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.
Isolate the vocal or instrument tracks of your favorite tunes as you play them with Jammit, one of the best song learning tools available. The software is free, but amassing a song library can get expensive.
Acid Music Studio's bland interface belies a very powerful digital audio workstation with advanced features, VST support, and a steep learning curve. At $65, the chief investment is time, not money.
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.