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CNET Labs' top performers of 2010 (photos)

The top-performing products in 2010 as determined by CNET Labs.

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Maingear F131

Price: $269

The Maingear F131 includes an Intel Core i7 950 processor overclocked to 4.2GHz, 6GB of DDR3-1,333MHz RAM, and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphic cards, all for $2,499, making this system a tester's dream. The Maingear was not only the best performer this year in our Labs, but it also included some of the cleanest internals, with plenty of room for expansion.

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Caption by Joseph Kaminski

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Core i7 (Best-performing high-end laptop)

Price: $1999

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch included the best battery life we've seen on a 15-inch laptop--nearly 6 hours--and the fastest and most seamless switching between integrated and discrete GPUs.

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Caption by Julie Rivera

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Cisco Linksys e2000

Price: $99

When it comes to throughput speeds, the Cisco Linksys e2000 is by far the fastest router among the 2.4GHz class.

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Apple iMac summer 2010

Price: $1919

With its 27-inch screen, the iMac has one of the largest displays of any all-in-one currently on the market. Under the hood you'll find more than enough Intel and ATI-based horsepower to impressively power its 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution.

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Samsung ML-2525W

Price: $74.46

Though it's not the flashiest printer on the market, the ML-2525W sets a lofty pace among monochrome lasers. Its 20-pages-per-minute pace across text, graphics, and PowerPoint presentations are impressive, to say the least.

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Origin EON18 (Best-performing gaming laptop)

Price: $4499

This massive 18.4-inch beast is just that, a beast. With the exception of battery life, the Origin blew every other gaming machine/desktop replacement out of the water in our performance tests. The EON18 rendered multiple high-resolution images in 90 seconds flat and capped to nearly 300fps in our gaming benchmarks.

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Caption by Julie Rivera

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HP DreamColor LP2480zx

Price: $3519

The DreamColor is the first and only (so far) RGB LED monitor we've tested. That fact alone gives enough cause to expect world-beating performance, and it's not until you see its 10-bit, IPS panel in action that you can truly appreciate its abilities.

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Synology DS410

Price: $481

The DS410 is a superfast network storage server that maintains its speed even during heavy loads, and its throughput speeds are consistently comparable with that of USB 3.0 external hard drives--no small feat. Also, it has by far the most responsive user interface we've yet seen.

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Dell UltraSharp U2711

Price: $999

We first reviewed the U2711 way back in January. Thanks to its excellent color reproduction and high 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, that initial impression has not dissipated.

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Samsung Q430-11 (Best-performing budget laptop)

Price: $829

With a Core i5 processor and the Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics chip, the 14-inch Samsung Q430-11 was the best-performing budget laptop in our benchmarking tests in 2010.

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Origin Genesis (Intel Core i7 920)

Price: $4998

We tested the Origin Genesis in early 2010. Cut to year's end and it still holds top honors in performance. Thanks to its two ATI Radeon HD 5970s, abundance of RAM, and fast Intel CPU, this system can beautifully run any game on the market today.

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Lexmark Impact

Price: $75

Efficiency is the name of the game with the Lexmark Impact. As budget printers go, the Impact delivered a print speed unrivaled by its peers.

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NEC MultiSync PA271W

Price: $1552

The NEC PA271W's 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution and 10-bit panel are reason enough to get excited about this professional monitor. However, its the monitor's depth of calibration options that powers its performance into the stratosphere.

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