This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
PHONE, AND TABLET p.15
› Watch the Web › View Favorite Programs › Play Games › And More! p.58
$6.99 USA • Printed in USA
ESSENTIAL APPS FOR
DISPLAY UNTIL AUGUST 11, 2011 AUGUST 2011
iPHONE, AND MORE p.75
BEST INKJET MFPs p.67
THAT DO IT ALL:
IBM System x3650 M3 Express
OR $76/MONTH FOR 36 MONTHS3 PN: 7945E2U Up to 16 Hot-Swap Bays Memory (RAM) std/max: 12 GB/192 GB Optional RAM conﬁguration: 1 GB:2 GB:4 GB:8 GB:16 GB DIMMs
IBM xSeries 346 SAP SD 2-tier benchmark result: 2-processor Intel® Xeon®, 3.60 GHz, L1 Execution Trace cache, 1 MB L2 cache, 8 GB main memory, OS Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (32-bit), DB2 UDB 8.2 (32-bit), SAP R/3 Release: 4.70 (32-bit), 470 SAP SD benchmark users, SAP Certiﬁcation #: 2004071 vs. IBM System x3650 M3 SAP SD 2-tier benchmark result (SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0), 2 processors/12 cores/24 threads, Intel® Xeon® Processor x5680, 3.33 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 12 MB L3 cache per processor, 96 GB main memory, OS Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, DB2 9.7, 5100 SAP SD benchmark users, SAP Certiﬁcation #: 2010025. Source: www.sap.com/benchmark. Results current as of 12/13/10. 2TBR 3Q10 x86-based Servers: Buying Behavior and Customer Satisfaction Study, November 2010. 3Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualiﬁed commercial and government customers. Monthly payments provided are for planning purposes only and may vary based on your credit and other factors. Lease offer provided is based on an FMV lease of 36 monthly payments. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension or withdrawal without notice. IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts or new and serviceable used parts. Regardless, our warranty terms apply. For a copy of applicable product warranties, visit http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties. IBM
More data. Additional workloads. Increased ROI. A normal working day for this server.
The IBM System x3650 M3 Express® server with the latest Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series can allow you to support up to ten times more users for your enterprise applications.1 Furthermore, the IBM Business Partners can show you how the x3650 M3’s processing power and memory capacity can allow you to virtualize with confidence, to help you see a faster return on your investment.
Rated No. 1 in Server Customer Satisfaction by TBR for the 5 th consecutive quarter.2
IBM System x3550 M3 Express
IBM System Storage® DS3500 Express
OR $51/MONTH FOR 36 MONTHS3 PN: 7944E1U Up to 8 Hot-Swap Bays Memory (RAM) std/max: 12 GB/192 GB Optional RAM conﬁguration: 1 GB:2 GB:4 GB:8 GB:16 GB DIMMs
OR $141/MONTH FOR 36 MONTHS3 PN: 1746A2S Disk storage system with 6 GB SAS host interface Optional FC or iSCSI host intermix Scalable up to 96 drives
See for yourself.
Find an IBM Business Partner.
See how much you could be saving with the IBM Systems Consolidation Evaluation Tool.
Contact the IBM Concierge to help you connect to the right IBM Business Partner.
1 866-872-3902 (mention 6N8AH34A)
makes no representation or warranty regarding third-party products or services. IBM, the IBM logo, System Storage and System x are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. For a current list of IBM trademarks, see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml. Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All prices and savings estimates are subject to change without notice, may vary according to conﬁguration, are based upon IBM’s estimated retail selling prices as of 1/25/11 and may not include storage, hard drive, operating system or other features. Reseller prices and savings to end users may vary. Products are subject to availability. This document was developed for offerings in the United States. IBM may not offer the products, features, or services discussed in this document in other countries. Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for the most current pricing in your geographic area. ©2011 IBM Corporation. All rights reserved. IBM_ES_0028
2009 BitDefender Total Security 2010 WorldMags .AWARD GOLD August 17.
com 3 . travel. 81 Cleanup Utilities System-scrubbing tools claim to speed up PC performance by getting rid of clutter. We asked real-world ofﬁces to use rival inkjet MFPs for their everyday tasks and let us know which ones they liked better. community 9 techlog 67 11 PcW Forum 96 the Back Page WorldMags auguST 2011 pcworld. security. news. subscriber cover photography by robert cardin. 75 Essential Apps for Every Smartphone Here’s our collection of the best mobile software for handling social networking. and more. 67 Do-It-All Printers newsstand cover illustration by bryan christie design.August Volume 29 | Number 8 pcworld. productivity. and got surprising results.com Features 58 Make Your TV Smarter Transform your HDTV into a Web-connected. PC-like home theater—and do it without putting a big dent in your wallet. We tested four.
36 Bugs and Fixes 38 Privacy Watch 42 Reviews & Rankings Tablet Roundup: We survey today’s tablet landscape. 30 Net Work 32 Tech Audit LAB TESTED DO IT YOURSELF 35 Security Alert Facebook Scams: Learn how to avoid or recover from them.August Volume 29 | Number 8 pcworld. 86 Here’s How Upgrade a Motherboard: It isn’t too difﬁcult to pull out an old board and install a new one. 24 Skeptical Shopper 26 On Your Side 29 Business Center Stay in Sync: Cloud services can make data syncing simpler. 17 GeekTech 20 Staff Picks 23 Consumer Watch Ways to Pay Online: Don’t put your credit card at risk.COM AUGUST 2011 . 50 Motorola Droid X2 52 Top 10 Ultraportables 55 Top 10 Performance PCs 56 Adobe Dreamweaver 57 Sony VAIO VPC L218FX/W Newsstand Subscriber 86 WorldMags 4 PCWORLD. 91 Answer Line 93 Hassle-Free PC 46 Seagate GoFlex Satellite 48 Top 10 Pocket Megazooms Only the cover is different: Here are PCWorld’s two covers this month. and rank the ﬁve best contenders.com DEPARTMENTS 40 15 Forward Windows 8: The revamped OS emphasizes touch interaction.
©2011 Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. For more information.AppRadiointhecar A revolutionary way to use apps ™ RETHINKING CONNECTIVITY www.pioneerelectronics.pioneerelectronics.com/appradio.com/appradio PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation. Certain functions such as video playback and keyboard input are only available while parked. WorldMags . Limited apps are compatible with this model. see www. AppRadio is a trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
enter it as shown in your browser’s address ﬁeld. IA 50037-0571 (Include a mailing label with correspondence.pcworld. Or send a check or money order to PCWorld Products.) PHONE: FAX: E-MAIL: Armando Rodriguez.O. Scott Maurer. and Canada) or 515/243-3273 (all other locations). Erik Larkin. FOUN DERS CONTACT INFORMATION PHONE: FAX: E-MAIL: MAIL: 415/243-0500 letters@pcworld. Tracy Yee-Vaught EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS SENIOR COPY EDITORS firstname.lastname@example.org MODERATORS Richard Green. Perenson.com M A ILING LISTS Occasionally we make our subscribers’ names available to other ﬁrms whose products may interest you. change your address.S. To have your name excluded from these mailings. Harry McCracken.com hasslefree@ RICK BROIDA’S HASSLE-FREE PC: pcworld. JR Raphael.com/customer Stephen Compton. and more. TWITTER: @ pcworld FACEBOOK: find. P. please include a phone number in your message. EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Steve Fox EDITOR Edward N. Mauricio Grijalva COMM U NIT Y forums. or e-mail mw1prod@cdsfulﬁllment. MANAGER OF BENCHMARK DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT ANALYSTS William Wang LAB INTERNS Alex Cocilova. Michelle Mastin 515/432-6994 ART AND DES IGN ART DIRECTOR DESIGNER If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable. P.O.) WEB: Jason Cross. Megan Geuss. Martin. We reserve the right to edit letters. Steven Gray. Boone. ANSWER LINE: Visit forums. Charlie Spivey REPRINTS AND P E R M IS S IONS You must have permission before reproducing any material from PCWorld.html pcworld.com to ask your question in the Answer Line forum.com. Anne B.VP. Alex Wawro EDITORIAL INTERNS In the U. Leung Thomas Luong. Michael-Paul Higgins. get the answers to frequently asked questions. do not send attachments. INC. P. Albro EXECUTIVE EDITOR Tom Spring MANAGING EDITOR Kimberly Brinson EDITORIAL SENIOR EDITORS S U B S C RIPTION S E R VIC ES Access your subscription account online—24 hours a day. simply format the address as follows: ﬁrstinitiallastname@ pcworld. Mark Sullivan Elsa Wenzel Ginny Mies Nick Mediati SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR STAFF EDITORS David Daw. report a missing or damaged issue. New orders 800/234-3498 800/825-7595 Albert Filice.com/backissues. renew your subscription.com/customer. Back issues cost $8 per issue for U. ON YOUR SIDE: Beth Kamoroff Kate Godfrey DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER Robert Cardin PREPRESS COLOR IMAGING SPECIALIST Marianna Whang CON TRIBU TING E DITOR S Yardena Arar. Lincoln Spector. Tim Moynihan. McDonald.com/60983 To use any ﬁnd. You can use online subscription services to view your account status.S. 7 days a week—at pcworld. 501 Second St.com THE BACK PAGE: thebackpage@pcworld. Box 37571.S. currency to PCWorld is required. MAIL: PCWorld Subscriber Services. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OTHER WAYS TO READ PCWORLD RSS: pcworld. delivery. Boone.pcworld. CA 94107 FOUNDER David Bunnell Andrew Fluegelman FOUNDING EDITOR STAFF E-MAIL ADDRESSES: To contact any PCWorld staff member. Melissa J.com. Box 37781. or mail it to PCWorld. Leah Yamshon PCWORL D L A B S SENIOR LAB MANAGER LAB MANAGER email@example.com (Send your full name and the address at which you subscribe. QUESTIONS AND COLUMNS Send material electronically to the appropriate online address listed below. Patrick Miller. back issues are available at pcworld.S.com/xxxxx URL in the magazine.com 415/442-1891 PCWorld Editorial. IA 50037-0571. we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. Melissa Riofrio. pay your bill.pcworld. IDG COMMUNICATIONS n NEWSLETTERS: BACK ISSUES Starting with the March 2003 issue of PCWorld.pcworld. David Murphy.com/resource/rss. Jim Galbraith James Motch Tony K.com/newsletters Patrick J. McEvoy. IA 50037-0781.com. James A. Scott Spanbauer. WorldMags 6 PCWORLD. phone 800/967-2083 (U.COM AUGUST 2011 . send a request and your mailing label to PCWorld Subscriber Services. Box 37571. Peggy Watt. Boone. Carla Thornton.com INTERNATIONAL DATA GROUP. or e-mail us at maghelp@pcworld. Nate Ralph DOWNLOADS EDITOR NEWSLETTER EDITOR Laura Blackwell Kim Saccio-Kent pcworld. Rick Broida. Send e-mail requests to permissions@pcworld. Aoife M. Robert Vamosi. and $12 for international delivery. McGovern Bob Carrigan CEO. Dan Tynan. prepayment in U. #600 San Francisco.O.
WorldMags .dlink.com. All other third-party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. steaming video from D-Link. visit mydlink.com from any wireless connection and instantly see your pets doing the cute-or mischievous-things they do. All Rights Reserved. Log into your personal account on mydlink. Mobile Tablets Laptops & Desktops Available at these locations: D-Link and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries. For more information. Copyright ©.stop by? Did the pet sitter D-Link Wireless Network Camera DCS-930L Find out wherever you are with live. D-Link. View from: Stay connected to what matters most.
Then there was all the tedious hand-timing. AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD.Techlog STEVE FOX Five-Year-Old Laptop Makes Good WHAT DO YOU do with a laptop that’s such a clunker. Not shown: James Motch. it to work testing the efﬁcacy of speedup software (see “Cleanup Utilities: Can They Speed Up Your PC?” on page 81). and Alex Cocilova. Mauricio Grijalva. The testing process was agonizingly slow. I won’t spoil the story by revealing our conclusions here. Steve Fox is editorial director of PCWorld. Alex Wawro. Fortunately. with an assist from the rest of the lab staff. Jim Galbraith. Tony Leung. underpowered. My Latitude qualiﬁed. using our WorldBench 6 application-based benchmarks to measure performance before and after installing each of four cleanup utilities. There. “We needed PCs that showed the battle scars of constant use. WorldMags PHOTOGRAPH: ROBERT CARDIN PCWORLD LABS staff. I wonder if I can persuade him to take my old Walkman off my hands. But I will tell you that after hearing the results. while relying on his iPod for the rest of his digital activities. my old laptop had a higher calling: It—along with four other time-worn machines—became a test subject in the PCWorld Labs. put To learn whether popular speed-up utilities really work.” explains Leung. circa-2006 Dell Latitude on my son. Development Analyst William Wang and Lab Manager Tony Leung.COM 9 . which intern Alex Cocilova presided over. we ﬁrst needed to round up a bunch of crusty old PCs. and Thomas Luong. Then the lab guys built a testing plan from scratch. my son remains uninterested in my laptop. on location (from left): William Wang. and drivers—something that would feel like a Pinto racing in the Indy 500. Each system had to be restored up to six times and rebooted at least ten times per utility. bombarded with years of old software. He turned up his nose. preferring to commandeer my wife’s shiny new laptop for doing homework. updates. even your 13-year-old kid doesn’t want it? I confronted this problem when I tried to pawn off a slow.
Their computer. Your brain. Problem solved.
Unleash the power of remote support. GoToAssist® is the instant, easy and effective remote support solution that brings your brain and their computer together in problem-solving harmony. Gain immediate remote access and resolve IT issues FAST with GoToAssist, best-of-class live support for your business and customers.
Try it free for 30 days.
1 877 496 9992 | gotoassist.com
June’s “Which Tablet Is Best for You?” inspired a new round of reader debate on the usefulness and appeal of tablets (see March’s PCW Forum for the ﬁrst round). All the same, it’s increasingly clear that tablets are here to stay. Leave your own thoughts on tablets at ﬁnd.pcworld.com/71899.
Tablet Debate, Updated
Regarding “Which tablet Is Best for You?” [June], my slant on tablets has evolved from “How could I [possibly] use that?” to “Hmmmmm...” to “I see how that would do everything I’m currently doing on my travel-ready slimand-light laptop, only better in some ways, with less to carry.” It does take a while to transition your thinking to something new, but once you do, you can see that you’re better off.
reor, PCWorld.com forums
you one report from each of the three credit agencies each year. so if you get a report from a different service every four months (instead of all three reports once a year), you can keep a very close watch on your credit for free. I’ve been doing it this way for years.
RetiredGeek, PCWorld.com forums
Options to combat online tracking by advertisers [“the Battle Over ‘Do Not track’,” Forward, June] have been around for a long time. Noscript [ﬁnd. pcworld.com/70213] can block Java from being sneaky and tracking you, and various add-ons can block ad/tracking networks from setting cookies on your computer. And the wonderful Adblock Plus [ﬁnd.pcworld.com/60781] takes out 99.9 percent of ads on Websites.
Keinichn, PCWorld.com forums
starts looking at the tablet as an ultraportable device for information, multimedia consumption, and communications, it will hardly be a signiﬁcant competitor in the tablet market.
Toulinwoek, PCWorld.com forums
Ready for Google Wallet?
Have you ever tried composing a I don’t think [google’s wireless paylengthy document or a long e-mail ment system] is avoidable [“google message on a touchWallet Reality screen? It gets irriCheck,” ﬁnd.pcworld. tating very quickly, com/71898]—it is Which tablet is best for no matter whether coming, and it prome? None. Why would I Android, iOs, or vides convenience want to own a laptop with WebOs is powering for consumers. It the keyboard missing? the tablet. A slideJamesajue will also require an out keyboard—or a PCWorld.com forums improved security keyboard add-on—is mindset and traina necessity if you want to do something ing for consumers, however. Consumother than gaming and Web surﬁng. ers don’t have the same awareness and care about their mobile security as they villanim, PCWorld.com forums do with their PCs, and yet for some of them, mobile devices are their primary Securing Your Life communication tool. One addendum to “secure Your Life in Our phones will become our wallet, 12 steps” [June] and the item on Annuand awareness and consumer trainalCreditReport.com: this site allows
Your article showed clearly the advantages of Android over iOs. that the iPad sells in a single model over every other model of tablet demonstrates one thing: It demonstrates that people are just buying what is popular.
ILLustRAtION: gARY NeILL
QUADICON, PCWorld.com forums
I think that until Microsoft stops looking at tablets as computers without keyboards and trying to optimize Windows 7 or 8 for that format, and instead
August 2011 pcworld.com
ing will be important. Not many people have turned on encryption features on their phones yet, or even installed antivirus software. For some consumers even password protection doesn’t play well. But what happens when their phone is lost or stolen? google is very good in pioneering technology ideas, and this application may bring good consumer beneﬁt and convenience. Only time will tell how well consumers are prepared for their mobile devices to store their ﬁnancial treasures; and perhaps at the beginning, stories of fraud will have to circulate in the media before consumer awareness around mobile-device security will get more attention.
Ondrej Krehel, chief information security ofﬁcer, Identity Theft 911 (idt911.com)
Paying by Smartphone
Regarding “six easy Ways to Pay by smartphone” [Consumer Watch, June]: I like the concept. But I fear that banks and services will add fees and restrictions to the point that they will make a great and useful idea become a money stream for them, and worthless for consumers. unfortunate but true.
blanddragon, PCWorld.com forums
need a color print? Just put the ﬁle on an inexpensive usB stick and take it to your local chain drugstore.
mcsedave, PCWorld.com forums
PCWorld welcomes your feedback. We re serve the right to edit for length and clarity. Share your thoughts in the Comments area under each story on our Website, or visit our Forums (ﬁnd.pcworld.com/55165). Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printer Ink: Less Is More?
Regarding “Printer Ink Reﬁlls Can save You Money” [Reviews and Rankings, June]: Yes, but ask yourself, “Do I really, really, really need a color printer?” You can buy a monochrome laser printer for the price of two or three factory inkjet reﬁlls. those monochrome laser reﬁlls seem to last forever! And if you
CorreCtion In JUne’S Top 10 Inkjet Multifunction Printers, the price of the HP Photosmart Premium e-All-inOne C310a should have been listed as $200. PCWorld regrets the error.
pcworld.com August 2011
In FR kg EE ar d!
and it will be a departure from the Windows we know and love today. tapping an icon with a ﬁnger launches the application and allows it to take up the entire screen. but 15 WorldMags iLLustrAtion: AdAM McCAuLey August 2011 pcworld. Tile-Based Interface Microsoft has posted a video (ﬁnd. touchoriented interface. At the conference.com . Microsoft demonstrat ed an interface that looks reminiscent of Windows Phone 7.pcworld.Forward Microsoft Introduces Windows 8 offering a radically different. who demonstrated the new software at Computex. without the usual Windows menus. a taskbar. and ecosystem. its smartphone operating system—complete with touchfriendly live tiles. and tablets. Most notably. or swipe from the left side to switch between open applications. laptops. users can swipe a ﬁnger in from the right edge of the screen to make menu items for that program appear. By Nick Mediati aNd JaMes Niccolai WindoWs 8 is on its way. system tray. showing several prototype devices on stage running the software. Micro soft’s corporate vice presi dent of Windows planning. the upcoming operating system is designed for desktops. hardware. a start menu. and scroll bars at the edges. and so on. that was the message Microsoft sent in a presentation given at the annual d: All things digital Conference held near Los Angeles in early June. for example. Within a particular applica tion.” said Michael Angiulo. “the application comes quickly to life as Windows fades to the background. Micro soft presented a radically re designed Windows interface: instead of the traditional desktop with windows. Microsoft also discussed features of the new Windows operating system during a press event at the Computex tech conference in taiwan. the company says that Windows 8 is designed not only for laptops and desktops.com/71921) that shows some of the os’s new features.
the company says. and other Web tech wait and see how everything making Mac os X more iPad nologies. developers will have much to learn. traditional desktop mode that you can switch to with just the press of a button. the Libre Pro. though Windows 8 traditional appdevelopment TeCH sPOTLiG HT: FoUr hoT e. the tilebased interface replaces the tradi tional start menu.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. features. California. AMAZON KINDLE WITH SPECIAL OFFERS Hardware-wise. touchfriendly buttons and visual style). lighter. completely redesigned Nook ($139) introduces a 6-inch E-Ink Pearl display with Neonode’s zForce infrared touch technology to simplify navigation and access.” departs from the windows-and-menus desktop design of its predecessors. but the like with Lion’s iosinspired also have tieins to more writing is on the wall.r e a DerS BARNES & NOBLE NOOK (SECOND GENERATION) The original Nook (now called Nook First Edition) had a clunky LCD screen for navigating the E-Ink display above it. WorldMags 16 pcworld. that will take place in september in Anaheim. Applications made speciﬁcally for Windows 8 will be a some what different beast: they’ll “use the power of HtML 5. it also has 1GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot. it remains to be seen in merging the tablet and the What’s interesting about whether Windows 8–speciﬁc PC.000 books thanks to its expanded MicroSD card slot. Weighing only 6 ounces.Forward also for tablets (which makes sense. the software will be com patible with all Windows 7 applications and peripherals.MX508—that Kobo says boosts the speed of page turns. the Wi-Fi–equipped Libre Air ($130) has a nonbacklit 5-inch LCD screen intended to achieve a glare-free result that. the video also shows regular Windows pro grams running in a separate. according to Microsoft. still. and we’ll have to more tabletlike. called Build. like electronic paper. It supports 802. The new.and discount-subsidized e-reader. the new windows 8 script and HtML. and Microsoft announced a new confer ence. and builds in Kobo’s Reading Life social-networking features. as well as a Wi-Fi connection. or whether they’ll turns out in practice. KOBO EREADER TOUCH EDITION Offering the same display as the new Nook. the Kindle with Special Offers isn’t anything new. tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard Java BearIng a STrong resemblance to windows Phone 7. is comfortable to read and kind to the device’s battery.com August 2011 . ALURATEK LIBRE AIR Similar to its predecessor. the company seems to go one step further tools that Microsoft offers. there will probably be Windows 8 is that it’s anoth programs will be based some resistance to these er step toward making PCs entirely on HtML 5. provides an on-screen keyboard. Apple is script. but Amazon is on to something with its ad. the Libre Air can accommodate up to 50. says. this model ($130) has an updated processor—the Freescale i. and customer requests prompted Amazon to launch a 3G version for $164. Java changes. Priced at $114—$25 less than the ad-free version—it emerged as the most popular e-reader on Amazon’s site. given its big. where they can ﬁnd out more about the new os.
