The best products of the year for PC World

After the difficult task of selecting the best products, among the great offer that exists in the market, in PC World We have chosen those that, after overcoming the challenge of tests performed by our team, we consider the best products of each category.


Best portable Gaming:

Gigabyte Aero 15X

To choose the one we consider the best laptop of the year, we finally decided on a model that offers a incredible performance without sacrificing battery life. For that category, it will be very difficult to overcome the Aero 15X updated of Gigabyte. It's a little bigger and a little heavier than comparable 15.6-inch laptops, but exceeds the performance of the graphics offered by the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q while continuing to grant a battery autonomy quite reasonable for the type of laptop it is.

The best Ultrabook:

Dell XPS 13

Dell has given continuity to this portable generation by improving all the facets that it has considered keys for the user, which gives its latest XPS 13, of what any professional may want, increasing the commitment to a four-core chip that uses the latest Core i7 version of Intel's eighth generation.

Abroad is no different from its predecessor except for being faster, much faster. Our tests have shown that the XPS 13, with an eighth generation Core i7, can match and sometimes exceed a much larger XPS 15 with a sixth generation Core i7 in operations with intensive CPU usage. Surprisingly, XPS 13 does this without sacrificing battery life. A very deserved award that we now give.

Best 2 in 1 / tablet:

HP Specter x2 12-c012dx(2017)

The best 2-in-1 tablet was almost a hand in hand between the HP Specter x2 and the Samsung Galaxy Book. While the low price of Samsung, the OLED screen and the excellent battery life convinced us to a large extent, finally the Specter x2 high resolution display, its competitive price, and its solid design finally convinced us.

Essentially, HP took the best parts of your tablet Elite x2 and the Specter x2 tablet first generation (2015), and then updated the new Specter x2 with seventh generation Kaby Lake chips. With Specter x2, get a solid performance in a set that is quite sturdy: a Surface type screen with resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 dpi, integrated graphics Iris Plus 640, 8 GB of RAM and a 360 GB SSD. HP I even included a pencil and a keyboard, all for a price that is at 1,190 euros.

Best convertible:

Asus ZenBook Flip

The ZenBook Flip It is a fully convertible laptop that can handle everyday tasks with ease. Its prices and specifications are practically identical to one of our favorite Ultrabooks for its budget, the Asus UX305 (now descatlogo). Inside you get a Core m3-6Y30, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, and outside there is a 1920×1080 pixel IPS screen with a non-glare finish.

This portable option is thin and light, too. There are a couple of improvements that you must make: there is no backlight on the keyboard, and the touch panel is a bit elastic. Even so, it is an excellent option in the price range that is interesting for many users.


Best CPU:

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

The number of cores that users can afford is officially democratized this year when AMD was launched again to the CPU Gaming area Frankly economical desktop chip versus Intel's options in this market .. Never before have consumers been able to get as much power and performance as now.

For example, the stellar AMD Ryzen 5 1600X gives consumers access to a six-core CPU with a version of Hyper-Threading, for a total of 12 threads of power execution for a more than reasonable price. In Intel, for a similar price, they grant you approximately a Core i5 without Hyper-Threading for a total of four threads. In multi-threaded workloads, it's not even close.

Best graphic card:

EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

2017 was a ao difficult for graphics cards. The Serie Nvidia GTX 10 has not been updated, and expected AMD Vega It ended up being somewhat disappointing in general terms after the high expectations it had created. Worse, cryptocurrency miners increased the price of traditional cards. But despite all that, there have been a GPU that has stood out from the big crowd: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

The GTX 1080 Ti It is the first graphics card for consumers capable of offering a gaming experience in 4K quality without compromises, and it does not work more than the GTX 1080 to do so. No other reaches the levels of details of the commented one.

Our favorite? The EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2. Most of the aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti They are gigantic. The SC2 has a standard double slot design, but still manages to include a overclock considerable factory and cooling with a silent and efficient system that makes it a most interesting graphics card solution for gaming enthusiasts in general lines.

Best SSD:

SanDisk Ultra 3D

It has been a wild year when it comes to the democratization of ultra-fast SSDs. The Intel's new generation Optane SSD 900P broke into the market, and the Samsung 960 Pro is still the big choice among users. Faced with NVMe units that continue to be too expensive, the market is opting for SATA SSDs in the traditional 2.5 inch form factor. No doubt the best SSD we've seen this year is the SanDisk Ultra 3D.

It is a ideal update to increase the performance of any Windows PC. It is faster than any other TLC-based SSD that we have tested, allowing you to include a successful combination of performance and capacity: the disk is available with capacities up to 2TB and it is worth noting that your investment is worth it against the option of Acquire a new computer.

The best Wi-Fi system for home:

Netgear Orbi RBK50

We have focused most of our attention on the Routers compatible with the 802.11ac specification and home WiFi systems . They are the best network solution for most households, since they eliminate dead spots by covering the home with almost uniform connectivity. We will add more coverage against traditional routers for gaming user environments and those that demand streaming video, ensuring that the deployment of multiple access points distributed throughout the home will balance the connection for all devices and users.

Meanwhile, Orbi RBK50 from Netgear (available on Amazon) remains our main recommendation for most consumers, if in Home demands physical connections over Ethernet, we recommend the Linksys Velop.

The Netgear system consists of a triple band router with additional Ethernet ports to the wireless connection. Netgear says this should be enough for a typical 180 square meter or double height house.

The best Wi-Fi router with Ethernet connection:

Linksys Velop

One of the reasons why the Orbi RBK50 It is so fast that it dedicates one of its two 5 GHz frequency bands (the third one operates in the 2.4 GHz band) to the data return network. The Linksys Velop three stations can do the same, but automatically switch to a networkEthernet faster cable if that option is available. Netgear has promised to add this capability to RBK50 almost since its launch, but we are still waiting.

Best gaming headphones:

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Since the gaming headphones were released HyperX Cloud originals have been our favorite gaming headphones. Not surprisingly, a headset with the same DNA was needed to end his reign.

HyperX Cloud Alpha(available on Amazon)offers the same combination of durability and comfort that made us fall in love with its predecessors. There are also some quality updates, such as removable wiring and volume and silence controls that are now more accessible so as not to lose detail of the game that we have in hand.

The best keyboard for gamers:

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

East It is the keyboard of gaming environments preferred by PC game lovers. Just check the opinions of thousands of Amazon users. The K95 RGB Platinum from Corsair is not only large and brazen, but also provides quality in its pulsations.

It has switches Cherry RGB: Corsair It remains one of the few companies that offers what the fans really demand. Its first level illumination includes backlit keys and a multi-zone RGB band at the top and below the logo. In addition, do not forget to present the provision of industry standard keys.

Best premium phone:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

As the successor of a phone that was infamous for a global withdrawal due to defective batteries, Samsung had to deliver something monumental with the Galaxy Note 8, And he did.

The Note 8 follow the design presented with the Galaxy S8 But it gives it its own air. Your screen is only one tenth of an inch larger than the screen S8 +, but it feels much more substantial due to its more square edges and its more robust frame. Your processor Snapdragon 835 It is powered by 6 GB of RAM, and the dual camera (the first for a Galaxy phone) takes stunning portraits even in very low light situations.

But What puts the Note 8 above the Pixel 2 and LG V30 is the S Pen included. The only premium Android phone that has an optical pencil, the experience Note 8 It is different from any other phone Android, as well as its possibilities, balancing the entire consumption section with that of content creation to offer a device with which you can do practically everything.

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