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Macworld Awards 2013
Now in its 18th Year, the Macworld Awards 2013 took place at The Royal Garden Hotel in London, on 20th June.
With over 250 guests the Macworld Awards recognised those brands and products who have made a significant contribution to our industry over the last year.
Of course, each of our twenty-one categories could only have one winner and despite the Judges' decisions swinging back and forth we can now reveal the full list of winners below.
Photos from the Macworld Awards 2013 can be found below under the gallery tab or to view the high res comprehensive collection please visit our flickr page. - click here to see more.
Macworld is your best source for all things Apple. Launched on the very same day in 1984 as the Macintosh itself Macworld is the leading voice on the Apple ecosystem, covering everything from the Mac and OS X to iPhones, iPads, and more. With unmatched perspective and definitive expertise, we help people who love Apple learn what's new, what's best, and what they need to know about the products they love.
This years Macworld Award winning products are as follows.
Please read our Top Products feature for details of the winners and runners up
Editors' Choice Award
Best Consumer Hardware (Sponsored by STM)
Winner: HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA, Highly Commended: Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera
- Just Mobile AluBase
- Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+
- Linksys Smart WiFi Router EA4500
- iTwin iTwin Connect
- Sony HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer
- Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera
- HyperDrive iUSBportCAMER
- TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Best Business Storage (Sponsored by Oki)
Winner: G-Technology G-DOCK ev, Highly Commended: LaCie 5-big Thunderbolt
- LacCie Rugged USB 3.0
- Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo
- Verbatim Store 'n' Go Executive
- Iomega StorCenter ix4-300d
- QNAP Turbo NAS TS-269L
- LaCie 5-big Thunderbolt
- Synology DiskStation DS213n
- Netgear ReadyNAS Duo v2
- G-Technology G-DOCK ev
- FirmTek miniSwap/U3
Best Consumer Storage (Sponsored by Parallels)
Winner: LaCie CloudBox, Highly Commended: Elgato Thunderbolt SSD
- Western Digital WD TV Live
- Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD
- Verbatim Store 'n' Go External SSD
- Seagate Slim Portable Drive
- LaCie CloudBox
- Freecom Mobile Drive Mg
- Elgato Thunderbolt SSD
Best Photo Printer
Winner:Canon Pixma MG6350, Highly Commended: Epson Expression Photo XP-750
- Epson Expression Photo XP-750
- Canon PIXMA MX925
- HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One
- Brother MFC-J4510DW
- Canon Pixma MG6350
- HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One
Publishing & Design Software of the Year (Sponsored by G-Technology)
Winner: Adobe Creative Cloud,Highly Commended: QuarkXpress 9.5
- QuarkXPress 9.5
- Adobe Edge Animate
- AmbientDesign ArtRage 4
- Extensis Portfolio Server 11
- Anthropics Portrait Professional Studio 11
- Adobe Creative Cloud
Best Professional Printer
Winner: Oki C321dn
- HP Officejet 150 Mobile
- Canon i-SENSYS MF4730
- Epson Expression Premium XP-800
- Xerox WorkCentre 3325
- HP Officejet Pro X551dw
- Oki C321dn
- Brother HL-3170CDW
- Kyocera FS-C5150DN
Best Creative Hardware (Sponsored by MacAce)
Winner: Wacom Cintiq 13HD
- NEC MultiSync EA244WMi
- Matrox DS1
- AOC I2757FH
- Samsung Series 9 S27B970D
- Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle
- Wacom Cintiq 13HD
- X-rite ColorMunki Smile
Camera of the Year
Winner: Nikon D5200, Highly Commended: Canon EOS M
- Nikon D5200
- Canon EOS M
- Sony SLT-A37
- Fujifilm X-Pro1
- Canon EOS 6D
- Olympus E-PL5
- Pentax K-5 II
- Nikon D7100
Best Consumer Software
Winner: Symantec Norton One, Highly Commended: MacPaw CleanMyMac 2.0.2
- Reallusion CrazyTalk 7
- Corel Painter Lite
- 1&1 MyWebsite Personal
- Adobe Premiere Elements 11
- MacPaw CleanMyMac 2.0.2
- Rosetta Stone TOTALe
- Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition
- Symantec Norton One
- Absolute Software LoJack for Laptops
- SecureMac PrivacyScan
Best Professional Software
Winner: Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, Highly Commended: MacAce MacMate
- Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
- Egnyte HybridCloud
- VMware Fusion 5
- MacAce MacMate
- Kerio Samepage
3D & Video Software of the Year
Winner: Maxon Cinema 4D Studio R14, Highly Commended: The Foundry MODO 701
- Avid Media Composer 6.5
- The Foundry MODO 701
- Autodesk Maya 2014
- Autodesk Inventor Fusion
- Maxon Cinema 4D Studio R14