sometime in the future.2inch touchscreen—and ceptual war between Micro it also boasts a microphone. Now Rovio is selling the original and Rio versions of the game for Windows. At e3 nintendo demonstrat ed various ways of using the Wii u con troller in concert with a tV screen. accessories. Chicago. and Roku plans to bring three versions of the game to its settop boxes this summer. an inwardfacing nintendo’s and sony’s “you camera. and Wii DrawIng on The controller is just one of the actions possible on the wii U. and you can play games with someone else in the same room. the USBConnect Adrenaline by LG. a tabletstyle gamepad about When can you buy one? the size of a trade paperback sometime in 2012. consolidating Visa and nonVisa pay ment accounts that can be used in mobile. It’s unclear what new devices will be able to connect to the service at launch. but its demo of the system’s processing prowess was impressive. and San Antonio. Angry Birds Seasons. Photobucket servers will host tweeters’ images. using the controller as the game board. Visa to Launch Mobile Wallet in U.com 17 . Each is $5. still need a controller. soft’s “you are the control an accelerometer. or a game controller that isn’t really a controller.” tV to playing on the con troller itself. really cool one” philosophy. pad is usable only in proximi but it’s linked wirelessly with ty to the Wii u box. but Twitter seems set to man age the service. ecommerce. and runs on XP SP2 or better. the game we know for now—no word pad has dual thumbsticks. on the price yet. AT&T re leased one LTEcapable device last year. just a the Wii u (pronounced “we. it isn’t designed to supplant nintendo’s ds and 3ds por the new system is a set tables. and retail pointofsale transactions. High def? deﬁnitely. AT&T CTO John Stankey says the company will roll out LTE in ten additional markets by the end of this year. however. will roll out in Atlanta. The project will launch in the United States and Canada in the fall. Twitter is also securing deals with mobile carriers to allow users to send photos via MMS messages.S. you can also use a stylus to draw on the controller’s touchscreen. said to be ten times faster than 3G. such as when someone walks into the room and wants to watch tV. Wii remote controllers. the Wii u will be backward compatible with all Wii games. a gyro ler” Kinect approach and scope. AT&T Rolls Out LTE Sometime this summer AT&T’s new LTE wireless service. But one trigger buttons. Visa says it will honor cross channel payments. as well. and stereo thing is certain: the coming speakers on either side of a years will see an allout con 6. in fact. social network. Rovio plans to release a third Windows edition. that’s all turned sideways. Houston. you”) allows you to switch from playing games on your —Matt Peckham Briefs Twitter Brings Photo Sharing in House Twitter is partnering with Photobucket to offer photo attachments to tweets directly from the Twitter homepage. and rumble support. Dallas. the feature should be out by the time you read this. at this point we’re still not sure what to call the Wii u—which nintendo unveiled at its e3 2011 press event in early June—besides “fascinating. Texas. which will get a software upgrade.Nintendo’s Wii U Breaks the Mold Once Again iMAgine A gAMe console that isn’t really a console. nintendo is keeping mum about the specs at this writing. Visa has announced a mobile wallet service that includes near ﬁeld communication and other technologies for retail purchases and persontoperson transactions from wireless devices. Angry Birds Games Migrate to Windows PCs A browserbased beta version of Rovio’s überpopular Angry Birds game is in Google’s Chrome Web Store. WorldMags iLLustrAtions: AdAM McCAuLey August 2011 pcworld. the game top box like the original Wii.
are a great way to express your geek pride.. across devices. apps. documents. or twenty): Any kind of geek slogan or motif.popandshorty.. A home-built PC: Nothing shouts geek cred like a homemade computer. Keyboard shortcuts: Knowing your way around a keyboard is pretty useful. If you don’t. and they should contain system utilities and perhaps a Linux installation or two.pcworld. box will end up holding main ly ethernet cables. such as Pop + Shorty (www. Macs. keyboard shortcuts save a ton of time on the desktop. have good ones. A geeky tee (or two. —Jonathan Seff 7 Things Every Geek Should Know or Own GEEK PRIDE DAY comes along every What deﬁnes a geek? Here’s our list May 25. in applications such as Photoshop. Flash drives: Not just one or two—you should have an entire collection. a geek Should Know. You should have almost every screwdriver imaginable.com) and Threadless (www. If selfrespecting geek should have. Apple has made three new apps: documents in the Cloud (for syncing Pages. once a day. and books. consider this a shopping list of the items you need. since you’ll have them handy for pretty much any unforeseen circum ShIrTS BearIng wITTY slogans. Purchased apps. congratulations.Forward G eeK TeCH Apple Unveils iCloud Data Sync Service APPLe HAs announced the iCloud wireless data sync service for ios devices. If you’re looking for a geeky tee.threadless. don’t count against that total. (A special thanks to those readers who contributed ideas via our Facebook page!) a geek Should own. you have or know at least a few of the following things. and app data. If you know the HTML basics—plus a little about CSS and how it works—you get bonus points.. and books. is legitimate and potentially cool. plenty of places online. and in Web browsers too. iCloud will ship at the same time as ios 5 in the fall. as well as Photo stream images. music. And of course.com/geektech for hacks. your Cam era roll photos and videos. each user gets 5gB of free storage for mail. More than likely the Pop + Shorty. device settings. it never hurts to add some geeky buttons. WorldMags 18 pcworld. it syncs contacts. iCloud will also back up purchased music. especially if your mouse stops working and you need to shut down. if HTML is your thing. and PCs. and mail. or something to do with geek culture. but a decent supply of that type is good for wiring up your whole house. and backup. and Keynote ﬁles). third party apps can store ﬁles in iCloud and sync them. and antistatic wrist straps. tips. You should know how to partition your ﬂash drives properly. such as this one from stance. but just about any day is a of basic objects and skills that any great day to bask in being a geek. and itunes in the Cloud (for downloading purchased music to up to ten devices). How to code: Depending on what coding you ﬁnd most interesting—be it computer program ming or Web design—you should be able to lay down the basics from memory. calendars.com August 2011 . numbers. and hardware news.. but it means that you got to choose what went inside. Plus. A soldering iron: You never know when you’ll have to hack together some hardware. Photo stream (for syncing pictures). —Elizabeth Fish Visit the GeekTech blog at go. the free iCloud replaces the $99ayear MobileMe. For instance. Don’t forget to put a cable in your bag (be it a USB or a speciﬁc charger cable) just in case your latest gadget or laptop runs out of juice or needs hooking up to a desktop PC. you really ought to know your ‘img src’ from your ‘a href’. plus safari bookmarks and iBooks books. too. com). Lots of cables: Keeping a box of miscellaneous cables is a great idea. you can upload ﬁles for songs it can’t identify. What about music not from the itunes store? Apple’s $25ayear itunes Match service scans your library and tries to match it with the 18 million songs that Apple sells. Not only does it prove how well you can navigate around a PC.
10Tb of backup data. WorldMags .S. natural disasters — or even pesky gators.worstcasescenarios. no matter what. published by Chronicle Books. you’ll never need to worry about hardware failures. Learn how to wrestle an alligator — and survive nearly any other worst-case scenario — with a free Survival Handbook. or its subsidiaries in the U. With SunGard’s expertise behind you. www. power outages. But with SunGard® Availability Services online backup and recovery. a backup failure is one worst-case scenario you’ll never have to face. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. and cost up to 70%* less than traditional tape-dependent solutions. SunGard solutions optimize every aspect of backup and recovery. running on a X86 server environment.com/WCSSB1. More than 3. Inc. SunGard provided backup and recovery equipment and facilities.000 small businesses depend on us to keep their critical applications and data available. * Savings based on comparison data of customer vs. ©2011 SunGard.com.Te Worst-case Scenario backup and Recovery Handbook How to backup & REcOVER YOuR DaTa While Wrestling an alligator. Based on The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Stuﬀ happens. Get yours today at sungardas. WORST-CASE SCENARIO ® trademark and elements of WORST-CASE SCENARIO ® trade dress are used under license from and with the exclusive permission of Quirk Productions. SunGard and the SunGard logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc.
ﬁnd.COM AUGUST 2011 .pcworld.com/71917 B A C K .Staff Picks Livescribe Echo 2GB You might not want to schlep a laptop to your classes. Google Docs. or your iPad. but you’re not a Luddite—you still want a digital version of your notes. your smartphone. and then upload them to Evernote.S C H O O L P R O D U C T S T H AT H AV E O U R E D I T O R S D R O O L I N G WorldMags 20 PCWORLD.T O . The Livescribe Echo smartpen ($99 for a 2GB model) is perfect for you: Take notes the old-fashioned way.
and a (gasp!) removable battery. pcworld. simply hit the Memonic bookmarklet in your browser. and via the docking station shown below).Toshiba Thrive The Thrive costs less than the iPad ($429 for 8GB). ﬁnd.COM 21 . ﬁnd.com/71918 Memonic Memonic (free and premium plans available) is a great way to collaborate on a research project. But why do you need a glasses-free 3D phone at school? Your answer: “Think how much worse my grades would be if I wore 3D glasses in class!” ﬁnd.pcworld.com/71919 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. So why buy one? It has tons of ports (on-board. and you can save the page (or a portion of it) and share it with your research group. It has a dual-core processor and a qHD screen.com/71920 HTC Evo 3D Justifying the Evo 3D ($200 with two-year contract) to Mom and Dad could be tricky.pcworld. Android Honeycomb. an actual ﬁle-management system. Whenever you discover a good Web resource on your topic. but it’s also fatter and heavier.
have similar services.) The temporary number has its own expiration date and security code. you can’t stop the break-ins. Four Safer Ways to Pay Online Worried about hackers snagging your credit card info? Taking a few precautionary steps can go a long way in protecting your account. Disposable credit card numbers: Why share your 16-digit number with online merchants.COM .pcworld. Naturally. The venerable PayPal (www. you can shop online and guard against fraud. Federal Trade Commission (ﬁnd. you can make a purchase simply by clicking the Google Checkout button on its site. Bank of America. You may reuse the number when you buy from that vendor again. Prepaid credit cards: Personal ﬁnances shaky? Can’t 23 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. given how common security breaches have become. you open a new browser window and sign in to your Bank of America account. Even if you don’t use a disposable number. but here are four ways to keep your funds out of the hands of the bad guys. So what can you do to minimize credit card fraud? Well. Both sites will reimburse any unauthorized purchases in full. temporary card number for each online purchase. including Citibank (www.paypal. For instance. When you want to make a purchase online. ShopSafe (www.com) stores your credit card details and doesn’t share your full card number with merchants.google. you’ll have to sign in to your Google account to complete a transaction. and is valid at only one online vendor.com/us/cards) and EntroPay (ﬁnd. you follow the ShopSafe instructions to create a 16-digit credit card number. Other institutions.S. com) is another option. you’re protected from unauthorized credit card purchases. and EntroPay.pcworld. BY JEFF BERTOLUCCI WHO HAS YOUR private info? Who knows. as long as you report the fraud within 60 days. however.citibank. Online payment services: The free Google Checkout service (checkout. And credit card information is one of the most common types of personal data we volunteer online. where you won’t have to pay a penny. If someone uses your card without your permission.com/71873 ).bankofamerica. And many card issuers now have zero-liability policies. Next.Consumer Watch WITH VIRTUAL credit card numbers from institutions such as Citibank. which you use on the vendor’s site in lieu of your reg- ular number.com/71872). If a vendor accepts Google’s payment service.com/shopsafe) is a free service for Bank of America Visa and MasterCard holders who bank online with the ﬁnancial giant. (The vendor won’t know the difference. and it won’t charge you a fee to buy stuff online. your liability typically ends at the ﬁrst $50. according to the U. particularly those you’ve never heard of? Many major banks let you create a unique.
pcworld.com/71874). in the second window. For example. in the last 2 or 3 hours of an auction. you can stay one step ahead of cybercriminals without losing the convenience of shopping in your pajamas.com).auctionsniper. if you’re sick of that disappointment. One last important rule of thumb: Never use wire transfers. Of course. set the maximum price at only a small amount more than the next-highest bidder. albeit pricey ones. as you buy stuff. but don’t click Continue. EBAy is A great resource if you’re looking to buy things at a discount—with everyone competing to sell their tchotchkes and castoffs. both showing the same auction.westernunion. hunker down and think of the maximum price you would bid—say. including debit cards. When you buy a prepaid card. say. it’s well worth submitting your absolute maximum bid with Auction sniper. check the bid history to see if it includes any aggressive bidders who might drive the price up. watch as the auction closes to the last 10 or 20 seconds.” Secure cards: For additional protection online. and click Conﬁrm Bid on the next page. if Auction sniper bids $100 on an item for you. the goods’ purchase total is deducted from the balance. Chances are. click Continue. enter your max bid and click Place Bid. you should regularly check your accounts to spot fraud more quickly. on Auction sniper (www. Bidding manually is always a possibility. Visa’s zero-liability policy applies to prepaid cards. plane tickets on British Airways.pcworld. leaving in the dust novice bidders who thought they had spotted a oncein-a-lifetime deal. seasoned eBay bidders tend to wait until the very last second to place their bids. but if you regularly buy. For amount you’re willing to pay for an item. if someone else submits a higher bid than your Auction sniper maximum before the auction is over. consider services such as MasterCard secureCode (ﬁnd. you can’t get it back. using an extra layer of security could help throw potential fraudsters off your tracks. you’ll beat your competitors. as well. then move back to the ﬁrst window. they’ll still win. Bidding Assistance and Strategies if you’re too busy to keep up with auctions. it’s gone. WorldMags 24 pcworld. even if you take steps to disguise your ﬁnancial information. you’ll pay only $86 for the item if you win. Both require you to enter a password to complete a transaction. because eBay will set the On AuctiOn Sniper. then. here are some tips that should help you get onto the winning side of more eBay contests. unfortunately. “it’s just like sending cash—once it’s gone.com) you enter your maximum bid for an item. using any of these methods can help you signiﬁcantly reduce the chances of being duped by a malicious seller or site hacker. But with a little vigilance and extra effort. $50. cashier’s checks. or money orders. A Western union Prepaid Visa Card (www. you can often ﬁnd things a lot cheaper at this online marketplace Megan geuss than in a brick-and-mortar store. usually you can get a Visa Prepaid card without a credit card or bank account (ﬁnd. if so. Just remember that these cards are often loaded with sneaky fees. and it will input that bid 5 seconds before the auction closes. open two browser windows.com August 2011 . pcworld.” the FtC’s Consumer Alert site warns. the lists of participating vendors are short. but the next-highest bidder bid $85.Consumer Watch Skeptica l Shopper obtain a regular credit card? you still have online-shopping options. instance. in one window. Don’t Be a Loser on eBay Following just a few simple tips and tricks can make your auction bidding more successful—and more fun. the agency also points out that using cash equivalents. has a $10 “non-refundable activation fee” and a $5 “load fee. the downside: the low price you see on many auction-only items is rarely the price you’ll pay at the end of the auction if you win. Buying a $50 herbal supplement from a dubious siberian pharmacy? say nyet to cash. personal checks. too. com/71877) and Veriﬁed by Visa (ﬁnd. you load it with the cash amount you want. for instance. to buy online is wise only if you’re familiar with the seller.com/71878). a “sniping” service can submit your bid to eBay in the last few seconds of action.
trendnet.com/giveaway Enter Code PC World to Double Your Prizes ©2011 TRENDnet All rights reserved WorldMags .4GHz Band 5GHz Band 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter TEW-684UB 450Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Wireless N Gigabit Router TEW-692GR 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter TEW-684UB Win a Wireless N Gaming Adapter at www.2.
Get Online Anywhere
HigH-sPEEd iNtErNEt ACCEss has become fairly ubiquitous in hotels, and not just major chains. usually you can check online to see whether an establishment offers internet access, but your research shouldn’t stop there: Find out whether the service comes via Wi-Fi or ethernet, and whether it’s included with the room charge or costs extra. if you’re stuck with a wired connection, you can probably share it by creating a hotspot with a travel router. several vendors offer compact routers that support 802.11g; trendnet’s tEW654tr (about $50) is one of the ﬁrst to back the faster 802.11n standard. Another option is to buy a mobile broadband Wi-Fi router to tap into your smartphone’s data network. Novatel Wireless’s MiFi routers are barely larger than a credit card; currently you can buy one for $100 with a Verizon Wireless data plan, or $150 for Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you-go service. unlocked MiFi models for use with gsM networks cost about $230, but you have to make your own data-plan arrangements. unfortunately, you can’t use the same MiFi router in both North America and Europe—each continent’s 3g (HsPA) networks operate on various frequencies, so Novatel has different models for Europe and North America. Cradlepoint makes a Wi-Fi router intended for use with selected usB Wi-Fi modems, but make sure your modem is on the supported list before you buy. Finally, if you need online access in a pinch, some hotels have lobby computers that you can use for brief tasks—but be cautious in using a public PC. try to ﬁnd a machine that reboots and cleans up between guests; you don’t want your accounts hacked because you left login information or cookies behind.
on Your Side
IN 2009, I bought my teenage son a MacBook from Best Buy, and I added a two-year extended warranty with “Accidental Damage From Handling” coverage. Lo and behold, my son accidentally ran over his MacBook with his car after leaving it on his trunk. I ﬁled a claim with Best Buy, and an associate advised me to purchase another computer, saying the company would issue a credit if the original MacBook couldn’t be ﬁxed. But Best Buy eventually denied the warranty claim on the grounds that this type of incident isn’t covered in the accidental-damage plan. I thought that my extended warranty covered all accidents. Can you help?
—Milan Vora, Claremont, California
OYS responds: Best Buy’s accidental-damage plan covers the costs of repairing your product after “an unexpected and unintentional external event (drops and spills) that arises from your normal daily usage of the product as the manufacturer intended.” Most people, however, don’t consider placing a laptop on a car trunk and driving off “normal daily usage.” A Best Buy resolution specialist veriﬁed that the Leah YaMshon MacBook in question suffered vehicle damage, but noted that the incident does not qualify for coverage under the warranty because the laptop was not being used in the intended manner. As a compromise, Best Buy offered a $500 credit toward Vora’s next computer purchase, because an associate had said that a credit would be issued. Before you buy a warranty plan, conﬁrm what kinds of accidents it covers.
Follow-up: cell for cash
In our November 2010 issue, the Tech Audit column cited CellForCash.com as a service that buys old smartphones. Several readers have complained that they never got payment for their phones, which the company had veriﬁed to be in working order. Customers have said that contacting Cell for Cash is difﬁcult; the typical reply is an automated e-mail response. After helping Christine Dunn of Lafayette, Louisiana, get a check for her iPhone, we repeatedly asked the company for answers. Thus far the only one we’ve gotten is: “Cell for Cash handles thousands of cell phones and other devices per month and we do occasionally make an error.” Given that reply, we can’t know why some customers haven’t seen payment. But we can no longer recommend the company. The Better Business Bureau has received 430 complaints about Cell for Cash and its subsidiary, RMS Communications Group, in the past three years. We will continue investigating; in the meantime, programs such as Gazelle and NextWorth have proven more stable.
Problems with tech customer service? E-mail us at email@example.com.
pcworld.com August 2011
illustrAtiON: gAry NEill
No one can put a price on the treasures on your computer.
2010 Fastest Growing IT Service
But backing them up automatically is just $59 a year.
Trust Carbonite for unlimited, automatic backup of your computer ﬁles.
A hard drive crash, virus or even a simple accident can wipe out your computer ﬁles in seconds. Protect your photos, music, email and other irreplaceable ﬁles with Carbonite – the online backup service trusted by more than one million people. Carbonite automatically backs up your ﬁles whenever you’re connected to the Internet. Backup space is unlimited, and everything is encrypted so your data remains secure and private. When you need to recover ﬁles, getting them back is easy – you can even access your ﬁles remotely from any computer or on your smartphone. Start your free trial today at Carbonite.com or call 1-800-259-7949 to learn more.
Act now to protect your valuable computer ﬁles.
• Unlimited online backup • Automatic & continuous • Encrypts ﬁles for privacy • Installs in minutes – PC or Mac • Trusted by more than 1 million customers • Access ﬁles from any computer or smartphone
Try IT FrEE! Visit carbonite.com
o FREE mon th s* tw
*Use Code CB392 and get 2 FrEE months upon purchase.
©2011 Carbonite, Inc.
contacts. or even smartphones. Google Apps Sync for Outlook will sync your e-mail. see the online version of this article syncing with at ﬁnd. GOOGLE Calendar consider the following approaches. and notes between Google Apps and Outlook—but you must be a paying customer of Google Apps. Google Calendar. BlackBerry smartphones and tablets use BlackBerry Exchange Server rather than Exchange Active Sync. you don’t really have multiple copies of the same data to keep in sync. If you use Microsoft Ofﬁce and Outlook. keeping your data synced is relatively simple. Though no perfect solution exists yet. and any changes or additions will occur the Google service itself. For example. As for syncing contacts. BlackBerry devices work best with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. For both iOS devices and secondary PCs.COM . Laptops can connect to Exchange over any Web connection. Go through Google: If you are not using Exchange Active Sync. and other data synced across all your mobile devices and PC platforms a lot less difﬁcult than you might expect. and most smartphones and tablets can stay synced using Exchange Active Sync. Alternatively. using a product like Sync2 ($30). The challenge is to keep everything synced so you can access the same data from each of the platforms you use. And Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices work best with a Microsoft infrastructure. Google Calendar. as with Microsoft Outlook. than on e-mail.Business Center Staying in Sync Cloud-based tools make keeping contacts. and Contacts rather SUGARSYNC includes 5GB of free cloud storage with syncing. For example. Use Exchange Active Sync: If you use Microsoft Exchange Server or Ofﬁce 365. so they can be downloaded at each location. calendar. calendars. software can help. so they will be reﬂected when you connect from another device. so you can access the data from pretty much anywhere and any device. You can set up e-mail on multiple computers as long as you conﬁgure each system to leave messages on the server as well. PEOPLE ARE NO longer tied to a speciﬁc location or device as they roam about working on laptops. If you rely on Gmail.) Outlook. or if you need to keep data in sync with another PC. the above solutions won’t help. smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system work best when they are connected with Google services such as Gmail. and calendar information. the easiest path to syncing runs through Google. Google Calendar Sync will perform two-way syncing between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. contacts. or gSyncIt ($20) for each system that you want to keep in sync will ensure that 29 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. and contacts maintained locally. calendar. Sync provides (For links to the services mentioned two-way below. Exchange Server maintains the e-mail messages. and Contacts. tablets. You can simply connect to the Google data from your various devices.pcworld.com/71861. Dance with them what brung you: Default systems are in place for some platforms. BY TONY BRADLEY MICROSOFT Windows Live SkyDrive offers cloud-based storage for your ﬁles.
and to leverage your connections’ connections when necessary.com site has to offer: Find a job: Linkedin is a favorite haunt of recruiters and headhunters. designated folders on the local desktop are automatically synced with the data that’s stored online. data automatically syncs from the desktop to the cloud—and Windows Phone 7 smartphones integrate with data stored on skyDrive. as long as you have an Internet connection. Dropbox. Whether you’re trying to decide between a MacBook air and a dell laptop. or for a speciﬁc company. here are ﬁve ways to take advantage of what the Tony Bradley Linkedin. Linkedin. and contacts so those platforms will have access to the current. then. And the free google Cloud Connect add-on lets you sync ﬁles from Microsoft Ofﬁce software to google’s cloud. Linkedin provides a means for you to branch out and make new connections within your ﬁeld or your company. and it has a rich set of tools designed to help members reap valuable information. calendar. you can then set your iPhone or iPad to use google sync for e-mail. Establish a community: You can form a group on Linkedin dedicated to a speciﬁc topic or industry. such as Microsoft Windows Live skyDrive or google Docs. career sites such as dice. You can also research a company before you go in for an interview or accept a job with a new company. has more than 100 million registered users.Business Center changes and additions on one PC will make their way to the other computers. or even a whole industry. you can accomplish many of these same things by using Facebook. Ideally. With your data synced to google. google doesn’t offer a way to work with google Docs ofﬂine (though such a capability is expected this summer).net. and other data synced among devices can be more challenging. and then set your calendar and contacts to update using google sync. you can turn to your network of business professionals for guidance. you can access the ﬁles from anywhere. With each of these. but Linkedin adds the element of networking. presentations.com and Monster are nice too. and then invite others to join that group to debate. an android smartphone. you want to work ofﬂine when necessary and still have the data stay in sync. and learn from one another. When you use Windows Live Mesh. but tools from Memeo can provide ofﬂine access to google Docs data. Build professional relationships: success or failure can often be measured by the size of your Rolodex (or your outlook contacts list). such a group is also an opportunity to demonstrate your own knowledge and expertise by sharing what you know.com August 2011 . Net Work Five Ways to Use LinkedIn LinkedIn has tools and resources that can help you boost your career. Syncing Other Kinds of Files Keeping spreadsheets. Use the cloud: the most elegant solution is to use cloud-based storage. Carry it with you: store your ﬁles on an external usB hard drive or thumb drive that you carry around. You can let potential employers know about your skills and background through your Linkedin proﬁle—just as if you were posting your résumé on a job site—but it also helps when you can get a credible referral through your Linkedin network. Granted. But Linkedin lets you focus on professional business relationships without getting distracted by FarmVille or Maﬁa Wars. too. or you want recommendations for the LinKedin can be a great resource for researching best photo-editing app for particular companies. You can also turn to services like Box. its search tools support granular searches for Linkedin members in a particular industry. Conduct research: Linkedin can be an invaluable resource for gathering information. discuss. skyDrive provides a Microsoftcentric solution. the sociaL networking site focused on business and professional contacts. google uses Exchange Active sync. so you add google sync to your iOs device as if it were an Exchange e-mail account. Seek advice: You can use Linkedin answers to pose a question—big or small—to your entire Linkedin network. synced data. many of which have a meager 8gB or 16gB of storage. making it an indispensable tool for career-building. or sugarsync. such ﬁles can also quickly exceed the storage capacity of mobile devices. WorldMags 30 pcworld.
