The tech­nol­ogy judges de­cide

Ev­ery year, the short­lists for theT3 Awards are whit­tled down to win­ners by an ex­pert panel. Here's how things went down in 2017

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The T3 Awards is our yearly cel­e­bra­tion of the best tech re­leased that year, bring­ing to­gether the greats of the gad­get world. As you can imag­ine, fil­ter­ing every­thing re­leased down into a list of win­ners is one hell of a job – espe­cially for the 2017 awards, which fea­tures more cat­e­gories than ever be­fore to re­flect the way tech has ex­panded into ev­ery part of our life­styles, from light­bulbs to bikes.

Once short­lists are se­lected (with nom­i­na­tions com­ing from the T3 mag­a­zine and web teams, as well as our friends on other pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing techradar.com, Dig­i­tal

Cam­era mag­a­zine, PC Gamer and more), it's time to get an elite panel from across the tech press to get to­gether and work out which prod­ucts de­serve to win.

On a muggy day in Au­gust, we gath­ered our judges to­gether and shut them in a room with enough pas­tries and cof­fee to ham­mer things out for good.

For each cat­e­gory, the nom­i­nees were shown, and we kicked off the dis­cus­sions. In some cases, a clear win­ner stood out above the rest, for what­ever rea­son, and a con­sen­sus was easy to reach. At other times, we had to call a vote be­tween two or three prod­ucts, di­vid­ing the judges, but putting democ­racy into ac­tion. On oc­ca­sion, the de­ci­sion was so close that we felt it was only right to award a Highly Com­mended ti­tle to the run­ners-up.

The dis­cus­sions them­selves ranged from the tech­ni­cal to the philo­soph­i­cal, as we tried to weigh el­e­ments such as us­abil­ity and de­sign against flash fea­tures and specs. Does a com­pany de­serve to win brand of the year be­cause it's been talked about the most, or be­cause it's re­leased more great prod­ucts? How big an im­pact does some­thing need to make to be in­no­va­tion of the year?

Even­tu­ally, we worked through it all, and crowned our win­ners. Find out what they are in the next is­sue!

TOP Spencer talks us through his picks with some handy vis­ual aids

ABOVE Gemma and Rhi­an­non go head to head over head­phone picks

RIGHT Chew­ing through the mer­its of ev­ery short­list takes time, but we think we got the right re­sults

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