- E-on Software Vue 11 Infinite
Winner: Klipsch Image X10i
- NOCS NS800 Monitors
- Parrot Zik
- Sennheiser Amperior
- KitSound Audio Earmuffs
- Jabra REVO Wireless
- Logitech UE 9000
- Klipsch Image X10i
- The House of Marley Buffalo Soldier
Winner: JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning, Highly Commended: Jabra SOLEMATE
- Edifier Spinnaker
- SuperTooth DISCO 2
- Libratone Zipp
- JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning
- Orbitsound M9 Soundbar
- Jabra SOLEMATE
- Bowers & Wilkins Z2
- Pioneer A3 XW SMA3-K
- X-Mini MAX Capsule Speakers
- Harman Kardon G+Play
iOS Accessory of the Year
Winner: Fitbit One, Highly Commended: Tech21 Impact Shield
- Artist Hardware Sensu Brush
- Blue Microphone Spark Digital
- Wacom Bamboo Stylus Pocket
- Fitbit One
- Tech21 Impact Shield
Best iOS Storage & Charging accessory of the Year
Winner: Mophie Juice Pack Air, Highly Recommended: Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet
- mophie juice pack air
- Just Mobile Gum Plus
- Seagate Wireless Plus
- HyperDrive HyperJuice 2
- Corsair Voyager Air
- Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet
iOS App of the Year
Winner: Quark DesignPad, Highly Commended: Autodesk Homestyler
- MeteoGroup WeatherPro
- Dropbox, Mailbox
- Boinx iStop Motion for iPad 2
- Simon Filip AfterLight
- Splashtop Splashtop 2
- BeesApps Beesy for iPad
- Readdle Documents
- Quark DesignPad
- Sonio Mobile iTranslate Voice
- Autodesk Homestyler
iOS Game of the Year
Winner: Chillingo Kumo Lumo
- BeamDog Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
- Semi Secret Software Hundreds
- Vlambeer Ridiculous Fishing
- Terry Cavanagh Super Hexagon
- Gameloft Iron Man 3
- Chillingo Kumo Lumo
Apple product of the year
Winner: iPad mini
- iPad mini
- 13in MacBook Retina
- iPhone 5
- Mountain Lion
Hardware product of the year
Winner: Canon EOS 650D
- Canon EOS 650D
- Nikon D7100
- Elgato Game Capture HD
- Kindle Fire
- LaCie Rugged USB
- Western Digital My Passport
- HP Photosmart
Software product of the year (Sponsored by HyperShop by Sanho Corporation)
Winner: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
- Pixelmator Team Pixelmator
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Parallels Desktop for Mac
- Adobe Lightroom
- Evernote Corportation Evernote
- AgileBits 1Password
Best Apple Reseller (Sponsored by JBL)
- AT Computers
- Currys PC World
- iStore (Albion)
- Solutions Inc
- Western Computer
- John Lewis
- MCC Group
Best Apple Distrubutor
Winner: Computer 2000
- Computer 2000
- Computers Unlimited
- CMS Distribution
- Frequency Telecom
- Ingram Micro
- TNS Distribution
- Gem Distribution
Grand Prix Award (Sponsored by Computer 2000)
Winner: LaCie CloudBox
Editor Choice Awards
Made up of 15 awards they are the most coveted accolades in our industry, the Macworld Awards truly recognises the very best our industry has to offer. Chosen by the Macworld editorial team, which consists of the UK's leading Apple journalists, each product is carefully reviewed and rated before being selected for nomination.
Readers' Choice Awards
We run four Readers' Choice Awards, a chance for some of the most tech-savvy and influential consumers in our sector to determine the product they rate the most. The final winners are then unveiled on the night of the Awards.
Industry Services Awards
New to this year's Awards, the Industry Services Awards will recognise the heros of the UK Apple industry, from the PR and marketing campaigns that grabbed our attention, to the distributors who made it possible for companies to get products out to market
Grand Prix Award
The Macworld Grand Prix Award is for the best product of the evening. For this award the Macworld team will take all the winners from this year's awards and pick the most groundbreaking, original and exciting product from the past 12 months
The Award categories and nominations are chosen by the Macworld editorial team, which consists
of the UK's leading Apple journalists, each product is carefully reviewed and rated before being
selected for nomination.
The Macworld Awards 2013 judges;
Karen Haslam – Macworld Editor
Macworld editor and news hound Karen Haslam has worked on both sides of the Apple divide, clocking up a number of years at Apple's PR agency prior to joining Macworld a decade ago.
Neil Bennett – Digital Arts Editor
Neil Bennett runs a magazine and website that keep the creative industries informed about what they need to know and use – which often means buying a lot of Mac-related hardware and software.
David Price – iPad User Editor
David Price is Macworld's resident iOS addict, and the editor of its sister magazine devoted to apps and accessories for the iPad and iPhone.