w y rosoft securit st $1000. calendars. Pt Ford to Mic a week and co tionking.com). builds on Microsoft’s Business online Professional services (BPos). serious considerations remain before your company abandons local apps and physical servers for the cloud (see ﬁnd. Voice replaced ogle King owner Sh Web soft ofﬁce. ea bennett. But it also has a desktop component in the ofﬁce 2010 suite. and you’d lik world. with a ﬁnal release set for later this year. Maryland. ter eliminatin ess. however. millions of paid users of apps for Business. had in te WorldMags 32 BinG ail sysPt FoRd PLUM ble PoP3 e-m and an unrelia customer c Pc viruses take chroni mple option to site had no si monthly. took less than e migration ng (www.Business Center teCH AUDIt Google Apps Move Helps Contractors Link With Customers Gone aRe the days when running a small business meant outﬁtting each worker with a desktop Pc and loading up each one with individually licensed software. DY CASe StU word processing.com/71854. (see a comparison of the features and pricing of Google apps for Business and Microsoft ofﬁce 365 at ﬁnd.com August 2011 . ofﬁce 365. and more. in the small-business case study below. the competition is just heating up.pcworld. the full Google apps is available now. though Google appears to be ahead in this online race. tomers are smaller ﬁrms. Both packages include e-mail.com. Google says. Google apps for Business is a paid suite—an expansion of the lineup found in the free Google apps for consumers. tem. Right now. hosted moved from a e to Ford’s Website and respond t Us form on th tes. g the malwar service reques s. and low maintenance of their services are appealing to a growing number of small businesses. siness marke bu techaudit@pc Audit. Microsoft ofﬁce 365 also promises impressive Roi for small companies. Web services win out for convenience and mobility.com/71855). Go costly. a contac rs can record er to Google si ra ts. Microsoft counts “millions” of BPos customers and hundreds of millions of desktop ofﬁce users. The advantages of the cloud in many cases. Google apps was the right choice for moving away from a mix of Microsoft ofﬁce and other tools. Google and Microsoft are the major players in so-called “cloud” suites that are designed for a mobile. spreadsheets. always-online workforce. companies that use Google apps enjoy more than a 300 percent return on investment (Roi)—so said a report in november by Forrester Research (and sponsored by Google). the ﬂexibility. portability. But for many organizations. Finally. its Web st nearly $500 rvices co ts. either Google apps for Business or Microsoft ofﬁce 365 will improve productivity and reduce such costs as software licenses and paid it help. services that live on the internet provide a swifter way to empower workers with producelSa WenZel tivity and communication tools. af for up to ten Pc dr hich is free customer’s ad essentials. presentations.migra th Migration Ki bmitted by —Case study su size e small to mid ider serving th solutions prov ntribute to it you can co if you’re an e to learn how t. e-mail PCWorld Tech pcworld. the plumbe serv tphone fo stomer reques ent on a smar oyees ﬁeld cu Google docum site lets empl Bennett moved and can tap a e problems. live chat. collaborative editing. and VoiP se lver spring. Migrating to google’s online productivity suite can help small businesses save money. by contrast. pcworld. replacin ness Vonage VoiP. ts in real time. ofﬁce 365 opened for public beta testing in april. si reques ng in nearby d Migration ki sinesses Pt Ford calle oving small bu ializes in m ﬁrm that spec an it Google apps.) some 3 million businesses use Google apps—including. ices such as ees to cloud serv Ford’s employ ett signed Pt for Businer shea Benn ow apps -year Google per-user-per Microonto the $50l system and g the e-mai MiGRaTiOn Pt suite. Google doesn’t share a breakdown of how many of its cus- ntractor s Plumbing Co Aid Google Apps mple hills.
Resisting the urge to click can be difﬁcult. Even shortened uRLs may pose risks. Many scams pose as links in posts from people you know. so if someone posts a shortened link to your wall or by using a Facebook message or Chat. but it’s just as relevant to online scams—in particular. they can use it to spam your friends. “these schemes are coming from people in our network. says Chris Boyd.t. “Is this you? LOL!”. Here are practical ways to ensure that you won’t become the next victim. also watch out for pages that unexpectedly ask you to enter your Facebook login information. or if you suspect foul play of any kind. But it may be a scam or a link to a malicious site posted by a crook using a hijacked Facebook account. and our guard is already down. some messages are so persuasive that victims may provide personal information such as credit card or phone numbers.Security Alert Spot and Avoid Facebook Scams By lOGAN KUGlER “tHERE’s a suCkER born every minute. you’ll probably click it.com . the deceived person inadvertently spams friends with links to the same uRL. Here are two red ﬂags to watch for when you click a link: It doesn’t take you to the page promised. originally referred to deceptive carnival sideshow attractions. Facebook scams—today. If that happens.” the “stalker tracker” (which purports to tell you who’s visiting your proﬁle).” that quotation. or it takes much longer to load than you’d expect. and scammers know it. But of course. that’s a very tough thing to police against. which the scammer can then exploit to run up unauthorized charges. change your password immediately. a delayed load may mean that you’re being bounced between proxy servers to hide a hacker’s location. since users can’t tell by looking at a shortened Web address whether it’s authentic. Once scammers manage to gain access to your account details. But instead of seeing the promised site. the key element in a successful scam is its ability to exploit the victim’s trust. “You’d think that people wouldn’t continue to fall for them. Robert D’Ovidio. they prey on a combination of users’ curiosity and trust.” he says. and “watch this video” tricks. proceed with caution. None of the common Facebook frauds—the “Facebook dislike button. ultimately. Fortunately. says Dr. and you may have seen some of the lures. for instance—are new. most scams are designed to generate reve35 WorldMags ILLustRatION: MICHaEL BYERs august 2011 pcworld. instead of being sent directly to the destination.” If a friend posts a link to what appears to be a video on your wall with the comment. You’ve heard about the scams False Friends One ploy that Facebook scammers use is to encourage people to click a compelling uRL. widely attributed to P. you have some clues to watch for. and on their own ability to disguise scams as legitimate online promos. senior threat researcher for uk-based gFI software. they do. associate professor of sociology at Drexel university in Philadelphia. Barnum.
too. but the company urges users to update to the latest version of skype for mac (5. and change your Facebook account password. says the key to not getting scammed is to be vigilant. skype has ﬁxed an extremely dangerous vulnerability in skype 5 for mac that a knowledgeable attacker could easily exploit to gain complete James mulroy control over your system. GooGle made several updates to its Chrome browser to address various recently uncovered bugs. Google Issues Chrome Browser Fix Plus: an update to skype for Mac 5 and a change in Os X malware monitoring. to modify these settings. Look for anything that seems odd or unprofessional. version 10. Updates for Mac Users a recently discovered vulnerability in skype 5 for mac could cause skype to crash if an attacker sends a specially crafted message. not a Google bug. visit ﬁnd. Parker. WorldMags 36 pcworld. security experts say it’s your best protection: “Be careful what you click on.pcworld. meanwhile. and two more are rated critical. Google’s latest update dealt with the problem by installing an updated version of adobe’s Flash Player. (including your Facebook login name and password) to anybody. and click the X next to the app you want to delete). mac users should also install security Update 2011-003 for mac os X snow leopard. then select under ‘apps and Websites’ at the bottom left. But if your browser has not applied the updates for some reason. J. perhaps the graphical user interface of skype). In addition. skype released two separate updates—one for mac and one for Windows—after a bug prevented users from logging on. unless you’re certain of the recipient’s legitimacy and the distribution channel’s security. an attorney with kershaw. Cutter & Ratinoff. simple search can yield results indicating what’s legit and what may not be.1. run software Update on your mac to ensure that you’re up-to-date. and apple has responded to persistent mutations of macdefender scareware by altering the way the malicious-ﬁle quarantine system in mac os X functions. and see ﬁnd.0.com/71916 for more information. only three are rated high. click the wrench icon in the toolbar and select Update Google Chrome from the resulting menu. Run a google search on both the app name and the author.R. alert your friends to what happened. Chrome automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available. and click next to ‘Info accessible through your friends’. He recommends tying down all privacy settings and restricting what apps can do with your information or your Facebook page. of the 13 ﬁxes. ﬁrst delete the offending app (go to [under ‘apps and Websites’] [under ‘apps you use’]. then delete any posts that the app has made in your name. Here are some speciﬁc tips: name and follow it to the app’s home page. since the bug requires Flash to run. Google says that. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to take remote control of a shell—an interface feature for an application (in this case. it’s fundamentally an adobe bug. This patch modiﬁes the malicious-ﬁle quarantine system in mac os X to check for malware deﬁnition updates daily to identify new mac malware such as the recent macdefender fake antivirus.pcworld.922 or later) to ward off any possible attacks.com august 2011 ILLustRatION: gaRY NEILL . Google plans to keep the details about a number of these patches private until the majority of Chrome users have updated to the latest version of the browser. For more information on these updates.Security Alert BUG S & FI X E S nue for the scammers through pay-perclick schemes or through access to information that can lead to unauthorized charges on credit cards or phone bills. The security ﬁrm vupen recently discovered a bug that could allow attackers to bypass Google Chrome’s sandbox and enable them to execute dangerous code on your system. a healthy skepticism is critical. log in to Facebook and click Account in the top right. skype says that this bug isn’t being exploited.” Google Chrome Fixes recent patches for Google Chrome correct an assortment of bugs.com/71902.2. What to Do If You Fall Victim If you ﬁnd that you’ve been scammed. social networks depends in part on the security-mindedness of the other people who belong to your network. LLP.
Facebook posts. terrorism experts often warn that the next terrorist attacks could be virtual—though. “Today. all actual cyberattacks have been minor in scope. experts and ofﬁcials have been debating how best to respond to cyberterrorism for years. The amendment would require the government to treat that data as if it were private property. and section 5 allows government agents to access remote repositories of historical GPs data with just a court order. or death. the government must obtain a warrant for records that are less than 180 days old. though. Few virtual attacks are capable of causing this kind of harm. policy that it will consider cyberattacks to be “acts of war. the says that ofﬁcials seem to favor responding aggressively to cyberattacks that cause physical damage. was the subject of a “signiﬁcant and tenacious [cyber]attack. or electronic communications service provider. Have yoU ever heard of the electronic Communications Privacy act of 1986? I hadn’t either—until senator Patrick leahy (d-vermont) moved to amend it this year to make it more difﬁcult for government aleX WaWro agents to access data on remote servers that contain information about who an individual has been talking to. so few cyberattacks would justify bruteforce retaliation under such a standard. where that person has been online.pcworld. text messages. and even data stored by a remote computing. government agents need only a court order to access such data. section 4 permits the government to delay notifying you that they’ve accessed your electronic communication records for up to 90 days if they can secure a court order. according to the . Currently. and what that person may have seen.pcworld. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures) covers electronic data—including e-mail. defense contractor.s.com/71882). however.” the company has stressed that no sensitive information was exposed during the attack. as increasing portions of our country’s infrastructure are online.com/71881. when a military response is warranted and when one is not.Security Alert Cyberattacks May Constitute Acts of War tHE PENtagON Is set to establish as ofﬁcial u. The bill is far from perfect. will provide guidance to our country’s armed forces and put potential enemies on notice. a major u. the reports (ﬁnd. geolocation. leahy’s amendment would require a search warrant (or a court order under the Foreign Intelligence surveillance act) to track individuals via real-time GPs data transmitted by their devices to a service provider or device manufacturer. [the eCPa] is signiﬁcantly outdated and outpaced by rapid changes in technology. ensuring that the Fourth amendment (which protects U. and they need public backing to succeed. which should be public by the time you read this. military ofﬁcials disagree about how the nation should handle cyberattacks—speciﬁcally.s. Securing Geolocation Data leahy’s amendment would also create privacy protections for geolocation data recorded by mobile devices and stored remotely. Regardless of ofﬁcial strategy. that’s not to say military-employed hackers won’t assert the right to respond to an attack by taking down an enemy’s computer system. federal agents would need a search warrant to access any archived electronic communications stored on a remote server. the announcement comes just a few days after Lockheed Martin. the strategy.com august 2011 ILLustRatION: gaRY NEILL .” said leahy in proposing to amend the existing statute. injury. Today. “Updating this law to reﬂect the realities of our time is essential to ensuring that our federal privacy laws keep pace with new technologies and the new threats to our security.” and will respond to them with real-world force. Under the proposed law. WorldMags 38 pcworld.s. PRIVACY WATCH Electronic Data as Private Property Lawmakers work to strengthen privacy rights by reining in warrantless search powers granted by a 25-year-old law. entities like the electronic Frontier Foundation have been ﬁghting to modernize the eCPa. but a prosecutor can subpoena data older than that and access it without the subject’s knowledge if government agents demonstrate reasonable grounds for concluding that the records could prove useful in an investigation. Cyberterrorism is certainly a big issue for ofﬁcials. If you care about data privacy. consider supporting groups that promote civil liberties and privacy rights.” you’ll ﬁnd the full text of the proposed amendment at ﬁnd. so far.
com Copyright ©2011 Fujitsu America. Here’s the end of: “ Sorry. www. WorldMags shaping tomorrow with you . Fujitsu recommends Windows 7. and other countries. IT intelligence — and the bottom line – a boost. Fujitsu. you have to wear gloves to use this notebook. the Fujitsu logo. and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.S. powered by the 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor.shopfujitsu. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Life without Walls™. the Intel logo. Intel Core and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U. LIFEBOOK and “shaping tomorrow with you” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. Intel. LIFEBOOK® notebook and Tablet PCs. Intel Inside.Windows®. Give performance. With the 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor. are tested over and over again to ensure that they will keep up with the challenges of daily use. Windows. We’ve made sure every little part is durable to the max. Inc.” LIFEBOOK as robust as a notebook should be. Microsoft.
Apple’s iPad 2.1 inches. Acer Iconia Tab A500. Which tablet came out on top? THIS YEAR SHAPES up as the year of the tablet—for real. Most use Google’s Android 3. For this article. and USB ports for adding peripherals and USB mass storage—are very strong.1. WorldMags 42 PCWORLD. Still more slates are on the way: Android 3.7 to 10. and found some worthy contenders. most of them running Android. and T-Mobile’s G-Slate. Dell’s Streak 7. and HP’s WebOS-based TouchPad. Motorola Xoom. Android Honeycomb models— especially those equipped with memory card slots for expanding storage. this time—as the hugely popular.COM AUGUST 2011 .2. HTC’s Flyer. impressively svelte Apple iPad 2 competes with an array of challengers. Motorola’s Xoom. From left: Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101. Apple and RIM each have their own proprietary mobile OSs. Apple iPad 2. did PHOTOGRAPHS: ROBERT CARDIN not ship in time for us to include them in this roundup.1 tablets from Lenovo and Toshiba. but the Streak 7 and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab rely on Android 2.Reviews & Rankings High-Noon Tablet Showdown We looked at the latest challengers to Apple’s iPad 2. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. and the Flyer uses Android 2. Asus’s Eee Pad Transformer TF101. For consuming TABLETS IN THE 10-inch class have screen sizes of 9. Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi and Galaxy Tab 10.x Honeycomb operating system.3. I test-drove ten tablets: Acer’s Iconia Tab A500. For creating content.1.
Weighing 1. 32GB. and the Iconia has a full-size USB A port. The Tab 10. thanks to its display’s more-natural colors and its vast selection of reasonably easy-to-ﬁnd tablet-speciﬁc apps.1 and the iPad 2 received matching four-star ratings. For now.34 inch deep.1). and jump by $100 for each increase in capacity. The iPad 2’s simple interface is superb. the 8. The iPad 2 comes in 36 variants with different capacities (16GB.1 parlays its design and its Android 3.000 tabletoptimized apps to date. and its vast array of apps tailored for tablet use helps it remain at the top of our rankings. the Xoom supports a software upgrade to 4G LTE. At 0. the Galaxy Tab 10. the iPad 2 is an evolutionary upgrade. Overall.1 operating system into a tablet that vaults to the head of the Android pack. Tapered edges make its proﬁle appear even more svelte.COM 43 . A PAIR OF Android tablets with 7-inch screens—the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi (left) and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (right)— ﬂank yet another Android model. the G-Slate captures 3D video. pcworld. Apple’s iOS platform remains king. but its 1024-by-768-pixel display could be even sharper.33 pounds. the Iconia misses our Top 5 list altogether. mobile broadband costs $130 extra. But all four stumbled on display quality—and primarily for that reason. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. it’s one of the thinnest tablets available. Several other units offer unique features: The Eee Pad Transformer has a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a netbook.com/71929. including apps. None of the tablets I auditioned hit every mark. and it’s easy to hold. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. Prices start at $499. the Wi-Fi version is the secondlightest 10-inch tablet (to the Galaxy Tab 10. go online to ﬁnd. accurate colors.1 Wi-Fi The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10. the iPad 2 retains a slim lead. Apple iPad 2 With a slimmer proﬁle and less heft than the ﬁrst iPad.INSIDE 51 SONY ERICSSON Xperia Play 54 PLEXTOR PX-LB950UE 57 SONY VAIO VPC L218FX content. with 90. or 64GB). and Wi-Fi-only and 3G (AT&T or Verizon) versions.9-inch T-Mobile G-Slate. bezel colors (black or white). The iPad 2’s bright 9. MORE ONLINE For complete reviews of the tablets tested for this story.7inch screen produces balanced.1 Wi-Fi is the ﬁrst Android tablet to mount an effective challenge to Apple’s iPad 2 in the area where Apple does best: design.
Measuring 10.1 is an Nvidia Tegra 2 system.1.0 tablet yet. Asus tweaked the native Honeycomb interface in minor but welcome ways (improved left-nav softkeys! custom keyboard with bright. but you’ll ﬁnd a link that points to the app in Android Market. with a dual-core 1GHz CPU and 1GB of memory. Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi The ﬁrst Android Honeycomb tablet to launch. Flash isn’t preinstalled. an SD Card slot. a keyboard that’s 92 percent of full size. but at least it is upgradable if you buy the Verizon version.5 pounds. or SD Card functionality.41-pound Mobile Docking Station adds an extra battery. Samsung also includes Google’s Android Movie Maker and Quickofﬁce with the tablet. Still to come: support for the MicroSDHC slot. On board you’ll ﬁnd a Mini HDMI port and a MicroSDHC card slot. you must buy $30 dongles to add HDMI. the 1. clear letters and a number row!) and provided ﬁle-management customization for handling USB media.2 inches longer than the Apple iPad 2. The Transformer’s 10.34 inch thick—nominally the same as the iPad 2. With the Android 3. Even better. while an array of buttons. but our test photos’ colors appeared way off. Asus’s unique $149 Mobile Docking Station option turns the tablet into a keyboardequipped laptop.25 pounds.2mm thinner.1inch display dominates its front face. a touchpad.1 update. and slots are distributed along the edges. a Verizon 4G LTE version should arrive by the time you read this. two USB 2.7 by 6. The IPS display looked great in most situations. and greater stability among them). The ﬁrst Honeycomb tablet to ship with Android 3.1. ports. but has an over-the-air upgrade to 3. and an SD Card slot. Still.1 also feels very well balanced.Reviews & Rankings TABLET OR NETBOOK? The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 locks into the Mobile Docking Station (above) to create a clamshell keyboard setup with a battery.5 inches. USB. you get no ports on-board beyond the docking port. the Transformer is 1. Sadly. Like other Android tablets in our Top 5. It weighs 1. The snap-on docking station approach is a design coup: It provides unmatched convenience and portability. the Xoom delivers consistently good-looking images. The Tab 10. though colors tend a tad WorldMags 44 PCWORLD.1 beneﬁts from all of 3.0 ports. the Xoom ($599 for the Wi-Fi version or $800 with a Verizon contract) has held its own against later models.1 installed. The Transformer has the same Tegra 2–based guts as other Android tablets here. but actually 0. the Transformer is the least expensive Android 3. instead. Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 At $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model (or $499 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model). The Tab comes in two colors (white or gray) and two capacities (16GB for $499 or 32GB for $599).0.9 by 0. 0. the Tab 10. a bit of extra length that allows the Transformer to connect to the Mobile Docking Station and create a clamshell laptop. the Mobile Docking Station makes the Transformer a ﬁne choice. but surprisingly Adobe Flash is not preinstalled. if you plan to use your tablet mainly for productivity. staying in the mix. I didn’t like the noticeable ﬂex of the textured plastic back or the minute gaps between the metal frame and the scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass screen. The Tab 10. the Tab 10.1 is 0. But the port and button locations are well executed.COM AUGUST 2011 . It ships with Android 3.1’s enhancements (better image rendering.8 pound less than the iPad 2. making it comfortable to hold in one hand or two. It weighs 1. and two USB ports. resizable widgets. Verizon hasn’t announced pricing for its LTE upgrade. with a wide angle of view. some interface tweaks.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 3 $399 (16GB) $499 (32GB) ﬁnd. The G-Slate’s big differentiator T O P 5 TA B L E T S MODEL besides its size is that it has twin cameras for 3D video capture.pcworld. you’ll get stereo audio.5 inches Android 3. along the bottom are MicroUSB and Mini HDMI ports. Unfortunately.1 4G Verizon LTE version ships this summer Optional HDMI. Micro HDMI port u The ﬁrst Honeycomb model to market feels solid.9-inch display 1280 by 768 resolution 1. The G-Slate ($530 after rebate and with a two-year T-Mobile contract.7 by 0.5 pounds 10. The power button is at back (alongside the 5-megapixel camera). Perenson Rating Performance 9.31 by 0. the power button is on the underside of the tablet. SD Card. Two speakers run along the bottom edge (when the tablet is vertical). The Xoom is optimized for landscape use. sits at the right side (or top edge) of the tablet. upgradable to LTE Future upgrade to support built-in MicroSD card slot Micro-USB port.37 pounds 9. lightweight plastic design feels well balanced in the hand.com/71910 VERY GOOD 10. T-Mobile G-Slate 5 $530 (with two-year contract) NEW ﬁnd. upgradable to iOS 5.com/71911 VERY GOOD 10. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD.1 T-Mobile 4G HSPA+ Dual rear-facing cameras for 3D video capture Micro-USB port. $750 sans contract) has appealing features. Micro HDMI port u The in-between size and 3D video capture capability add to the G-Slate’s appeal.1-inch display 1280 by 800 resolution 1.1 Gains keyboard.toward blue.pcworld.6 by 5. CHART NOTE: Ratings as of 6/10/11.1 Verizon 3G version available. Motorola Xoom 4 $599 (32GB) NEW ﬁnd.34 inches Android 3.7 by 6. next to the small power button.6 pounds. tablet-optimized apps. but it felt thicker and heavier (at 1. yet it provides a pleasing amount of screen real estate.com/71909 VERY GOOD 10.6 by 5. the speakers’ volume is woefully inadequate. The G-Slate’s dimensions are modest (9.9 by 0.5 inches Android 3. the G-Slate lacks a memory card slot for extra storage.7 by 6.9 by 0.com/71912 VERY GOOD 8.5 inches).pcworld.com/71908 VERY GOOD u Apple’s svelte. next to the rear-facing camera.9-inch-diagonal G-Slate splits the difference between netbook-size slates and the tablet models that feel like oversize phones. T-Mobile G-Slate T-Mobile’s 8.1 2 $499 (16GB) NEW $599 (32GB) NEW ﬁnd. and one is at the opposite edge. but the display’s colors are off.33 pounds 9.8 by 6. and Adobe Flash is not preinstalled (though a link is available). The Xoom runs on the same Nvidia Tegra 2 platform as the other Android tablets here. touchpad. If you’re not recording in 3D. It’s the ﬁrst tablet to compete toe-to-toe with the iPad 2. which you can play back on the display. Sad to say. eye-catching iPad 2 remains ahead of the pack thanks to its extremely large selection of easily ﬁndable.COM 45 . So no matter how you hold the G-Slate. but poor speakers and a high no-contract price limit its reach.37 pounds) than I would have liked. it’s the heaviest model in our Top 5. Two 5-megapixel cameras at the back are spaced for recording 720p high-def video in 3D. and one SD Card slot via $150 Mobile Docking Station u This aggressively priced tablet from Asus gains productivity points with its optional keyboard dock. At 1.9 by 0. but it’s worth the investment only if you’re willing to lock into a contract.6 pounds 9.1’s slim. and USB port dongles u The Galaxy Tab 10. The volume rocker THE HTC FLYER’S 7-inch display supports both ﬁnger and stylus input. the 3D recording worked well if I recorded my subjects head-on.5 by 7.pcworld. but its heft holds it back.3. T-Mobile tosses in a pair of anaglyph glasses for viewing. —Melissa J. too heavy for comfortable one-handed use. In my hands-on informal testing.1-inch display 1280 by 800 resolution 1. two USB ports. You’ll have to install Flash on your own. Oddly.25 pounds 9.1-inch display 1280 by 800 resolution 1.7-inch display 1024 by 768 resolution 1.34 inches Features and speciﬁcations Apple iOS 4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.57 by 0.51 inches Android 3.0 AT&T and Verizon 3G versions available Optional HDMI dongle and camera connector kit for SD Card and USB access Apple iPad 2 1 $499 (16GB Wi-Fi) $599 (32GB Wi-Fi) ﬁnd. The contoured sides make holding the tablet easy. though.pcworld. the camcorder captures in 1080p.
