Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Iomega StorCenter px2-300d NAS: A pretty performer

A very capable two-bay NAS box with high-end performance. Buy one empty unless you really need enterprise-class hard drives.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum rocks as utility for DVD backup

Back up your DVDs, including commercial movies, and convert them to various mobile formats with this easy-to-use offering.

Review: Xerox ColorQube 8700/X solid-ink color multifunction printer

This workgroup unit has a high price tag, but it's very fast and thoroughly equipped. The solid-ink technology produces laserlike results with less fuss and lower cost.

Review: Samsung CLX-6260FW color laser multifunction printer

Impressive print quality is the highlight of this small workgroup unit. Speed and features are competent. Toner costs range from average to a little pricey.

Review: Canon Pixma MG6320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One

Canon's new Pixma MG6320 raises the bar for printer design. It's significantly easier to use than its predecessors, has automatic duplex printing, and produces nice output. Ink costs for some cartridges are higher than average.

Review: Sony's Sound Forge Audio Station 10 is powerful and versatile

An old-school interface belies this program's power and versatility. It's limited to stereo, though; no 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.

Acer S7-391 review: a serious edge for Windows 8

The Acer S7-391 is a super thin ultraportable with a great display, design and performance, but only moderate battery life.

Review: Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Small-in-One Printer

Epson's Expression Premium XP-800 is a great little multifunction that handles every SOHO chore in the book and is especially well-suited for graphic artisans. But for a nearly $300 printer, ink costs are high.

Review: Brother Business Smart MFC-J4510DW printer

Brother's MFC-J4510DW is a fast, innovative inkjet multifunction that handles large paper sizes, produces nice photos and is easy to use. There's also automatic duplex printing and an ADF, and best of all: affordable ink.

Review: Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 is a powerful burning and multimedia suite

Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 handles all types of optical burning chores including BD movies. It's also easy to use, easy on the eye, and relatively affordable.

Review: Xerox Phaser 6700/DN color laser printer

The Xerox Phaser 6700/DN is a workgroup color laser printer with good speed, paper capacity, and features. True Adobe PostScript and a high 2400-by-1200-dpi resolution make for smooth color images. The one-year warranty seems not to fit with the rest of the package.

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review: fast, capable but heavy Windows 8 Ultrabook

The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a decent performer with good features that lets you take advantage of Windows 8's touch capabilities, but it's also on the heavy side.

Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch: laptop meets tablet

Dell's cleverly designed XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook functions as both a laptop and a tablet. It's heavy for the size, but a good performer with a great display.

Review: Jammit makes it easy to learn songs by ear or sight

Isolate the vocal or instrument tracks of your favorite tunes as you play them with Jammit, one of the best song learning tools available. The software is free, but amassing a song library can get expensive.

Review: Sony's Acid Music Studio 9 offers no-nonsense interface

Acid Music Studio's bland interface belies a very powerful digital audio workstation with advanced features, VST support, and a steep learning curve. At $65, the chief investment is time, not money.