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

SecureDrive BT review: Unlock this secure portable SSD using your phone

PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

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.

R-Drive Image review: Super reliable imaging backup

R-Drive Image review: Super reliable imaging backup

Focused precisely on task, this reliable drive imaging/backup program is as steady as they come and provides system recovery capabilities for both Windows PCs and Macs (Intel/HFS-only).

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD review: Great bang for the buck

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD review: Great bang for the buck

WD's Blue SN500 NVMe SSD is available only up to 500GB, but it's hard to beat if that capacity meets your needs.

Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players
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Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

The best free backup software and services: Reviews and buying advice for protecting your data
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The best free backup software and services: Reviews and buying advice for protecting your data

The best free backup software or online service balances good features with enough storage space to protect your valuable data. We've tested the major players so you can find the best one for you. Read on for our reviews.

Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Free, option-rich and effective file backup

Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Free, option-rich and effective file backup

Cobian Backup is an old hand at file backup. The interface isn't fancy, but there's nothing better for the taskā€”or cheaper.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch review: It's a hard drive! It's a carpet sample!

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch review: It's a hard drive! It's a carpet sample!

Seagate's Backup Plus Ultra Touch is an attractive, thin and light USB 3.1 hard drive that performs well, and won't break the bank.

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.

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.

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