don't want to go down the Apple route, this remains your best bet. --

Sony VPLHW30

The VPL-HW30 was Sony's first projector and will let you get a lot of projector a relatively meagre £3,000. Our panel found the Sony projector offered a quick response time and extensive connectivity, making this a worthy winner. The Sony VPL-HW30 keeps cross talk to a bare minimum, and also delivers superb 2D image quality - meaning it only just missed out on top spot in the Awards. --
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