We know defragging a hard drive can improve performance, and we've heard the opposite about solid-state drives. We analyze the tech reasoning and put four defraggers through their paces on both kinds of drives. The results may surprise you.
Acronis True Image, one of the first drive partitioning and backup programs for PCs, remains one of the best. In the 2014 version, it also just got a lot friendlier.
For not much cash, ProDrenalin fixes nearly any problem with your home video: fish-eye, rolling shutter effect, or the shakes.
This speedy four-bay box is a fabulous storage device for SMBs and consumers alike.
The Dell B1265dfw is a reasonably capable monochrome laser MFP for small offices, but its two-sided scanning abilities are weak, and toner costs are high.
This lightweight device wirelessly shares multimedia content on the road. Though it lacks internal storage, it can host SD/SDHC cards and USB drives.
This free start menu for Windows 8 melds the old functionality with the new look. If you want to ease into Windows 8, Start Menu Reviver is a good helper.
Peazip is a compress/decompress utility that handles all the major formats and a ton of more obscure ones. It won't create proprietary format archives like RAR, but it will read and extract files from them.
JPEGmini lets you easily compress your JPEG pictures to save room on your hard drive—without any significant loss in detail.
Samsung's new 840 EVO SSD ups the capacity and performance ante with drives from 120GB to 1TB
Sandisk announces two new portable, flash-based Wi-Fi drives for sharing data and streaming multimedia
These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.
The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.
Sorenson Squeeze 9 is expensive, but it's also a best-of-breed video transcoding app that's multi-threaded fast and produces sterling output.
OmniPage 18 Standard is a flexible program that will more than satisfy basic OCR needs.