Consumer 2011 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Popular Consumer Articles for 2011

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Review

Sometimes there is something called a free lunch. Here, it's known as Microsoft Security Essentials. This antivirus package promises to deliver much of what paid solutions offer, but for a[...]

Antivirus Security Shootout: Microsoft Vs. Symantec Vs. McAfee Vs. Kaspersky

How did four popular antivirus security software products stack up when we put them to the test? In this buyers guide, we reveal the winner. Read on to find out.[...]

25 Top Gadget Add-Ons for PCs, iPhones, iPads, and Android Devices

The Christmas countdown is on, but there's still time ahead for finding gadgets that will add more power, connectivity, storage, and/or fun new features to PCs and/ or mobile devices.[...]

Nero 11 Platinum Review: From DVD Burning to Advanced Video Editing

In Nero 11 Platinum, a software package for DVD/CD disc burning and media creation, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Read the full review.

Corel PDF Fusion Review

While Corel's PDF Fusion can also fare well at multi-format document conversion, the Windows-based tool truly excels for low-cost creation of personalized documents in PDF, a format easily readable across[...]

HP Pavilion dv4t Review: Sub-$500 Winner?

The HP Pavilion dv4t notebook brings satisfactory performance and a good keyboard to the table for a street price of less than $500. What could be improved with this no-frills[...]

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Review: Adobe-Like Photo Editing for Under $80

Can the Corel PaintShop Pro X4 photo editing software package sell for less than $80 and still be all things to all people? To find out, read the full review.

Windows 8: Consumers & Businesses Catch Early Bugs

Early users of Microsoft's Windows 8 are complaining about bugs - but this time, these very first users include consumers and business users, not just developers.

Microsoft Office 365 Preview: Hello Lync, Goodbye Live Meeting

Microsoft's Office 365, now set for rollout on Tuesday, will swap out Live Meeting for Lync Online collaboration while improving the online editions of Exchange and PowerPoint. Although Microsoft's latest[...]

Top Software Picks: 22 Hot Apps for PCs, Phones, iPads, and Android Tablets

Here are our picks for seven top software apps in each of three device categories: PCs, smartphones, iPads and Android tablets. We've chosen an overall winner, too!

Back to School: Video Chat Makes the Grade from PCs to Smartphones

Video chat is no longer just the stuff of Dick Tracy fiction. With options for face-to-face communications from PCs, Macs, iPhones, and Android smartphones, which video chat options are your[...]

With Steve Jobs Gone, How Will Apple’s Software Fare Vs. Windows 8 & Android?

Apple's remaining management team now inherits two aspects of Steve Jobs' legacy: profoundly successful previous products, plus an ongoing embracement of change.

Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2012 Review: Protecting Your Whole Family

How does the Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2012 compare vs. NIS 2011, and to the less feature-rich Norton Anti-Virus (NAV)? Read the full review.

As XP Dies, Will Users Step to Windows 7, 8 or Something Else?

As CEO Steve Ballmer crows about Windows 7 sales, another exec, Stephen Rose, blogged warnings about the final death knell of Windows XP. This all flies in the face of[...]

RealDownloader Software Review: Easy Video Downloads

Real Networks has introduced RealDownloader software, for truly quick downloads of videos from YouTube and other sites throughout the Web. Read the full review.

Holiday Deals on PC Software: Black Friday – Before and After

November is a fabulous month to get bargains on PC software, whether you're shopping for yourself or for somebody on your holiday gift list. Great deals are already out there[...]

CES 2012 Preview: 3DTV Football, Ultramobile PCs, Wireless, and Some Gadget Sneak Peeks

What will we see at CES 2012? Here are some sneak peeks at gadgets set for rollout at the Las Vegas extravaganza in January.

Netflix Users Irate, But Are Higher Fees Really That Unreasonable?

Thousands of Netflix users are voicing furious complaints over new changes to Netflix fees with lots of them threatening to dump Netflix entirely. Yet, even in a tough economy, would[...]

McAfee Internet Security 2012 Review: Safeguard Your PC for Less

With the 2012 edition of its Internet security suite, McAfee continues to duke it out. How does this suite compare vs. Symantec and Kaspersky? Read the full review.

Microsoft Gives Sneak Peek at Windows 8 Browsing, Photo Sharing, Tools

Beyond the tile-based user interface (UI) already demoed in past months, Microsoft is leveraging its Build developers conference this week to give a sneak peek at new features that now[...]