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CRN's 2019 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach

CRN editors looked at the best new products and major updates of 2019 and then turned to solution providers to choose the winners based on technology, revenue and profit opportunities, and customer demand.




Microsoft brought several key enhancements to the second-generation model of its Surface Studio, an all-in-one targeted at creative professionals such as artists and designers. The Surface Studio 2 moves up to next-generation Nvidia Pascal graphics, a brighter display at 500 nits and up to 2 TB worth of solid-state storage. The second-generation model keeps the 28-inch touch screen and adjustable display positioning of the original model. Adjusting the display all the way downward allows users to work in a drawing board mode, and the display is specially designed to allow leaning into it while working without doing any damage.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Apple iMac 2019

With this year’s performance-focused update, Apple’s 27-inch iMac now offers ninth-generation Intel processors, featuring six or eight cores. The 21.5-inch iMac now comes with eighth-generation Intel processors, offering four or six cores. Both models are offered with AMD Radeon Pro or Radeon Pro Vega graphics.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: HP EliteOne 800 G5 AIO

The EliteOne 800 is HP’s first all-in-one PC with its Sure View integrated privacy screen, which reduces almost all visible light when viewed at an angle. The all-in-one features slim bezels around the display and a pop-up webcam for added privacy.

Finalist: Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

Dell Technologies has unveiled a new breed of all-in-one with the launch of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. The PC comes in a form factor that is small enough to fit entirely inside the back of a monitor, offering a “zero-footprint” desktop PC design.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano

Lenovo's ThinkCentre M90n Nano offers powerful Intel Whiskey Lake processors and up to 16 GB of RAM in a minuscule form factor. The 0.35-liter Nano measures 7 x 3.5 inches, making it not much larger than some smartphones.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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