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

Adata XPG SX8200 Pro NVMe SSD review: Top-tier performance for a song

Sony PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID review: Clever portable and rugged design, plus Thunderbolt and USB

Sony PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID review: Clever portable and rugged design, plus Thunderbolt and USB

Sony's PSZ-RA4T is a rugged, attractive, and versatile RAID box with support for both Thunderbolt 2 and USB. It's equally at home in a mixed Mac/PC environment, the field, or the trunk of your car.

Sony PSZ-HC1T USB 3.1 Gen 1 hard drive: A stylish and rugged portable storage workhorse

Sony PSZ-HC1T USB 3.1 Gen 1 hard drive: A stylish and rugged portable storage workhorse

Sony's PSZ-HC1T 1TB USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 2.5-inch hard drive isn't a svelte wonder or particularly cheap, but it's perfectly sized and outfitted to stand up to the rigors of the workplace and frequent transport.

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.

Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD OLED TV review: A top-notch TV with the best sound in the business

Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD OLED TV review: A top-notch TV with the best sound in the business

Sony's XBR65A9 65-inch 4K UHD OLED TV offers great color, excellent blacks, and wonderful HDR. It also offers the best sound in a flat-panel TV, bar none. The only problem is that there's a significantly cheaper, but highly worthy...

Akitio NT2 U31C review: An easy and fast 10Gbps USB RAID enclosure (for hard drives)

Akitio NT2 U31C review: An easy and fast 10Gbps USB RAID enclosure (for hard drives)

The compact, relatively inexpensive Akitio NT2 U31C lets you easily combine hard drives for a fast and capacious storage box. But no means are provided for mounting 2.5-inch devices, so it's best for 3.5-inch hard drives.

Samsung 860 QVO SSD review: Big capacity on the cheap, and fast the majority of the time

Samsung 860 QVO SSD review: Big capacity on the cheap, and fast the majority of the time

The Samsung 860 QVO QLC (quad-level cell/4-bit) SATA 6Gbps SSD sets a new low in terms of price per gigabyte, at least in its 2TB and 4TB flavors. It's also a very good performer until you run out of secondary cache.

Marley No  Bounds XL Bluetooth speaker review: Floatable, sustainable sonics

Marley No Bounds XL Bluetooth speaker review: Floatable, sustainable sonics

Kudos to Marley for using recycled materials in the No Bounds XL waterproof Bluetooth speaker. But its sounds mediocre at low volumes, and only average when you crank it.

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

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.

Viofo A129 Duo dual-channel dash cam review: Excellent video and a fantastic bargain

Viofo A129 Duo dual-channel dash cam review: Excellent video and a fantastic bargain

The Viofo A129 dual-channel, front and rear dash cam duo captures great video, day and night. Integrated GPS and excellent ease of use seal the deal.

LG E8PUA 4K UHD TV review: Approaching TV nirvana

LG E8PUA 4K UHD TV review: Approaching TV nirvana

LG's 55-inch OLED smart TV is simply one of the best TVs money can buy. It delivers luxurious color, real blacks, smooth motion, and the best interface and remote in the business.

Acronis True Image 2019 review: Fast, comprehensive, and a wee bit overkill for the average user

Acronis True Image 2019 review: Fast, comprehensive, and a wee bit overkill for the average user

Acronis True Image 2019 has all the features and speed you need. But its system footprint is bigger than most, and it might be a bit much for the average user.

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