Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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Aomei Partition Assistant review: Windows to Go no longer just for Enterprise users

Partitioning software doesn't get any better, but this program's best trick is creating Windows to Go (portable Windows) installations from any version of Windows 8.

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Dell Latitude E7240 Ultrabook review: Small, fast, and elegant

You'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this nicely realized 12-inch, touchscreen Ultrabook.

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F-Secure Freedome review: VPN and security for mobile devices

F-Secure's Freedome rolls anti-malware technology and a VPN service into one for both iOS and Android.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: A discrete GPU makes it better at play than work

This 15-inch UltraBook is a general-purpose machine with some special powers. But its keyboard and chassis quality might disappoint you.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 review: Media playback app has what you need -- almost

PowerDVD 14 has no peer in playing Blu-ray and video, but it's still a tad shy of Cyberlink's espoused goal of making it the only media player you need. There are also some bugs.

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Winoptimizer 11 Review: Everything you need to tune up your PC under one roof

Though much of what it does can be done manually and with free utilities, Winoptimizer 11 does it easier and better, brings it under one roof, and has some value-added tricks.

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IObit PCTransfer Review: A little help transferring your data from XP

Basically a file copy program with some smarts, PCTransfer grabs the important stuff from your old installation and transfers it to your new one.

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Seagate Backup Plus Fast review: Double the capacity, double the speed

With two 2TB hard drives striped in RAID 0, this portable hard drive provides twice the capacity, and nearly twice the speed of single-drive products.

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Foxit Phantom PDF review: An easy alternative to Acrobat for editing PDFs

For considerably less that Acrobat, Phantom PDF provides all the PDF tools most users need. However, it's OCR is a step behind.

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Aegis Padlock SSD Review: Small, fast, FIPS-secure, and expensive

The secure USB 3.0 Aegis Padlock SSD undeniably convenient, fast, and handy, but costs more than twice as much as secure hard drive solutions.

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Nuance Power PDF Standard review: An affordable Acrobat alternative with minor flaws

At one-third the cost of Acrobat, you get all the standard PDF and creation features and a more intuitive interface. However, there are some 1.0 interface missteps.

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SOS Online Backup offers a lifeline to those concerned about data privacy

SOS owns their own storage and uses your keys for encryption. It's also reasonably priced and supports you mobile devices. What's not to love?

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OCZ Vertex 460 SSD review: This drive delivers market-leading write performance

OCZ's controller plus Toshiba's NAND equals a fast and affordable consumer SSD.

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Translator with Speech review: Windows Phone app bridges language barriers

This app speaks translations in 54 languages, and Windows Phone's predictive texting and speech recognition makes it a snap to use.

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Seagate Business Storage Windows Server review: No-nonsense NAS for business

Running Microsoft's Server Essentials 2012 Workgroup edition, Seagate's Business Storage Windows Server NAS box is a good fit for Windows-centric houses. But it's pricey for the features provided.