you must ﬁrst press a button to overlay little checkboxes atop your images or documents. at this time the app is very limited. The idea underlying the Seagate GoFlex Satellite is clever. and videos). protected video could play. where it appears as just another USB 3. a button to turn the Wi-Fi on and off. In PCWorld Labs performance tests. clips played fairly smoothly. but other drives were incrementally faster on our tests. Once you open a photo. On the outside are a port for the included power cable (DC input to USB 2. it displays one pane at a time. you can choose whether to select individual ﬁles. SEAGATE’S GOFLEX Satellite is slightly thicker and larger than a typical portable hard drive. you can’t move among other images with next and back swipes. initial button press? The photo component is clearly restricted. music. and status lights for the wireless function and the battery’s charge. Unfortunately. though. Streaming worked surprisingly well for highdef (720p) and standard-def video. Perenson GOOD GoFlex Satellite | Seagate Drive enhances tablet storage.COM AUGUST 2011 . for PC and Mac.0 hard drive. the GoFlex Satellite earned a score of Good. play all ﬁles (for The GoFlex Satellite works ﬁne in Windows Explorer. On the iPad. For the present. Documents. and even on iOS or Windows—but the experience is rougher there. It relies on iOS for ﬁle handling. this Poor iOS App Design Primarily.Reviews & Rankings GoFlex Satellite Drive: A Wireless Tablet Companion THE SEAGATE GOFLEX Satellite hard drive gives your tablet lots of storage capacity— without needing any pesky wires. albeit with minor pixelation and macroblocking in some scenes. or select videos bought from iTunes. It performed comparably to the Seagate GoFlex Pro. its companion app struggles. gadget is best left to people who need to transport lots of video to a tablet—and who aren’t concerned about contending with glitches and poor app design. to help you move content over to the drive. which in turn diminishes the usefulness of the drive itself. The app does nothing to ﬁles. when I played the same video via the browser. viewers. but you have no control over its settings or transitions. Oddly. you can view a ﬁle only if iOS supports that type. select all ﬁles. List: $200 ﬁnd. but the implementation leaves much to be desired. but its iOS app feels rushed. You can also use the drive through a Web browser—on Android tablets and phones. tap one. and the appropriate ﬁles show in the main pane. or download a ﬁle locally. nor can you zoom in to a picture or do anything with it. I tested the drive in conjunction with Seagate’s GoFlex Media app on the Apple iPad 2. but only in the Web browser. my iTunes-purchased. the app starts off well with a pleasing twopane interface that shows shortcuts at the left and a viewer/access pane at the right. The device has integrated 802. photos. My iPhone 4 videos played in the app. Why not just give the user direct access. But although the hardware is adequate. You can initiate a slideshow. but I couldn’t get audio over the speaker.com/71883 WorldMags 46 PCWORLD. audio was ﬁne. or up to 25 hours of standby use.0). (You can’t use it wirelessly while it’s linked to a PC via USB. —Melissa J. and Folder View sections. eliminating that extra. Photos. The app handles video well—with some peculiarities.) On the left are Videos. but not onerously so. You have to preformat videos. from there.) Seagate also includes handy Media Sync software. (On the iPhone. The 500GB drive comes with a battery rated for up to 5 hours of continuous streaming (assuming a single stream).pcworld. Music. and it has no built-in Another example of poor app behavior: When you’re in the individual folders.11b/g/n wireless.
DirectX 11 Support + GTX 560 Ti 1GB 24X DVD+/-RW Drive Nvidia® GeForceTM 6GB DDR3-1333 700W NZXT® Guardian 921RB Gaming Case + Certiﬁed Power Supply iBUYPOWER Keyboard. Mouse & Speakers Corsair Memory TRUE USB 3.0 SATA3 Video Card . the Intel logo.DirectX 11 Support + Premium Premium 1TB SATA-3 7200RPM HDD 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooling System Hi-Deﬁnition ® Surround 3D Premium Sound 1TB SATA-3 7200RPM HDD 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooling System Hi-Deﬁnition Surround 3D Premium Sound Optional: Nvidia Glasses & Monitor (+$499) 3D Vision Optional: Nvidia® Glasses & Monitor (+$499) 3D Vision WorldMags Intel.5GB 24X DVD+/-RW Drive NVIDIA® GeForceTM Video Card .iBUYPOWER Recommends Windows® 7 Home Premium Gamer Paladin D875 • Intel® Core™ i7 Processor -990X Extreme Edition -980X Extreme Edition -960 -970 $2199 $2049 $1734 $1449 Intel® CoreTM i7-960 Processor $ 1449 Gamer Paladin D855 • Intel® Core™ i7 Processor -990X Extreme Edition $1759 -980X Extreme Edition $1629 -960 -970 $1299 $999 Intel® CoreTM i7-960 Processor $ 999 Genuine Home Premium 64-Bit Edition Asus® USB3 + SATA3 Motherboard Windows 7 ® Genuine Home Premium 64-Bit Edition Asus® USB3 + SATA3 Motherboard TRUE USB 3. Intel Core and Core Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. .0 SATA3 Windows 7 ® Sabertooth X58 12GB DDR3-1333 800W Coolermaster® Enforcer Gaming Case + Certiﬁed Power Supply iBUYPOWER Keyboard. Mouse & Speakers Corsair Memory Sabertooth X58 GTX 580 1. All content and prices are subject to change without notice or obligation.
and GPS. the SX230 HS adds a new sensor. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 8 $380 NEW ﬁnd. poor battery life. high-quality stills. Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR 7 $243 ﬁnd.com/71892 to see in-depth reviews. but subpar video quality.pcworld. 1080p video capture.pcworld. but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg. sharpness. CHART NOTE: Ratings are as of 5/31/11.pcworld. and detailed specs for each camera on this chart.com/70160 VERY GOOD Image quality: Good Video quality: Good Battery life: Good Optical zoom: 10X Video resolution: 1080i Manual controls GPS u Don’t call the feature-packed DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera—it also offers good image quality and terriﬁc shooting modes.pcworld. M O R E O N L I N E Visit ﬁnd.pcworld. noisy zooming and laggy autofocus are drawbacks.pcworld. at the expense of manual settings and exciting extras. and low-light performance hurt its standing.com/71891 FAIR Image quality: Fair Video quality: Good Battery life: Poor Optical zoom: 10X Video resolution: 1080p u Despite some fun and useful features. practically anyone will ﬁnd this camera a pleasure to use.com/71886 VERY GOOD Image quality: Very Good Video quality: Good Battery life: Good Optical zoom: 18X Video resolution: 1080p u Thanks to the S9100’s great image quality and creative controls.com/71885 VERY GOOD u Building on an already-excellent camera.pcworld.COM AUGUST 2011 .pcworld. but it suffers from indifferent image quality and mediocre battery life.com/70163 VERY GOOD Image quality: Good Video quality: Good Battery life: Superior Optical zoom: 10X Video resolution: 720p Manual controls u Although this pocket megazoom has superb battery life and good image quality.com/71888 GOOD Image quality: Good Video quality: Poor Battery life: Good Optical zoom: 15X Video resolution: 720p Manual controls u The F300EXR offers a boatload of features. Casio Exilim EX-H20G 5 $265 NEW ﬁnd. Samsung HZ35W 4 $327 ﬁnd.com/71887 VERY GOOD Image quality: Very Good Video quality: Good Battery life: Superior Optical zoom: 10X Video resolution: 720p GPS u The EX-H20G has great GPS functions and mapping. WorldMags 48 PCWORLD. Casio Exilim EX-FH100 6 $233 ﬁnd. Kodak EasyShare M580 9 $156 ﬁnd.com/70162 VERY GOOD Image quality: Very Good Video quality: Fair Battery life: Not available Optical zoom: 15X Video resolution: 720p Manual controls GPS u The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces sharp. Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS 10 $245 ﬁnd.pcworld. but it lacks manual controls and a few key features.pcworld. high-speed shooting.pcworld. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 3 $225 ﬁnd.com/71890 FAIR Image quality: Very Good Video quality: Very Good Battery life: Fair Optical zoom: 8X Video resolution: 720p u The M580 serves up great exposure quality and easy-to-use controls. It’s a top performer in daylight. Nikon Coolpix S9100 2 $300 NEW ﬁnd.Reviews & Rankings Top 10 Pocket Megazoom Cameras MODEL Rating Performance Image quality: Very Good Video quality: Good Battery life: Fair Features and speciﬁcations Optical zoom: 14X Video resolution: 1080p Manual controls GPS Canon PowerShot SX230 HS 1 $350 NEW ﬁnd. the SD4500 IS has disappointing image quality. full test results.com/71889 GOOD Image quality: Fair Video quality: Good Battery life: Good Optical zoom: 16X Video resolution: 1080p Manual controls GPS u The GPS-enabled Lumix DMC-ZS10 is a nice camera for travelers. and a lack of manual controls.
99 +Free Shipping * Promotion starts 18th Jul and ends 31st Jul 2011. Enhance your wireless experience with TP-LINK’s High Power/High Gain network devices: High Power Promotion: MSRP $69.99 www. . LTD.99 +Free Shipping Free Promotion: TL-ANT2408C at MSRP price $39.99 99 +Free Shipping 150Mbps High Power Wireless USB Adapter TL-WN7200ND MSRP High Power 54Mbps High Power Wireless Access Point TL-WA5110G MSRP High Gain 300Mbps High Gain Wireless USB Adapter TL-WN822N MSRP $17. WorldMags Speci cations are subject to change without notice.4GHz High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE TL-WA5210G • Wireless speed up to 54Mbps • 12dBi dual-polarized antenna. TP-LINK is a registered trademark of TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO.com Promotion: $24. All rights reserved.2. up to 500mw power for longer distance transmission • Supports Passive Power over Ethernet capability for ﬂexible performance • Weatherproof enclosure 4KV Lightning Protection. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. LTD. Copyright © 2011 TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO. Grounding Terminal integrated and 15KV ESD Protection $44..99 $19.99 Find more TP-LINK products at: Promotion: $24.tp-link..
and great viewing angles. even at an angle. Verizon says the phone will be upgraded to Android 2. but details weren’t sharp. colors were bright and natural.4-inch. ﬁnd.Reviews & Rankings Motorola Droid X2 Offers Dual-Core Power THE MOTOROLA DROID X2 ($200 with a two-year Verizon contract) has a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and a beautiful qHD display.2 with the Motoblur interface. Video capture was dismal. or if you don’t want to pay a premium for 4G.com/71897 WorldMags 50 PCWORLD. you’ll be happy with the Droid X2.0-by-2. too. however.COM AUGUST 2011 .5-ounce phone feels solid. List: $200 (with 2-year contract) THE DROID X2’s qHD screen is vivid and crisp. it misses out on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. 5. bright colors. Its 4. In outdoor shots. The 5. with ample volume. but the carrier hasn’t speciﬁed when. The X2 runs Android 2. The 8-megapixel camera took good photos. especially on fast action.3-inch Quarter High Deﬁnition display (960 by 540 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio) offers crisp details. but you can’t get 4G data speeds. My callers sounded clear and natural. and my contacts were pleased with how my voice sounded. and even faster on Wi-Fi. Flash 10 videos played superbly. Call quality over Verizon’s 3G network in San Francisco was very good.pcworld. Games ran smoothly. and YouTube videos looked great played in HQ (High Quality) mode.3 (Gingerbread). Web pages loaded quickly for me over 3G. Since it’s a 3G phone. —Ginny Mies VERY GOOD Droid X2 | Motorola The display doesn’t disappoint.6-by0. If you lack 4G in your area.
A 3G model.3).com/pc2 for details or call 303-532-4738 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. it’s the ﬁrst Verizon phone to ship with Gingerbread (Android 2.Xperia Play: A Step Forward in Phone Gaming SONY ERICSSON’S Xperia Play Android smartphone ($200 with a two-year Verizon contract) features a slide-out gamepad. appeal to mobile gamTHE XPERIA PLAY has decent game controls. phone use on a charge.COM 51 .7 by 2. At 4. The buttons dark.2 almost a whole day of ounces. Call quality things running smoothly. they felt stiff and a The Xperia Play will little too sunken in. but it may not appeal to everyone else. The 1GHz Snapers who are sick of poor dragon processor keeps touchscreen controls. but ter but were a bit quiet. —Armando Rodriguez VERY GOOD Xperia Play | Sony Ericsson A great phone for gamers. out QWERTY keyPhotos taken with the boards.6 inches and 6. pers who aren’t into gaming was reasonably good.pcworld.com/71900 PLATINUM BEFORE AFTER *Visit VersaCheck. but no more so than playing games depletes phones with slidethe battery much faster.4 by The Play lasted for 0. List: $200 (with 2-year contract) ﬁnd. and I didn’t touchscreen shows colors notice any static or hissing. voices and the 4-inch capacitive should look elsewhere. sounded clear. Videos looked betwere responsive. and it can run PlayStation games from the Android Market. The game5-megapixel rear campad worked fairly era weren’t especially well with the games sharp. and colors were I tried. it’s bulky. Shopand text nicely.
the Pavilion dm1z is inexpensive but mediocre.3-inch widescreen 3.com/71759 SUPERIOR u Fast and light. Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-3721 9 $700 ﬁnd.0 pounds 128GB solid-state drive u In the R700-S1330.pcworld. WorldMags 52 PCWORLD.pcworld.3-inch widescreen 4.8 pounds 500GB hard drive u If you’re more interested in power and features than in polish.3 pounds 320GB hard drive Lenovo ThinkPad X220 1 $1299 NEW ﬁnd.com/70871 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 128 WorldBench 6 rating: Superior Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 5:58 2. and touchpad will wow you. this powerhouse ultraportable is best-of-breed. Sony VAIO Z-Series (VPCZ137GX) 2 $2300 ﬁnd. and detailed specs for each laptop on this chart. CHART NOTES: Ratings are as of 5/31/11.6-inch widescreen 3.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 11.com/71760 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 103 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 5:30 1.com/71596 GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 55 WorldBench 6 rating: Fair Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 6:41 1. Toshiba Portege R700-S1330 3 $1599 ﬁnd.3-inch widescreen 2.67GHz Intel Core i7-620M 13.5-inch widescreen 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-430UM 11. Samsung’s high-style.3-inch widescreen 3.0 pounds 320GB hard drive u The U260 ultraportable provides only moderate performance. the X1 would be a business traveler’s must-have laptop.1-inch widescreen 3.pcworld. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 4 $1300 NEW ﬁnd. HP Pavilion dm1z 10 $450 ﬁnd.COM AUGUST 2011 . this ultraportable laptop could be a good choice.com/71871 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 124 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 3:41 2. Listed weights do not include the power adapter. Asus U31JG 6 $800 NEW ﬁnd.Reviews & Rankings Top 10 Ultraportable Laptops MODEL Rating Performance WorldBench 6 score: 122 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 7:15 Features and speciﬁcations 2. Samsung Series 9 5 $1649 NEW ﬁnd.pcworld. and it excels.4GHz Intel Core i5-2537M 13. keyboard. think of it as a premium netbook.4 pounds 320GB hard drive u As an ultraportable laptop.3-inch widescreen 3.com/71593 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 75 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 4:13 1.33GHz Intel Core i5-470UM 12.pcworld.2 pounds 500GB hard drive u The U31JG is ideal for getting work done on the road. with great input ergonomics and battery life. Asus U36JC B1 7 $1000 NEW ﬁnd. superthin laptop will make you the envy of friends encumbered with bulky PCs. Tested battery life is expressed in hours:minutes.com/70405 GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 76 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Very Good Tested battery life: 6:30 1. Toshiba has assembled a great lightweight machine marred only by a few annoying ﬂaws.6-inch widescreen 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M 13.pcworld.1 pounds 256GB solid-state drive u Ultraportable laptops don’t get much better—or more expensive—than this slightly larger-than-average model.53GHz Intel Corei3-380M 13.pcworld.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M 13.pcworld. but its style.pcworld.com/71589 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 118 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Superior Tested battery life: 6:20 2.9 pounds 320GB hard drive u If the battery lasted only a couple of hours longer. Lenovo IdeaPad U260 8 $1199 ﬁnd.com/71875 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 111 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Fair Tested battery life: 6:42 2. but mobile movie and music buffs should look elsewhere. full test results.5-inch widescreen 3.pcworld.0 pounds 500GB hard drive u Acer’s affordable Aspire TimelineX ultraportable is long on workaday performance but iffy on input ergonomics.pcworld.6GHz Intel Core i5-480M 13.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M 12. M O R E O N L I N E Visit ﬁnd.com/69510 to see in-depth reviews.9 pounds 128GB solid-state drive u If you can afford it.com/71876 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 109 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Very Good Tested battery life: 7:30 2.
a 16GB solid-state drive. Web apps may acquire the power and sophistication necessary to replace most of what you do on a computer. Even Android 3. full-featured native desktop programs. Google has tossed in a rudimentary ﬁle browser and media player—but both are so badly designed and feature-poor that they are practically unusable. but even Angry Birds from the Chrome Web Store is a choppy mess in HD mode (which isn’t actually high def). a laptop this small and thin looks as if it should weigh less. This sleek 12. ﬂexible. or Linux. but the color gamut and contrast are unimpressive.3 pounds may not sound like a lot. it doesn’t tell you about <Ctrl>-M (to open the ﬁle browser). Sometime in the not-toodistant future. though it’s hard to locate a comparable benchmark when all the system does is run a Web browser. you can ﬁnd Windows laptops in the $430-to-$500 range that offer such superior functionality that I can’t imagine recommending a Chromebook instead.Samsung Series 5 Chromebook: Chrome OS Underwhelms SAMSUNG’S SERIES 5 is the ﬁrst of the so-called Chromebooks. Lighter Web applications such as Evernote run ﬁne. OS X.pcworld. The big. maximize the window. or some other intuitive visual feature in Windows. List: $499 (Wi-Fi and 3G) ﬁnd. The battery seemed to last at least 8 hours in my testing. and resuming from sleep takes a second or two. Just launch the Chrome browser. and 2GB of RAM. and useful.1-inch netbook carries an Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU.0 tablets feel more powerful. too. Most of the shortcuts exist to give you access to the kinds of things for which you would click an icon. Modest Hardware At $499 (Wi-Fi and 3G) or $429 (Wi-Fi only). I’m not sure we knew what to expect two years ago. You’ll ﬁnd no ethernet port.COM 53 . The high-deﬁnition Webcam works well. so you need either an HP ePrint–capable printer or a printer hooked to a Windows or Mac computer running the Chrome browser. Google has dumped <Caps Lock> in favor of a <Search> key. The unit feels heavy. But if someone had told us back then that the ﬁrst Chromebook would be a large and simple netbook that does little more than run the Chrome browser. and no digital video output.com/71927 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. you can hold <Alt> and press <Backspace> to delete PRESSING <CTRL>-<ALT>-? brings up an on-screen diagram that explains all of the keyboard shortcuts available on the Chromebook. I can’t tell you how many times I was frustrated by my inability to drag something from one window to another. when Google announced Chrome OS. though 3. clickable touchpad tracks nicely. Regrettably. no swiping. and everything has a slightly bluish tinge. but of course you’re limited to using it in Web apps (no Skype). a taskbar. The nonbacklit keyboard’s large keys are well spaced and easy to type on. You can press <Ctrl><Alt>-? to view a neat diagram identifying keyboard shortcuts. the Series 5 suffers from the sluggishness we’ve come to expect of Atom-based netbooks. Frankly. Living on the Web I don’t need to detail what it’s like to use Chrome OS. Although you get neither function keys nor a <Delete> key. Fonts look somewhat soft. characters in front of the cursor. The only supported touchpad gesture is two-ﬁnger scrolling— no pinch-tozoom. Want to print something? Google Cloud Print is your only option. The matte-ﬁnish display gets fairly bright. The Series 5 boots fast: It goes from cold off to usable in 12 seconds. but I kept wishing for my faster. I also tried using Web apps to edit pictures and spreadsheets. Until then. and try to live your entire computing life right there. the Series 5 is not dramatically less expensive than a Windows laptop. we may not have made such a big deal about Google’s creating its own operating system. but oddly enough. —Jason Cross FAIR Series 5 Chromebook Samsung Chrome OS is so limited that this netbook is hard to recommend. no Bluetooth.
