Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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TechGenie PC Optimizer review: Maximum advertising, minimal value

Though the free utilities work to a degree, the primary purpose of this suite is to up-sell you and advertise the company's telephone support.

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Lookout Premium review: Outstanding anti-theft protection for Android phones

Though its malware detection rate doesn't quite match up with the elite, this Android app offers great help with locating, securing, and protecting your phone. It might even send you a picture of the jerk who stole it.

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Solid State Doctor 3.1 review: SSD TRIM for the masses

Solid State Doctor will force your SSD to clean house and deliver its best performance, as well as clone it, diagnose it, and secure erase it.

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Digital Storm Vanquish II review: An affordable gamer with limited expandability

The Vanquish II Ultimate delivers a great 1080p gaming experience for the price, but its micro-ATX motherboard doesn't give you a lot of options.

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Feed your greed for speed by installing SSDs in RAID 0

An SSD upgrade will boost your PC's performance. Upgrading to two SSDs in RAID 0 will render it mind-bendingly fast.

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MiniTool Partition Wizard 8 review: A potent free partitioning toolkit

Free and capable, Partition Wizard is also one of the easiest to use partitioning toolkits.

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Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT review: Capacious, secure storage for your desktop

If you need FIPS 140-2 certified storage, this USB 3.0 drive delivers.

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Samsung Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device review: Slightly buggy

With 1.5TB of capacity we were pleased with Samsung's Wi-Fi media streamer, until it choked on our high bit-rate MKV Blu-ray rip.

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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 review: Fabulous features; pedestrian performance

A pro feature set, a marvelous Web interface, and remote access via a portal makes the My Cloud EX2 is easy as it gets. But it’s a slow performer.

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Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile review: An SSD makes this the portable media server to beat

Thin, light, and long lasting, Toshiba does portable media storage and streaming right.

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Parallels Access 2.0 review: Remote desktop control from your Android phone or tablet

Parallels Access 2.0 adds new features and remains an easier way to control PCs and Macs from Android devices.

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Eset Mobile Security for Android review: best of breed security with anti-theft

Top-notch anti-malware protection coupled with anti-theft tracking and features makes this a program a winner. But it's pricey for the Android market.

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Toshiba Canvio Home Backup & Share review: A capable home NAS with easy remote access

Toshiba's Canvio NAS box is surprisingly feature-rich and capable, but lacks self-backup capabilities.

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Iobit Advanced System Care 7 review: Comprehensive utility set, high-profile interface

Iobit's Advanced System Care is packed with useful utilities, as well as an anti-malware component to replace Security Essentials on XP, but it's also visually intrusive.

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Windows maintenance, done dirt-cheap

You don't need to buy a utility suite. You just need what Microsoft brought to the party, plus a couple of freebies, to keep Windows humming along.