The 100 Best Products of 2008

73. Creative Aurvana X-Fi (headphones, $300) Fueled by two AAA batteries, Creative's noise-canceling Aurvana X-Fi cans rock your dome with deep, rich sound processing. Review | Check prices

74. Olympus SP-570 UZ (advanced digital camera, $500) The new king of megazoom point-and-shoot cameras, the SP-570 UZ uses a 20x optical zoom lens to take close-ups to the extreme. Site | Check prices

75. Apple iMac (desktop computer, from $1199) This model eschews the cheap-looking plastic chassis of earlier entries in the iMac line in favor of a sleek anodized aluminum one. It's a hard worker, too. Review | Check prices

76. Samsung 2263DX (22-inch LCD display, $550) This unique 22-incher sports a side- or top-mountable 7-inch secondary screen that you can use to view instant messaging clients, music or movie players, or photo viewers. Review

77. Canon Vixia HF10 (high-definition camcorder, $1100) The tiny-but-mighty Canon Vixia HF10 records high-def video directly to an internal 16GB flash drive or a high-capacity SD card. Site | Check prices

78. Mint (personal finance site, free) This smart Web tool details exactly where your money is coming from--and where it's going. Review

79. VMWare Fusion (virtualization software, $80) VMWare edges out Parallels Desktop as the simplest, easiest way to expand the capabilities of a Mac OS system so that it can run Windows programs. Site | Check prices

80. Apple TV Take 2 (media-streaming device, $229 and up) A new software update enables Apple's streamer to download movies (standard- and high-def) directly from the Internet. Review | Check prices

The 100 Best Products, Numbers 81 through 90

81. YouTube (viral video site, free) Sure, the video quality won't remind you of the Criterion Collection, but the advertising on the site is scarcely noticeable, and the sheer amount and variety of content available for viewing at YouTube are utterly astonishing. Review

82. Chestnut Hill Sound George (iPod speaker dock, $499) Of the many iPod speaker docks clamoring for consumer attention, this one strikes our ears as the biggest-sounding and best. Site

83. Microsoft Office 2007 (office suite, $150-$680, depending on edition) Microsoft's workhorse troika of internalivity apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) won't thrill anyone (and we're still waiting for Microsoft to put some of their power online), but the suite's overhaul last year made creating nice-looking documents far easier. Review | Check prices

84. Intel "SkullTrail" Dual Socket Extreme Desktop (motherboard, $650) Run multiple CPUs or graphics cards on this bad mother...board. Review | Check prices

85. Canon Pixma MX700 (inkjet multifunction printer, $160) The MX700 stuffs a lot of functions into a fairly user-friendly package and offers scads of software to help you along toward MFP proficiency. Review | Check prices

86. AT&T Tilt 8925 by HTC (smart phone, $400 with two-year AT&T wireless contract) This uber-phone bowls you over with features like a QWERTY keyboard, office apps, Wi-Fi, GPS, and stereo Bluetooth for music headphones. Review

87. Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (digital camera, $250) This pocketable 8-megapixel camera offers a feature set and a level of image quality that you'd expect of a far more expensive camera. Review | Check prices

88. Vizio GV42LF (42-inch LCD HDTV, $1200) This roomy 1080p LCD HDTV beats almost the entire plasma television crowd in picture quality--and it does so at a far, far lower price. Review | Check prices

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