IT Pro's Top Products of 2013

We roundup the best smartphones, tablets, laptops servers and software.

As Christmas 2013 arrives, we take a look at the best products of the year from tablets and smartphones to laptops and servers.

With wearable technology in its infancy and set to break out in 2014, most products on the list will be familiar. However, there were some innovative launches. We'll start off by taking a look at the products which don't quite fit into our our other categories.

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BT MeetMe with Dolby Voice

An honourable mention goes out to BT's conference calling system, which aims to bring the standard of calls into the 21st century. Not only does this provide businesses with the ability to carry out HD phone calls over Wi-Fi, but BT is claiming that having high quality voice calls can save businesses money in the long-run. The telecoms provider has stated it saved 683 million last year by using its system as opposed to face-to-face meetings.

Verdict: We've only had limited hands-on time with this product so far, but if it lives up to expectations, BT and Dolby are onto a winner.

HP Officejet 150

The best multi-function printer we've reviewed in 2013 - the Officejet 150 allows users to print, scan and photocopy and costs 200 - the same price as single-function printers.

Verdict: 5 stars + Innovation award

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Intel NUC 4th Gen

Small-form factor PCs are becoming common in a world where desk space is at a premium and hot-desking is on the rise. Intel's pint-sized powerful has the same Haswell Core i5 processor you'll find in high-power Ultrabooks and includes USB 3 ports aplenty as well as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and SSD storage.

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The small-form-factor PC is versatile and able to perform a raft of functions from being a desktop replacement to power kiosks and POS terminals.

Verdict: 4 stars

LiveScribe 3 Smartpen

The latest addition of the smartpen is able to sync notes with iOS devices in real-time and includes fast and effect character recognition technology. This is a valuable tool if you prefer taking handwritten notes in meeting as opposed to using a laptop.

Verdict: 5 stars + Recommended award


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