Jon L. JacobiJon Jacobi, PCWorld

Jon L. Jacobi has worked with computers since you flipped switches and punched cards to program them. He studied music at Juilliard, and now he power-mods his car for kicks.

Review: Free-OCR performs adequately on text docs

If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.

Review: HP's Envy 120 e-All-in-One is a motorized luxury inkjet multifunction printer

The HP Envy 120 is for those who do only a little printing and a little scanning, but who want to do it in style.

Review: Acer's Aspire U (model A5600U-UB13) is a stylish AIO with a few minor flaws

Undeniably good-looking, the Acer Aspire U all-in-one delivers a classy desktop computing and multimedia experience. We’ve selected it to serve as our reference desktop PC.

Review: The Patriot Aero streams media without wires—not even a power cable

The Patriot Aero creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for multimedia streaming, and it works well. In battery life and performance, however, it's a step behind the competition.

Review: Canon Pixma MX922 has great small-office features and pricey ink

For a moderate-volume small or home office the Pixma MX922 shines, but its ink prices are a little higher than average.

Review: OmniPage Ultimate 19 talks the talk, walks the walk

New text-to-speech features plus a Metro-style utility and PDF forms take OmniPage where it's never been before. Already a top OCR program, the Ultimate version is good for workgroups, but overkill (and pricey) for those with little need.

Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.

Review: HP's OfficeJet Pro 276dw is a worthy inkjet alternative to small-office lasers

The OfficeJet Pro 276dw is expensive, but it's a Cadillac among inkjet MFPs—fast and capable—and a bargain compared to the laser competition.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery now handles RAID and Outlook

This capable, easy-to-use, and colorful data recovery program covers all media, including flash and optical. It wasn't perfect at flash recovery, though, and the advanced editions are costly.

Review: Sandisk's Extreme II SSD is fast and affordable

At capacities of 240GB and above, Sandisk's Extreme II is extremely fast, costs less than a buck a gig, and carries a reassuring five-year warranty.

Review: Easeus Todo Backup Free is the most comprehensive free backup

Though it spawns a lot of background services, Easeus Todo Backup Free is powerful and handles all the imaging and file backup chores most users will need.

Review: Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD brings big storage to tight spaces

The Laptop Ultrathin HDD's name says it all: Just 5mm thick, this hard drive with decent performance will allow thinner laptop form factors and could be used in tablets, too.

Review: Vizio's CA24T is a welcome upgrade to an already stylish AIO

This 24-inch all-in-one offers a much improved display and better performance, while retaining its unique combination subwoofer/power supply and superior styling.

Review: OCZ's Vertex 450 SSD delivers solid top-tier performance

While not as fast as the company's top-of-the-line Vector, the affordable Vertex 450 comes close, and is certainly fast enough for the average user.

OCZ's Vertex 450 SSD delivers solid top-tier performance

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While not as fast as the company's top-of-the-line Vector, the affordable Vertex 450 comes close, and is certainly fast enough for the average user.