Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Review: Active@ Boot Disk 7 is a jack-of-all-trades repair and imaging utility

This super-handy, Windows-environment boot disk is great for backup, recovery, and repair. You can even change passwords with it.

Review: The Seagate 600 SSD is a great consumer-oriented first effort

Seagate's makes a solid entry into the consumer SSD fray.

The proper care and feeding of SSD storage

Treat a solid-state drive like its mechanical cousin and you could end up in a world of pain. Here's how to handle these exotic beasts.

Review: Notion 4 shatters your musical notation notions

The slickest musical score editor on the planet has new entry tools and a significantly lower price.

Review: Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 92z is good for both work and play

This all-in-one delivers business-class features, plus a discrete GPU option that’s good enough for games.

Review: Corel VideoStudio X6 eases creative video production

Corel's VideoStudio X6 is the easiest-to-learn, easiest-to-use video editor out there. It supports most major technologies, and the creative tools are first-rate.

Upgrade your home network with a media-streaming, backup-ready NAS box

Single-drive, network-attached storage boxes attach to your router and start at around $200.

Review: R-Drive Image backs up anything

A svelte and super capable imaging program with very reliable performance.

Review: R-Studio recovers data when others won't

If you want the best shot at retrieving lost data without resorting to a service, R-Studio Data Recovery is the bullet.

Wi-Fi hard drive showdown: Corsair Voyager vs. Seagate Wireless Plus

A new class of portable hard drive creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can stream media or transfer files from a PC, notebook, tablet, or smartphone without a cable. Which one's best?

Review: ModernMix runs modern UI apps in windows

Windows 8 has some nice apps inhabiting the modern UI, but having them accessible from the classic desktop in a window makes them even better.

HP Envy x2 looks great and lasts a long time, but speed is just adequate

The ENVY x2 is well-designed convertible Windows 8 tablet with great looks and even better battery life. Performance is just adequate, though not disappointing.


Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 review: Call it a full-figured micro PC

This well-rounded and affordable mini-PC is larger than the smallest competition, but sports optical-drive options and better thermals.


OptiPlex 9010: Dell delivers a more usable touchscreen AiO

The articulated stand and VESA mount point render Dell’s Optiplex 9010 one of the versatile all-in-ones we've tested.

Review: PowerDVD 13 Ultra media player is loaded with under-the-hood improvements

While unchanged outwardly, PowerDVD 13 significantly enhances 1080 video, delivers better performance, and remains the premiere DVD/BD/3D playback solution.