Quicken 2010 review: Quicken 2010

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good The Quicken 2010 product family gets a fresh home page that makes setting up a personal home finance operation easy. Quicken now also automatically categorizes expenses.

The Bad Many second-tier tools are clunky and text-heavy; Quicken junks up the desktop with extra shortcuts.

The Bottom Line Quicken 2010 is a solid finance package, especially for novices, but offers little that's substantively new.

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With Quicken 2010, Intuit strives to make its flagship money management application easier to navigate and simpler to set up, thanks to spruced-up visuals and a refreshed start-up wizard. Although already a solid balance-keeper and financial assistant in previous versions, Quicken 2010 adds a few new features to visualize your monthly budget and assets.

The Quicken 2010 product family includes Quicken Starter Edition ($29.99) for tracking budgets and upcoming bills; Quicken Deluxe ($59.99), which includes tools to help you save up for a large purchase; Quicken Premier ($89.99), which helps track investments; Quicken Home and Business ($99.99); and Quicken Rental Property Management ($149.99). We evaluated Quicken Deluxe 2010.

Installation

At almost 70MB, Quicken Deluxe 2010 takes several minutes to install. Installation was painless up to the point when the software junked up our desktop with four icons: the Quicken icon, plus another three unwanted shortcuts advertising a Quicken credit card and other additional services.

Features

Quicken's core features continue doing what they've done for years: chiefly, importing your financial information to help you automatically and manually track your spending and savings. Not just a simple ledger for balancing your bank book, Quicken's additional tools also help alert you to upcoming bills and to your overall budget.


The Quicken 2010 product line gets a prettied-up interface that provides an at-a-glance summary of your finances.

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