If you're looking to restore the missing Start Menu to Windows 8, StartMenuPlus 8 is a functional equivalent that has more features—though it's not as pretty.
Wavosaur is an impressive programming feat with full support for VSTfx and ASIO. This free, full-featured audio editing (sans FX) packs a lot of power into a tiny, ultra-efficient package.
A very capable two-bay NAS box with high-end performance. Buy one empty unless you really need enterprise-class hard drives.
Back up your DVDs, including commercial movies, and convert them to various mobile formats with this easy-to-use offering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Acer S7-391 is a super thin ultraportable with a great display, design and performance, but only moderate battery life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.