music.COM AUGUST 2011 . THE HL-2280DW CAN scan and copy to a PC. While the toner and drum components are separable. It isn’t cheap. GOOD HL-2280DW | Brother Monochrome printer can scan. and 250-sheet and 100sheet input trays. PowerDVD 9 does movie playback. 8X dual-layer BD-R writing. and one that will actually play a Bluray movie with ease. PowerDirector 7 helps you create and edit your own movies. but okay. —Melissa Riofrio telescoping lid. and writing approximately 22GB to 6X-rated BD-R media took 11 minutes. DVD write speeds top out at 8X for DVD-R. It sells for just $200. WorldMags 54 PCWORLD.1 cents per page. and a small. consider Plextor’s PXLB950UE.6 pages per minute.and singlelayer rewritable BD. but its toner is expensive. matching an internal drive. But the $240 PX-LB950UE has both USB 3. 2X writing of dual. That’s about 32MB per second. List: $240 ﬁnd. Graphics quality was slightly rough and grainy. or 2GB per minute— average for a 12X-rated drive. the PXLB950UE is what you want. The PX-LB950UE ships with the very competent CyberLink BD Suite of Blu-ray/ DVD/CD applications. and you get a host of other apps for creating video. and 12X for DVD-RAM. A highyield. as well as print.pcworld. The letter/ A4-size color scanner has a you must remove them together to replace the toner alone. Playing Blu-ray movies via USB 2. 19 seconds. as our tests showed. 6X for DVD-RW. 2600-page cartridge is $55—2. And I enjoyed a trouble-free. and data discs. A standard-size replacement costs $38 and lasts for 1200 pages (a steep 3.Reviews & Rankings Brother’s HL-2280DW: A Basic Laser Printer.com/71903 PLEXTOR’S BLU-RAY drive comes with disc-writing apps. 16-character monochrome LCD and a handful of labeled buttons. So how does the drive perform? Quite well. The HL-2280DW ships with a 700-page starter cartridge. The CDbased installation is well documented and smooth. Jacobi VERY GOOD PX-LB950UE | Plextor This external Blu-ray drive is pricey but does a ﬁrst-rate job. but if you want the best external optical drive going. an extra step that is somewhat annoying. responsive experience while watching Bluray Disc movies.0 and eSATA ports. —Jon L. You can scan or copy to your computer. Its simple control panel includes a twoline. The HL-2280DW supports USB. still higher than average. simple photo at a middling 4. Plus THE BROTHER HL-2280DW is a monochrome laser printer with copying and scanning capabilities. so a small ofﬁce might live with its above-average toner costs.9 ppm. The unit has automatic duplexing (two-sided printing).0 and eSATA buses was smooth as silk. and 8X reading of BD-ROM.pcworld. The PX-LB950UE’s Blu-ray performance specs include swift 12X writing of BD-R. Blu-ray movie playback across the USB 3. the HL-2280DW printed monochrome text pages at a subpar rate of 15.2 cents per page).com/71853 Play Blu-ray Movies on Plextor’s External Drive AS AN EXTERNAL drive for adding Blu-ray to your computer. ethernet. and wireless connectivity. Connected to a PC.0 is doable (just barely). List: $200 ﬁnd.
pcworld. however.com/71867 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 188 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Superior 3.com/71506 SUPERIOR u Origin’s Genesis has an imposing 5GHz overclock on its Intel Sandy Bridge CPU. iBuyPower Chimera XLC 6 $2700 NEW ﬁnd. Origin’s Genesis Midtower has one of the best price-to-performance ratios on our chart. and detailed specs for each desktop PC on this chart. 640GB storage Nvidia GTX 570 DVD-RW drive u Updated with an Intel Sandy Bridge CPU.4GHz Core i7-2600K 8GB RAM. 2.pcworld. iBuyPower Paladin XLC 5 $3999 NEW ﬁnd.pcworld.5TB storage ATI Radeon HD5970 BD-R drive u The Poly X5800A3 may not be a beauty. 128GB SSD (4) Nvidia GTX 580 (3) BD-R.com/71864 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 198 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Superior 4. Digital Storm SpecialOps Dreadnought 9 $2905 NEW ﬁnd. 2.4GHz Core i7-2600K 4GB RAM.Top 10 Performance Desktop PCs MODEL Rating Performance WorldBench 6 score: 223 WorldBench 6 rating: Superior Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Perfect Features and speciﬁcations 5GHz Core i7-2600K 16GB RAM. DVD-RW drives u In a category satiated with impressive performance—and daunting price tags—this Maingear may stagger you both ways. but not quite ready to part with a kidney? With this boutique vendor.pcworld. 2.pcworld. 1.7GHz Core i7-2600K 8GB RAM. it doesn’t set out to break benchmarks. but its timid overclocking holds back its performance. but the system also delivers great performance for a (relatively) good price.pcworld.3GHz Core i7-2600K 8GB RAM. and it delivered the fastest results we’ve seen. CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 7 $1450 NEW ﬁnd.com/69879 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 175 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Good Graphics: Superior 3.pcworld.com/71863 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 206 WorldBench 6 rating: Superior Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Perfect 4. 1TB storage Nvidia GTX 570 BD-R drive u CyberPower’s Gamer Xtreme 5000 delivers strong performance and a top-notch conﬁguration for its sub-$1500 price.pcworld. 1. Maingear Shift Super Stock 3 $8000 ﬁnd.com/71862 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 204 WorldBench 6 rating: Superior Overall design: Superior Graphics: Perfect 5GHz Core i7-2600K 4GB RAM. V3 Convoy 2 $2499 NEW ﬁnd.1TB storage Nvidia GTX 580 BD-R.1TB storage Zotac GeForce GTX 570 (2) BD-R drive u Looking for a top-tier performance PC. limits this desktop’s appeal. you’re in luck.1TB storage Nvidia GTX 580 (2) BD-R drive u The Enix’s selling point is its alluring chassis.com/71866 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 175 WorldBench 6 rating: Good Overall design: Superior Graphics: Very Good 4. its commanding price.33GHz Core i7-980X 12GB RAM.COM 55 . Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 8 $1999 ﬁnd. DVD-RW drives u This monolith is fairly priced for the performance it offers. but its premier components and fast speed make it a compelling performance PC.com/69881 to see in-depth reviews.com/71865 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 188 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Superior 4. however. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. Polywell Poly X5800A3 10 $4500 ﬁnd. 2TB Nvidia GTX 580 (2) BD-R drive u We love just about everything in iBuyPower’s Paladin XLC.1TB storage Nvidia GTX 580 (3) BD-R drive Origin Genesis 2011 1 $6499 ﬁnd.1TB storage Nvidia GTX 590 BD-R drive u The Chimera XLC’s great case and premium components are attractive. Systems with more than one GPU have the number of cards in parentheses. 2.com/71168 SUPERIOR WorldBench 6 score: 203 WorldBench 6 rating: Superior Overall design: Very Good Graphics: Perfect 4. Digital Storm Enix 4 $3627 NEW ﬁnd. CHART NOTES: Ratings are as of 5/27/11. M O R E O N L I N E Visit ﬁnd.2GHz Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 12GB RAM.35GHz Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 6GB RAM.pcworld.7GHz Core i7-2600K 4GB RAM. full test results.pcworld.com/71169 VERY GOOD WorldBench 6 score: 186 WorldBench 6 rating: Very Good Overall design: Superior Graphics: Superior 4.pcworld.
excessive background processes.com and see how well your system did. The system scored 116 on our WorldBench 6 test suite—not a performance leader. —Ian Harac PCMARK 7 BASIC is a benchmarking tool for Windows 7 systems.) —David Murphy PCMark 7: A Tool for Testing PC Performance PCMARK 7 BASIC is a free benchmarking tool for systems running Windows 7. speeds. The L218FX/W also comes packed with connections. Multiple results from the same machine can be helpful if you want to compare performance over time (maybe it’s not your imagination that things are running slower since your cousin turned off your ﬁrewall and visited some “Hot Gaming Cheat Codes” site that ﬁlled the PC with malware). and 2TB of storage.com/71907 various system functions. number actually means may not be easy to determine. PCMark 7 is not useful for tracking the performance of machines in a corporate network. Once you have your score. but you can ﬁnd competing AIO models that have similar sets of features. Free ﬁnd.Sony VAIO VPC L218FX/W Is First-Rate but Expensive SONY’S LATEST 24-inch allin-one desktop—the $2049 VAIO VPC L218FX/W—is a beauty.9GHz of power. including video. and Bluray support. (You can opt for a 1TB version that is $200 cheaper. Because both the free Basic and the $40 Advanced licenses forbid use of the tool in a commercial environment.pcworld. and disk access. such as slow disk access. One unusual feature is a thick black bezel surrounding the display: Depending on where you touch the black strip. PCMark 7 Basic will give most home users what they want: a number that expresses the overall power of a system. and capacities at lower prices. but it costs a pretty penny. or if you’ve swapped out a graphics card and want to VERY GOOD PCMark 7 Basic | Futuremark Performance-testing utility does the job well—at no cost. The paid PCMark 7 Advanced allows you to export your results as detailed XML ﬁles. Two big pluses: The unit offers both a great display and appealing built-in sound.pcworld. However. a multiformat card reader. Web speed. the 2GHz Core i7-2630QM. you can go to PCMark. you can launch applications and perform SONY’S PRICEY NEW 24-inch all-in-one is packed with features. It tests many aspects of performance. Its CPU is one of Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge chips.COM 57 . PCMark 7 runs a battery of tests. which has four cores. but certainly nice. while PCMark 7 Basic stores your results online.com/71915 WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. Real-world performance is affected by many things. although what your take a look at a “before and after” report. and turns the results into a numeric score. List: $2049 ﬁnd. It ships with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Automatic overclocking via Turbo Boost can raise the CPU to a mighty 2. or other bottlenecks or errors. performing each one three times so that the results are less likely to be distorted by a momentary glitch or random event. VERY GOOD VAIO VPC L218FX/W | Sony This all-in-one is near perfection. an integrated TV tuner.
com auguST 2011 .Smarter Make Your TV WorldMags 58 pcworld.
by patrick miller illustration by bryan christie Design WorldMags auguST 2011 pcworld.How to browse the Web. watch what you want.com 59 . run apps. when you want it. play music and games— and most important.
New connected TV sets come all kinds of video via the Web. the universe from the couch with your all-powerful remote.pcworld. You on the Web. enjoy a movie or net video channels. and music Web features and apps without having to buy any add-ons or from a uSB drive by plugging it straight into your TV or from boxes. as the Internet features are mostly on-demand video only. Advanced tips: Most connected TVs include uSB ports and Looking to buy a new HDTV? Choose the right TV—one that DLNa support (see the glossary on page 65). YouTube. games. go buy a new one. what a standard set-top box could offer. as well for a moment. meaning that connects directly to the Internet—and you can enjoy loads of you can watch your locally stored video. pay a premium for an Internetconnected TV: Some manufacturers. and you won’t have to pay for anyway? If only your TV was a little bit more like your PC.com auguST 2011 . two with Netﬂix Instant Watch. Future-proof? Yes—but only if you choose wisely. and a hundred kinds of Web content. that your HDTV combined the simplicity of the as the video-download rental fees. controls that make it easier to use the Internet features. What’s more. television ($1000 to $2000 for midYou’re used to searching the Web to ﬁnd what you want to watch range to high-end sets).com/71913) that can If your set-top box doesn’t have a channel you want. either. and many HDTV sets thing less than having what you want to watch (or hear. the big players in the by now. you’ll never watch. you don’t need to worry about gaming. normal TV-and-remote experience with the powerful search features and video-on-demand libraries you’re accustomed to Advantages: Connected TVs are simple and elegant. maybe even sneak in a cat video Cost: You’ll have to pay for the or two (or a dozen) on YouTube during your lunch break at work. you’ll still need your cable-TV subscription. It means never needing to settle for anywith a set-top box or a home theater PC. That Vincent D’Onofrio—whatever happened to him. also. which lets brand-new PC or yet another set-top box. tions to speciﬁc services such as Hulu Plus or Netﬂix. Imagine. Lg’s Magic Motion remote is a gesture-oriented smarter. and Vudu. But choosing may not be easy: all the major TV manuother PCs on your network—handy for the times when the facturers now have some package of Internet-connected feavideo you want to watch is sitting on your PC in the den. you can feed the Web through your TV—without breaking the bank. For however. we’ll walk you through the prodDisadvantages: Connected TVs aren’t particularly versatile. and you you more easily use the built-in Web browser of Lg sets. Toss in social networking. other than just buying a new connected TV with all remote control similar to the Nintendo Wii controller (just the bells and whistles built in. Instead. such as Vizio. expensive HDTV. or include built-in Wi-Fi support (so you don’t even need to plug play) running in big-screen glory right now. ucts and services (links at ﬁnd. You have many ways to make your existing TV example. That’s what running extra power cords or audio/video cables as you do “smart TV” means.and a few video-rental services like amazon Instant Video. You get packed with apps. The good news: You don’t necessarily have to when you want to watch it. tune end models that are priced in the $750 to $830 range. photo sharing. music. more than a 50-inch LED one). access to the smart-TV service itself—just for the subscrip“Smart TV” is the new hot buzzword these days. photos. don’t have to let your cable-TV subscription hold your eyeVizio’s high-end sets include a Bluetooth remote with a slideballs (or your wallet) hostage with hundreds of channels out keyboard to facilitate typing. you turn on your TV. sell lowThe moment you’re home. You don’t have to purchase a point the remote at the TV to move your cursor). while you master an ethernet cable into the back). often with options exclusive to the manufacturer. can use your TV’s own remote. newer TV sets often come with new remote Don’t let all the TV and tech companies out there fool you. CinemaNow. Connected-television features have since advanced quickly. you’re used to watching connected tVs WorldMags 60 pcworld. and Intercaught up on your favorite TV shows with Hulu. although In early Internet-connected TVs. if you’re big on live TV. but you won’t be able to do such a thing so easily with a big. though. Nothing The cost of an HDTV will generally depend on the set’s size on? guess you’ll watch some Law & Order: Criminal Intent and on its panel technology (a 50-inch plasma set will cost reruns. in. tures built into their midrange and high-end models. and zone out—no interaction or Internet required. packages included only a early Internet features in HDTVs looked pitiful compared with few additional “channels”—Netﬂix Instant Watch.
Consider them a supplement to your cable LG’S MAGIC MOTION controller subscription. simple. Roku’s box leads the pack with a very broad channel selection. won’t have much in the way of live TV programming. Hulu Plus. also in this category are game consoles (PlayStation 3. and content selection. Netﬂix. They rely on your home Internet connection to stream media from Internet sources such as Hulu. and even downloadable games from gameloft in addition to a whole host of media-streaming services like amazon Instant Video.com 61 . also. but since it doesn’t support DLNa. YouTube. If you’re already heavily invested in music and movies from the iTunes Store. While not dedicated Internet TV gadgets. go for an apple TV box—you’ll be able to stream your existing iTunes content from your home network’s iTunes libraries. photos.HDTV market (Lg. they have Hulu Plus. Panasonic. do support DLNa. new services tend to be added to the selection over time—the longer you WorldMags auguST 2011 pcworld. and many other video-on-demand channels. locally stored recordings. such as Western Digital’s WD TV Live series. Netﬂix. Some other contenders in the ﬁeld. Twitter. grab a google TV set-top box like the Logitech Revue. or videos stored on your network’s PCs. Panasonic’s “Viera Connect” Internet features include Facebook. For both the versatility of a full Web browser in your HDTV and a search feature that could cover your satellite-TV listings. and they typically don’t cost very much. and Pandora. Cost: $60 to $250 plus subscription fees (when applicable). and easy-to-install way to add more channels to your TV. video channels. Xbox 360. Wii) and Internet-connected Blu-ray players. shape. Right now. and the Web. you can’t use it to access the music. Samsung. Netﬂix. Advantages: Set-top boxes are very easy to set up and use. For example. Sony. DLNa support. since they choose a viewing or app option. and Vizio) are each looking to make their Web-connected TV sets your entertainment hub by adding new features. rather than moves a pointer on the screen to a replacement. set-top boxes a relatively inexpensive. Skype. set-top boxes vary in size. and even their own app stores. and other Internet-connected features.
for example. you don’t have many options for streaming live TV with a set-top box. so buying a new one every few years could be one way around that problem. Advanced tips: You can hack most set-top boxes.own the box. WorldMags 62 pcworld. to add new features. which the stock apple TV doesn’t support.com auguST 2011 . google’s offers many of the beneﬁts of a home theater PC. You can’t really do much besides watch the ported Web video. But the boxes are relatively cheap. such as a Web browser and (future) access to apps via the android Market. Disadvantages: Most set-top boxes don’t include a full Web browser. That may be okay for now. the search function on google TV could radically change the way you watch television simply by making it far. especially if your favorite shows are found only at live streaming sites or from the TV networks. is existing iTunes library. and applications. but we expect Web video to continue proliferating—and standard set-top boxes will struggle because they lack Web browsers. apple TV and google TV have two different approaches to the set-top box. However. For example. While the Web video services that run on set-top boxes often add new channels. without the expense or hassle of a full-blown media PC. you have no guarantee that your set- top box developer will add the ones you want when you want them. as noted. the more content it should be able to deliver. far easier to ﬁnd what you want to watch. Hulu. even these forward-looking set-tops won’t get far unless the various networks and content providAPPLE TV TURNS your HDTV ers open some doors for set into an extension of your them. Future-proof? The set-top box’s place in the future of smart TV is iffy at best. you can jailbreak your apple TV and install the XBMC media-center app to enable 1080p video playback. apple’s turns your TV into an extension of your iTunes Library—great if you own a bunch of other iOS devices. also. or if you prefer to pay the TV/movie rental fees over a subscription fee. so you can’t always watch the videos you want. and. channels. including the apple TV and the Roku.
and if you’re tired of DVDs. you can opt for the streaming-only subscription plan for $8 a month. and so forth). Obtaining one usually involves paying extra for a special PC case and high-end. Hulu Plus: Since its launch in 2008. its Instant Watch streaming service (which provides both television and movies online) is now the primary source of Internet trafﬁc in North America. and you have to deal with the additional hassle of maintaining another computer—security. Pick your favorite mobile device. features. which has a built-in keypad and trackball instead of a keyboard and mouse.com 63 . and play PC games on your HDTV. Hulu has made waves by offering a (legal!) way to get episodes of current television series free on the Web. Advanced tips: Pair your home theater PC up with a decent media-center application. and an advanced remote control like the Lenovo N5901. some older YouTube client apps have problems playing high-deﬁnition videos. but the basic idea is the same: Rent a movie by download for up to $4 for a new release. one-week free trial). screen home movies. Flickr and Picasa for photos. In fact. and sometimes the entire game. Your Smart TV program Guide WorldMags auguST 2011 pcworld. play DVDs and Blu-ray discs. install the app. broken components. you’ll want access to at least one video-rental service—Amazon Instant Video. Online video rental: Besides subscription services like Hulu Plus and Netﬂix. But only a portion of its catalog is available on Instant Watch. you’ll need a subscription to Hulu’s premium service. Each service has a slightly different selection. touchpad. and so on. and services you want will come from the open Web. Also. We expect that these two set-tops will be the ones to watch over the next few years. YouTube: The Web’s largest video-sharing site. or purchase a desired download for around $15. access shared video from your network. and in that case you might end up with a horribly pixelated. home theater pcs Home theater PCs are typically high-end. Other smart TV options may someday catch up to the ﬂexibility of the media center PC. Disadvantages: PCs are complicated. you can bet that most of the apps. motion features. lowres video on your HDTV if you’re not careful. such as a Blu-ray drive or a CableCard for watching movies and viewing/recording cable TV via your PC. the apple TV and google TV platforms are still in their formative period and may both be around long enough to see the day when content owners have come to accept the model these devices use for distributing video. and you can catch sports whenever and wherever you want. Future-proof? Yes. you can’t get much live TV (news and sports). so you would still need an antenna or cable-TV subscription for that. and much of that content relies on PC-friendly Flash to run. Sports: You may be able to stream the game you missed via an on-demand streaming app that keeps box scores. CinemaNow. your cost could be effectively nothing. Other media apps: Plenty of the streaming media services you likely already use on your computer have apps available for your connected TV or set-top box—Napster. at least. and social media apps such as Facebook. low-heat components. and the cost is hard to beat. also. To access Hulu from a set-top box or connected TV. using one is not nearly as spontaneous or as instantly gratifying as simply pressing the power button on a remote. you can plug an RSS feed of the shows you’re watching into a BitTorrent client to automatically download new episodes as they come out. upgrades. Cost: You can build a high-end do-it-yourself home theater PC for under $1000. highlights. Blockbuster. a desktop PC also lets you add new hardware for more features.currently blocking the google TV browser. Pandora. expensive systems designed to ﬁt in with a true home theater enthusiast’s fancy audio/video equipment rack. but any system capable of playing back 1080p video and connecting to your set through HDMI or another audio/video input can be your TV’s connection to Web video. Advantages: a home theater PC is extremely ﬂexible. Netﬂix: It’s not just a DVD rent-by-mail service. and if you simply repurpose an old machine. and Slacker Radio for music.000 episodes of older TV archives. Vudu. all the same. HERE’S A QUICK guide to the major streaming services you should look for in your next set-top box or connected TV—or should have bookmarked in your home theater PC’s Web browser. but until then. Your Hulu Plus subscription also gets you access to a catalog of movies (including a Criterion Collection set) and over 29. and so on. though you’ll still have to watch the occasional ad. Hulu Plus ($8 per month. But any modern computer—even a netbook or a nettop mini-PC with the right hardware—could cost you as little as $350. But YouTube navigation and search can be particularly laborious unless your remote is Internet-ready (keyboard. such as XBMC or Windows Media Center. You can use your computer to play downloaded or streamed video. You must also consider content limitations: For now. YouTube is widely available on most set-top boxes and connected TVs for free. updates.
and Verizon FiOS TV are still the gold standard for premium TV and live TV. Verizon is a little better. YouTube. The FiOS Media Manager app lets you watch FiOS videos on a PC and view locally stored media on the TV. which Dish Network resells to its subscribers at a reduced rate. or telephone company. Its FiOS TV “widgets” are a simple way to get Facebook. depending on your plan and whether you’re DISH NETWORK’S set-top box works with a Logitech Google TV box to pull in Web material. Dish Network. cable & cablelike services High-end services such as Comcast Xﬁnity. satellite. WorldMags 64 pcworld. and only a few providers are actively trying to develop the Internet-content aspect of their offerings. aT&T has no Web video in its u-verse service. But the boxes don’t yet have the smart TV chops of the setups described previously. and weather on your TV. the boxes also have built-in digital video recorder features to help you make sure you don’t miss anything. DirecTV. recorded. They typically connect to your TV via a specially designed set-top box from your cable. Cost: Services are pricey—and can vary from $50 a month to $150 a month. local trafﬁc. You can use them to access whatever video-on-demand libraries your network offers. Dish Network may be the most progressive of all.MICROSOFT’S Windows Media Center organizes live. sports) and photo sharing via Flickr.com auguST 2011 . and Web content on your TV. and very little nonvideo Web content—just a couple of “interactive” Web apps (weather. Three of the company’s DVRs are compatible with google TV’s search features through the Logitech Revue set-top box.
