Jon L. Jacobi

Freelance contributor

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area. jjacobi@pcworld.com

Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Akaso Trace 1 Pro review: A top choice in affordable front-interior dash cams

Akaso Trace 1 Pro review: A top choice in affordable front-interior dash cams

Akaso's Trace 1 Pro is a bargain for ride givers. The dual-channel dash cam offers great exterior day and day/night interior captures, though night video isn't as detailed as we'd like.

DALI Rubicon 6 speaker review: Staking claim to a sonic empire?

DALI Rubicon 6 speaker review: Staking claim to a sonic empire?

DALI's floor-standing Rubicon 6 speakers deliver the sonic goods. But you'll need to be a well-heeled audiophile willing to pony up $5,499 for a pair of them.

Seagate FireCuda 520 NVMe SSD review: Outstanding performance and 4th-gen PCIe

Seagate FireCuda 520 NVMe SSD review: Outstanding performance and 4th-gen PCIe

Seagate's FireCuda 520 performs on a par with its 510 predecessor over PCIe 3, but it also supports PCIe 4 to the tune of 2.1GBps sustained transfers.

Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K UHD TV review: Color galore and brightness to the moon, but those aliasing issues...

Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K UHD TV review: Color galore and brightness to the moon, but those aliasing issues...

Depending on what you watch, Vizio's P-Series Quantum X TV can be either astonishingly vivid, or mildly annoying. A ton of peak brightness, quantum dot color, and poor anti-aliasing will do that.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features
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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

Hisense H9F 4K UHD TV review: Great color and HDR for not a whole lot of money

Hisense H9F 4K UHD TV review: Great color and HDR for not a whole lot of money

The Hisense H9F, with first-rate color and HDR, is one of the best TVs in its class. However, detail acuity and blacks aren't as strong.

Samsung Q60R 4K UHD smart TV review: The QLED color experience for less

Samsung Q60R 4K UHD smart TV review: The QLED color experience for less

The Q60R delivers Samsung's full quantum dot color experience and lux QLED features at an affordable price point. But there are trade-offs

Kingston KC600 SATA SSD: Top-tier performance, top-tier price

Kingston KC600 SATA SSD: Top-tier performance, top-tier price

Kingston's KC600 costs considerably more than bargain 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, but it's a much better overall performer.

HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?
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HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?

HDMI and DisplayPort are both capable of sending high-definition video and high-res audio from a source to a display. We compare their feature sets and typical use scenarios.

Addlink S22 QLC SSD review: Quad-level cell NAND that sustains write speeds, on the cheap

Addlink S22 QLC SSD review: Quad-level cell NAND that sustains write speeds, on the cheap

The S22 QLC 2.5-inch SSD sidesteps 4-bit QLC NAND's normal slow sustained writing, and it costs less than 9 cents per gigabyte. That makes it a budget drive worth buying.

Iperius Backup review: Versatile, powerful backup

Iperius Backup review: Versatile, powerful backup

Though the methodology can be confusing at times, Iperius Backup is arguably the most versatile, comprehensive and compatible backup program available. It's also free if all you need is local plain file backup.

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