The Best Flash Drives Of 2012


Best Overall: The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive Rating: Average of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 176+ reviewers on Amazon The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive is one of the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives available (and you'd hope so with a name like that). Specifically, the writing speed of this flash drive is about 11 MB/sec and the reading speed is about 35 MB/sec. The Patriot Xporter is also one of the best deals in terms of dollars for gigabytes. The 16 GB version sells for around … [Read more...]

How To Find Apple Laptops Under $500


It is possible to find an Apple Laptop for under $500 -- you can get a used iBook, MacBook or Powerbook in this price range. Note that you won't find a new Apple laptop for under $500. If you want a new Mac laptop -- the least expensive option is to purchase a Apple MacBook Air MC506LL/A, which was released in 2010, and currently sells for $849 at Amazon. The Best Apple Laptops Under $500 Let's take a look at the used Apple laptops you can get for under $500. When buying a used or … [Read more...]

Top Rated All-In-One Color Inkjet Printers

Canon Pixma MX882

Listed below are the top rated All-In-One Inkjet Printers, based on our survey of reviews at CNET, PrinterInfoCom, Amazon and PC Magazine. Our selection criteria included how a printer fares in both professional reviews and customer feedback. Importantly, consumers can report on printer longevity, something the experts working briefly with test units aren’t able to do. Companies that stand by their printers boost our confidence in the quality of their products. PCWorld published a Reliability … [Read more...]

The Top Backup Drives For Macs For 2012

Apple Time Capsule

External hard drive allow you to add terabytes of storage to your computer for a few hundred dollars. External drives connect to PCs and Macs via their external connectors. Almost every computer has a USB 2.0 port, so it's the most common type of connection currently. Here's the speed of other interfaces (from slowest to fastest): FireWire 400, USB 2.0, FireWire 800, eSATA (external SATA), Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Many new drives support the fast USB 3.0 interface, which some newer computers … [Read more...]

Bulletproof Mac Backup Solutions For 2012

Backing Up Your Mac

We store more photographs, videos, music and documents on our computers today than ever before. Many of those files are irreplaceable. It makes sense to have a comprehensive backup strategy in place, so you'll never be surprised by an unfortunate event. In this article, I will present some bulletproof Mac backup techniques which will work quietly in the background without your intervention. While researching this strategy, I gleaned many ideas from Joe Kissell's excellent book, Take Control … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Laptop Chargers Of 2011

Brunton Impel

External laptop batteries are a portable way to add extra running time to your computer. These power packs typically include interchangeable tips and have the capability to output different voltages so they can accommodate as many different laptop makes and models as possible. Universal laptop chargers have different capacities and employ different battery technologies. Always check to be sure your laptop is compatible with a charger. We’ve examined expert and user reviews on sites such as … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Computer Equipment Of 2011


This is a compilation of all the top rated computer equipment of 2011. Some of the review sources we consulted were: CNET, PC Magazine, TrustedReviews and Amazon buyers. Computers: The Best Desktop Computer Under $1000: Gateway SX 2850-33 The Best Desktop Computer Over $1000: Apple MacBook Pro Winter 2011 The Best Apple Desktop Computer Under $1000: Apple Mac Mini The Best Laptop Computer Under $1000: Toshiba Portege R835-P56X The Best Laptop Computer Over $1000: Apple iMac … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Computer Speakers Of 2011


After surveying reviews at PCMag, CNET, CrunchGear and Amazon, we've created this list of top rated computer speakers:   Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Computer Speakers   The Harman Kardon Soundsticks received editor's choice on both PCMag and CNET for excellent sound performance and unique, aesthetic design. The frequency response range of 44Hz to 20KHz offers crisp definition for all forums: music, movies, and gaming. Power switch built in to the volume control on the subwoofer … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Gaming Headphones Of 2011

Sennheiser PC 350

Gaming headphones are designed exclusively with the gaming enthusiast in mind with an integrated microphone and noise isolating features. Headphones for gaming allow for a more immersive experience to improve upon the game. These top-rated headphone were selected based upon studying reviews on CNET, Crunchgear, PCWorld, and Digital Trends, as well as user reviews from Amazon and Newegg.   Sennheiser PC 350 Collapsible Gaming Headphones ($175) Top Review Sources: Digital … [Read more...]