Software 2009 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Popular Software Articles for 2009

OpenOffice 3.1 Review

OpenOffice is the name-brand freeware alternative to Microsoft Office. Is this no-cost productivity suite really a viable replacement for MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or is that just more open[...]

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[...]

Trend Micro AntiVirus+AntiSpyware Review

Trend Micro's bread-and-butter security package provides protection from both viruses and spyware. AntiVirus+AntiSpyware is designed for home users and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. Trend Micro says their software[...]

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 Anti-Virus Free Review

Up until this point we have reviewed only paid computer security solutions, but today we are trying something new: AVG Anti-Virus Free, which is as the name implies, free. AVG[...]

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[...]

What DirectX 11 (and Windows 7) Means for Gamers

With the pending release of Windows 7 comes DirectX 11, a new iteration of Microsoft's programming interface for 3D games. DirectX 10 debuted with Windows Vista to a stunning "meh,"[...]

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[...]

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 Review

In conjunction with today's official launch of, we're taking a look at Kaspersky Labs' Anti-Virus 2009 software suite. The Russian company's latest promises protection against a variety of Internet[...]

AceMoney Personal Finance Manager Review

AceMoney is to Quicken as indie music labels are to Sony Music: The little guy trying to outdo the industry behemoth with more pluck and less money. So, can a[...]

Windows Vista Backup & Restore Center Review

While many previous versions of Windows include have some type of archival utility, Vista Backup & Restore Center is billed as the first Windows system restore tool that could replace[...]

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[...]