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In these recessionary times, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s fun to dream of having the best of everything, makes for a nice diversion from contemplating how youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be retiring on cat food. So letÃ¯Â¿Â½s indulge. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley with the Top 5: CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s Highest Rated. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½re going to count up the 5 biggest categories in tech and reveal the 1 best rated product in each one. This is the ultimate list. The #5 category *statistically* would be either a game console or a desktop, but both are sort of uninteresting hardware these days, so IÃ¯Â¿Â½m promoting Connected Cars into their slot and the highest rated car from CNET is the Audi A6 Premium Plus 3.0. It has an integrated 3G internet connection and baked-in Google services, including live search and photo-realistic maps. Add in their excellent MMI interface, great media source options and maybe the smoothest drivetrain in a car under 200 grand and you have a winner. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s also our most expensive product in the list at $55 grand. #4 most sought product is a tablet and the #1 in that category is the iPad 2. Many have tried to bump it off, many have failed. In 2011 Apple made fools of RIM, HP and Motorola as they all came along with their tablets that were different, not better, and didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t sell until they cut the prices to below cost. The iPad is an object lesson in selling tech with behavior, not specs. Add in the widest array of apps, accessories and the fact that this device was a nail in the coffin of mobile Flash, and you have a no-brainer if you have the scratch: $499-$829. #3 hottest category is laptops and our highest rated product there is the Samsung 7. This is a great example of the kind of machine that would have cost well over 2 grand not long ago: Thin, light, powerful, long battery life, as pretty as a tax refund but doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t require all of it: About $1,300 as reviewed. It basically the Windows worldÃ¯Â¿Â½s MacBook Pro. #2 most sought categeory is flat panel TV and our highest rated is the Samsung D8000. Any reviews that starts with Ã¯Â¿Â½most accurate color of any TV weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve ever reviewedÃ¯Â¿Â½ is talkin about a winner. To find gripes we had to dig for stuff like Ã¯Â¿Â½cannot produce proper 1080p/24 cadenceÃ¯Â¿Â½. I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t even know what that is. It has outstanding 3D, which is somewhat an oxymoron, a huge apps and streaming media platform and maybe the coolest looking base in the TV biz right now, because, cÃ¯Â¿Â½mon, really great tech looks good even when its turned off! YouÃ¯Â¿Â½ll pay about $1,800 for a 51Ã¯Â¿Â½. #1 most wanted tech product is, of course, a smarthone. Our #1 rated is not the iPhone 4S or the Galaxy S II -- they both tied for 2nd. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Droid Razr. What is it about small and thin that wins people over, era after era? This phone is absurdly slight, lighter than one of those puffed rice cakes, has kevlar on one side and is water proofed on the inside! Most important itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a brawny performer, and has a screen that will make you sell your TV. But it costs the same as all the other smartphones out there, $200 on Verizon. ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s it for this week, for more Top 5s like this one head on over top top5.cnet.com