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Editors' Choice February 2009 winners

Welcome along to our monthly get-together of the tech industry's high fliers, the great and the good, the best of the best

Welcome along to our monthly get-together of the tech industry's high fliers, the great and the good, the best of the best. We've hand-picked the top tech of the last four weeks to better serve you, the discerning technology buyer, in your endless quest for the best gadgets money can buy. Here's February's winners.

CNET UK Editors choice February 2009 winners

 

 

Humax Foxsat-HDR
Anyone who's used one of the cheaper freesat PVRs will tell you they aren't the slickest or most reliable things in the world. The Humax Foxsat-HDR, on the other hand, is a veritable joy to use. Its built-in hard drive means recording either standard- or high-definition programmes is as simple as pressing a button. What's more, in all the time we tested it, we never had a single problem with the HDR -- and that's really what's most important in a digital video recorder.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
This is a top-notch dSLR even before you consider its headline feature: video. The full-frame 21-megapixel camera has an updated design, status LCD screen, great battery life, speedy performance and even comes with a decent kit lens. It may have been pipped by the Nikon D90 as the first dSLR to shoot video, but it's a smarter implementation in an essential camera.

Alienware M17
Alienware's churned out dozens of high-end gaming rigs over the years, but this is the first of its laptops to use ATI CrossFireX dual graphics cards and a quad-core CPU designed specifically for laptop use. It has a high-resolution 17-inch display, can be kitted out with a Blu-ray drive and solid state disks, or up to 1TB of storage. It took our breath away with its stunning performance, pushing polygons with reckless abandon and making the latest games look as if they were designed for the ZX Spectrum. If gaming is a priority, or if you simply want a laptop that's more future-proof than its rivals, look no further.