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PC Pro's top products of 2013: the winners

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 12 Sep 2013 at 09:03

Aside from our regular reader-voted PC Pro Excellence Awards, this year we've extended our editorially chosen Products of the Year.

Below you'll find the the winners in each of our 12 categories, ranging from laptops to servers.

The winners of the Product of the Year awards have been announced alongside the rest of the PC Pro Excellence Awards - voted on by readers.

Buy next month's copy of PC Pro - on sale 17 October - to see the full results tables.

Laptop of the year

Winner: Samsung Ativ Book 8
Highly Commended: Apple MacBook Air 13in, Asus VivoBook S200, Google Chromebook Pixel, Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Hybrid tablet of the year

Winner: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Highly Commended: Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, Microsoft Surface Pro

Ultrabook of the Year

Winner: Sony VAIO Pro 13
Highly Commended: Dell XPS 13, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, Dell Latitude 6430U, Samsung Series 7 Ultra

Tablet of the year

Winner: Nexus 7 (2013)
Highly Commended: Asus Fonepad, Apple iPad (4th gen), Dell Latitude 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Desktop of the year

Winner: Apple iMac 27in
Commended: CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT, Dell XPS One 27in, Intel NUC, Wired2Fire HAL 4000

Camera of the year

Winner: Nikon D600
Highly Commended: Canon EOS 700D, Nikon D7100, Samsung NX300, Sony NEX-6

Phone of the year

Winner: HTC One
Highly Commended: Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 520, Samsung Galaxy S4

Server of the year

Winner: Dell PowerEdge VRTX
Highly Commended: Boston Value Series 381 G8, Broadberry CyberServe XE5-R224, Fujitsu Primergy TX100 S3p, HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2

Security software of the year

Winner: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013
Highly Commended: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, Avast Free Antivirus

Software of the Year

Winner: Xara Designer Pro 9
Highly Commended: Adobe Photoshop CC, Microsoft Office 365, StarDock Start 8, TeamViewer 8

Business product of the year

Winner: Epson WorkForce WF-3530DTWF
Highly Commended: Microsoft Office 365, NetSupport Manager 11, Sublime Text 2, VMware Workstation 9

Education product of the year

Winner: Raspberry Pi
Highly Commended: Dell Latitude 10, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, Microsoft Office 365, NetSupport School

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User comments

"Apple iPad (2013)..."

Huh? Did I miss an iPad launch this year, or are we pre-judging the new model widely-rumoured to be launched in October? Ditto including last year's iPhone 5, when most folks expect a new model to be launched on Tuesday - or perhaps you didn't you get the email invite >.

By petermillard1 on 6 Sep 2013

It's only September!

I realise you guys will be publishing your Christmas edition next week but may I point out that IT'S ONLY SEPTEMBER!!!!

For heavens sake!

There is one third of the year left to go yet.

May I suggest that, if you wish to retain any credibility, you put this idea on the back burner until January. That's January out here in the real world, not January in magazine land.

By JohnHo1 on 6 Sep 2013

I agree with @petermillard1

Why is the iPad, iPhone and iMac on the list when none of them have had an update since last year?

Why is the A listed Lenovo Z580 from this year not on the list of laptops? I can understand why the lists are full of products that you don't consider to be the best, even from this year.

Oh, and it's "Google Nexus 5" and not "Google Nexus" for the phone.

By DArtiss on 6 Sep 2013


Meant to say "I can't understand".

Laptops are divided into 3 categories and only one category has a laptop in it from this year - the Z580. Doesn't this make it the best laptop released this year?

By DArtiss on 6 Sep 2013

Oops 2

Actually, it Nexus 4!

By adamgashead on 6 Sep 2013

Presumably it runs Sept-August so last years Apple refresh is included.

By PhilGQ on 6 Sep 2013

Hybrid tablet?

Microsoft Surface got on the list?

That's the funniest joke I've heard in years.

By Gz_mattgscoxae0c on 8 Sep 2013

Hello - yes, indeed, that's supposed to be the fourth-generation iPad, which was released at the end of last year, not this year. Have updated the list to reflect that.

And yes, the list does run September to August, so anything at the end of last year will squeak in.

By Nicole_Kobie on 9 Sep 2013

Bitdefender popup spam

While I respect the reasoning behind you choosing the Bitdefender package, please be aware that they send unsolicited messages to customers frequently. There is no way to opt out of them. You are supposed to message support. You get a response saying you have been removed from the list but the adverts still persist. I have contacted them about this more than once. They obviously couldn't care less. People giving presentations have been plagued with them popping over slides as well.

By mr_chips on 29 Sep 2013

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