Beneath the Micro Express AL5100's average-looking exterior beats the heart of a high-performance system.
There's no arguing the power under Nero 8's hood, but the venerable multimedia creation and disc-burning suite could be easier to learn and use. For the price, you get a lot.
The vast majority will find all the features they need in this collection of linked photo and video editors. It shields you from the complexity of many tasks, but still manages to provide near pro-level power.
AOL Computer Checkup is one of the most complete diagnostic, optimization, and cleanup tools for Windows—if you really need such a thing. At least it's not expensive ($5 a month).
Though a very good registry cleaner, PC Fix Cleaner is pricey for the actual good it will do your system.
System tweaker and optimizer Powersuite 2013 performs many optimizing tasks, and it works, but it's pricey.
Ashampoo Music Studio 4 adds cataloging and a neater interface to an already nice suite of audio tools.
PrivaZer removes all the traces of your activities from your PC.
Performing a laptop hard-drive replacement can save you money on upgrades and costly repairs. Here's how to do it.
Equipped with USB 3.0, the latest Pogoplug provides a fast, easy way to share any hard drive over the Internet; but the Web portal for access needs some work.
The interface is logical and easy to use, though the program stumbles in the operational error-checking.
This Windows cleanup utility performs a few useful chores, but it's hard to feel good about any program that tells you it's your personal computer expert then tells you to install more software and buy expensive hardware.
Pros may need more control over the process, which can be found in proDAD's more expensive offerings, but the average user should be more than pleased with the results of this software.