Articles By Jon L. Jacobi

Acronis True Image Home covers all your backup bases

Acronis True Image Home 2012 ($50, 30-day free trial with feature limitations) is as close to a backup jack-of-all-trades as you'll find for consumers. It supports imaging, file backup, online backup, synchronization (local,

Published on: July 9th, 2012 Jon L. Jacobi

Brother MFC-J430w delivers fast printing under $100

For a printer that retails for only $100 (as of January 3, 2012) and is heavily discounted online, the Brother MFC-J430w color inkjet multifunction (copy/fax/print/scan) gets things done in a hurry: Text pages

Published on: January 5th, 2012 Jon L. Jacobi

Avast Free Mobile Security secures Android phones

Avast Software has launched a free Android security product that combines antivirus, anti-theft and firewall components and provides special features for rooted devices.Avast Free Mobile Security supports a number of features that are

Published on: December 23rd, 2011 Jon L. Jacobi

HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus a best-in-class printer

In a world filled with cheap but underpowered inkjet multifunction printers (MFPs), using the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is a pleasant departure. One of the most competent MFPs for the price ($300

Published on: December 13th, 2011 Jon L. Jacobi

3TB hard drives: expansive storage with some quirks

We expect hard-drive capacity to grow over time. Now that hard drives have jumped from 2TB to 3TB, however, upgraders face some challenges: These new hard drives may have issues in some drive

Published on: July 8th, 2011 Jon L. Jacobi

10 free utilities to super-charge your hard drive

Most users are satisfied with the hard drive utilities that ship with Windows--especially the more powerful partitioning and defragging tools found in Windows Vista and 7. Since you're reading this, though, you're obviously

Published on: May 6th, 2011 Jon L. Jacobi

Sony VAIO Z-series ultraportable offers high-end specs

Sony's VPCZ137GX strikes a balance between portability, ergonomics, and performance that's hard to beat. It's not quite as light or as small as many of its ultraportable competitors, but it offers a 13.1-inch,

Published on: December 17th, 2010 Jon L. Jacobi

Five fabulous apps to backup — and restore — your data

Not having backups is like flying in a combat zone without a parachute. And while online backup is clearly the wave of the future, don't wait for the future to add a backup

Published on: July 25th, 2008 Jon L. Jacobi

Junkbusters! (part two)

This is the second part of our look at pre-installed desktop junk.Apple's Better Behaviour?Apple's “Stuffed” ad features an actor in a fat suit representing an overloaded PC facing off against a slim, hip

Published on: October 17th, 2007 Jon L. Jacobi

Junkbusters! (part one)

You spend hard-earned money when you buy a new PC; why, then, should the vendor treat it like a billboard to sell you more stuff? Or, even more annoyingly, siphon off computing power

Published on: October 16th, 2007 Jon L. Jacobi