Consumer 2009 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Popular Consumer Articles for 2009

Windows 7 – A Guide to the Editions

Windows 7 comes in six different flavors -- with a few more niche alternates just for good measure. We've told you why (or why not) to buy Windows 7, but[...]

LogMeIn Free Review

LogMeIn Free's remote access software promises access to your computer's data from any Internet-connected PC. Is this the frequently traveler's dream application, or just another kludgy third-party replacement for Windows[...]

Google Docs Review

Google Docs is the search giant's Web-based answer to Microsoft Office, stripped down to bare essentials but with some intriguing sharing features built in. Is less really more, or are[...]

Avast Free Antivirus Review

ALWIL Software's Avast Antivirus Home Edition is free for home users. How does it stack up against other free and paid solutions? We break it down in this review.

Microsoft Security Essentials Review

Microsoft's Security Essentials antivirus suite recently came out of beta and is free for anyone running a genuine copy of Windows. How does it stack up to other antivirus suites?[...]

2010 Free Antivirus Buyers Guide

Over the last several months Notebook Review looked at several free antivirus solutions -- today we compile our results in our 2010 free antivirus buyers guide and declare a winner.[...]

AVG 9.0 Anti-Virus Free Review

AVG 9.0 promises protection and performance improvements as well as a better user experience over the previous version. Does it work as advertised? See how it fared in our testing.

Avira Free Antivirus 9.0 Review

Avira AntiVir Personal is a free security suite for home users. It promises basic protection from viruses and spyware. How does it rank against other antivirus solutions? Read our review[...]

Netflix Watch Instantly Streaming Video Review

There are several different websites that offer online streaming of TV shows and movies, and Notebook Review is going to take a close look at several popular services, beginning with[...]

ZumoDrive Review

Have you ever wished you could access all your music, photos, and documents from any computer or iPhone? Maybe you've heard about "network storage" but either don't have the budget[...]

Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum Review

Sony Vegas is a popular video editing alternative Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut, and Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum isn't an exception. Does the lower-cost PC counterpart of[...]

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2010 Review

It's still 2009, but Norton couldn't wait for the New Year to release Norton Antivirus 2010. Is this really a security application ahead of its time, or is Norton 2010[...]

2009 Antivirus Software Home Buyers Guide

We have reviewed a half-dozen antivirus solutions in the last month and all have passed our tests. Needless to say, this has left many buyers in a dilemma over which[...]

Norton AntiVirus 2009 Review

Norton AntiVirus is one of the most well-known names in PC security. The company's Norton AntiVirus 2009 is the base security suite that provides essential protection against viruses and spyware[...]

Mint.com Online Finance Review

Mint online finance promises all the essential household-budgeting functions of Quicken -- but for free. In fact, Mint's success and appeal has been cited as one of the reasons Microsoft[...]

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 Review

Kaspersky Anti-Virus, our top-rated security product from last year, is back for 2010 with more protection and features. Will Kaspersky continue to outperform its competitors this round? Read on to[...]

Amazon Video On Demand Review

Amazon's Video On Demand service lets you rent or buy movies without relying on -- or waiting for -- an actual physical disk to arrive. So much the better for[...]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Review

Adobe markets their Elements software as stripped down versions of their professional-grade applications, which has its pros and cons. Is Photoshop Elements 8 the best of Photoshop proper, or just[...]

Five Reasons NOT To Buy MS Office This Holiday Season

If you're buying a PC this holiday season, virtually every vendor will try to up-sell you a license for some version of Microsoft Office 2007. Not only should you not[...]

Pinnacle Studio Plus 12 Review

Pinnacle Studio Plus 12 is the latest home-user derivative of the professional-grade Avid line of video editors. Does this consumer version of a highly respected pro brand live up to[...]