Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, TechHive

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

Drive-by Wi-Fi: Staying connected on the road

Free Wi-Fi is easier than ever to find on the nation's highways and byways. You just have to know where to look.


Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer Removes the Shakes and Jitters From Footage

Pros may need more control over the process, which can be found in proDAD's more expensive offerings, but the average user should be more than pleased with the results of this software.

TechHive: The iPad for musicians

While the iPad isn't cheap, the incredibly low price of its apps compared to PC or Mac software puts far more power in the hands of the average cash-challenged musician than ever before.

KMPlayer Sleek, But Hard to Navigate

This video file player handles lots of files and has tons of options, but its interface isn't intuitive.

Competent, Easy-to-Use Magix Digital DJ

Magix Digital DJ 2 is extremely competent, but workmanlike in appearance for its ilk.

PowerDirector 10 Is a Worthwhile Update

CyberLink's very capable, ever-evolving video editor/producer adds 3D, more speed, and a spate of usability touches.

KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One: Affordable, but Minimal

This inexpensive model for home offices offers bare-bones capabilities and some below-average speeds; its low ink costs are offset by disappointing plain-paper print quality.


HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw is slow and limited

These days, color laser multifunction printers don't come at much lower prices than the HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw.

Xerox WorkCentre 6505/DN offers good speed and print quality

Workgroup multifunction printer offers good speed and print quality, but its positive attributes are overshadowed by expensive toner.

Dell V715w Review: Decent Inkjet MFP With Pricey Supplies

The V715w has good features for a low-volume small or home office, but take care to avoid the very expensive standard-size inks.


Epson WorkForce 840

There's no skimping on this small-office MFP, which offers speed and paper capacity to spare, plus sharp output and affordable inks.

Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer Review: Capacity and Cheap Ink

There's no skimping on this small-office MFP, which offers speed and paper capacity to spare, plus sharp output and affordable inks.


Brother MFC-J6710DW

The Brother MFC-J6710DW printer does wide-format everything.

Canon Pixma MX420

Fax capabilities come cheaply in the MX420, but meager paper handling and costly black ink limit this model to low-volume use.

Canon Pixma MX882

You needn't sacrifice performance for style: This MFP gives you full print/copy/scan/fax capabilities in a glossy package.