Simon Jary – Publisher, Macworld
Simon Jary has written an opinion column for every issue of Macworld since 1995, and was Editor In Chief from 1995-2005.
Cliff Joseph – contributor
Cliff Joseph is a former Editor of MacUser magazine, and has more than 20 years experience of the computer and technology industries.
Gavin Stoker – contributor
Gavin Stoker has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including Which Digital Camera. There is little about the subject Gavin doesn't know.
Duncan Evans – contributor
Previously the Editor of 3D Artist and Digital Photo User magazines, Duncan covers 3D visual effects, photography, and Photoshop. He is also a published author with 12 titles to his name.
Nick Spence – contributor
Nick Spence has over 10 years experience as a freelance writer across a range of publications and websites. A keen iPhoneographer, Nick also has an interest in art, design, photography and illustration.
Karl Hodge – contributor
Karl Hodge is a journalist and academic who has been writing about technology since 1996. His first Apple product was a Mac Plus. He's obsessed with creative computing and the empowerment it enables.
About the Sponsors
Computer 2000 is part of the worldwide Tech Data Corporation, one of the world's largest
distributors of technology products from leading hardware and software producers, operating
in over 100 countries. In the UK Computer 2000 is currently the largest trade-only distributor
of IT products.
Computer 2000 is a single point of purchase for resellers, providing access to a vast array of technology products from over 200 vendors. This includes networking devices; storage peripherals, consumer electronics and accessories. Effective logistics is key to ensuring customer satisfaction and repeat business. Partners can order as much or as little as they need to and when they need to – which helps manage costs and budget accordingly.
On the back of over 25 years of experience in the IT distribution industry Computer 2000 has built eden. This latest Apple shop is a place where all partners can come and take advantage of a competitive space where all requirements are met to the highest standard in an efficient manner.
The site covers the entire product range from the iPod touch and iPad to the Mac mini and iMac. You will find information, advice and an extensive range of accessories to complement your Apple purchases.
Key features of eden:
- Complete product range listing
- Configuration tools
- Real-time stock availability
- Online discounted freight charges
- Management and delivery tracking
- Product information, images and tech specs
- Customer specific and special bid pricing
- Back office tools e.g. credit services and returns
How to improve the daily grind in this world of objects? It is with this obsession in mind that we design all our products.
Today, design is unfortunately an exercise of style that is far removed from everyday's realities. The idea that we have of design is quite different...
For us the relation that exists between the object and its environment should be above all within a functional framework, the object serving man and not the opposite.
If beautiful has become the dictum for contemporary design, it is unfortunately too often used to the detriment of practicality. For us the object should be functional before being beautiful.
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Tactus represents much more than just a technology brand. Tactus first discovered the MagnaTuff,
his flagship product, whilst backpacking in Asia and found need of a mighty yet graceful shield
for his iPad. It was to be hard enough to bare the challenge, light enough not to slow him down,
and as useful as his calculator watch. With the launch of iPhone 5 Tactus made it his ultimate
mission to seek out the globes hidden gems of profunctional accessories. The world is exciting
to Tactus and he is discovering everything in it for the first time. Tactus likes nothing more
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At Kensington we understand the link between productivity and protection. This drives us to engineer security elements into all of our products and technology platforms. Businesses, organizations, professional users and consumers each value the assurance provided by our smart. safe. simple™ brand promise, we apply it to everything we design, manufacture, and market.
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The Joy Factory's product suite of iPad®, iPad mini®, iPhone®, smartphone and tablet patented and patent-pending specialty accessories allow consumers to stay active and engaged with their smart devices in their daily lives.
Designed to fit a variety of lifestyles and usage applications, The Joy Factory offers an array of smart phone and tablet accessories, including protective cases and portfolios, 360-degree rotating stands and versatile magnetic carbon fiber mounting systems along with award-winning charging solutions for real-life settings.
The Joy Factory's products are ergonomically engineered, made of exquisitely crafted materials and developed for ease of use.
Founded in Singapore, the technology hub of Asia, Xmi Pte Ltd is an innovation-driven company focused on bringing the very latest wave of multimedia products to the global market. As we enter a fast-paced digital age, the ability to foresee market trends and react dynamically to market changes becomes quintessential to the success of our business.
Xmi Pte Ltd's main objective is in creating multimedia devices that will precede major trends in lifestyle technology. With unique products of superior functionality, mass-market appeal and uncompromising quality, Xmi Pte Ltd aims to push the boundaries of technology to become a global brand synonymous with future innovations.
Xmi Pte Ltd currently has distribution networks in about 80 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia.
