Jon L. Jacobi

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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

WD's My Passport 5TB USB hard drive review: Updated style and capacity

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

The best dash cams can record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and mark it with GPS (or what's the point?). This is what you need on the mean streets of modern life.

Soliom G1 380° review: A clever, but incomplete take on a dual-channel dash cam

Soliom G1 380° review: A clever, but incomplete take on a dual-channel dash cam

With dual 190-degree cameras, the Soliom G1 380° dash cam will cover more of the front and side action than other products, but poor video quality and obstructions make night and rear coverage problematic.

Owlcam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market

Owlcam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market

The Owlcam dash cam combines a clever design with instant video uploads via LTE. It's great for phone-centric users, but some features taken for granted with other dash cams are missing.

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.

Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

The finger-sized Orico M.2 NVMe USB 3.1 10Gbps enclosure is the least expensive we've seen, and performs as well as anything else we've tested.

Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal
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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD...

Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

The best Windows backup software
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The best Windows backup software

The best free and paid backup software for your Windows system, disks, and data.

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