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

QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

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.

Roav DashCam Duo review: Excellent video plus GPS, but no life after 12-volt

Roav DashCam Duo review: Excellent video plus GPS, but no life after 12-volt

The Roav DashCam Duo features front/interior, infrared interior assist and GPS. But the supercapacitor doesn't allow captures after 12-volt is removed.

Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD: Fast and cheap, at 10 cents per gigabyte

Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD: Fast and cheap, at 10 cents per gigabyte

At a mere 10 cents per gigabyte, Kingston's A2000 sets a new low price point for NVMe SSDs. Surprisingly, it does so without sacrificing much performance.

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.

HP Spectre x360 15t touch: Convertible, coppery, OLED goodness

HP Spectre x360 15t touch: Convertible, coppery, OLED goodness

With a 4K UHD AMOLED display and Thunderbolt/USB Gen 2 on board, the HP Spectre x360 15t Touch gives you lush graphics and top performance in a stylish package.

Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

By last year's standards, Samsung's RU8000 is a good TV; but this year, it's eclipsed in terms of both color and HDR performance by less-expensive competitors.

Z-Edge F1 dash cam: Great image quality and versatile GPS outweigh the baffling buttons

Z-Edge F1 dash cam: Great image quality and versatile GPS outweigh the baffling buttons

The GPS-enabled Z-Edge F1 front/interior dash cam takes very good video once you get used to the oddball interface.

Nextbase 422GW dash cam review: Superior video and versatile design, telephoto rear-view

Nextbase 422GW dash cam review: Superior video and versatile design, telephoto rear-view

Nextbase's 422GW is a modular system that accepts multiple camera types and features Alexa support, a touch display, and GPS. Aside from the lack of interior infrared, it's the near-perfect dash cam.

Addlink S70 NVMe SSD: Killer performance for a song

Addlink S70 NVMe SSD: Killer performance for a song

AddLink's 1TB NVMe SSD is available for $120. And it's no slouch of a performer either.

OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

OWC's Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C is an external NVMe SSD with a weather-resistant case and capacities up to 2TB, as well at 980MBps speed.

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

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