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