Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Ripbot264: Rip Blu-ray movies without filling your hard drive

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).

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MakeMKV: Rip DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs to your hard drive

Transcode movies, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs to the Matroska video container format with this deceptively powerful utility.

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Review: Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One is compact and surprisingly fast

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.

Review: Brother HL-5470DW a solid printer with cheap toner

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.

SlimCleaner 4.0: Slick system cleaning utilities with crowdsourced information

SlimCleaner is a comprehensive set of system cleaning utilities that also taps into an online database for information on programs.

Review: HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer is a fast home machine with great output quality

The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer is a well-rounded machine for a busy home or small office. It has speed and great output quality, and fun cloud-based apps for home as well as automatic duplexing and an automatic document feeder for serious work.

Review: Brother HL-6180DW offers good capacity, cheap toner, solid printing

The Brother HL-6180DW monochrome laser printer boasts cheap toner, a 600-sheet standard input capacity, and sturdy construction, plus decent speed for a busy small office.

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Canon ImageClass LBP6670dn review: fast printer, pricey toner

The Canon ImageClass LBP6670dn monochrome laser printer has the speed and paper handling that small- or medium-sized workgroups need. Unfortunately, its toner is expensive.

Micro Express AL5100

Micro Express AL5100 review: All-purpose powerhouse

Beneath the Micro Express AL5100's average-looking exterior beats the heart of a high-performance system.

Drive-by Wi-Fi: Staying connected on the road

Free Wi-Fi is easier than ever to find on the nation's highways and byways. You just have to know where to look.

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Nero 12 Platinum: Affordable, highly capable multimedia creation and disc burning

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.

CyberLink Director Suite: Prosumer video, photo, and audio editing with great features and effects

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 simplifies system cleanup

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).

PC Fix Cleaner thoroughly cleans your Windows Registry and your wallet

Though a very good registry cleaner, PC Fix Cleaner is pricey for the actual good it will do your system.

Uniblue Powersuite 2013 makes system maintenance easy (if expensive)

System tweaker and optimizer Powersuite 2013 performs many optimizing tasks, and it works, but it's pricey.