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

Samsung Q90T 4K UHD TV review: Samsung tweaks an already great smart TV

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD review: High style and high speed for the lucky few

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD review: High style and high speed for the lucky few

The Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD is drop-dead gorgeous and plenty fast, but to realize its full potential, you need one of the handful of products that supports SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps.

Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD review: Good performance at a nice price

Kingston KC2500 NVMe SSD review: Good performance at a nice price

Kingston's KC2500 is a great performer under all conditions, including superlong writes. It's also priced low enough to make anyone's NVMe SSD short list.

OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C review: A fast, vast, and tough external SSD

OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C review: A fast, vast, and tough external SSD

OWC’s Envoy Pro EX USB-C portable SSD is one of those rare products that lives up to the “Pro” moniker. With up to 4TB of capacity, excellent performance and and honest-to-goodness IP67 certification, it’s the real deal.

Crucial P2 NVMe SSD review: Inexpensive, but a slow performer

Crucial P2 NVMe SSD review: Inexpensive, but a slow performer

The Crucial P2 SSD is very affordable and provides decent everyday performance. However, speeds while reading and writing large amounts of data is below the norm.

Aukey SK-M30 Eclipse Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish design and satisfactory sound

Aukey SK-M30 Eclipse Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish design and satisfactory sound

Aukey's SK-M30 Eclipse is an affordable and very attractive Bluetooth speaker. The sound doesn't quite live up to its looks, but it's very good for the price.

Adata SE800 Portable SSD review: IP68 rating makes it extra-tough

Adata SE800 Portable SSD review: IP68 rating makes it extra-tough

The Adata SE800 Portable SSD is compact, good-looking, fast external SSD that can also stand up to the elements.

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.

PNY Pro Elite SSD review: A fast, affordable external drive with nice extras

PNY Pro Elite SSD review: A fast, affordable external drive with nice extras

The PNY Pro Elite portable SSD aced our real-world transfer tests, and offers the same amenities as the Samsung T5 for a little less cash.

Universal Audio Luna review: Look out Logic and Pro Tools, here comes the Luna-verse

Universal Audio Luna review: Look out Logic and Pro Tools, here comes the Luna-verse

UA’s new DAW is tied to the company’s Thunderbolt audio interfaces, but it’s attractively rendered, sounds fantastic, takes analog emulation to the nth degree, and offers infinite undo/redo. Once mature, it could give Pro Tools and...

Retrospect  17 Solo review: Backup software that gives you everything

Retrospect 17 Solo review: Backup software that gives you everything

Retrospect 17 Solo is one of the most comprehensive backup programs you can find. Its jargon-heavy interface is one of the few drawbacks.

PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD review: Cheap and exceptionally fast for everyday chores

PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD review: Cheap and exceptionally fast for everyday chores

PNY's CS3030 NVMe SSD is a great everyday performer. For the average user, it's a bargain, but it slows more than usual for a bargain drive during long writes.

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