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Windows Middle East Awards praises ‘best of the best’

The region’s biggest-selling monthly computing magazine, ITP’s ‘Windows Middle East’, held its prestigious annual awards ceremony last week to recognise the very best IT and consumer electronics releases of the past twelve months.

The region’s biggest-selling monthly computing magazine, ITP’s ‘Windows Middle East’, held its prestigious annual awards ceremony last week to recognise the very best IT and consumer electronics releases of the past twelve months.

The annual gathering saw over a hundred vendors and product specialists from across the region help the Windows team celebrate the hottest kit and customer service available.

The ceremony itself was held at Dubai World Trade Centre in ITP Business’ exclusive VIP area, with guests treated to unmissable networking opportunities and, of course, the chance to pick up one or more of 26 Windows gongs.

The ceremony’s award categories were divided into three sections in all: consumer winners, reader voted prizes and SMB-focused awards.

The biggest winner on the day was the region’s key IT powerhouse at present, HP Middle East, which bagged five gongs. This included HP PSG’s regional boss, Anil Gandhi, winning IT Businessperson of the Year.

Other key winners included Toshiba, which won the Best Consumer Notebook prize, Apple, which bagged both runner up and winner awards in the Mobile Multimedia Device category, and OKI with its Best Business Printer win.

Last but by no means least, the winner of this year’s brand new category – Editor’s Choice ‘Product of the Year’ – was Intel’s high-performance component whiz-kid, the Core 2 Duo processor.

“The Windows editorial team reviews in excess of 400 brand new products each year, so this ‘best of the best’ event really is crucial in really separating the wheat from the chaff,” said ITP Business’ managing director, Walid Akawi. “Our wholehearted congratulations go to all this year’s winners.”

Check out the full list of 26 Windows Award winners below:

CONSUMER AWARDS

Best Graphics Card
Winner – XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M XXX Edition
Highly Commended – Connect 3D X1900 GT

Best Networking Device
Winner – US Robotics US Robotics MaxG range
Highly Commended – Linksys Wireless-N range

Best storage product
Winner – Western Digital Digital Raptor X hard drive
Highly Commended – SanDisk Cruzer Titanium flash disk

Best PC accessory
Winner – Genius Laser Navigator 535
Highly Commended – Creative Live Motion webcam

Best Motherboard
Winner – Asus M2-Crosshair
Highly Commended – Foxconn 975X7AA

Best LCD monitor
Winner – LG Flatron L1717S
Highly Commended – BenQ FP93GX

Best Digital Camera
Winner – Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850
Highly Commended – Canon Digital Ixus 55

Best Consumer PC
Winner – Sky Electronics Expression Xtreme2 Gaming PC
Highly Commended – Shuttle SD36G5

READER VOTED AWARDS

Best PC Game
Winner – FIFA World Cup 2006
Highly Commended – Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Best Mobile Multimedia Device
Winner – Apple iPod Video
Highly Commended – Apple iPod Nano

Best Security Software
Winner – Norton Anti-Virus 2006
Highly Commended – McAfee Virus Scan 2006

Best Consumer Notebook
Winner – Toshiba Qosmio
Highly Commended – Dell XPS M Series

Best Photo Printer
Winner – HP Photosmart
Highly Commended – Canon Pixma

Best Consumer Multifunction Device
Winner – HP Photosmart
Highly Commended – Canon Pixma

Best Retail Store
Winner – Carrefour
Highly Commended – Plug-Ins Electronics

Best Customer Support
Winner – HP Middle East
Highly Commended – Dell

SMB AWARDS

Best Business Software
Winner – Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2
Highly Commended – Touchmate Passport & Visa Control 6.1

Best Business Handheld
Winner – Samsung i320
Highly Commended – i-mate JasJam

Best Digital Projector
Winner – Viewsonic PJ406D
Highly Commended – BenQ PE7700

Best Business Workstation
Winner – HP Compaq 5000 series
Highly Commended – DTK Cruiser 600

Best Business MFD
Winner – Brother MFC-9420CN
Highly Commended – Epson CX11NF

Best Business Printer
Winner – OKI C5900DN
Highly Commended – Brother HL-2040

Best Small Business Server
Winner - Dell PowerEdge 1800
Highly Commended - Sky Expression VBST

Best Business Notebook
Winner - FSC Lifebook P7120
Highly Commended - Toshiba Tecra A8

IT Business Person of the Year
Winner - Anil Gandhi, general manager, Personal Systems Group, HP Middle East

EDITOR'S CHOICE: PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Intel: Core 2 Duo processor family.

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