Articles By Melissa J. Perenson

Top tips on buying a monitor that’s best for you

Everyone needs a good monitor to get the most out of a PC. But which monitor you need depends on several factors--what applications you use, how much room you have on your desk,

Published on: February 10th, 2009 Melissa J. Perenson

Don’t delay

Every year you say you'll be better at keeping your data backed up, but then life happens. You get busy. You get distracted. And the number of files in your digital life grows

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Melissa J. Perenson

Eight electronic gadgets that will boost your productivity

Pop quiz: Which would you rather have on a business trip, clean socks or your laptop? These days, clean socks are nice, but the laptop is indispensable, just as a desktop is at

Published on: October 6th, 2008 Melissa J. Perenson

iPhone 3G – a smart new buy, not such a hot upgrade

Innovative design and seamless integration between software and device propelled the first-generation iPhone to instant stardom. Its successor, the iPhone 3G, at once expands upon that innovation--and delivers it at half the entry

Published on: July 14th, 2008 Melissa J. Perenson

MacBook Air – great looks, good performance, poor battery life

Ultraportable laptops have a history of requiring compromises when it comes to performance. Lately, the PC World Test Center has seen some improvements in this regard--especially with respect to battery life. Unfortunately, you'll

Published on: February 12th, 2008 Melissa J. Perenson

Sleek iMac offers modest upgrades

The 24-inch iMac is the big boy of Apple's all-in-one desktop line. Despite a new design and upgraded specs, it constitutes a modest update. But this striking system will surely make you look

Published on: October 5th, 2007 Melissa J. Perenson

What the Acer/Gateway deal means

Experts believe that the initial impact on consumers of the sale of Gateway to Taiwan PC giant Acer will be relatively small. However, one of the biggest issues raised by the acquisition is

Published on: August 29th, 2007 Melissa J. Perenson

Solid-state drives versus hard-disk drives

The idea of using flash-based storage in a notebook isn't new. Nevertheless, the high cost of flash has prevented it from replacing hard-disk drives on mainstream notebook PCs, despite some advantages in power

Published on: July 16th, 2007 Melissa J. Perenson