Consumer 2010 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Popular Consumer Articles for 2010

15 Best Google Chrome Security Extensions

Google Chrome is already the safest web browser on the market, but when it comes to security you can never be too careful. We've compiled 15 Chrome extensions that lock[...]

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Better, Faster Browsing

Google Chrome has much to recommend it as a browser, but a veteran FireFox or habitual Internet Explorer user may be hesitant to give up the add-ons or plug-ins that[...]

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition Review — Introducing Word Starter and Excel Starter

Fans of Microsoft Works may be disappointed to learn that their preferred lightweight office suite has been discontinued in favor of a very different product: Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.[...]

Top 10 Best Internet Explorer Add-Ons

Contrary to popular belief, Internet Explorer can do lots of the same cool tricks as Firefox or Google Chrome -- so long as you've got the right IE Add-ons. We[...]

Top 10 Best Firefox Add-Ons for Improved Browsing

Google Chrome may grab headlines for its excellent extensions (including the fake ones), but Firefox takes a back seat to no one in the browser plug-in department. We list the[...]

Microsoft Office 2010 Buyers Guide — Breaking Down the Office 2010 Editions

Microsoft Office 2010 hits retail stores this month and as usual Microsoft is offering a byzantine selection of Office 2010 Editions to choose from. Which version of Office 2010 is[...]

Top 10 Best Firefox Security Add-ons

The main reason most people switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox is to improve their browser security, but that doesn't mean Firefox is bullet-proof. We offer up the 10 best[...]

Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office — The (Don’t Have To) Buyers Guide

From open-source software to Web-based applications, there are so many free alternatives to Microsoft Office it's a wonder anyone pays hundreds of dollars for a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation[...]

WinCleaner OneClick Professional Clean 11 Review

WinCleaner claims to improve system performance, free up hard drive space and improve overall PC performance for $29.95. We investigate in this review.

TaxAct Online Review

TaxAct is the cheapest of the Big Three consumer tax preparation products, but is there a hidden cost to what you don't pay? We work it out in this review.

ooVoo Video Conferencing Review

ooVoo is a client and service that allows you to chat online with other people over your webcam and microphone -- largely for free. Does ooVoo have what it takes[...]

Google Apps Standard Edition Review

Google has made no secret of wanting to oust Microsoft as the premier enterprise software provider on the planet, but can Google Apps really displace Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange[...]

Windows PC Optimization Guide

This three-part series is designed to help everyday computer users improve their productivity by optimizing their computer's performance, making use of handy shortcuts in the Windows operating system, and creating[...]

Cyberlink PowerDirector 9 Review

Consumer-grade video editing software is often more trouble than it's worth, but Cyberlink has made a serious bid for usability with PowerDirector 9. Is this the basic PC video editor[...]

Adobe Media Encoder CS5 Review

Adobe Media Encoder arrived as a standalone program in Creative Suite 4 to much gnashing of teeth. Does Media Encoder CS5 redeem the application? We break it down in this[...]

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 Review

Corel's VideoStudio Pro X3 has a completely revamped user interface. Does it deliver on its ease-of-use promises, or is VideoStudio X3 all flash, no substance? We take a look in[...]

Best Blu-ray/DVD Playback Software

PCs have been able to play back DVDs for roughly a decade but there's always been a nagging issue: playback quality. We round up the three major software applications in[...]

Top 10 Back to School Software Applications for 2010

For many students, surviving academia requires a well-equipped computer, and no PC is complete without the right software. We outline the top 10 apps you need to gear up for[...]

The new iPad runs the iPhone OS — and that’s the problem

No matter how excited you are about the 9.7-inch HD display, capacitive multitouch interface, or staggeringly cheap 3G data plans promised by Apple's iPad, there's one feature that's billed as[...]

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection 14 Review

Pinnacle 12 took home our 2009 Editor's Choice award for consumer video editing software. Does Pinnacle 14 live up to that reputation, or is it a pretender to the throne?[...]