DisplayPort: A newer display connector employed primarily for connecting laptop and desktop PCs to computer displays. But don’t expect to use it to connect your PC to your TV—at least not at this point. and more. a cheap adapter can connect your PC’s DVI port to your HDTV’s HDMI port. MHL: Mobile High-Deﬁnition Link—a new connection standard that allows smartphones to connect to HDTVs. If you use DVI.IF YOU WONDER what HDCP or a dozen other terms mean. Media center: Any application that makes it easier to navigate the music. digital cameras and camcorders. but that’s $840 each year (not counting taxes or installation fees)—enough to buy a budget 42-inch TV. Advantages: Cable services are the go-to source for premium and live TV. but using it to download TV shows and movies that were released under the usual copyright protections generally is. and some have apps that let you stream video (generally both live TV and DVR recordings) to your tablet or smartphone. Some TVs have a DVI port. If you use an analog signal (VGA. HDMI: High-Deﬁnition Multimedia Interface is currently the preferred standard for connecting devices to a TV— PCs. For example. here’s a quick guide. a component-video connection can deliver video up to 1080p resolution (“Full HD”). a Roku. an Xbox 360 hooked up to your HDTV can stream video located on your desktop PC in your home ofﬁce. and videos in your local media library. podcasts. you can play back HDCPencrypted video at full resolution without a problem. Future-proof? The great advantage of the triple-play services is that the TV programming usually rides into the home on the same pipe as the Internet service (and the phone service). and on many HDTVs. photos. also. they’re moving to make their material viewable on a ﬁnite number of stationary and mobile screens. and blue) for high-def video. composite. so it takes up less space. all of the major TV providers offer android and iOS mobile apps that let you browse TV listings and schedule DVR recordings. and video) into the curated cable content. Disadvantages: Don’t expect any deeply integrated Internet features in your cable TV service anytime soon—no Web browser or fancy remote with a keyboard for quickly searching for Web content. or another digital video format to deliver video on your TV. and a Netﬂix subscription. however. DLNA is a standard that enables your HDTV. Video on demand: Video services that let you choose what you want to watch from a video library. music. The BitTorrent protocol itself isn’t illegal. Component video: A common set of analog ports (red. Technically. That is. green. PC. and you don’t have to deal with troubleshooting equipment or updating buggy software—everything (usually) works. you might also have a few neat features that connect the two. Composite video: The ubiquitous red-white-yellow ports are A Glossary of Smart TV Terms still getting a new-subscriber promotional rate. you pay a small fee for downloads or streams. The apps can also run on other devices. but they’re likely to look very good. DLNA: Digital Living Network Alliance. game consoles. avoid using composite-video ports whenever possible. chat. You may not need (or even want) all 250 channels. An HDMI cable carries both audio and video from a device to a TV. including set-top boxes and game consoles. you may have to watch your video at a lower resolution. HDCP: High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection—a form of digital video copy-protection technology developed by Intel. smartphones. though it may not look as good as it would over component or HDMI. With the exception of Dish Network’s google TV offering. the limited Web content the various services offer won’t cost you extra. component). DVI: The current standard for most desktop PC displays. Most media-center apps are designed to make home theater PCs more user-friendly so that you can navigate your various media using a remote control rather than a keyboard and mouse. If you get landline phone service from your TV provider. VGA/D-Sub: Practically every PC you’ve ever owned has a “VGA” or “D-Sub” connector. Advanced tips: While the cablelike services don’t offer much Web content. If widely adopted. most are focusing on the “TV everywhere” concept. WorldMags auguST 2011 pcworld. TV providers haven’t gone a long way toward realizing that potential. which can be useful. such as voicemail management or caller ID through your TV. VGA cables can deliver a full HD video to your TV. so if your PC supports only DVI video-out. The DVI video signal is identical to the HDMI signal. These two terms describe the same humble 15-pin monitor port still found on most laptops and desktops. and technicians are available to help with serious problems. However. HDMI.com 65 . This setup creates a huge potential for integrating Internet features (such as apps. BitTorrent: A popular ﬁlesharing protocol that people often use to distribute copyrighted video. at present. for composite video. MHL can let your smartphone charge while it is connected to your HDTV—and you can watch videos streaming or downloading from the phone. services can get fairly expensive: $70 per month might not seem so bad at ﬁrst. because composite video (an analog format) cannot deliver high-def video. and other gadgets to talk to one another and share media over a network.
COM We installed six popular inkjet multifunction printers in three different ofﬁces to see how they would perform in the real world. 67 .Pt rn i WorldMags Do It All BY MELISSA RIOFRIO er s That AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD.
To San Francisco– based Zeta Communities. different users want different things from an MFP.com/71924 PUBLIC RETAIL SETTING Great print quality Touchscreen control panel Bloated software installation Long processing time before printing HP Envy100 e-All-in-One $250 ﬁnd. scan. copy.pcworld. the point of these printers is that a single fairly compact machine can do it all: print.pcworld. based on lab testing of the MFP.pcworld. Some ofﬁces look for a topnotch scanner and precise color reproduction.com/71856) and a Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 (ﬁnd. But just as some people favor ﬂip-ﬂops and others wingtips. The star rating for each model is PCWorld’s assessment. A bustling environment where people come in and go out Head-to-Head in the Wild: Inkjet Multifunction Printers Here’s what real-world users liked and disliked about MFPs we selected to suit their workplace. pcworld. and printing.com/71923 OUR TESTER’S PICK Full-size.pcworld. Wouldn’t it be great if you could test-drive a few MFPs to see which one was the best match for your needs? PCWorld set out to do just that: We identiﬁed three different kinds of users. an Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer. MFPs’ Inﬁnite Variety The models we chose for our users to audition reﬂect the wide variety of MFPs that are currently available—and the users were just as distinctive. wide-format scanner platen Dual paper trays Mediocre color quality Construction felt ﬂimsy HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format $300 ﬁnd.com/71048 Fast.com/70031). Two wide-format units that can print and scan media at sizes up to 11 by 17 inches. Read on to ﬁnd out which printers they liked better. for the 440 Brannan boutique in San Francisco’s trendy South of Market district. National Center for Science Education (NCSE).pcworld. Brother’s MFC-J6710DW (ﬁnd.You might think that pretty much any color inkjet multifunction printer would satisfy pretty much any user—after all.pcworld. too.com/71923) and HP’s Ofﬁcejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One (ﬁnd. scanning. a sustainable building ﬁrm whose design and promotion needs entail a lot of copying. we assigned two small-ofﬁce printers. WorldMags 68 PCWORLD. and let them use each one for a week. and (some- times) fax. (ﬁnd.com/70031 MEDIA CENTER Easy installation Five-year warranty Mediocre scan quality Inaccurate Pantone matching Brother MFC-J6710DW $300 ﬁnd.pcworld. camera-based scanner Useful Web-based apps Inks can be pricey Printed slowly CHART NOTES: Prices are as of 5/27/11. Finally. And still others want a printer that can be displayed in public without looking like a plastic box of ugly. Others need to print unusually wide documents. MODEL BUSY SMALL OFFICE What our testers liked What our testers hated OUR TESTER’S PICK Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One $300 ﬁnd.com/71924). who develops online and print content for the Oakland-based nonproﬁt.COM AUGUST 2011 PHOTOGRAPH: ROBERT CARDIN . we supplied the HP Envy100 e-All-in-One (ﬁnd.pcworld. precise.pcworld. and why— and to learn how you can ﬁnd your best ﬁt.com/ 71048).com/71056) and the Lexmark Genesis (ﬁnd. pcworld.com/71856 Fast printing and scanning Fairly accurate Pantone matching Noisy operation Tweaking required for best quality Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 $300 ﬁnd. went to Steven Newton. pcworld. gave them two MFP models that promised to meet their speciﬁc needs.com/71056 Great print quality Wireless connectivity Touchscreen seemed oversensitive Printed slowly OUR TESTER’S PICK Lexmark Genesis $200 ﬁnd.
set up both MFPs and found that the Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 was the easier unit to install. The CD-based process was fast. Windows 7 Pro. Tierra Technology. wireless connectivity. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. it let Tierra’s technicians check Lexmark’s Website for driver updates. (A ﬁx is available from Epson’s Website or in the CDs that ship with newer units. The MFPs installed here had to work with PCs running Windows 7 Ultimate. But she preferred the Epson MFP because it did a better job of matching the Pantone colors used by designers and printers that work with Zeta. SoRelle liked both of them.A Busy Small Ofﬁce Sarah SoRelle is a marketing associate for Zeta Communities. so Tierra’s technician used Windows 7’s Found New Hardware function to set up the MFP. and Windows Server 2008. and easy-to-use touchscreens as highlights. a San Francisco ﬁrm that develops multifamily housing and mixed-use structures. and a service pack update for Windows 7 64-bit conﬂicted with the Epson CD installer.) Once they were installed. citing their speed. The Epson WorkForce 840’s CD-based installation process seemed slower than the Lexmark’s. scanning and color printing are very important. In her work. and it provided clear descriptions of extra features. Windows XP Pro.COM 69 . Zeta’s IT service provider.
Newton thought. though pages appeared rapidly once it got going. A replacement unit worked perfectly. Steven Newton develops a variety of print and online materials. but then the scanner stopped working. was “excessive.” And following installation. In contrast. The MFP’s installation. producing markedly better-looking prints than the Brother MFCJ6710DW. the Ofﬁcejet 7500A sometimes took an inexplicably long time to prepare to print.Scientific Media Center As Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education. texture.3GB.COM AUGUST 2011 PHOTOGRAPH/ILLUSTRATION: CREDIT . To win Newton’s approval. rapidly. and requiring more time to install from disks than software such as Adobe Photoshop. consuming 0. He put both of his test-unit MFPs through an exhaustive series of color. HP’s Ofﬁcejet 7500A Wide Format prevailed. Newton liked the HP’s photo quality enough to make framed prints of his work from it. the Brother’s output looked washed-out and sometimes grainy. WorldMags 70 PCWORLD. Newton needs printing hardware that can reproduce graphics reliably. and faithfully. An avid photographer. and font challenges. He resolved an issue involving a ﬂaky wireless connection by rebooting the printer. the HP Ofﬁcejet 7500A Wide Format had to overcome a bad ﬁrst impression.
the news feeds supthe ﬁrst cloud-printing service to launch. Choosing color imaging or a higher dpi (dots per inch) setting causes traditional scanners to slow down. Unlike HP’s apps. That novel approach gives the Genesis a huge advantage in speed. for instance.constantly. however. or news feed to appear on the LCD. All inkjet MFPs combine a printer base and a scanner— usually one that is designed for letter/A4-size paper. focusing on kids’ activities such as coloring pages and paper dolls. you can set up an RSS. only the Brother MFC-J6710DW lacks a touchscreen. 440 Brannan needs an MFP that can juggle a multitude of tasks and look good while doing it. HP’s Web-based apps typically emphasize home and family use. however. While traveling. Newer models of HP printers that have ePrint capability are tied to a speciﬁc e-mail address to which you can send e-mail messages or jobs to be printed. An MSNBC app lets you choose among news categories ranging from business to entertainment to sports. Also. ply headlines from the BBC. Of the six models used in our real-world tests. You can also monitor your Twitter feed or your Facebook page. Assuming that you already have a wireless network installed. distance between the PC and the printer. Though cloud-based printing is still in its infancy (HP and Lexmark are the only vendors WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. you may ﬁnd ePrint-enabled public printing locations in hotels. Epson’s WorkForce 840 scans to a Mac via USB only. Epson’s WorkForce 840 employs a hybrid screen. weather. that currently offer cloudbased apps). maps. Printer touchscreens are getting bigger. wireless printer performance is subject to the same factors that challenge all wireless networks: physical obstacles. Lexmark’s Web-based apps are part of its SmartSolutions platform of customizable apps. You can ﬁnd MFPs in every price range that offer wireless connectivity. rather than employing a device that moves across the page to capture image data. Cloud Printing’s Promise Cloud-based printing aspires to work someday with pretty much every printer out there. as well as coupons. other advantages include its large touchscreen and Lexmark’s growing collection of proprietary SmartSolutions automated tasks and Web applications. uses a built-in 10-megapixel digital camera to take a picture of whatever you want to scan. it fell 71 PHOTOGRAPH: ROBERT CARDIN Web Apps Expand Reach The Web is expanding printers’ horizons with new applications and connectivity. in which the user controls a regular 3. adding a wireless printer to it can make sharing among multiple home or smallofﬁce users surprisingly easy. and print photos posted to your Facebook wall. The Genesis scans nearly instantaneously. though you can ﬁnd units with legal-size or even wideformat scanning platens. not all of the SmartSolutions options require you to print something out. This new approach to image capture elevates the Genesis above its ordinary-printer foundation. downloadable apps from HP’s Website. and tickets that you can print through free. which allow you to automate tasks that you perform regularly. Though some people prefer the positive feedback of pressing a real button. On some machines. The Best Features Now What should you look for in one of today’s multifunction printers? Here’s a rundown of features worth considering. ESPN.5inch LCD by using backlit. it’s getting more interesting all the time. though you’ll need an ePrint-enabled HP printer to enjoy it. touchscreens feel more natural to most people. and they can reduce button overload by showing only the controls that you need at a particular time. and copying shops. airports.COM . and print a digest of current stories. One model—Lexmark’s Genesis—takes this feature a huge step beyond the ordinary: Its Flash Scan feature. context-aware “buttons” that appear on the surrounding touch-sensitive panel. Who wouldn’t want to be able to print from their cell phone or tablet without driver or connectivity hassles? Hewlett-Packard’s ePrint is Though cloudbased printing is still in its infancy. and more sophisticated. sometimes to a crawl. and other Wi-Fi trafﬁc. certain features are not available via wireless. it’s getting more interesting all the time. In our initial tests of HP ePrint. regardless of the complexity of the data. not wirelessly. or MSNBC. such as scanning or faxing a speciﬁc form to a speciﬁc destination. For instance. more common.
especially. but we haven’t tested it. a printer that is constantly churning out jobs can’t stop to make a copy or scan to PDF. On the other hand. is notable for its high-yield. com/71534). penny-per-page black (a truly budget-friendly cost). too. the printer has to be slightly WorldMags 72 PCWORLD. if you regularly send faxes and will continue to do so. We tested Google Cloud Print earlier this year (see ﬁnd. whose standard and high-yield inks are expensive across the board. you needn’t worry. Scanning documents to PDF and then e-mailing them has replaced a great deal of faxing. The majority of the six MFPs that we used for real-world testing have reasonable ink costs. With regard to faxing. Google’s Cloud Print was announced about year ago. student. In addition. it’s faster and more secure than faxing. most home. though it’s still very limited. but it’s still a hassle. consider buying a dedicated machine for that particular function. and computers. This awkward-looking mechanism sticks out the top of the device (or sometimes folds neatly into the top when it’s not in use). only about 9 out of 10 of them actually printed. larger to accommodate the duplexing mechanism. If you don’t send faxes now but wonder whether you might need to someday for some reason. even printing. Remember the Ink Costs Ink costs are as important a factor to consider in choosing an MFP as the price of the machine itself. saving both trees and money. is supposed to be a more ironclad program. second scanning head (usually a slim bar located to one side of the main scanner platen) for scanning legalsize documents via the ADF. Assisted manual duplexing— where on-screen or controlpanel prompts show you how to refeed the pages so you can print on the back—is better than nothing. because the printer has to turn the paper over to print on its other side. a bit short on reliability. Most ADFs have a dedicated. and it saves paper. Since MFPs can’t multitask (at the inkjet level. You can’t miss an MFP that’s equipped with an automatic document feeder. however. e-mail services. but whose high-yield options are reasonable. Paper Savers and Time Savers Automatic duplexing (twosided printing) halves paper usage. its goal of admitting even older printers to the cloud-printing club bodes well for future adoption.Ink costs are as important a factor in choosing an MFP as the price of the machine itself. The corporate version. anyway). buy a multifunction printer with fax capabilities.COM AUGUST 2011 PHOTOGRAPH: ROBERT CARDIN . The service aims to let you send jobs remotely to any printer linked to a Web-connected PC. some models even scan in duplex. and the two Lexmarks—the Genesis and the Pinnacle Pro901—whose standardsize cartridges are exorbitant. So if you do a lot of any one thing.pcworld. When we sent jobs via ePrint from various phones. called ePrint Enterprise. It makes all the difference when you need to scan or copy multipage documents. can probably ﬁnd more than one very serviceable inkjet multifunction printer that meets their needs. and smallofﬁce users who want a printer that can branch out and do a few other things. but it does slow printing speed somewhat. The only models that require a little caution here are the HP Envy100. The Pinnacle Pro901. but it remains in beta at this writing. especially for longer documents.
but the Genesis “makes great copies and scans. Staff and designers printed everything from price tags to designers’ fall line sheets. Store manager Zakiya Bell says that the MFPs’ wireless connectivity was a revelation after the cumbersome experience of carrying the store’s old printer from computer to computer as needed. and even 72-dpi photos from a cell phone came out looking great. Its vertical scanner platen complicated the task of working with large-format originals. a lone PC serves as the “cash register. as well as workspace for developing new products.” In this environment. The staff and designers use Macs.A Public Retail Setting The 440 Brannan Studio/ Showroom in San Francisco provides a retail venue for the wares of local clothing and accessory designers.COM 73 . though the HP Envy100’s touchscreen was so sensitive that at times it interpreted a swipe as a touch.” WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. The large touchscreens on both MFPs were a pleasure to view and use. form is just as important as function. and people who noticed them couldn’t believe they were printers. launching a Web app or other function by accident. The HP Envy100 e-All-in-One and the Lexmark Genesis both enjoyed prominent placement in the boutique. Bell preferred the Lexmark Genesis for its distinctive design and its convenient touchscreen.
WorldMags august 2011 pcworld. whether you’re an Android. these tools will help you get the most from your phone. or Windows Phone 7 user.Every Smartphone by megan geuss and armando rodriguez EssEntial apps for From fun and games to trafﬁc and news. BlackBerry.com 75 . iPhone.
It’s the perfect way to open or close windows on your desktop or laptop computer when it’s sitting across the room. faster. Social Lookout If you run a small business. you can quickly move ﬁles from your PC to your phone without having to plug your handset into the computer.com august 2011 . you can “bookmark” books. Where to Find the Apps You cAn eAsilY ﬁnd these apps by searching in the app marketplace for your device. Our list is selective: apps such as those for amazon. With Dropbox for your mobile device. you’ve probably already downloaded them. Remember that downloading apps counts against your monthly data-usage limit. Before you buy. the sheer number of apps available on the market can be daunting. coordinate activities. and even more fun. WorldMags 76 pcworld. productivity Dropbox If you use Dropbox on your desktop PC. and see real-time progress updates on all of key: Android (Google) BlackBerry OS (RIM) iOS (Apple) Windows Phone 7 (Microsoft) Imo Chat Have tons of friends? Do they all use different instant messaging services? No problem: Imo Chat eliminates the hassle by allowing you to sign in to the most popular instant messengers all at the same time. and google Maps aren’t included here. You’ll need to have an account there. And ﬁnally. Facebook. and set reminders for yourself to increase your productivity. Gmote through this app. or other items that have yet to be released so that you can remember to buy them later. Currently Loopt covers only big cities. but this list of essentials should be more than enough to get you started. and on Bing social Beluga the easy-to-use Beluga group text service allows friends to join conversations. Torrent Buddy Connect to the popular utorrent ﬁle-sharing client. the apps we did choose to list are intended to expand the functionality of your smartphone and make tasks easier. CrunchSMS In CrunchsMs you can customize your text messaging with photos. more secure. because if your phone didn’t come preloaded with those. and the apps may cost a dollar or two. You may even discover a few items in this collection that you simply can’t live without. Bump Pass information easily from one smartphone to another with Bump. Loopt users check in at locations. even if one is an iPhone and the other is an android-based handset. You can even make your messages look like chat bubbles for an added layer of fun. signatures. and can post questions such as “How much are museum tickets?” Other users in the know then answer in real time. the selected content transfers over. you can move the cursor on your PC or Mac by using the phone’s touchscreen. on twitter. movies. You can consolidate all of that information into lists using this app. or google News might be more valuable than following individual people. keeping track of topics trending on Facebook. Springpad With springpad you can create to-do lists. check PcWorld. read the minimum requirements for each app to conﬁrm that it will run on your phone.com for the latest app news and reviews. In addition. you already know that it’s the easiest way to sync ﬁles across multiple systems. and update their locations on a map. and other interesting extras.If you’re in the market for a brand-new smartphone—or if you feel that you haven’t fully taken advantage of your current one—ﬁnding great apps is the last piece of the puzzle. When two devices both running the app are physically “bumped” together. making this app a perfect tool for organizing group gatherings in new places.
taptu is an aggregated newsreader that looks great and is easy to use. Taptu Much like Flud. this app lets you crop and resize photos any way you want. Pulse even imports google Reader feeds so you don’t have to build the mobile reader from scratch. so you can almost always get to your news. Feed Me this handy news organizer helps sort all of your news feeds into clean-looking groups.com . Popular Photo Tools the best BlackBerry photo editor. in LooPT (LeFT) you can check in at locations and ask fellow users for relevant information. this app has more options than you’ll likely ever use. half social network. torrent Buddy even allows you to start new torrent downloads remotely so that your content is ready for you by the time you get home. and post interesting stories to Facebook or twitter from the app. and sharing favorite stories with pals on Facebook or twitter is a breeze. Instagram allows you to add artsy ﬁlters—for instance. as well as mark interesting stories for later. Snaptu In snaptu. You can pick and choose which news items to read. period. the clean and simple interface makes it easy to learn and use. vidEo and pHoto Instagram Half photo editor. the ability to connect with other Viddy users and watch their creations makes this the best mobile videoediting app. nEws and information Pulse One of the best looking Rss readers out there. You can also check the Instagram feed and see what photos your friends have been snapping lately.” Flipping through feeds is simple and aesthetically pleasing.your current downloads and uploads. adjustments. and apply ﬁlter effects. have fun with them. You can separate feeds by category. humidity. wEatHEr WeatherBug Elite Look to this app for local meteorological stats such as temperature. you can add traditional Rss feeds as well as weather forecasts. you can import all of your feeds from google Reader. a fully customizable Rss reader. the app works well even in areas with bad reception. while in Pulse (below) you can see all of your favorite news feeds. so doctoring photos becomes as much of an art as taking them. and borders. barometric pres77 WorldMags august 2011 pcworld. Viddy Our sister publication Macworld calls Viddy the “Instagram for video” because it lets you add your own ﬁlters and effects to video that you shoot on your iPhone. Flud the people behind Flud say that their app reﬂects “the sexy news ecosystem. PicSay Pro Don’t just snap pictures. so you have no need to reinput all your favorite links. take a photo and insert speech bubbles. swap heads and bodies. as with Pulse. ﬁlters. a hazy atmosphere or a green tint—to your pics. You can also sign in to your favorite social networks to share stories with your friends from within the app. Thumba Edit photos using effects.
and forecast videos. the app does use your phone’s gPs. the app will provide basic weather info about your current location. Maps update in real time. GPS Track Recorder You may never get lost in a city again when you use gPs track Recorder. It also provides radar maps. and weather tips and trivia can help you pass the time if you happen to be caught in a storm. Heading ouT? Check the Weather Channel app (above) for current conditions. Find My iPhone shows the device’s approximate location on a map. UrbanSpoon If you’re visiting an unfamiliar city and don’t know where to eat. and the app can reroute you to bypass the mess if possible. tiny graphs show the topography you’ve covered. you can quickly reserve a table through the app and obtain directions to the restaurant. and wind speed. travEl Poynt If you’re exploring a new town and you want to know what establishments are close to your location. Lookout Mobile Security More than just antivirus software for your phone. Lookout allows you to back up your device to its servers. Waze Hate sitting around in trafﬁc? turn to Waze for help. and consult Poynt (right) for information on local businesses and more. graphical ﬂight timelines help you assess not only the prices but also inconvenient times and stops. pollen conditions. distance. you can even use it WorldMags 78 pcworld. AccuWeather unlike the Weather Channel app. give urbanspoon’s slot machine a whirl: It’ll choose a place for you. the easiest way to track down your lost or stolen handset.com august 2011 . It’s especially useful for outdoor types and budding meteorologists.sure. Hipmunk You can ﬁnd plane tickets from your iPhone with this neat priceaggregation app. Weather Channel the most trusted name in weather updates has an easyto-use app. sEcurity Find My iPhone apple recently made this useful app free for all iPhone/iPod/ iPad users. Poynt is the perfect app for you. altitude. accuWeather lets you manually refresh the screen to update weather data on demand. and orientation. gas stations. You can easily see where trafﬁc is at a standstill. Weather news refreshes every time you move between screens. It can ﬁnd nearby businesses. MyRadar Pro this gorgeous app for map nerds shows color-coded weather patterns in 10-minute intervals. restaurants. speed. and if you already know where you want to dine out. the app also boasts a gPs feature that permits you to check the forecast for a spot on the map that you don’t have a name for— very practical if you are out traveling or camping. and even people and events. so you can see how quickly systems are moving. as well. which helps you compare prices from dozens of airlines. which accesses your phone’s gPs and accelerometer to ﬁnd your location. so you’ll be able to see trafﬁc jams right as they begin to form. so keep an eye on the battery level to make sure it doesn’t run dry.
