Think all portable drives are the same? We discovered some compelling differences—both in features and in performance—when we evaluated this batch.
Intel’s faster NAND flash renders the Series 335 a step up from Intel’s earlier solid-state drives, but the aggressive pricing is probably the better news for consumers.
If you use its monitoring function to log installations, Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 works well and has many other cleanup functions. To make the best use of it, install it early on a new system.
Encrypt entire drives with DiskCryptor, which runs as a service and is configured via a dialog. It also works in Windows 8 desktop mode.
Synchronize local radio broadcasts with the picture on your TV using this handy audio delay utility.
If you're upgrading to Windows 8 from XP or Vista, PCmover will let you move your applications and data to the new OS as you can from Windows 7. It's faster than manually reinstalling programs and selecting settings, but you sacrifice control.
Control two PCs using one keyboard and mouse with the free version of Multiplicity 2.0 and up to nine PCs with the pay version.
Meet the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of the storage world: Hybrid hard drives promise to deliver the speed of an SSD plus the capacity of a mechanical drive. We explain how they work, and evaluate their performance.
For low volumes of printing, the Pixma MG4220 fits nicely into a home office. However, black ink is expensive--absurdly so with the standard-capacity cartridges.
Stardock's Start8 addresses one of the major user complaints about Windows 8: the lack of a Start Menu. It works like a charm.
Akitio's affordable box provides competent network-attached storage and direct-attached storage.
Ripbot264 is a front end for free video tools. With it, you can transcode video without a lot of fuss (and without making massive files).
Transcode movies, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs to the Matroska video container format with this deceptively powerful utility.
The Epson Expression Home XP-400 is an entry-level inkjet that's compact, and performance is more than acceptable for student or home users. Unfortunately, ink is pricey.
The Brother HL-5470DW monochrome laser printer offers good speed and features for a small workgroup. Economical toner is a real plus in this price range.