Great things

Know­ing what’s best

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Declar­ing win­ners is prob­lem­atic. One could ar­gue that anoint­ing a thing to be the very best of its class does great in­jus­tice to many other al­most-there prod­ucts. And rightly so. The many fac­tors that de­ter­mine what’s best in­clude value, and that changes as time passes and prices drop, thus re­order­ing the podium. Or per­haps a prod­uct we’re look­ing at right now gets a firmware up­date that en­ables it to do new and more fan­tas­tic things, thus elevating it a lit­tle fur­ther up the lad­der.

But that’s time and change for you. Al­ways mess­ing things up. What is true is that in any given mo­ment of time, given suf­fi­cient ex­per­tise, it is in­deed pos­si­ble to make lists and rank things. And, that process is en­tirely ac­cu­rate in a given mo­ment. That mo­ment, in our world of tech, is now. To­gether, the boffins at APC put minds to task, and have de­ter­mined with unas­sail­able truthi­ness just what de­serves to called ‘the best’.

It be­gins on page 66, and over the many pages that fol­low are our top picks for just about ev­ery­thing that mat­ters in this cor­ner of the world. We do this ev­ery year, it keeps us on our toes, in­spires healthy de­bate in the of­fice and there were hardly any ar­gu­ments this time.

But the point is not to cre­ate an ex­cuse for the hu­mans in the build­ing we work in to ac­tu­ally en­gage with each other. No, it’s so you know what you should be hunt­ing down if you want the very best. This is a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of ev­ery­thing we do for you at APC. We test things, we use them in our lives, and we rate them so you know if this gear is good enough for you, and if it de­serves your dol­lars.

So hav­ing an ul­ti­mate list once a year is the big an­nual yard­stick. The culling of the above av­er­age and the elim­i­na­tion of all but the most ex­treme ex­cel­ers. So, now you know what’s what and where it be­longs in the great hi­er­ar­chy of con­sumer tech gear. And, just in time for Xmas, too – should you hap­pen to want to be­stow some­thing truly won­der­ful upon a loved one, or just treat your­self or the fam­ily.

As al­ways, I love hear­ing your thoughts, whether on this or any­thing else that’s in­ter­est­ing. Un­til next month.

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