WatchesPn video streaming (below) will let you view live games to your heart’s content. you can store all the passwords you need on your mobile device under a high level of encryption. WorldMags august 2011 pcworld. or anywhere. a word of warning. but sometimes life simply gets in the way. you build words for points. and if you’re a sports fan (and your TV provider allows the app). Google Music the new google Music service may be in beta right now.to locate your lost or stolen phone.com 79 . as well. so be sure to use a Wi-Fi connection instead. should you lose the phone. WatchESPN Devoted sports fans never want to miss a game. you can rewatch entire seasons of shows such as Arrested Development and The Simpsons (a decade’s worth. you can make your phone ring at full volume if you misplace it in your own house. over and over again! Note that streaming is available on select versions of android only. also remotely. scanning apps as they install to your phone. with the google Music app for android. No longer: Check with your tV provider to see if you can access EsPN’s live video-streaming app. and it homes in on your tastes by learning from the thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs that you assign to the songs it selects. and constantly updating itself so that it can block new threats. you can lock the handset remotely from your PC. Pandora is the leader. using the google Music desktop client. you can stream all of your stored music directly to your handset. though: streaming a lot of music to your phone can burn through your data plan like crazy. Pandora When it comes to Internet radio. you can back up your data and remote-wipe a lost or stolen phone. WiTH bLaCKberry ProTeCT (left). In the game. and challenge your friends to see who has the biggest vocabulary. whenever possible. It will “listen” to the song for a minute and then deliver surprisingly accurate results—it works even if your musical tastes are a little eccentric. and then locate the missing device on a map. then. the chance of someone else ﬁnding all that precious information is minimal. BlackBerry Protect this utility creates a copy of your phone’s data by backing it up to the cloud. of course. the app helps you discover new music by creating radio stations based on your favorite artists or songs. and let the games begin. EntErtainmEnt Words With Friends Move over. With Hulu Plus. so if your phone disappears. in the airport. no less) wherever you roam. Hulu Plus Netﬂix may be the king of movies. shazam saves the day. Netﬂix Just grab some popcorn and settle in: Now you can watch David Bowie’s Labyrinth (or other guilty pleasures) on the bus. but it is by far the best and easiest way to get all of your music on your android phone. but Hulu rules when it comes to current tV shows. Lookout keeps your phone safe from malware. you can upload all of your music ﬁles and playlists to google’s cloud storage. Shazam When you hear a song and you just have to know who the artist is. SuperPassword With this passwordmanagement app. scrabble: Words With Friends is the new word-game champion.
COM . and check for improvements? We did that. BY PATRICK MILLER TESTING BY TONY LEUNG AND WILLIAM WANG 81 WorldMags ILLUSTRATION BY TAVIS COBURN AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. install four Windows optimizers. and the results of our tests surprised us.Cleanup Can They Speed Up Your PC? Utilities What happens when you take a clutch of cluttered old PCs.
and 360Amigo System Speedup (free version)— on all of them. cluttered state and started the process over with another cleanup utility. In fact. so we decided to use our WorldBench 6 benchmarking suite to test the performance claims.) Obviously. they’d likely show up in WorldBench 6. First. 1GB RAM. WorldBench 6 is based on timed scripted tasks in common programs such as Mozilla Firefox. only two systems saw score increases at all after we ran a cleanup utility. and WinOptimizer 7 did so on the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge). a graphics card. they ran one of the cleanup utilities through its standard functions three times. of frequent usage without even a light dusting. to make sure that it didn’t miss anything. and a custom-built desktop that we frequently use in the Labs (2. none of the PCs performed notably better after we ran the utilities. The result? In most cases the cleanup utilities scarcely made a difference in overall system performance. considering WorldMags 82 PCWORLD. they ran WorldBench 6 again to determine whether performance had improved. In most cases the cleanup utilities we tested scarcely made a difference in overall system performance. Each of these ﬁve PCs had endured months. even if the utility recommended doing so. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit). or a CPU. (We disabled WorldBench’s defragmentation routines to give each cleanup utility a chance to use its own.66GHz Core Duo T2300.6GHz Core Duo T2050. and ran four popular Windows cleanup utilities—Ashampoo WinOptimizer 7 ($40). and in a few instances they actually made things slower—though they did shave a few seconds off the test machines’ startup times. Most of the tests produced scores that were either identical to or slightly lower than that of each PC’s original conﬁguration—not quite what you’d expect from performance-boosting utilities. a Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 laptop (2. In short. Windows 7 Professional 32-bit). then. since they wouldn’t have any crud to clean. They didn’t uninstall any applications.COM AUGUST 2011 . 4GB RAM.) Afterward. (Getting rid of software that you no longer need is a good way to speed up a PC. Tony Leung and William Wang of the PCWorld Labs preserved each computer’s precleanup state as a disk image. they were exactly the kind of PCs that most people would want to run a cleanup utility on. but we wanted to see whether the other functions performed by each cleanup utility would make a difference with the same software lineup. Judging by their overall WorldBench 6 scores. on each computer. they ran WorldBench 6 on the systems in the precleanup state to obtain a baseline performance score. Next. we couldn’t use pristine PCs to test the utilities. The test PCs were a Dell Latitude D520 laptop (1. The Testing Process Each of these utilities promises to make Windows run faster by optimizing and maintaining your system. a clear trend emerged—namely. But if you’re not ready to make an investment and crack open the case. and WinOptimizer 7 each produced a one-point bump on the Dell E1505. If you were to see any performance beneﬁts from running these cleaning utilities. Windows XP Professional 32-bit). WorldBench 6 Performance Results While speciﬁc WorldBench 6 results varied from system to system. Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit). They promise to pry off all the digital barnacles that have collected on your PC and on Windows. and you don’t want to think you’ve wasted your money and time)? The PCWorld Labs tested such programs to settle once and for all whether they signiﬁcantly speed up computers.3GHz Core 2 Duo U7300. and Adobe Photoshop. All of the cleanup utilities we evaluated for this roundup have since been updated. Read on for our in-depth ﬁndings. if not years.4GHz Athlon 64 4000+. But do cleanup utilities really improve system performance? Or are they the digital equivalent of a placebo (your PC only seems faster because you’ve invested $40 and a half hour on a utility. Microsoft Ofﬁce. so it’s possible that retesting with the current versions of the programs would yield slightly different results. and in some cases they even made PCs ever-so-slightly slower. 512MB RAM. We dug up ﬁve well-used PCs of various specs and generations. Windows XP Professional 32-bit). if it had one. a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop (1. Piriform CCleaner (free). the cleanup utilities failed to help our systems’ performance signiﬁcantly. So we collected ﬁve systems of different ages that had one thing in common: wear and tear. you need to spring for new hardware: RAM.Most PC users know that to speed up an old system. Iolo System Mechanic 10 ($40). a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop (1. much less a comprehensive system scrubbing or Windows reinstall. system-cleanup utilities are enticing. remaking it into the spry system you remember from the day you ﬁrst set it up. and those increases were only a single point (CCleaner. 4GB RAM.4GHz Core i5-M450. System Speedup. 3GB RAM. Unlike artiﬁcial benchmarks. Then they restored the system to its original. Note: The testing process took weeks.
Ofﬁce performance grew notice1. the caused a negligible increase in startup time in the Dell D520 Labs’ custom-built desktop did worse in that respect: An and the Toshiba M645-S4055.4GHz Core i5-M540 grams is your best bet.3GHz Core 2 Duo dard cleanup functions. your PC might still be loading tasks.PC’s performance slightly worse. CCleaner. There are no one-size-fits-all PC fixes. creating and saving a memory—even if you get to the DVD image ran about 20 percent faster. and then Bench 6 scores. in speciﬁc tests because it’s hard to know exactly system as it stood prior to each cleanup procedure. in some cases—after we System Speedup 49 Premium (using WinOptimizer 7’s uninstall ran System Speedup. it will make multitasking didn’t change by more than 10 WinOptimizer 61 and disk-heavy operations a bit or 15 seconds in any given 98 Original state less painful. WinOptimizer 7 (6 seems to mean that even if a utility made one PC run better. and System Speedup (4 seconds). I M PA C T O N P C P E R F O R M A N C E that a one-point gain in WorldAlthough we ran each cleanup Bench 6 is small enough to be WorldBench 6 SYSTEM Cleanup utility score utility three times before running within the margin of error. The Dell E1505. saw WinOptimizer 98 more-dramatic differences. So even though we so it isn’t fully responsive yet. After running each utilEach utility managed to speed startup slightly. might not necessarily help yours—and it could even make your Boot-Time Results WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. William Wang in the PCWorld didn’t ﬁnd substantial differences overall. To sweep away sysWorldBench 6 test—not surprisToshiba Satellite CCleaner 98 tem clutter. The Dell ﬁrst with a 10-second improvement (19 percent faster). For the Toshiba System Mechanic 59 4GB RAM such a result won’t make your PC M645-S4055. with the Windows 7 Home Premium poorest specs of the bunch. performance System Speedup 52 Windows 7 Professional like new. Scores in red indicate cases with each cleaning utility (photo when all background processes in which the PC’s performance declined after we ran the cleanup utility. or 5 different from the others. Dell Inspiron E1505 CCleaner 49 problems elsewhere. However. 60 Original state percent)—a larger increase than Some of our PCs were more anything we saw from the stanheavily affected by cleanup utiliCCleaner 60 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 1. folD520 had slightly slower speeds in that task as well. a higher score is better. considering that it was carM645-S4055 System Mechanic 98 2. and stopping the stopwatch when he saw it appear on screen. each time. We don’t know what System Mechanic 78 2. While ties than others. CHART NOTES: WorldBench 6 is PCWorld’s application-based benchmark suite for PCs running Windows. and WinOptimizer 7. it seconds). the test results for WorldBench 6. This issue WinOptimizer 49 feature) from the Lenovo Thinkwith Ofﬁce accounts for the dra61 Original state Pad Edge. running WinOptimizer matic drop in some of the WorldCCleaner 60 Dell Latitude D520 7’s cleanup functions. we also ably worse—over twice the test System Mechanic 48 1GB RAM Windows Vista Home tried uninstalling 49 applications time.4GHz Athlon 64 caused this. some utilities still 78 Original state Custom PCWorld individual applications yielded found items that needed cleaning CCleaner 78 Labs desktop a few more-interesting tidbits. uninstalling old proing. meanwhile. Oddly. and it took a enjoyed faster boot times across the board. We found Ofﬁce test. “Original state” refers to the good and bad. your older PC might Labs tested boot times by setting each PC to open a Notepad have a particular problem that one of these utilities can ﬁx. and video editing in Windows desktop quickly. System Speedup. editing ran about 10 percent and services have loaded into faster. though typiity. VideoWave ran about 5 percent slower). the utilities might 360Amigo’s System Speedup 3GB RAM System Speedup 67 Windows XP Professional have encountered problems they seemed to have a problem with WinOptimizer 7 77 couldn’t ﬁx. the Dell E1505 saw a big speed improvement with diskcally by no more than a few seconds.6GHz Core Duo For comparison’s sake. For each of the 48 Original state cess might have created other test PCs except the Dell E1505. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge. CCleaner came in whole minute longer after running System Mechanic. System Mechanic intensive tasks such as writing DVD images.6GHz Core 2 Duo System Mechanic 60 running WorldBench 6. document on startup. Aside from the 1. rying the most powerful hard4GB RAM System Speedup 78 ware. This lowed by System Mechanic (9 seconds). System 1GB RAM System Speedup 50 Windows XP Professional an improvement of three points in Speedup’s results weren’t that WinOptimizer 59 WorldBench 6 (from 60 to 63. but the difference fell within 8-minute test took about 20 seconds longer after running the margin of error. or the cleanup proMicrosoft Office. He tested each setup ten times. In contrast. both Testing boot times can be tricky.COM 83 . though.
you’re probably using PPPoE).52 4. you to log in at every boot-up.24 4. System Mechanic WinOptimizer 67.86% Dell Inspiron E1505 Net-Connection Speed Boost? While all of the utilities made claims about imSystem Speedup 69. MTU for your PC depends on whether you’re using an always-on Internet connection (such as or 576 for dial-up). “Original state” refers to the PC as it stood prior to each cleanup procedure.47% proving overall performance.71 installing and running System Mechanic on the Original state 68. but the two Windows 7 systems reported a boottime improvement of 14 seconds for the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge (29 percent) and 17 seconds for the Toshiba M645-S4055 (25 percent).pcworld. and timing how long it took to Unfortunately.77 ment we found was a change in the Maximum M645-S4055 System Mechanic 68.62 58. Old-school PC gurus 2.20% Windows 7 Home Premium thing of a classic—we ran an article about it 13 WinOptimizer 63. band connection (if you have DSL/cable service that requires com/71895) will help you change your MTU for free. your PC’s overall (1500 for a standard performance is unlikely to change much.62% also touted its NetBooster and Internet ConnecOriginal state 73.49 Percentage improvement Custom PCWorld Labs desktop 2.74 17.COM AUGUST 2011 .com/71894).88% 4.72 -2. 1492 for PPPoE. We comSystem Speedup 48. The tool wouldn’t work on our XP and Vista PCs.46 1.65 1.87 tion Repair tools: “By adjusting the settings that CCleaner 71.37 58.pcworld. U T I L I T I E S ’ I M PAC T O N P C B O O T T I M E SYSTEM Cleanup utility Original state Average boot time (seconds) 59.92 7.65% on the open Internet to test such a claim fairly.30% always-on connecin a cleanup utility. System Mechanic simply asks BOOT-TIME BENEFIT Cleanup utilities are a compelling sell to Windows users.45 57.50 56.4GHz Core i5-M540 4GB RAM will recognize this particular tweak. Iolo Labs (maker of System Mechanic) requested that we try a tool the company uses for its own boot-time tests: Microsoft’s Windows Performance Toolkit (ﬁnd.6GHz Core 2 Duo System Mechanic 75.47 Windows 7 Professional pared the Windows Registry before and after WinOptimizer 46.4GHz Athlon 64 3GB RAM Windows XP Professional CCleaner System Mechanic System Speedup WinOptimizer 7 Original state 1. 1. speed boost.” There are too many ﬂuctuations in bandwidth WinOptimizer 72.68 11. no sophisticated Windows appear. Percentage-improvement magic seems to be going on here. and that it just needs the improvement during the setup prolight touch of a cleanup tool to start sprinting again. uninstall old programs for a short-term WinOptimizer 7 5.79 19.3GHz Core 2 Duo System Mechanic 43.66 6.09% cess.40 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge. The optimal scores in red indicate cases in which the PC’s boot-up routine took longer after we ran the cleanup utility.13 4.87 Instead.69% Our Advice WorldMags 84 PCWORLD.pcworld. a PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet) broadthis task. CHART NOTES: We tested by setting a Notepad document to open at startup.97% 3. CCleaner 6. and save your cash for a hardware upgrade. We you which type of all want to believe that our PC is still the same snappy spring Average boot-time UTILITY connection you have chicken it was when we bought it. as it’s someSystem Speedup 65.75 2.87% Dell Latitude D520 affect network and Internet connection speeds.When we approached the utility vendors about our ﬁndings. for instance.21 66.6GHz Core Duo 1GB RAM Windows Vista Home Premium CCleaner System Mechanic 1.52% Transmission Unit setting. or a 56-kbps dial-up connection.77 1.59% MTU accordingly ning a utility—but judging from our testing.95% tion.com/71893). Original state 52.76 -0.78% 1.50% NetBooster ﬁne-tunes your conﬁgurations so 1GB RAM System Speedup 72. 1.49% Windows XP Professional that more data can be transferred.83% 5. The only Registry adjustToshiba Satellite CCleaner 65.93% years ago (ﬁnd.50 69.72 70.05% Lenovo ThinkPad Edge out exactly what System Mechanic was doing in 1. TCP (ﬁnd. You don’t need System Mechanic to do standard DSL/cable). and adjusts the The reality is a bit different: You might feel better after runSystem Mechanic 4. Instead of investing System Speedup 3. we decided to look around and ﬁgure CCleaner 42. though: The oldie-but-goodie Dr.27% 4GB RAM its attempt to ﬁx network-speed issues.
how-tos and charts formatted for your BlackBerry phone.COM/BBAPP or Supported BlackBerry devices: Any device utilizing BlackBerry OS 4.com/app/ Text “PCWORLD” to 46275 for a link sent to your phone! Msg & Data Rates May Apply WorldMags . Our BlackBerry application provides you with access to PCWorld's award-winning content.com news and updated "Top Rated" lists and specs in numerous product categories ranging from laptops to HDTVs to cameras.custhelp. reviews. FAQ and Support for BlackBerry: http://handmark. email articles.2 and above. Ability to save articles for reference. all in the palm of your hand. or post them to your facebook or twitter account. Full text articles automatically downloaded for immediate access and available for ofﬂine reading. VISIT PCWORLD.Get PCWorld on your BlackBerry Get PCWorld news. Access to the latest PCWorld.
and (the latest) LGA1155. LGA1366. particularly if you’re upgrading an Intel-based system. sooner or later you’ll have to replace your motherboard. Looking to build a minimalist ofﬁce PC? Make sure it has built-in video output connectors and low cost. Are you planning to overclock? Then you’ll want to incorporate a board that offers robust voltage regulation and good cooling over those voltage regulator modules (VRMs). check the size and capacity of your existing system. (Even so. too. if you are upgrading. LGA1156. Extended ATX (eATX) motherboards are somewhat larger than ATX boards. If the case supports ATX motherboards. And ﬁnally. Intel now has four active socket formats: LGA775. WorldMags 86 PCWORLD. conﬁrm that your new motherboard has the correct socket for it. If you will be upgrading your existing processor. too. ancillary issues such as software activation make the task of upgrading a motherboard more annoying rather than less.) Before choosing a motherboard. but you should check with the case manufacturer to make sure. Other complications exist. Will it be small in volume? If so. they are fairly rare and are usually workstationclass boards that support more than one processor. Also.Here’s How Upgrade Your Motherboard If you want to keep your PC current. anything ATX-size or smaller will ﬁt. you need to understand the purpose of the system you’re upgrading or building. you’ll want to use a micro ATX or mini ITX board. If you have an older BTX-format case. BY LOYD CASE THE MOTHERBOARD IS probably the most complex PC component to upgrade. Here’s how to make that process fairly painless. but modern operating systems and standards have taken much of the pain out of swapping in a new one. it will probably support ATX motherboards. Upgrading an AMD CPU is a little easier: Most socket AM3 boards support all AMD CPUs.COM AUGUST 2011 PHOTOGRAPHS: ROBERT CARDIN .
If your case allows you to PRIOR TO REMOVING the old board. 13. disconnect all wiring. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. wires for the case fan. 14. Also. the CPU fan. USB wiring for the USB case connectors. and make sure that it provides you with adequate lighting. you can leave it in the socket for the moment. 2. it may require that a special support plate be attached to the underside of the motherboard. 15. This includes iTunes and Adobe professional apps (such as Photoshop and Premiere CS5). Prior to disassembling the system. a number 2 Phillips screwdriver will ﬁt the screws. You may have to take out the power supply unit (PSU) or hard drives to make motherboard removal easier. Then align the screw holes with the motherboard mounting nuts on the interior of the case. and all memory. Deactivate or deauthorize any applications that you activated previously. Reattach all of the wiring and cables that you disconnected earlier: front panel connectors. 10. be sure to give yourself enough room to lay out tools and parts. back up the contents of your hard drive. 1. and so on. The ATX12V (a small four. Determine which parts need to be removed. Sometimes. be sure to uninstall or deactivate any games that required activation. Carefully screw in the mounting screws. take care to disconnect all power cables ﬁrst. Install the ATX I/O shield for the new board. Remove all the screws holding the motherboard in place. if you removed it earlier. add back the CPU cooler and lock it in place with the fan clips. power cables. and store it with the old motherboard. This step is crucial: It’s frustrating to have screwed in the new motherboard and only then realize that you forgot about the I/O shield. If your electric screwdriver doesn’t have a clutch. Disconnect all wiring. including the Serial ATA connector (at left) and the front panel and power button connectors. Reinstall the power supply unit. AFTER INSTALLING THE new motherboard and memory and reattaching the power cables. Remove the ATX I/O shield. 9. 5. Place the old board in an antistatic bag. Take out all cards. 4. If you have an electric screwdriver equipped with an adjustable clutch. Do not overtighten them. Are you using an exotic cooler? If so.Upgrading Tips Here’s a basic walkthrough of a motherboard upgrade. Also reinstall any storage devices that you may have removed. use a hand screwdriver instead. 3. 8. Double check: Did you really disconnect all wiring? 7. 12. Collect all CD keys. Set up a workspace. In addition. BEFORE REATTACHING THE wiring and cables. 6. If you have to remove the PSU. Good lighting is especially critical if your case has an all-black interior. Usually. Check to conﬁrm that all of the mounting nuts are ﬁrmly screwed into the case.COM 87 .or eight-pin connector) is easy to overlook. set the clutch to the minimum setting. Line up the I/O ports with the holes in the ATX I/O shield. 11. If you’re not upgrading the CPU. reinstall any storage devices (like this hard drive) that you removed earlier. these nuts will come out or become loose when you remove the motherboard screws.
and click OK. you will have to reboot. preview the desktop after a 500-millisecond delay. click Decimal and enter a new delay time (in milliseconds) in Right-click the right pane. however. and click New\ the ‘Value data’ ﬁeld.Here’s How DON’T FORGET to remove the old ATX I/O shield. and so on. DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime. If you’re installing a high-performance graphics card. Log off and then log back on for the change to take effect. USB 3. click Decimal. Find and double-click MenuShowDelay. USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ 1. Once you’ve done all of this. check to see whether Windows needs to be reactivated. Speed up Aero Peek: Windows 7’s Aero Peek allows you to Explorer\Advanced. ﬁrst try activating over the Internet. This is just an upgrade after all. Under ‘Base’. Your keyboard and mouse may be unusable during this time. Reinstall any cards you may have removed. 21. 25. Log off and then log back on in order for CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. 19. and give the system a test boot. network drivers. Speed up menus: Arranging for menus enter the delay time (in milliseconds) in the in Windows Vista or Windows 7 to open more ‘Value data’ ﬁeld. route wiring behind the motherboard. If you don’t Right-click the right pane and click New\DWORD (32-bit) like waiting. Name the new DWORD (the default is 400 milliseconds). If this fails. Adjust the value in milliseconds (the default is 400 milliseconds). and install the new one in its place. Install the CPU (if you had to remove it earlier) and the memory. the change to take effect. do so now. 18. ALL THREE Registry Editor tweaks either a longer delay time or a shorter one. and the keyboard. Speed up taskbar previews: You can adjust the delay time of the little previews that appear when you roll over taskbar icons in Windows Vista or in Windows 7. Once Windows has logged all of the devices. make sure that you attach the PCI Express power connectors. —Sarah Jacobsson Purewal WorldMags 88 PCWORLD. call the toll-free number listed in the Activation Window. Under ‘Base’.COM AUGUST 2011 . You may need to reboot several times. Attach the power cables. 17. Reinstall and reactivate any needed applications. 16. When you boot the system (assuming that you’re using Windows). Plug in the data cables and the power connectors to the storage devices. be sure you tell Microsoft that you’re installing this copy of Windows on one system. Open the Registry Editor. you’ll need to wait while Windows accounts for all of the new motherboard devices. 20. Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. 2. 26. 23. Connect wall power. Name the new DWORD ExtendedUIHoverTime. You can pick promptly is a simple upgrade to perform. If nothing happens. Open the Registry Editor. and go to HKEY_CURRENT_ but don’t neglect to back up the Registry before you proceed. Click OK to set the time DWORD (32-bit) Value. 3. and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Double-click ExtendedUIHoverTime to open it.0 drivers. Take the motherboard CD and install the new motherboard drivers. 22. you can shorten this pause. the video cable. the mouse. Value. Don’t install the CPU cooler until after you’ve installed the memory and the power connectors. Time to open it. taking care to connect both the main and the ATX12V cables. If so. and go to HKEY_ start at HKEY_CURRENT_USER. video drivers (only if you’re using integrated graphics). 24. E A SY H ACK: T HR EE SIMPL E R EGIS T RY UP GR A DES EDITING THE WINDOWS Registry isn’t as scary as it sounds. Open the Registry Editor. If you do activate over the phone. You should be set to go. make sure that the PSU switch is on. Log off and then log back in for the Double-click DesktopLivePreviewHoverchange to take effect.
a Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle.pcworld.$25. a Bose Home Theater System and many.000 or one of these great prizes such as a Golf Trip SWEEPSTAKES to Pebble Beach. a Sony PC. All others see Ofﬁcial Rules for details on alternate entry method. Only legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia 18 or older can enter from this website. a Panasonic camcorder. visit: ﬁnd..000? Enter the Dream of a Lifetime Sweepstakes for a presents the chance to win $25. Void where prohibited by law. an HDTV. a Dell Laptop. . a 10-day Galapagos Family Odyssey.com/70974 Enter online * ﬁnd. many more.. Sweepstakes ends 1/31/12. a Ford Mustang Convertible.pcworld. What would you do with DREAM OF A LIFETIME To see a complete list of prizes and ofﬁcial rules. a cruise on the Queen Mary 2. a trip for four to Ireland.com/70973 WorldMags *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. FORD® and MUSTANG® are registered trademarks of Ford Motor Company.
