And the winners are...

The Windows Middle East Awards ceremony took place at Dubai’s prestigious Fairmont Hotel on October 2, the eve of Gitex. The Awards recognise the very best products that have been released in the region over the past 12 months, plus some outstanding contributions to the development of the IT community in the region

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By  Peter Branton Published  October 31, 2004

The Windows Awards 2004|~||~||~|When we looked back at the number and range of products that we’ve reviewed here at Windows Middle East, the region’s largest monthly IT magazine, we were truly staggered. Last month’s Top 100 products could easily have been doubled without selecting a single duff device amongst them. So imagine how we felt when our publisher said that it was time to choose the Windows Awards 2004... Difficult task though it is to choose those products that truly stand out from such a strong field, we didn’t duck the challenge. The Windows Awards are now an established part of the IT calendar, the traditional curtain raiser to the main event of Gitex, and this year was no exception. A capacity crowd descended on the plush Fairmont Hotel in Dubai to see the winners, the very best of the best, better than all the rest (or something like that). What does it take to win a Windows Award? A product needs to have excelled in its category, not just with a good review one month, but with proven success. Not that we only award products of course. As first and foremost a reviews magazine the bulk of these awards have indeed gone to hardware and software products but we also look at other contributions to the IT industry in the region. As in previous years we’ve looked at companies and individuals who in our opinion have really made a difference to the development of the IT industry here in the Middle East and who have really added value to the most crucial audience of all: you, the readers of Windows Middle East. When it came to selecting the award winners there was considerable disagreement among the Windows staff (which is the polite way of saying it) as to which products should be chosen. Did we go for the easy(ish) option and just hand out gongs to the top performers in our main product categories, components, desktops, digital imaging and so on? Look at key product segments and ignore the rest? In the end, we’ve gone for a mixture with awards for some staple Windows products (graphics cards, motherboards etc) sitting alongside a clutch of awards for product segments that have really been transformed (for instance, notebooks get several mentions). We’ve also introduced some new product categories, reflecting the fact that the consumer IT market is changing each year. There should be something for everyone in the Windows Awards: products that suit the home user as much as the businessman; the hardcore enthusiast as much as the beginner; and the budget conscious as much as the most lavish of users. The best the IT world can offer you is here. ||**||The Winners|~||~||~|Best graphics card XFX Geforce 6800 ultra Best motherboard MSI PT880 neo Best network device US Robotics USR 9016 Best optical drive LG x12 super multi drive Best storage device Maxtor Onetouch Best scanner Genius Colorpage hr8 Best Flash Storage device Genx usb 2.0 microdisk Best digital camera HP Photosmart r707 Best digital video camera Canon MVX10i Best projector Epson EMP TW-200 Best monitor: crt LG Flatron t7100bh Best monitor: LCD Samsung Syncmaster 152b Best software: SMB zfp-it e-filing Best software: Security Norton Internet Security Suite 2004 Best software Adobe Creative Suite Premium Best printer: laser HP Colour LaserJet 3500 Best printer: inkjet Canon i905d Best printer: photo Epson rx600 Best mfd: laser Samsung scx-4100 Best mfd: inkjet HP psc 2510 Best handheld: pda Asus mypal a716 Best smartphone i-mate smartphone 2 Best small form factor Shuttle ST61G4 Best desktop replacement HP Pavilion zd7050ea Best notebook: portable Acer Travelmate 291lmi Best dr: enterprise Dell Latitude d800 Best desktop: home Everex CEPC Best desktop: business HP Compaq dx2000 Best desktop: enterprise Dell Dimension 4600 Best server HP Proliant ml370 Best customer support Acer Collect, Repair & Return Best regional initiative Microsoft partners in learning IT business manager Hazem Bazan, solutions partner manager HP Middle East IT company of the year HP Middle East||**||

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