Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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.

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.