Consult ﬁnd. rock climbing. too. and Windows Phone 7. a world clock. try eReader. MP3 players. and Nokia Ovi. Use your phone as a mobile data-storage unit for transporting large ﬁles. and the like. Not going skydiving anytime soon? Hand your old phone to your six-year-old—after stocking it with favorite Disney songs. your old phone still can use Wi-Fi to access a suitable app store. It’s still a perfectly good MP3 player: Even Stone Age smartphones like the Palm Treo can pull double duty as Birds on the company-issued iPhone. or Truphone to make calls on it. don’t get lost in the woods. actually) should be capable of making a 911 phone call. If you want e-books for a Palm or Windows Mobile device. where you can load up on when you’re reading in bed. and out of contract. and they support unlimited free calls to other Truphone users. Amazon has apps for Android. For example. So why not stick your old phone in your glove compartment or ofﬁce desk for use in case of emergency? Just make sure that some kind of power supply—an AC adapter. But an old BlackBerry Pearl. why not put it on your old handset instead? You can ﬁnd games aplenty for all smartphones—even older models with puny-resolution screens and poky processors. a to-do list manager. or a digital notepad? Heck. and other perilous activities. sudoku. you can bypass the carrier and use a Voice-over-IP service such as Fring. rates start at around $0.pcworld. Bejeweled.com/71858 for tips on selling or recycling your old tech gear. a deactivated smartphone (or any cell phone. I’ve identiﬁed seven practical ways to resurrect an old smartphone (as well as an eighth option) to coax a little more mileage from it. you can use the phone for quick-and-dirty Google searches and other Web activities. Who needs a Nintendo DS? If the IT department won’t allow you to load Angry solitaire.com for oodles of software that can run on older phones. Not liking any of these options? Recycle or sell your old smartphone instead of just letting it sit. or an external backup battery—is available. so why not put your handset to work as a ﬁnancial or mortgage calculator. Remember the Pocket PC? A powerful processor lurks inside your old phone. Truphone apps are available for Android. Palm Centro. if you have Internet access via Wi-Fi. the Running of the Bulls. If you’ve canceled your cellular service. but it’s also backlit—which is convenient WorldMags 90 PCWORLD. of course. BlackBerry. a car charger. chess. T-Mobile G1.COM AUGUST 2011 .02 per minute. though iPhone users will need a third-party utility such as iPhone Explorer (ﬁnd. obsolete.com. iOS. but it can still serve a useful purpose (or eight). And since a deactivated phone can’t transmit its location to an operator. OLD SMARTPHONES never die—they just get tossed in a drawer as soon as a newer and cooler model supplants them.com or Mobipocket. backing up important documents.Here’s How 8 Uses for an Old (but Unbroken) Smartphone Your ﬁrst-generation smartphone may be antiquated. Why bother if you already have an iPod? Simple: Since you don’t care whether it takes a beating. your old phone makes the perfect MP3 companion for mountain biking. and most of them helpfully provide removable-drive-like capabilities when plugged into a USB port. Try browsing sites such as Handango. BlackBerry. You’ve always wanted an e-reader: Why should you spend money on a Kindle when your smartphone offers the same basic functionality? All you need is an e-reader app. an alarm clock. iOS.com/71857) to tap the on-board memory. It can’t hurt to have more portable storage: Most phone models have at least a couple of gigabytes’ worth of on-board storage. Skype. Need to call a landline or cell phone? You can do that. or whatever can still be useful in multiple ways. pcworld. and all the other classic games of yesteryear. —Rick Broida IT’S EASY TO turn an old smartphone into an e-reader (left) or gaming platform. A phone’s screen is certainly smaller than a Kindle’s. Use it as a Wi-Fi phone: If the handset is Wi-Fi–capable. Keep an emergency phone handy: According to FCC rules.
you have some work to do.4GHz to begin with. The fastest 802. the faster and farther your network should reach. you can add 5GHz support over an access point that you plug into an available ethernet point on your 2.pcworld. First scan your system for malware. run something other than your usual antivirus program. like LINCOLN SPECTOR Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (ﬁnd. it shows what percentage of the CPU is not being used. the System Idle process should be on top. A FREE WI-FI scanning tool. If you have both a dual-band router and devices that support a 5GHz network. But if it happens often (or always). try setting your devices to use the 5GHz band. InSSIDer scans local networks for signal congestion and shows a readout of signal strength (RSSI). The more antennas it has. click the End Process button. so make sure the 5GHz coverage is adequate where you need it. if you’re shopping for an 802. The 5GHz band can’t support the range that 2. or uninstall it and replace it with a competitor. or use the program as little as possible. Few vendors ever released 5GHz-only access points. they’re likely battling for bandwidth.com for a description of the process. On the 5GHz band. —Yardena Arar CLICK THE ‘CPU’ heading in the Processes tab to sort active processes by how much of the processor they’re using. manufacturers are starting to turn to 5GHz for streaming media.11n gear uses 3x3 (three transmitting and three receiving) antennas. However.4GHz router.pcworld.com/71870).pcworld.11n router and you intend to use it for streaming media.4GHz can. for example—for under $100 and run it in 5GHz mode. open the Task Manager by rightclicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager (in XP or Vista) or Start Task Manager (in Windows 7). Both are free. WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. so check ProcessLibrary.) To kill a task temporarily. (In XP. gear that relies on 2x2 antenna arrays is less expensive and not as powerful. The free InSSIDer Wi-Fi scanning tool (ﬁnd. its status will pop up. channel overcrowding is less of an issue because it has many more channels and it is less widely used than 2. but you should be able to pick up a dual-band access point— the D-Link DAP-1522. Then check with the manufacturer to see if there’s a bug ﬁx. that should tell you which program it belongs to.A N SW ER LINE My CPU is running at 100 percent and slowing my PC to a crawl. so you can ﬁgure out which channels are less crowded. But it’s bound to come back. Why is this happening? —Jim Richmond IF IT RARELY occurs. In Safe Mode. In the Task Manager. Even if your router doesn’t support the 5GHz band. If you see more than half a dozen.com/71869) or SuperAntiSpyware (ﬁnd.COM 91 .com/ 71859) supplies a clear readout of your local Wi-Fi networks. Troubleshoot Streaming Media Problems ONE WAY TO see if channel overcrowding is interfering with your media streaming is to use a PC’s Wi-Fi utility to detect networks that are in range. Also. When not in Safe Mode. The process hogging the CPU will be on top. Hover your mouse pointer over the Task Manager icon in the system tray or notiﬁcation area. including their channels and signal strength. check its antenna array. don’t worry about it. click the Processes tab and then the CPU column heading to sort the processes by how much of the CPU they use.
update the database. so try using a scan that doesn’t require installation or even updating. In the bottom-right corner of the Tasks box. Use the hotkeys: Tasks supports hotkeys for quick entries and easy editing. In contrast. underscoring any unrecognized word with a squiggly red line.iso ﬁle that you can use to burn a bootable CD. just right-click the word.pcworld. So if you’re an Internet Explorer user who needs a utility to check your spelling in e-mail. click the button that resembles three bullet points and then click New list. Speckie gets the job done quickly and efﬁciently. If English isn’t your primary language. so you don’t need to update it before the scan.pcworld. launch it. To edit details names to as many new lists as you like by specifying them in on the current selected the Tasks box of Google Tasks. press <Tab>. Anti-Malware from Malwarebytes (ﬁnd.com/71880) is an . On someone else’s PC. Indent to make subtasks: Google Tasks doesn’t support dependencies. Speckie— which is compatible with all versions of Windows and all versions of Internet Explorer (including IE 9)—immediately starts working.com/ 71925). Google Tasks has a single active list (Default List). F-Secure’s Rescue CD (ﬁnd. —Lincoln Spector a built-in spelling checker. —Rick Broida THE SPECKIE spelling checker marks suspect spellings with a red line and suggests alternative words. The program will try to update its database over the Internet. and keep that plugged in while running F-Secure on the infected PC. To unindent. slow down at the wrong time. Boot from the CD and run the scan. even the latest Internet Explorer doesn’t do bad spellers any favors. download SuperAntiSpyware Portable (ﬁnd. Name it anything you prefer (“home” or “work” or whatever). com/71879) and copy it to a ﬂash drive. but you can create as many lists as you need for your projects.Here’s How Add a Spelling Checker to Internet Explorer ONE THE MANY reasons I’m partial to Firefox is that Mozilla’s browser has long had a real-time spelling checker. a free add-on. Once installed. —Robert Strohmeyer MALWAREBYTES’ ANTI-MALWARE has an exceptional ability to ﬁnd and remove invasive code—and it’s extremely easy to use. plug in the ﬂash drive. and run the program. and then perform a full scan. press <Shift>-<Tab>. download an update on another PC.pcworld. enabling it to check your spelling in languages ranging from Croatian to Vietnamese. but it does offer a concession in the form of indented entries. task. or refuse to run certain programs. But Speckie (ﬁnd. You can drag any task into position under a related task and press the <Tab> key to indent it. Web forms. put it on a ﬂash drive. The infection may interfere with installing and updating a cleaning tool. and other browser-based activities. Make multiple lists: By default. offers Tricks for Google Tasks HERE ARE THREE simple tricks for turbocharging Tasks. Check a PC for Malware and Remove Infections MALWARE CAN make a PC behave oddly. The maker updates the portable program every day or two. you’ll be glad to know that Speckie comes with 24 dictionaries. install it.COM AUGUST 2011 . To indent. and start populating it. If it can’t. signifying that it’s a subtask of the item immediately above it. WorldMags 92 PCWORLD.com/ 71869) is a free utility that ﬁnds and removes malware. pcworld. press <Enter>. Download it. Boot the infected PC into Safe Mode. You can move a task up or down by pressing YOU CAN CREATE and assign <Ctrl>-<Up> or <Ctrl><Down>. To see the program’s suggestions for possible correct spellings.
and 5. A recent example: My media-center PC showed symptoms of hard-drive failure.0 to IDE/SATA adapter for $20 that comes with everything you need and works with 2. Though I don’t use mine often. bad RAM. Then change the ‘Base’ setting from ‘Hexadecimal’ to Decimal. I knew I had a short window of time for resRICK BROIDA cuing some recorded TV shows before the drive became inaccessible. it has saved the day on numerous occasions. It’s a USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter that lets you plug any “naked” hard drive into a USB port. change the number from 480.000.COM 93 .FREE PC The Most Crucial Tool in My PC Repair Kit For some time-sensitive tasks. even I get a little panicky when my stash of recorded TV programs hangs in the balance. In this situation. 1. languishing outside the PC.000). But it’s a good routine to start with if you ﬁnd yourself stuck at the splash screen and you can’t ﬁgure out what to do next. and so on. Then I reconnected the USB stuff and was back in business. and then powered up the system. a USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter is indispensable. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer. I’m not saying that you should rush out and buy one of these adapters this minute. the USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter effectively transformed the old drive into an external USB hard drive that I could access with like speed and ease. In the right pane is a value called ‘StartupDelay’. only to get the same result. but you never know when one will come in handy—especially if you’re the tech-support person for all your family and friends. any enclosure). TigerDirect. dead hard drive. it wouldn’t get past the blue HP startup screen (the splash screen). —Sarah Jacobsson Purewal WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. and then tried again.) In another instance. I had replaced the hard drive in a laptop and subsequently realized that I needed to retrieve some data from the old one—which was now A USB-TO-IDE/SATA ADAPTER “naked” (that is. this ﬁrst item is not for you. Not encouraging. and the drive to my main desktop. I’ll spare you the gory details.5-. I powered it down altogether.000 to 40. doubleclick StartupDelay. The system should boot up considerably faster. sells a Sabrent USB 2.000 didn’t produce a noticeable difference in boot-up time.Boot XP Faster on Your PC DOES YOUR COPY of the Windows XP operating system boot too slowly on your machine? Here’s how to accelerate your boot time with a quick Registry tweak. I’d like to recommend a special tool for your repair/upgrade/troubleshooting toolkit. Note: Although this tweak worked for me on my Windows XP laptop. for instance. Never mind that the failing drive was still screwed inside the media center at the time! (Getting it out would have required major surgery. IN THE ‘Value data’ ﬁeld of StartupDelay. I connected the adapter to the drive. and there’s no guarantee that this ﬁx will work for everyone and under all circumstances. Presto: It booted right up. Most USB-to-IDE/SATA adapters sell for $20 to $30. and enter 40000 in the ‘Value data’ ﬁeld (the ﬁeld’s default setting is 480. but today’s mishap was the worst of the bunch: My media-center PC abruptly locked up hard—and when I rebooted. Open the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ ContentIndex. specifying values lower than 40. Troubleshoot a PC That Hangs at the Boot Screen Lately I’ve had the weirdest rash of PC problems. But if you have intermediate or advanced skills (meaning that you’re comfortable poking around a PC’s innards).5-. Though the PC itself was no longer bootable. 3. I unplugged every USB device (which in this case consisted of just two peripherals). Also: Troubleshoot a PC that hangs at the boot screen. Your mileage may vary. bereft of can work with multiple drives. HA SSLE. To open this setting. NOVICE COMPUTER USERS. Immediately my mind went through all kinds of worst-case scenarios: fried motherboard. waited a few minutes. 3.25-inch drives.) Then I remembered a troubleshooting step I’d learned years ago. (Hey. 2.
date and signature. You can even call 215-674-8476 to order by phone.$84 Send to: TNC Enterprises Dept. protect and organize all your PC World back issues.O. Slipcases are library quality. A silver label with the PC World logo is included for personalizing.50 per slipcase for P&H. Box 2475 Warminster. exp. One .$45 Six . PCW P. MC.$18 Add $3. PA 18974 Enclose name.net/pcw pcworld.com august 2011 . address and payment with your order. AmEx accepted. Constructed with heavy bookbinder’s board and covered in a rich flag blue leather grained material. boxes please) PA residents add 6% sales tax. Three .O.tncenterprises. Credit Card Orders: Visa. USA orders only.PCW Marketplace Marketplace For advertising information call: 415-243-3575 Save Your Back Issues Preserve. Perfect for your home or office. Send name number. WorldMags 94 To Order Online: www. (No P.
Inc.90 for two years (24 issues). number 8. P. 501 Second St. P. Top 10™. San Francisco. PC World Top 10™.com Fujitsu America Global BizForce HP IBM iBUYPOWER.com Malouf NEWSLETTER SERVICES MANAGER Michael E. IT & WEB OPERATIONS BitDefender SRL Carbonite CDW Citrix Systems CyberPower Inc.. Canadian GST Registration #R124669680. Add $10 per year for Canadian delivery. Michael Papp QA & RELEASE MANAGER Bhramara Thallapragada SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER PCWORLD REPRINTS permissions@pcworld.. SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Chrissy Schneider (415/978-3269) Kieran Fitzpatrick CHIEF ARCHITECT N O RT HWEST Elaine Ebner (415/267-4578) David White (415/243-3664) SALES ASSOCIATE Nelson Hong (415/978-3266) ACCOUNT DIRECTORS Jim Hutson M A R KET I NG MARKETING MANAGER Jim Hopkins Justin Counts Wei Ming Xu. SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT PROCIRC. ADVERTISING ACCOUNT SERVICES Kevin Greene STAFF ACCOUNTANTS Scott Lum-Duenas. PRODUCTION (415/978-3255) SENIOR DIRECTOR. California.com OCZ Technology PCWorldBlackberryApp Pioneer Electronics SGP-United SGP Corp. Inc. and used under license by PC World Communications. CA 94107. add $20 per year for airmail for all other countries. and at additional mailing ofﬁces. IA 50037-0571. Foreign orders must be prepaid in U. SALES & MARKETING PRODUCTION Stacey Levy DIRECTOR. and Consumer Watch™ are trademarks of International Data Group. SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT Mark Goodrich VP. Printed in the United States. England RESEARCH MANAGER Miguel Beteta Rodrigo RESEARCH ANALYST Kyle Flick SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER Chris Manners SENIOR MANAGER. Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. $74. London. Boone. funds with additional postage. CE0 Mike Kisseberth SENIOR EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR Caroline Ward A DV ERT I SI NG SA LES SENIOR VP.COM 95 . Top 100™. $49.com Cindy Hamilton (949/442-4005) Duane Hampson Sean Greathouse IT MANAGER Walter Clegg SYSTEMS ANALYST Eileen Quan IT TECHNICIAN Dan Dudziak SENIOR WEB OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR (415/978-3133) SALES ASSOCIATE Andrew Trice DIRECTOR.com 415/442-1891 www. PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGEMENT Scott Hill Moneual Lab Newegg. The trademark PC World is owned by International Data Group and used under license by PC World Communications. COO/CFO DIRECTOR. FINANCIAL AD OPERATIONS DIRECTOR. #600.85 for three years (36 issues) by PC World Communications. #600 San Francisco. ON N6C 6B2. HUMAN RESOURCES SENIOR HR REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR. Christian McKeegan. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Pitney Bowes. James Motch. Siber System. Alexis Barrera. Aaron Jones SENIOR DIRECTOR. All rights reserved.S. Bill Cappel. ACCOUNTING AD OPERATIONS SPECIALIST Vicki Peilen Michelle Reyes Diane Hacker iProlog Ink KVC Hosting KYE Systems MAINGEAR P C WORLD | MAC WO RLD CON TEN T WORKS CONTENT DIRECTOR Ted Greenwald CONTENT MANAGER Michael Ansaldo DIRECTOR.pcworld. ONLINE DESIGN Brian Buizer SAL ES PROG RA MMI NG & OPERATION S SENIOR DIRECTOR. MOBILE 415/243-0500 letters@pcworld. 501 Second Street #600. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to PC World. AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & ANALYTICS Alexa Wriggins DIRECTOR. Technology Advice You Can Trust™. Subscription Dept. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WEB DESIGN Sky Collins USER INTERFACE DESIGNER Matt Glass USER INTERFACE DEVELOPER Jason Meyers WEB PRODUCER Ryan Medlin H UMAN RESOU R C ES VP. 415/243-0500. RETAIL SOLUTIONS VP. TRENDnet Verizon Wireless WorldMags AUGUST 2011 PCWORLD. Periodicals Postage Paid at San Francisco. Box 37571. San Francisco.com B U S INESS D EV ELO PMENT SENIOR DIRECTOR. MOBILE PRODUCTS Ulla McGee Microsoft Office Megan Guard Shawne Burke Pecar PROCIRC. PC World™ (ISSN 0737-8939) is published monthly at $24. SALES Gabe Rogol (415/974-7373) Nancy Jonathans PREPRESS MANAGER Tamara Gargus PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Jerry Wandel TECH N OLOGY CTO/VP. PC World Communications. AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT DW PCWorld Editorial. SunGard David Lake PRODUCT MANAGER PROJECT MANAGER Curt Poff Jacky Lee Lauren Russo CONTACT INFORMATION PHONE: FAX: E-MAIL: WEB: MAIL: PRODUCT MANAGER. Box 25542.PRESIDENT. D-Link Systems FilesAnywhere. O. CA 94107 Volume 29.. Inc. Inc. SALES PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS Kate Coldwell Ellen Cobb Kevin Barden Leilani Lopez Keri Campbell PROJECT MANAGER. PC World Top 100™. Symantec TP-LINK USA CORP. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ADVERTISER’S INDEX A DVE RTIS E R PAG E # 13 2 28 C3 10 37 7 74 39 51 C4 C2-1 47 12 50 80 66 22 33 27 14 85 5 40-41 8 19 34 49 25 31 E AST Amy Singer (201/634-2317) Kathy Rebello (508/820-0440) ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Paul Moretti (415/243-3575) SALES ASSOCIATES Shari Redan (207/899-2099) Morgan Branon (415/978-3271) S O U T HWEST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT DIRECTORS 1&1 Internet Inc.O. Copyright © 2011. CA 94107. SALES F IN ANCE SENIOR VP. Inc. Stephanie Man D IG I TA L MED I A SENIOR VP / GENERAL MANAGER. DIGITAL MEDIA CON SUMER MA R K E TING PROCIRC. Inc.95 for one year (12 issues). Editorial and business ofﬁces: 501 Second St.
—Steve Fox and Steven Gray WorldMags 96 PCWORLD. We think Nathan was on drugs. For one thing. Especially if your job will involve ﬂinging birds at pigs. I don’t discuss that kind of thing on the job I’m You: Defragmentation and SSD Nathan: I have the impression you’re talking about drugs. Nathan: Hello. was curious how Norton Utilities defragments a solid-state drive (SSD). What can I do for you? You: How does NU15 handle defragmentation of SSD drives? Nathan: I’m sorry. however: Since when are these things sold by the ounce? Have an idea for The Back Page? Send us suggestions at TheBackPage@pcworld.com/PCWorld. Florida. We hear that a similar “Stalk” button is still being tested. your virtual assistant. We’ll print our favorites here and on our Facebook page at www. I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying. ‘ Researchers say playing video games prepares you for tomorrow’s global workplace.facebook. ‘ Windows 8. One Tough Town WHAT DOES THE Weather Channel suggest for a Big Apple activity? Bronislav Shulman of Valley Stream. So he checked in with Nathan. was surprised to ﬁnd out. could support “advanced hibernation.com. New York. ILLUSTRATION: GARY NEILL We’d Also Like a Pound of Chain Saws WEIPING ZHANG from Lakeland. dropping a tablet in bed is no big deal. Norton’s “virtual agent” (ﬁnd. Could you please rephrase your sentence? You: Defragmentation and SSD Nathan: I have the impression you’re talking about drugs. ‘ Nielsen study: People spend more time using iPads in bed than in the bathroom. I don’t discuss that kind of thing on the job I’m PLUGGED IN Follow us every day on Twitter: @PCWPluggedIn. One thing confused him.com/ 71914). Kansas. ‘ Twitter introduces a oneclick “Follow” button.pcworld. due out in 2012.COM AUGUST 2011 . they can also learn by playing with matches. I’m Nathan. HALL of Topeka.The Back Page FROM OUR READERS Your Virtual DEA Agent JIMMIE L.” Isn’t that just a fancy term for “sleeping on the job”? ‘ Mark Zuckerberg says kids can learn by using Facebook. stumbled across a great deal on this DeWalt drill. Of course.
We get it. secure notebooks and lightweight tablet PCs have the portability you need to go wherever business takes you. You need mobile devices that will work wherever they end up. WorldMags . and we can deliver pre-tested. Teir powerful.MOBILITY ISSUES HAVE RENDERED THE COMPANY IMMOBILE.com/hp ©2011 CDW LLC. configured and image-ready mobility solutions from vendors like HP. We’ll get everyone back to work at CDW. Without any hand-holding. CDW® . SOLVED. CDW•G ® and PEOPLE WHO GET IT™ are trademarks of CDW LLC.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.