Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

Review: Corel VideoStudio X6 eases creative video production

Corel's VideoStudio X6 is the easiest-to-learn, easiest-to-use video editor out there. It supports most major technologies, and the creative tools are first-rate.

Upgrade your home network with a media-streaming, backup-ready NAS box

Single-drive, network-attached storage boxes attach to your router and start at around $200.

Review: R-Drive Image backs up anything

A svelte and super capable imaging program with very reliable performance.

Review: R-Studio recovers data when others won't

If you want the best shot at retrieving lost data without resorting to a service, R-Studio Data Recovery is the bullet.

Wi-Fi hard drive showdown: Corsair Voyager vs. Seagate Wireless Plus

A new class of portable hard drive creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can stream media or transfer files from a PC, notebook, tablet, or smartphone without a cable. Which one's best?

Review: ModernMix runs modern UI apps in windows

Windows 8 has some nice apps inhabiting the modern UI, but having them accessible from the classic desktop in a window makes them even better.

HP Envy x2 looks great and lasts a long time, but speed is just adequate

The ENVY x2 is well-designed convertible Windows 8 tablet with great looks and even better battery life. Performance is just adequate, though not disappointing.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 review: Call it a full-figured micro PC

This well-rounded and affordable mini-PC is larger than the smallest competition, but sports optical-drive options and better thermals.

OptiPlex 9010: Dell delivers a more usable touchscreen AiO

The articulated stand and VESA mount point render Dell’s Optiplex 9010 one of the versatile all-in-ones we've tested.

Review: PowerDVD 13 Ultra media player is loaded with under-the-hood improvements

While unchanged outwardly, PowerDVD 13 significantly enhances 1080 video, delivers better performance, and remains the premiere DVD/BD/3D playback solution.

Review: Dell Latitude 6430u offers high quality throughout

This corporate ultrabook is as classy as it gets. It's pricey, but has good looks and a great feel, as well as top-notch performance and features.

Review: MuLab is a little-known gem of a digital audio workstation

MuLab offers all the audio and MIDI recording features the average musician needs, and few that they don't. Power without stressful visual overload (and they said it couldn't be done).

Review: Freemake Video Downloader grabs any video with a URL

This standalone utility will download any video you can grab a URL for, and it can download directly from YouTube.

Review: Dell C1760nw color printer has great output quality but pricey toner

The C1760nw’s impressive graphics quality makes it a stronger choice than other low-cost color lasers.

Review: Quick View Plus lets you read nearly any business file

If you want to broaden Windows' preview capabilities, try this this file-viewing utility. It integrates into Explorer and supports over 300 file types, including many you may no longer own the software for.