Consumer 2012 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Popular Consumer Articles for 2012

Windows 8 Tips: How To Play Back Movies & Music

While Microsoft's new Windows 8 Media Center lets you play back DVDs and Blu-rays, it won't necessarily solve all of your multimedia woes. Here are some tips.

CES 2012: Windows 8 Gaze and Lenovo’s Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ TV

Even before CES opens its doors on Tuesday, the show is already evidencing novel uses of new operating systems, such as Tobii's Gaze "look and tap" UI for Windows 8,[...]

Microsoft Office 365 Review

Microsoft is previewing the first home edition of its Office 365 online suite. Is Home Premium for you, or should you buy Office 13 instead? Read the full review.

Tips: Using the New Tiles in Windows 8

Windows 8's missing start button is only one change in a long list. Here are tips on how to cope with the tile-based user interface (UI) in Microsoft's latest OS.

Windows 8 Pro Upgrades for Existing PCs Bring DVD Playback

Looking at running Windows 8 on your existing PC? Microsoft is now offering Windows 8 Pro upgrades (that includes Media Center Pro for DVD and Blu-ray disc playback) at special[...]

Samsung Unveils Windows 8 ATIV Smart PC Tablet Convertibles

As part of the rollout of eight Windows 8 PC models, Samsung took the wraps off the first two entries in its new ATIV Smart PC line-up of touch tablet[...]

Fujitsu Lifebook U772 Review: Don’t Judge An Ultrabook By Its Cover

This is one of the classiest Ultrabooks we've laid eyes on to date - but can that make up for its subpar keyboard and high price tag? Read our full[...]

Top Five PC Software Applications for School or Office

Here are five of the hottest software packages for PCs and Mac for August 2012. Categories include office suites, graphics, storage, videoconferencing and cool tools.

CyberLink Media Suite 10 Review

CyberLink Media Suite 10 delivers media-related PC tools for video, audio, photo and disc utilities. Is it right for you? Read the full review.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Arrives at CES

Today Dell officially took the wraps off its first ultrabook, the Dell XPS 13. Although the XPS 13 shares some design elements with the popular XPS 14z and XPS 15z,[...]

RSA: Five Top Internet Security Threats in 2012

Attackers in 2012 will range from criminals to "hacktivists," governments, and employees. Here are five top security threats that emerged from the RSA Conference.

Kensington Adjustable Laptop Stand and Universal Docking Station Review

If you've ever wanted to transform your laptop PC into a desktop computer when you're working at home or the office then the Kensington Adjustable Laptop Stand and Universal Docking[...]

Outlook.com Review: Microsoft Vs. Google

Microsoft's new Outlook.com email service is an upper crust cousin to the old Hotmail.com. But can it outperform Gmail?

Any Video Converter (AVC) Ultimate Review: Cool But Quirky DVD Copying

Want to copy video from a DVD to a PC, an iPad, or another DVD? AVC Ultimate can handle this well, if you can deal with its idiosyncracies. Read the[...]

Just Announced: New Dell Inspiron R, Z and Special Edition Laptops

Dell today announced its new Inspiron laptop portfolio. The ultraportable Inspiron 13z and 14z, stylish Inspiron 15R and 17R, and the impressive Inspiron 15R Special Edition and 17R Special Edition[...]

PlayLater Software Review: A PC ‘DVR’ for Netflix & Hulu?

PlayLater lets you use a PC to record streaming video from the Web and play back TV shows and movies when you want. How well does it work? Here's our[...]

Samsung’s Eight Windows 8 PCs Include Ultrabooks

Eight Windows PCs previewed by Samsung this week will include two new ultrabooks, plus new editions of the Series 3 and Series 7 notebooks updated for Windows 8.

Best Vacation Notebooks: Dell INSPIRON 14z vs HP ENVY Sleekbook 4t

Looking for a notebook that serves both travel and entertainment purposes equally well? These two thin-and-light 14-inch consumer models start at just $699 and weigh around four pounds; see which[...]

PDF Tools Roundup: Pros & Cons of Five Popular Choices for PCs

You've probably used PDF readers, but you might not know as much about PDF creation tools, which let you do much more. Here's a roundup of five product choices.

Corel Rolls Out WordPerfect Office X6, a Microsoft Office Alternative

For PC users wanting alternatives to MS Office, Corel has unveiled a new edition of WordPerfect Office which adds an Android OS app, plus eBook publishing.