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CNET Top 5: Tech turkeys

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CNET Top 5: Tech turkeys

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A look at the five products that disappointed us the most in 2009.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. As many of us in the U.S. sit down to dine on turkeys, the bird, we are put in mind here at CNET of another definition of the word. A person or thing of little appeal. A dud. A loser. So let's be thankful that we weren't the product manager for these products. The Top 5 tech turkeys. At No. 5, The Motorola TN30 navigation device. Antuan Goodwin noted it's crisp graphics and intuitively designed menus. Unfortunately, those were hard to appreciate behind it's slow unresponsive and extremely buggy operation that required a hard reset every other day. Turkey. Coming in at No. 4, Twitter Peek. The favorite suggestion from people I asked on Twitter, oddly. It does what it does rather well, but all it does is Twitter--for $200. Still need to carry those other devices, that probably also Twitter. Uh...turkey. Up to No. 3, the Garmin Nuvifone G60. And this one hurts. We so wanted it to be good. And it is good at navigation, as you might expect. But it fails as a phone and the accelerometer doesn't always work. When Bonnie Cha says it's not worth the money, you know it's a turkey. Sliding in at No. 2, the servers at Danger, makers of the SideKick. Not only did the data servers go down but also poor SideKick users who were unlucky enough to turn off their phone during the outage lost all their data. Microsoft, who owns Danger, says they've restored almost all the data, but still. Turkey. Before we get to No. 1, time for another lame prize question. One of the biggest operating system turkeys was Windows Me. What was the name of the PR tour Microsoft conducted in 25 cities to introduce the world to Windows Me? Be one of the first 10 to answer correctly at blog.cnettv.com and you could win a turkey in my opinion, a young Anakin Skywalker cup topper from Star Wars the Phantom menace the turkey of star wars films. All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The top tech turkey of 2009. Sitting deliciously roasted at No. 1, it's... The Brother MFC-5890CN all-in-one printer. And I quote from Justin Yu's review "hands down the worst printer to take up space in our lab. From the irritating initial set up to the horrendous output quality and slow print speed, this device is the easiest way to flush $200 down the drain." Now that my friend's is a turkey. Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

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