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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards 2009
Best in Class: Accessories
Best in Class: Cases
Best in Class: Cooling
Best in Class: Motherboards
Best in Class: Network Storage
Best in Class: Processors
Best in Class: Data Storage
Best in Class: Video Cards
2009 Editors Choice Awards

Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards

Benchmark Reviews offers our finest choices for the 2009 Editor's Choice Award in this article, and the selection process has not been easy. To choose one consumer electronics product as the best-of-the-best when the vast majority of products tested at Benchmark Reviews are already at the top of their game demands the highest quality. Even though this past year has been filled with global crisis and economic meltdown, 2009 has still brought consumers some of the best products ever made. The consumer electronics and performance computer hardware markets have introduced excellent products throughout 2009, and only the best deserve our Editor's Choice Award recognition.


Between the time that Benchmark Reviews first began serving performance evaluations the enthusiast community in March 2007 and when our Editor's Choice Awards 2008 article at the end of last year, Benchmark Reviews had published over 230 product reviews. That might seem like a lot of hardware passing through our hands inside of only 21 months, but it's nothing compared to the nearly 200 more articles we've published in the past year. With a strong staff of writers to test and analyze consumer electronics and enthusiast computer hardware, we're doing everything we can to make sure no amount of money is ever wasted on a 'bad product'.

It's important to note that Benchmark Reviews strives to test the greatest computer hardware available in our articles, which is a result of our selection process for product reviews and consequently reduces the chance we'll introduce less worthy products to our audience. Although it would be most ideal for a hardware review website to test each and every item sold on the retail market, it's just not feasible due to limited staff and purchasing budget. As a result, many of the products featured here are among the best consumers will find.

If one of the many of the products we test in our review articles is good enough to earn an award, it receives either the Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval, Silver Tachometer Award, or our Golden Tachometer Award. However, being very good is different from being the best. That's where the Editors Choice Award comes in. In this article Executive Editor Olin Coles recommends the most deserving products for the Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards 2009, as nominated by our staff.

For the 2009 calendar year, Benchmark Reviews select one Editors Choice Award recipient for each of the following product categories: Accessories, Audio, Cases, Cooling, Motherboards, Network Storage, Processors, Data Storage, and Video Cards. As a benefit to readers, we will also list the products receiving honorable mention and those who deserve the mark of shame.

In full disclosure and as a note of special interest, Benchmark Reviews does not receive compensation for, or benefit from, the awards given to products in this article. The sole purpose of this article is to offer consumers an advanced insight into which products receive our highest recommendation. Although many review websites charge a fee for the use of their awards, which in turn leads to a vested interest in giving awards for the benefit of payment, Benchmark Reviews does not associate with these schemes and discourages them entirely. This allows us to remain unbiased towards manufacturers, and give a fair evaluation of the product to the best of our ability.


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