The KitGuru Reader Awards are all about the products that YOU decide are the best available in 2016. We thank you for the hundreds of nominations we received early in October. The most popular options in each category have now been compiled into a final list and we encourage you to get voting!

Voting starts today and will close on 13th November, with the winners being announced on 21st November.

Votes will also count toward the European Hardware Community Awards – so as well as choosing your winners for KitGuru, you will also be influencing the results across the continent.

You can vote in just one category – or all of them – it’s entirely up to you.

We really want to hear from you, so please click below and get voting – it takes less than 5 minutes!

At the end of the survey, you can choose to enter a prize draw to win an AMAZON ECHO (bought and paid for by KitGuru). You don’t have to enter if you don’t want to, but if you want to – then just leave your details in the final text box within the survey. Entries must be received before 13th November. All decisions made by KitGuru staff are final.


Here are the nominees that YOU chose for this year’s awards…

Best CPU

Intel Core i5 6600K

Intel Core i7 6700K

Intel Core i7 6950X

Best ATX Motherboard

ASRock Z170 Extreme4

ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger

Gigabyte Z170X-UD3

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon

Best Micro ATX Motherboard

ASRock Z170M Extreme4

ASUS Maximus VIII Gene

Gigabyte Z170M-D3H

MSI Z170M Mortar

Best Mini ITX Motherboard

ASRock X99E-ITX/ac

ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming

Gigabyte B150N Phoenix-WiFi

MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC

Best Memory Module Series

Corsair Vengeance LPX

Crucial Ballistix Sport

G.Skill Trident Z

Kingston HyperX Fury

Best GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

AMD Radeon RX480

Best AMD Based Graphics Card

ASUS Radeon RX 480 Strix OC 8GB

MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8GB

PowerColor Radeon RX 480 Red Devil

Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ OC 8GB

XFX Radeon RX 480 GTR 8GB

Best Nvidia Based Graphics Card

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix OC 8GB

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix GLH 8GB

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB

Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme

Best Monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2515H

Iiyama ProLite XB2483HSU

LG 38UC99

Philips BDM4065UC

Samsung U28E590D

Best Gaming Monitor

Acer Predator X34

AOC Agon AG271QG

ASUS RoG Swift PG348Q

BenQ XL2411Z

Dell S2716DG

Eizo Foris FS2735

Iiyama G-Master GB2488HSU-B2

Samsung C24FG70FQ

Best Professional Monitor

ASUS ProArt PA329Q

BenQ PV3200PT

Dell UltraSharp P2715Q

Eizo CG318-4K

NEC MultiSync PA322UHD-SV2

Philips BDM3275UP

Best CPU Cooler (Air)

Arctic Freezer i32

Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Cryorig R1 Ultimate

Noctua NH-D15

Scythe Fuma

Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT

Thermaltake Riing Silent

Best CPU Cooler (Water)

Be quiet! Silent Loop 280

Cooler Master Seidon 120V

Corsair Hydro H110i V2

EK Waterblocks EX-XLC Predator 240

Enermax Liqmax II 240

NZXT Kraken X61

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB

Best Case Fan Series

Be quiet! Silent Wings 3

Corsair ML Pro

Enermax D.F. Pressure

Fractal Design Dynamic

Noctua NF

Noiseblocker NB-eLoop

Thermaltake Riing

Best Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14

WD Red

Best SSD

Crucial MX300

Intel SSD 600p

OCZ Trion 150

Samsung 950 Pro

Sandisk Ultra II

Best NAS Device

Asustor AS6208T

Qnap Turbo Station TS-253A

Synology DS416

WD My Cloud EX4100

Best External Storage

Samsung Portable SSD T3

WD My Passport Ultra

Best ATX Case

Be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5

Corsair Obsidian 750D

Fractal Design Define R5

In Win 909

NZXT Source S340

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass

Thermaltake Core P5

Best Micro ATX Case

Bitfenix Phenom M

Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3

Corsair Carbide Air 240

Fractal Design Define Mini

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv

Thermaltake Core V21

Best ITX Case

Bitfenix Prodigy

Cooler Master EIite 130

Corsair 250D

Fractal Design Define Nano S

In Win Chopin

NZXT Manta

SilverStone SST-RVZ02B

Thermaltake Core v1

Best PSU Series

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11

Cooler Master V Series

Corsair RMx

Enermax Platimax D.F.

EVGA Supernova G2

Seasonic Prime Titanium

Super Flower Leadex Platinum

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB

Best Mouse


Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L

Corsair M65 RGB

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Razer Deathadder Chroma

Roccat Kone XTD

Steelseries Rival 300

Tt eSPORTS Ventus X

Best Keyboard

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L RGB

Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB

Ducky Shine 5

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Razer Blackwidow Chroma

Roccat Skeltr

Steelseries Apex M800

TT eSports Poseidon Z RGB

Best Headset

ASUS Strix 7.1

Beyerdynamic MMX300

Cooler Master MasterPulse over-ear

Corsair Void Wireless

HyperX Cloud II

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum

Razer Kraken 7.1

Sennheiser G4me Zero

Steelseries Siberia 840

Tt eSPORTS Shock

Best Router


AVM FRITZ!Box 7490

Linksys WRT1900ACS

Netgear Nighthawk R7000

Synology RT1900ac

TP-Link Archer C3200

Best Sound Card

ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR

Best Speakers

Edifier R1280T

Logitech Z906

Best VR Product

HTC Vive

Oculus Rift

Playstation VR

Best Mini-PC Series


Gigabyte Brix

Intel NUC

MSI Cubi

Shuttle XPC Nano

Zotac Zbox Magnus

Best Notebook

Apple MacBook Pro 15

Asus Zenbook UX305A

Dell XPS 13

HP Envy X360


Best 2-in-1 Tablet/Notebook

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

HP Spectre X360

Lenovo Yoga 700

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Best Gaming Notebook

Alienware 17


HP Omen 15


Razer Blade

Best Tablet

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

ASUS Zenpad 3S 10

Nvidia Shield K1

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Best Smartphone

Apple iPhone 7

Huawei P9


Microsoft Lumia 950XL

OnePlus 3

Samsung Galaxy S7

Best Wearable

Apple Watch

Huawei Watch

Motorola Moto 360

Pebble Time Steel

Samsung Gear S2

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Best Smart Home Product

Amazon Echo

Nest Learning Thermostat V3

Philips Hue

Best Overclocking Product

ASRock Z170M OC Formula

ASUS Rampage V Edition 10

G.Skill Trident Z DDR4

GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Hall of Fame

Gigabyte Z170X-SOC Force LN2

Intel Core i7 6700K

Best New Technology



Virtual Reality

Best Product Overall

AMD Radeon RX 480

Apple iPhone 7

HTC Vive

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

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