QuickBooks Simple Start is easy to learn, but the lack of budgeting, payroll, and Excel-import tools limits its usefulness. We recommend a more powerful accounting app, such as QuickBooks.
Intuit QuickBooks Premier 2009 keeps the program's well-designed, intuitive interface, while adding a few new features. It's a worthy upgrade for people serious about online banking, and it remains the best accounting program for small business owners. However, Intuit should be more generous with customer support, particularly for setup issues.
QuickBooks Premier 2008 remains the top small-business accounting program. Its guidance for novices is top-notch, and it comes in a variety of editions tailored for specific industries. Version 2008 isn't an essential upgrade for QuickBooks 2007 users, but it's a good buy for users of earlier versions, and for anyone new to accounting software.
Harman Kardon announced two new sound bars, one of which is the 1.25-inch thick Sabre SB35, which includes built-in Bluetooth and three HDMI inputs.
The Boston Acoustics TVee sound bars offer a sonic upgrade to flat-panel televisions and can be wall mounted.
The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power, and features for a bargain-basement camcorder, but its substandard video quality is disappointing.
Excellent print quality, speed, and add-ons make this a great monochrome laser printer for a fast-paced office.
OneNote 2003 is better than your word processor at taking notes, but it's expensive. Instead, we recommend EverNote, which is free.
The Samsung EH4000 is one of the best TVs available at the size and price, with above-average picture quality and a svelte design.
While no style maven or template for reference color, the Toshiba AV502U series can do black levels better than most inexpensive LCDs.