Best products of 2013

Buying the best tech isn't always easy as there's a vast amount of choice -- so check out our roundups of the best products this year.

Bea Mitchell Associate Editor
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Bea Mitchell
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Buying the best tech products isn't always easy -- there's a vast amount of choice -- some of it great, some of it not so great. That's why we've been gradually rounding up our favourite products of 2013, including the best laptops, headphones and TVs, in order to help you find the best option.

We'll also be updating this page with more review roundups, so watch this space, and in the meantime, check out our roundups so far.

Best AirPlay speakers

Apple's AirPlay technology lets you stream music from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer to speakers over Wi-Fi -- it also offers better audio quality than Bluetooth. 

Best all-in-one desktop computers

Traditional PCs are no longer the only option as we can now choose from a range of desktop/tablet hybrids that can be used as both mega-tablets and desktop computers. Here are our current favourites.

Best Android apps of 2013

We've put together a list of 20 of the best apps available on the Google Play Store, which, like Apple's App Store, is home to over a million apps. 

Best Android phones

Picking an Android phone is more challenging than picking an iPhone, as the Google operating system can now be found on lots of completely different mobiles.

Best Bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers are a great option as you can play audio wirelessly, which makes them both mobile and tidy -- take a peek.

Best Android tablets

Android is now the most popular operating system, so you may well want a 'droid rather than an iPad. Here are our top picks. 

Best camcorders

The quality of HD footage from smart phones isn't always that impressive, so many people prefer to use a camcorder.

Best camera phones

What would we do without camera phones? More photos are taken on mobiles than on stand-alone cameras these days, and yet many of them are still blurred and dull. Our guide is designed to help you pick a great one for taking great snaps.

Best cheap Android phones

If you're on a budget but are still after an Android phone, don't despair. We've done the legwork for you so take a look at our handy article.

Best cheap tablets

If you want a tablet but don't want to break the bank, don't fear -- there are plenty of great, reasonably priced options these days -- and we've rounded them up for you. 

Best digital cameras

If you're an enthusiastic amateur photographer, you can get a camera with professional features to help you take great snaps. We've picked out five of the best ones currently available with a range of features and prices.

Best earbud headphones

Earbud headphones, also sometimes known as in-ear headphones, help to block out background noise, but also improve bass response. If you're after a new shiny pair, you'll want to take a look.

Best ebook readers

Ebook readers use special E Ink displays that are much more comfortable than LCD screens for reading. They also have great battery life and run for weeks on a single charge. 

Best headphones

Are you looking for on-the-ear, over-the-ear or earbud headphones? It's extremely hard to find the right pair with so many different styles to choose from so we're here to help.

Best iPhone and iPad apps of 2013

With over a million apps on Apple's App Store, you may need some help choosing the best options. Have a look through our favourites from this year.

Best iPod and iPhone speaker docks

Here's our list of the best iPod and iPhone speaker docks, to help you find one with great sound quality to dock your iDevice in. 

Best laptops

Should you buy a thin, light laptop for life on the go, or would you prefer a desktop replacement laptop with a large screen? 

Best noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones are great for frequent flyers, and indeed, for anyone who wants to listen to music in other noisy environments, as they use electronic circuitry to cancel out background sounds. 

Best printers

Looking for a great printer? Here we've rounded up five of our favourite printers for work and home use, across a range of prices.

Best smart phones

With so many smart phones available, it's likely you'll need some buying advice. Should you get an Android, iPhone or Windows Phone? Take a look and see. 

Best soundbars

If you don't want to add a full surround-sound system to your TV, a great solution is a slim and compact soundbar. 

Best tablets

With so many new tablets appearing everywhere, it's almost impossible to choose one. Our roundup of the best ones available will hopefully help you in your quest.



Best touchscreen phones with keyboards

Phones with physical Qwerty keyboards are rare these days, but if you insist on using one, here's our guide to what's available.

Best TVs of 2013

Should you go for plasma, LED or LCD? Are you after smart TV features and 3D support? To help you find a great TV, we've rounded up the best across different prices and screen sizes.

Best wireless routers

It's often worth buying your own router as it is the piece of equipment that all your other devices connect to, in order to get online. Do you want faster speeds?

Best Windows 8.1 laptops

Take a look at our list of the best Windows 8.1 laptops and notebooks, including ultrabooks, desktop replacement laptops, and thin and light laptops.