Tom's Hardware's Reader's Choice Awards 2013

In 2013 Tom's Hardware reviewed several hundred products. We take a lot of pride in how conservative we are with award recognition, but we still managed to hand out 45 honors. Of those, only eight achieved Tom's Hardware Elite status; the rest received a Smart Buy or Tom's Hardware Approved award.
 
That was our opinion. Now it's time to register yours.
 
We're kicking off our first ever Tom's Hardware Reader’s Choice Awards, selected by you, our most vocal fans, biggest critics, and loyal readers, all. We want you to help us recognize the best of the best.


 
We acknowledge that, in the course of a year, much changes. Still, most of these products are still relevant. We also realize that we’re leaving out an entire month's worth of potentially exceptional hardware. December 2013 will count toward our 2014 awards.
 

You can vote for any five products by visiting this page. Choose within categories, across categories, across award types, however you want to do it. Start voting now, and we'll close voting officially on December 16 at 12:01 AM EST. We'll reveal your collective five winners that following week.
 

For those of you in the U.S. who vote, you'll be entered into a sweepstakes. We'll pick 22 winners. The list of prizes is huge, and includes a complete Bolt system from Digital Storm; two very nice Lenovo ThinkPads, provided by Newegg; a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera, also from Newegg; an HP Chromebook from Newegg; a Nexus 7 tablet from Newegg; ASRock Z87-based motherboards; SanDisk 256 GB SSDs; Thermaltake keyboards, mice, and headsets; Cooler Master cases and power supplies; and Patriot mobile rechargeable batteries. A huge thanks to the companies who pitched in to make voting a little more exciting.

If you’re outside the country, we’d still love to hear your opinion; we just can’t ship off the bounty. Since this is a question that comes up frequently, we wanted to explain. As you know, we limit our giveaways to residents of the U.S., excluding Rhode Island, who are 18 years of age or older, even though we have a massive international audience that we value very much. However, officially, this is the Tom's Hardware U.S. website. Every government jurisdiction has its own rules for giveaways (contests and sweepstakes). These rules relate to such things as the responsibilities of contest sponsors including special fees that must be paid by them (hence, Rhode Island); whether giveaways are allowed at all; who can enter (relating to factors like age); and how we report prize values for tax purposes, including the required forms we must use. Every country and every state, province and local jurisdiction in every country has different rules. Rules in the U.S. are fairly uniform across government entities. We do not have the resources to assure that our contests and sweepstakes comply with giveaway rules in every jurisdiction, though, which is why those limitations are in place.

Back to the story. In the following pages, we list every award with a link to the round-up or review it appeared in, the author, the actual award classification, and a statement summarizing why we gave each product the award. Each page is organized alphabetically. We’re breaking this article up into a few categories, with a couple of catch-alls at the end. We hope it helps jog your memory before, or while you're voting. We also list all of the winners in this summary set of pages:
 
For those counting at home, we gave out seven awards in the storage/memory category, one for Wi-Fi, one eBook Reader, two Web Browsers, five Monitor/Displays, four Graphics Cards or GPUs, one Mouse, two Keyboards, 13 Motherboards, seven Coolers, and two Cases.

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  • Conrad925
    On the ballot/entry form, the PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition is listed twice.
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  • lunyone
    "On the ballot/entry form, the PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition is listed twice."

    Sooo your supposed to vote twice, right? Lol! I noticed that too. I guess when copy/pasting that it got pasted twice :)
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  • rolli59
    Lol It was a great Card on release so definitely a winner. You guys don't get the hint?
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  • zichus
    Don't get it - outside US residents should vote or will the answer discarded anyways? I just want to vote, but if its useless then why bother?

    7. I am a legal resident of the USA (excluding RI) and 18 years of age or older. *This question is required.
    Yes
    No, Your Entry Will Be Discarded
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  • Mike Friesen
    This is good.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    You kinda excluded the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2... If I have some spare cash for myself this year I'm getting it as a Christmas present To Me, Love Me. :-)
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  • ubercake
    Another article by which the Tom's models could enhance the look and feel of the hunks of plastic and metal.
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  • Cryio
    I can't wait 'till the next Browser Grand Prix. Let's see what damage does IE11 do against Opera 18, Firefox's crumbling engine and Chrome's staleness
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  • Avro Arrow
    As is usual, sweepstakes for Americans only. I guess the rest of us just don't count as far as tomsharware is concerned. I haven't seen a single contest that included anyone outside the USA the whole time I've been here.
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  • ubercake
    Anonymous said:
    As is usual, sweepstakes for Americans only. I guess the rest of us just don't count as far as tomsharware is concerned. I haven't seen a single contest that included anyone outside the USA the whole time I've been here.


    Hooray for Canadians!
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/virgin-mobile-nexus-5-canada-sweepstakes,25240.html

    I'm sure there are legal and tax restrictions for these things.
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  • SessouXFX
    Does Tom's need a good editor? Calling the Corsair 900D a 800D, should be a punishable offense. Maybe being forced to cook one's food over AMD's R9 290X for a month would suffice?
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  • ssalim
    Why is voting only limited to US residents? That's stupid imo.
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  • lothdk
    On page 7, is there a typo for Corsair Obsidian?
    You write 800D but do you actually mean 900D?
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  • Sid Jeong
    They STILL recommend gtx 770? Just why?
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  • bemused_fred
    Anonymous said:
    I can't wait 'till the next Browser Grand Prix. Let's see what damage does IE11 do against Opera 18, Firefox's crumbling engine and Chrome's staleness


    Ballmer, have you nothing better to do with your retirement?
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  • FritzEiv
    <"On the ballot/entry form, the PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition is listed twice.">
    Fixed. Thank you for catching this.

    <"On page 7, is there a typo for Corsair Obsidian? You write 800D but do you actually mean 900D?"> Thanks for that catch, too. Fixed on the context and in the article.

    re: U.S. only. We spell out why in the article, page 1. We regret this too, but we don't have much choice legally. However, we have modified the form to explain that non-U.S. residents can still vote . . . we just can't enter you into the contest.
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  • Stevemeister
    "Why is voting only limited to US residents? That's stupid imo".

    Voting is not limited to US residents - just the prize awards . . . for ZIP code use 90210 if you are outside the US because as usual the ZIP code field is only set up to accept US Zip codes
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  • ipwn3r456
    Uhh, no tablets, smartphones, and laptops?
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  • Free2play_noobs
    one question, Why Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 in not on the list ?:s
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  • Niko_boy
    7870 and GTX 770
    Firefox!
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