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.

Rip and Convert Files With Free MP3 Toolkit

MP3 Toolkit easily handles a number of MP3-related chores, including ripping and converting file types.

Free Wise Registry Cleaner Defrags the Windows Registry

Super-effective registry cleaning and defragging--plus mild system tweaking--is Wise Registry Cleaner 7's forte.

Samsung Optical Smart Hub Review: An Interesting Idea, Poorly Executed

This unusual external DVD burner acts a Wi-Fi hotspot and can stream DVD content via a mobile connection, but its implementation leaves a lot to be desired.

Canon Pixma MX432 Review: Basic MFP, Pricey Black Ink

This is a good basic multifunction printer for PC users, but the black ink is pricey and there's no duplexing support for the Mac.

Samsung ML-2165W Review: Simple, Cheap, Compact

This basic monochrome laser is suited for low-volume use, boasting a minimal purchase price and size--but also minimal features and maximal toner costs.

Genie Timeline Backup Free Does the Job and Looks Metro Doing It

Simple but effective, Genie Timeline Backup 2012 Free brings effective, revisioned file backup and a Windows Metro interface to the table.

Canon Pixma MX512 Review: Nice Output, Pricey Black Ink

This competent, low-volume multifunction printer offers good output and speed, but costly black ink and some design oddities are drawbacks.

MSI GT70 Review: Large Display, Long-Lasting Performance

Great performance, state-of-the-art components, and a nice feel highlight this desktop replacement laptop.

SoundBest Audio May Improve Music Playback

SoundBest attempts to optimize the sound on your system via an interactive listening test...but the results may not impress you.

Convert Video Files--Even in Rare Formats--With Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter lives up to its name by converting any commonly available (and some not so common) video file type to a variety of other formats.


Stop Spyware in Its Tracks With Open-Source HijackThis

HijackThis, useful as ever but now open source, helps you spot anomalies in your Windows and program installations.

HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One Review: A Welcome Replacement

The Photosmart 5520 offers the duplexing and layout options that its predecessor lacked, making it one of the better--and more stylish--buys among low-cost, low-volume multifunction printers.

HP Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter Review: Fast, Inexpensive Operation

Small workgroups looking at color lasers should note that this inkjet is faster and cheaper to operate, and that it can print crisp text as well as very nice photos.

Free rtpMIDI Lets You Play Beautiful Music With Your iDevice and PC

rtpMIDI lets you control your PC's MIDI software and instruments using your Apple iPhone or iPad.


Canon Pixma MX892 Review: Nice Paper Handling, Good Speed, So-So Costs

This inkjet multifunction printer has good speed and appealing features for a small or home office, but some similarly priced competitors offer a better design or cheaper inks.