The Best Gadgets (So Far)

The year's half over and winter is upon us. That can only mean one thing: it's time for the young among us to sit in a dark room and stare at a backlit screen for 18-20 hours a day (and for the rest of us to be jealous of them). Here's the newest batch of Bestmodo gadgets.

For the full list of Gizmodo favourites, head over to the complete Best Gadgets.

In

Best Ebook Reader The Nook Simple Touch is a generation ahead of the Kindle, and it shows.

Best Value Laptop Good design, comfortable typing and a great sound system make the HP Pavilion G6x the best budget laptop out there.

Best Gaming Laptop Pretty much the diametric opposite of a budget laptop, the Alienware M17x (2011) is a monster. Its massive benchmarks are made more ridiculous by five hours of battery life - an eternity for gaming laptops.

Best All-in-One Home Entertainment The home theatre doesn't have to be a patchwork affair of gear you put together one layaway at a time. The LG LHB976 all-in-one does a downright enviable job, with solid speakers, a great user interface and an iPod dock.

Best Networked Storage Alternative The QNAP TS-259 has great throughput speed, an excellent web interface, Apple's Time Machine, and a host of other features.

Best PC Case The Silverstone Temjin TJ11 is 9 inches wide by 25 inches high and 25 inches deep. It's massive and expensive and absolutely a preposterous thing to own. But it has amazing built quality, thermal control and moddability.

Out:

Best eBook Reader: Good run, Amazon Kindle 3. You just got outgunned.

*Note, this is not a complete list - just the change log. Our full list of The Greatest Gadgets is right here.

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