Toshiba's Canvio NAS box is surprisingly feature-rich and capable, but lacks self-backup capabilities.
Iobit's Advanced System Care is packed with useful utilities, as well as an anti-malware component to replace Security Essentials on XP, but it's also visually intrusive.
You don't need to buy a utility suite. You just need what Microsoft brought to the party, plus a couple of freebies, to keep Windows humming along.
IDrive is the best of all online storage worlds, with straight backup, drag-and-drop sync between devices, Web access, and even shipped hardware backup.
With servers in 38 locations around the globe, VyprVPN lets you secure your communications and pretend to be from just about anywhere.
Although System Mechanic 12.7's offline utilities are innovative and useful, the real-time optimizers actually slowed our Windows 8.1 test bed substantially.
The latest version of Firefox offers a host of visual changes and work-low improvements. From worst to first in a single release. Sweet.
This software solution can eliminate the cable clutter associated with hardware KVM switches and is less costly.
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.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this nicely realized 12-inch, touchscreen Ultrabook.
F-Secure's Freedome rolls anti-malware technology and a VPN service into one for both iOS and Android.
This 15-inch UltraBook is a general-purpose machine with some special powers. But its keyboard and chassis quality might disappoint you.
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.
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.
Basically a file copy program with some smarts, PCTransfer grabs the important stuff from your old installation and transfers it to your new one.