We assigned each entry to at least three of our expert volunteer judges. To help ensure fairness, similar products from different vendors were reviewed by the same group of panelists. Judges based scores/comments on written material provided by vendors, as well as their own experience with or knowledge of the specific technologies.
BTR's staff played no role in the judging of the submitted products. Review panelists were informed that scores/comments would remain anonymous.
Specifically, judges used the following scale to determine Diamond scores:
- 0-1 Useful product, yet commodity
- 2-3 Solid product with viable attributes that set it apart
- 4 Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits
- 5 Superb product that sets new standards for performance and provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones
Each product's scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest full or half Diamond. Note that products are grouped by score (with the highest Diamonds ranking first), and then in alphabetical order.
Scores of 3.5 or above are considered superlative and reflect a very positive opinion from the panel. Only products receiving a 3.5 or above are included in this article.