You probably remember our Gear of the Year survey that we ran last year, in which we asked you, our readers, to vote on your favourite tech of the year. We curated a list of products for you to choose from, and of course we gave you the option to suggest your own, if we missed something.

We had quite a tough time of collating all of the entries because our readers were so enthusiastic about the survey, but we’re finally done and are ready to announce who won what!

We also offered a fantastic prize for one lucky reader as incentive for taking part, and thanks to the fantastic randomisation services provided by, we found our winner: Congratulations to Dewan Lombard, who walks away with that awesome LG gaming monitor and Gigabyte gaming laptop!

Below, you’ll find links to each of the category wins, featuring the products our editorial team chose as their favourites of the year as well. Happy reading!

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  1. Fixed-line (ADSL and Fibre) providers
  2. Business Laptops
  3. Cameras
  4. Cellular Networks
  5. Entertainment Systems
  6. Fibre Infrastructure Providers
  7. Games
  8. Gaming Laptops
  9. High-End Laptops
  10. Monitors
  11. Printers
  12. Security Software
  13. Smartphones
  14. South African Apps
  15. Storage
  16. Tablets
  17. Televisions
  18. Wearables

Congratulations to our winners, and all the best to everyone for this year’s awards!

We’d like to give a shout out to our sponsors Axiz, in association with HP, Cisco and Logitech. Your participation in our Gear of the Year survey was hugely appreciated!


Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.