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

IP ratings explained: What those codes tell you about how well a device is protected from water and dust

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

We review the best 1080p and 4K dash cams. They record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and ideally mark it with GPS, too. Exactly what you need on today's mean streets.

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.

Viofo A129 Pro Duo review: Dual-channel 4K UHD goodness

Viofo A129 Pro Duo review: Dual-channel 4K UHD goodness

The Viofo A129 Pro Duo offers excellent 4K UHD front day captures, great 1080p rear video, and integrated GPS, setting the bar high among 4K dash cams.

Aukey DRS2 dual dash cam review: Excellent video in all directions, and infrared too

Aukey DRS2 dual dash cam review: Excellent video in all directions, and infrared too

The Aukey DRS2 is a versatile dual-channel system, with a detachable interior camera that can be mounted on the rear window.

Vantrue X4 Dash cam: Sharp 4K UHD captures come at a price

Vantrue X4 Dash cam: Sharp 4K UHD captures come at a price

VanTrue's X4 dash cam takes great 4K UHD video, but it's pricey, and the capacitor cuts off too quickly.

Rexing V360 dash cam review: 360-degree coverage at last!

Rexing V360 dash cam review: 360-degree coverage at last!

The Rexing V360 is the first dash cam combo to offer a high-resolution 360 degrees of coverage, though interior night video isn't up to snuff.

LaCie Rugged SSD Pro review: External Thunderbolt/USB storage for the adventurer

LaCie Rugged SSD Pro review: External Thunderbolt/USB storage for the adventurer

LaCie's Rugged SSD Pro is pricey, but it's one less thing to worry about in hazardous environments.

Samsung's T7 Touch portable SSD blends blazing-fast speeds with fingerprint security

Samsung's T7 Touch portable SSD blends blazing-fast speeds with fingerprint security

Samsung's USB 3.2-based T7 Touch, successor to the company's T3 and T5 portable SSDs, improves speed and offers security via an integrated fingerprint scanner.

Sony adds a 48-inch OLED and a new 8K UHD LCD to its 2020 TV offerings

Sony adds a 48-inch OLED and a new 8K UHD LCD to its 2020 TV offerings

Sony continues to improve its highly rated top-of-the-line TVs and adds a new 8K UHD as well as a 48-inch OLED to its lineup

TCL talks Roku TV Ready tech,  8K UHD for the U.S., and mini-LED strategy for 2020

TCL talks Roku TV Ready tech, 8K UHD for the U.S., and mini-LED strategy for 2020

TCL also announced an update to its HDMI 2.1/eARC/variable refresh-rate firmware, and a THX certified game mode for the coming year.

Seagate's new external SSDs blend style with performance

Seagate's new external SSDs blend style with performance

New UBS 3.2 Gen2x2 and USB 3.1 10Gbps SSDs from Seagate offer stylish lighting and state of the art speed

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