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We asked for your choices for the top hardware and software of the past year. You told us your favorites. And now we have a list of finalists for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which we’ll hand out alongside the 22nd annual Editors’ Choice Awards in our February 2007 issue. (We’ll also announce the winners at in December.)

So without further ado, here are the finalists for our two Readers’ Choice Awards.

Hardware of the Year

  • 24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo: Released in September, this iMac runs on a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo chip and features a 24-inch widescreen display with 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution and 30 percent more screen real estate than its 20-inch counterpart. More important, when fitted with a build-to-order 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo processor, the 24-inch iMac closed the performance gap with the high-end Mac Pro.
  • ATI Radeon 1900XT: Available as a $250 upgrade option for the Mac Pro, this graphics card improves the performance of applications that use OpenGL graphics; its two dual-link DVI connections let you drive two 30-inch Cinema HD Displays at once.
  • Mac Book: Apple replaced its entire iBook line and its 12-inch PowerBook G4 with this 13-inch laptop. The MacBook incorporates many of the upgrades introduced in the MacBook Pro, turning in impressive performance for an entry-level portable. Speaking of the MacBook Pro…
  • MacBook Pro: This portable helped usher in the Intel era when it was introduced in January. Looking much like its PowerBook predecessor, the MacBook Pro offered reassuring continuity for long-time Mac laptop users, while also introducing the Core Duo (and later, Core 2 Duo ) processor.
  • Mac Pro: This desktop marked the completion of Apple’s Intel transition when it debuted in August. It also pushed Apple hardware past the 3GHz mark with a build-to-order option.
  • Nike + iPod Sport Kit: In a fairly modest year for iPod innovations, one of the most welcome additions was this iPod nano-compatible exercise-focused accelerometer created from a partnership between Nike and Apple.

Software of the Year

So those are the nominees. Again, we’ll announce the winners as part of our Eddy Awards celebration in December at and in our February 2007 print issue.

Good luck to the nominees, and thanks for participating in our awards.

Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards is now complete.

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