The Best Of The Best Is Here
HWM Singapore|April 2019

Out of the brutal gauntlet that is the HWM and HardwareZone.com testing labs, only the worthy are bestowed with the coveted Editor's Choice. Herein lies the best products and innovations of 2018.

Team HWM

BEST COLOR OFFICE PRINTER

EPSON WORKFORCE PRO WF-C5790

After days of testing, we believe that the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790, a color inkjet printer, is the best sub-$600 printer to get for office use. The WF-C5790 uses Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS), which basically consists of four packets of ink (the usual cyan, magenta, yellow, and black colors) capable of printing up to 3,000 pages in black-and-white and 3,000 pages in color.

At 24ipm, the WF-C5790 prints fast too. In fact, it prints faster than both the Brother MFC-L3770CDW and HP LaserJet Pro M281fdw in both simplex and duplex modes.

Print quality-wise, the WF-C5790 will also give laser printers a run for their money. We found both printed documents and photos to look sharp and vibrant, with gradations well handled.

NOMINEES

Brother MFC-L3770CDW • Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 • HP Color LaserJet Pro M281fdw

BEST MESH NETWORKING SYSTEM

D- LINK COVR 2202

The D-Link Covr-2202 easily takes this category thanks to its great performance, ease of use, and overall feature set. Performance was outstanding across all of our tests, whether as a single unit or in a mesh network. Its speeds were higher and also more consistent across all tested ranges when compared to its rivals. And since the nodes are paired right out of the box, setup was a breeze. Although it doesn't have the rich features of some of its rivals, it checks the basics such as guest networking and parental controls more comprehensively.

NOMINEES

D-Link Covr-2202 • Netgear Orbi RBK20 • TP-Link Deco M9 Plus

BEST SOLID STATE DRIVE

WD BLACK NVME SSD

The acquisition of SanDisk has turned Western Digital into a fiash storage powerhouse. Despite utilizing slower TLC memory, the WD Black NVMe SSD turned in a very commendable performance in our tests. Not only is it fast, Western Digital also offers a 5-year long warranty, which matches any other high-end SSD in the market. And that's not all, the drive even comes with a handy drive monitoring utility and a copy of Acronis True Image that makes it easy for users to clone their drives and backup their systems. It may not be the outright speed champ, but it's as fast as Samsung most of the time and is far more affordable, making it a great all-around choice for most people looking to upgrade to a high performance SSD drive that doesn't hurt the wallet.

NOMINEES

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro • Samsung SSD 970 Pro • WD Black NVMe SSD

BEST DESKTOP CPU

INTEL CORE I9 - 9900K

The Intel Core i9-9900K is a potent answer to the Ryzen 7 2700X. While AMD's processor may still offer better value for money, Intel's chip comes ahead on sheer performance alone. In addition to better-multithreaded performance than the Ryzen 7 2700X, it also boasts stronger gaming performance, effectively giving consumers the best of both worlds. In other words, it has what it takes to appeal to both serious gamers and content creators. Gamers in particular will appreciate the Core i9-9900K's ability to boost up to 5.0GHz for a single core, especially since games still tend to be more sensitive to clock speeds. The chip also uses solder TIM this time around, which is more efficient compared to previous Coffee Lake CPUs.

NOMINEES

AMD Ryzen 2700X • Intel Core i9-9900K

BEST GAMING GRAPHICS CARD

ASUS ROG STRIX GEFORCE RTX 2080 TI GAMING OC

This was a hard choice, but the ASUS card ultimately inched ahead because of its performance in areas that really matter, such as cooling. Its excellent thermal performance was miles ahead of the competition. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z may have had higher factory overclocks, but the performance differential between the two cards was rather minuscule. At the end of the day, the ASUS offers a selection of features that is more useful to a wider audience, such as fan profile BIOS switch and additional RGB and fan headers.

NOMINEES

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti • GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z • Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GamingPro OC • Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme Core

BEST MOTHERBOARD

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme just screams quality. From its tank-like construction to its beefy, finned VRM heatsinks, the board just feels like an excellent product that's armed to the teeth with useful features. There are thoughtful inclusions like the front USB connector that supports fast charging, in addition to a convenient one-touch OC button and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The plethora of fan headers and temperature and fiow sensors also means that you have plenty of tools to get a custom liquid-cooling setup going, which will pair nicely with the board's strong overclocking capabilities. It also has additional power connectors for both the CPU and graphics cards to better support high overclocks.

NOMINEES

ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate • ASUS ROG Maximus XI Extreme • Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme • MSI MEG Z390 Godlike

BEST MONO OFFICE PRINTER

CANON IMAGECLASS MF269DW

The Canon imageCLASS MF269dw is a very fast mono laser printer with a print speed of up to 28ppm. It also has a 50-sheet duplex auto document feeder (ADF) that we like a lot because it supports automatic duplex scanning.

The operation panel, which has both an LCD screen and tactile buttons, can be tilted so users can adjust the angle to have a better view of the controls. We also like that we can create a shortcut key for favorite scan settings, like save destination and file type. Scans can also be sent over email or saved to a shared folder for easy retrieval later.

NOMINEES

Canon imageCLASS MF269dw • Epson EcoTank M2140

BEST ULTRAPORTABLE NOTEBOOK

HP SPECTRE X360

fi After poring over performance charts, comparing dimensions and weights, a winner emerged and that was the HP Spectre X360.

It has a bold and edgy design with angled sides and gold accents, and it is one of the notebooks to come with both USB-C Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 USB-A ports. It even has a microSD card slot to help transfer data out of phone/camera memory cards. It doesn’t end there. Some interesting features that it has include a built-in screen privacy filter that can be activated with a single press of a button, and a kill-switch for the web camera that gives users a peace of mind. Battery life is also very respectable - especially if you consider that this is a convertible notebook that really feels like a regular ultrabook in terms of portability.

NOMINEES

Acer Swift 5 • ASUS ZenBook S UX391 • Dell XPS 13 • HP Spectre X360 • Lenovo Yoga C930 • LG gram 13 • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 • Razer Blade Stealth

BEST AIO HOME PRINTER

BROTHER MFC - T910DW

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