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Top 100 Products of 2012
By Michael Low & Team HardwareZone - 24 Dec 2012,2:09pm

Input Devices & Other Accessories

Input Devices & Other Accessories


Apple TV

The third generation of Apple TV was launched in the U.S. earlier this year and later made available in the Asian region along with the launch of the iTunes Store in June. With support for 1080p videos and a large library of movies and TV series you can purchase or rent from the iTunes Store, coupled with the ability to seamlessly stream either YouTube videos or music from your iTunes Match library, the Apple TV also happens to be one of the more affordable media players around. And if you're already deeply invested into the Apple device ecosystem, its support for AirPlay will give your devices like the iPad, iPod and iPhone easy wireless access to your large TV screen.


Intel NUC PC

Intel introduced a new 4 x 4-inch form factor PC this year in the form of the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) PC. By utilizing the same ultra low power Ivy Bridge mobile processors Intel uses in its Ultrabook processor range, they've managed to shrink the desktop PC to a size even smaller than mini-ITX. With two USB ports, an HDMI port and even a Thunderbolt port, the NUC PC has plenty of potential, ranging from low power HTPCs (Home Theater PC) to compact, space saving workstations and possibly even some light gaming.

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Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810

Logitech's K810 is a full-sized backlit Bluetooth keyboard that works with Windows, Android, and iOS and has the unique ability to pair with three different devices at the same time. Dedicated keys at the top of the keyboard let you toggle between devices, making it fast and easy to input text across your PC, phone and tablet. Build quality is also superb with a brushed aluminum finish and an ultra-thin, compact design. 


Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad

While keyboard covers for the iPad are nothing new, they've never been done better than Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard cover. The front keyboard section features a glossy black or white finish to match your iPad color of choice, while the back is made of one piece of anodized aluminium which mimics the the back of the iPad very closely and also offers a good level of protection. Despite its solid build, it's still very light at a mere 355g and, as the name suggests, it's also ultra thin at just under 10mm thick.


Razer Deathstalker Ultimate Keyboard

Razer's DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard is the ideal choice for anyone wanting a similar experience to the Razer Blade, but paired with the power of their own desktop PC. It features the Blade's Switchblade User Interface, which consists of a 4-inch touchscreen and 10 dynamic 1-inch touchscreen buttons located to the right of the main keyboard, and can be configured to show key binds, macros, skills, and spells from any game. The touchscreen can also be used as a second display for in-game maps and information, game FAQs or even YouTube videos. The keyboard itself also has a similar feel to the Blade's keyboard, utilizing green, backlit chiclet-style keys.


Seiko Astron Watch

Jet-setters and frequent fliers who often find themselves traveling from one timezone to another will find a friend in the Seiko Astron watch. The solar-powered watch is able to pinpoint its position on Earth using GPS satellite and then automatically set itself to the correct time. It is also able to correct itself by syncing itself to an atomic clock, ensuring that it loses no more a single second every 100,000 years.


That about sums up our highlights for 2012, but if you're curious to know what the previous years' selection were like, you're in luck as we've articles dating back to 2005 when we first started this yearly roundup. You can check them out here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers and here's wishing for a fruitful 2013 as we've survived the 'apocalypse'!