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The Top 10 Most Popular Products of 2010

The most-read reviews of products released this year

In the past year PC Advisor has reviewed around 1,500 of the top technology products released in 2010. Roughly 15 million people viewed these reviews, choosing an interesting array as their most popular reviews of products released in 2010.

Here then, are the 10 most popular reviews of products released in 2010.

Number 10: Amazon Kindle 3

The third-generation Amazon Kindle is unlike any other e-book reader we've handled before: and that includes the also new this year Amazon Kindle DX (Graphite).

Leaving aside the obvious giveaways - smaller size, less wasted real estate around the edges, new button design, new colour - you only have to hold the Amazon Kindle 3 to realise that you are in new e-reader territory. The third-generation Kindle comes in two versions: the Kindle Wi-Fi retails for £109, and it costs £149 for a 3G and Wi-Fi version. This is the same as the 3G-only Amazon Kindle 2 cost previously, and is the first device launched specifically into the UK.

See also: E-book readers reviews

Number 9: Acer Aspire Z5610

With the updated £877 Aspire Z5610 all-in-one PC, Acer jumped into quad-core territory with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 CPU, dragging the now popular all-in-one PC format into the world of high-performance. There's also 4GB of DDR3 memory and a huge terabyte hard drive

But despite the improvements in an interesting product, input devices are just a few of the many improvements Acer could have made with its updated Aspire Z5610 all-in-one PC. The new machine's chief selling points are its quad-core processor and increased storage capacity. That's it. The former doesn't improve general benchmarks, while the latter is a great upgrade for the £120 price difference between the two systems. Ho hum.

See also: Budget PCs reviews

Number 8: Second-generation Apple TV

The second-generation Apple TV is a media streaming or synching device, unlike its storage-based predecessor.

The Apple TV was released four years ago, and even with an updated interface, added features, and price cuts, it was never what we'd call a success.

Previously a confusing and expensive device suitable only for fanboys and Apple completists, the Apple TV's hardware  has been much improved. Whether Apple TV becomes a mainstream success depends largely on the availability of content. But with the success of services such as BBC iPlayer, and the vastly reduced price of the hardware, the all-new Apple TV could be a late bloomer (even with the UK price being so much higher than in the US). It certainly gained popularity with our followers.

See also: Home entertainment reviews

Number 7: HP Mini 210

The HP Mini 210 is a 10in netbook with plenty of style. It looks and feels different to the netbook it replaces - the HP Mini 110 - but it still performs like a netbook - possibly the last great popular netbook.

With its asking price of £309, the HP Mini 210 is almost unbeatable, but it could use some more features. In particular, we'd like 802.11n Wi-Fi, an integrated 3G modem, and a USB Sleep-and-Charge-style port would be very useful for travellers. But as far as design and ease of use are concerned, the HP Mini 210 is excellent. It's a vast improvement over the Mini 110.

See also: Netbooks reviews

Number 6: Dell Inspiron 15-1564

Proving once more the enduring popular of inexpensive laptops, the new Dell Inspiron 15 is a 15.6in value for money all-purpose budget laptop. The Dell Inspiron 15-1564 we tested is based on Intel's "Arrandale" Core i3 processor, has a full-sized keyboard, good looks and overall performance.

The new Dell Inspiron 15 sports significant improvements over the older model, both in terms of look and feel and overall performance. It may not have every feature in the bag, but for a price tag of £398, we think it has a pretty good blend of style and performance at an attractive price point. Recommended for anyone who's shopping for an all-purpose home laptop on a tight budget.

See also: Budget laptops reviews

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