JBL, a worldwide authority in sound reproduction for over 60 years. JBL equipment has been setting - and continuously raising the audio standards in concert halls, recording studios and lounges worldwide, and is trusted by professionals and consumers alike. No other brand has more ways to engage your audio senses and entertain you, by using a fantastic mix of experience and the very latest technology. Amongst an extraordinary line up of products, JBL now produce a range of consumer goods that include the world's finest loudspeakers, headphones that place you in the centre professional grade audio, wireless products that allow you to take and listen to your music anywhere you desire and now includes the world's first audio docking products for the latest iPhones and iPads. For full details of all our class leading products please visit www.JBL.com
Trusted by the creative pros, G-Technology offers premium external storage solutions for professional content creation. Its complete storage portfolio delivers unmatched performance, reliability and style and features USB, Thunderbolt, FireWire, eSATA, mini-SAS, and Fibre Channel systems to support all levels of audio/video production. Engineered exclusively for those looking to push their creativity beyond the limits, G-Tech preserves, manages and stores the unwavering passion of creative professionals.
Parallels is a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 900 employees in North America, Europe and Asia. The company's suite of proven cross-platform solutions includes Parallels Management – Mac plug-in for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, the No. 1-selling solution for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsMac, and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParallelsDesktop.
Founded in 2002, Sanho designs, manufactures and markets IT accessories with a focus on Apple accessories, portable power and storage. Our product brands include:
Our products include:
- HyperJuice - External batteries for Apple MacBook, iPhone, iPad, iPod, USB products
- HyperDrive - Portable digital data storage products for Apple devices, digital cameras, memory cards
- HyperShield - Cases, stylus pens and other accessories for Apple devices
- HyperThin - World's thinnest most flexible HDMI cables
- HyperShop - Online store
Our industry leading products have won many top international accolades, rave media reviews and customers' affection. Our high performance products are distributed worldwide and can be found in all major cities and countries.
With sales and marketing office in Silicon Valley USA, production facility near Shanghai China and a R&D team across both countries, Sanho is committed to developing cutting edge products with a dedicated focus on performance, quality, value and service.
Founded in 1998 just outside Sydney Australia in the famous Bondi Beach suburb, our mission remains to come up with a more comfortable, secure and stylish means of transporting your laptop. Our design philosophy is guided by the concept of laptop protection while incorporating modern design that is not only fashionable but secure. STM uses only the highest quality materials and trims, including high-density padding and shock absorbing materials to protect your computer from external abuse. Each bag uses water-resistant fabrics, self-repairing zippers and Duraflex and YKK accessories for a worry free carry. We believe in making products that last a lifetime and try not to make a mess of things along the way. We don't use wasteful stuffing. We use minimal product packaging and take great pride in our ongoing "Born to Be Green" corporate sustainability programs. We value integrity and the friends we have made along the way. This extends to the way we work with our reseller network, our suppliers and end consumers and ultimately the decisions we make as a company.
MacAce are the UK's finest Mac-only ISP with a long-standing reputation for the very best internet services including hosting, ADSL, Fibre and Email. Established over 17 years ago, MacAce remain the UK's leader in customer service and satisfaction with its ardent determination to create and deliver the very best internet services for home and business. MacAce is mult-award-winning included last year's coveted "Best Overall ISP" in the Customer Choice category at the ISPA's. Last year MacAce expanded into the US market and is also the creator of MacMate - a kind of MobileMe replacement on steroids.
Computer Aid International is a UK-registered ICT for development charity which aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. Computer Aid collect IT equipment for distribution in hospitals, universities, schools and not-for-profit organisations in over 100 countries. Computer Aid provide only the best professionally-refurbished PCs and laptops which have been cleaned, data-wiped, tested and refurbished by a team of expert volunteers. They work on numerous initiatives to increase access to ICT among poor and disadvantaged communities, providing e-learning courses, training and environmental advocacy. For more information visit: http://www.computeraid.org/
Sponsoring the Awards
The Macworld Awards are a unique showcase and the perfect opportunity to demonstrate leadership to customers, resellers, distributors or peers. As a sponsor, you will benefit from the unparalleled brand and market exposure that comes from association with the industry's most coveted Awards.
At Macworld, we are aware that our advertising partners have very distinct marketing objectives and strategies. That is why we have created a range of packages to choose from. If you are looking for something completely different, we can also create tailor-made bespoke opportunities. We see sponsorship as a partnership and will work with you to ensure our Awards generate the results and exposure you are seeking.
Some of the benefits of sponsoring the Macworld Awards include:
- Participation in a four-month long promotional campaign
- Association with the industry's most prestigious awards ceremony
- Unprecedented levels of editorial coverage
- Unique promotional opportunities in the lead up, during and after the event: online and in print
- An unrivalled chance to network with the industry's leading figures
- Exceptional brand exposure throughout the marketing campaigns for the event
- As a sponsor, you will be an integral part of this exciting event