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

Marshall Tufton Bluetooth speaker review: Loud, thumpy, with a long-life battery, but pricey and lacking in amenities

TerraMaster TD2 review: Fast two-drive Thunderbolt 3 RAID

TerraMaster TD2 review: Fast two-drive Thunderbolt 3 RAID

The TD2 is a top-performing external RAID enclosure, but Thunderbolt might be expensive overkill compared to USB when using only two drives.

How to use any Thunderbolt device on any Thunderbolt Mac—and we mean any

How to use any Thunderbolt device on any Thunderbolt Mac—and we mean any

An Apple adapter and the proper Thunderbolt dock let your Mac to handle any generation Thunderbolt device, including bus-power-only peripherals.

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.

Garmin Dash Cam Tandem review: Dual cameras are twice as nice in design, features and more

Garmin Dash Cam Tandem review: Dual cameras are twice as nice in design, features and more

Garmin's first front/interior camera delivers everything driving pros need in a supersmall package. Ease of use and integrated GPS make up for merely average image quality.

Hisense R8F 4K UHD smart TV review: This Roku-powered TV delivers plenty of bang for the buck

Hisense R8F 4K UHD smart TV review: This Roku-powered TV delivers plenty of bang for the buck

You'll get very good picture, Dolby Vision, and the excellent Roku OS, but you can forget about bringing your own Bluetooth speakers to the party.

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.

Vava 4K UHD Dash Cam review: Great design and features plus 4K video capture

Vava 4K UHD Dash Cam review: Great design and features plus 4K video capture

Vava's 4K UHD Dash Cam increases the capture resolution of what was already one of our favorite single-channel dash cams. 24-hour surveillance on battery is a major perk.

Samsung launches its 2020 QLED TV lineup

Samsung launches its 2020 QLED TV lineup

The new line includes two new 8K UHD series, with promised improvements in image and audio technology, and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the company's own Bixby digital assistant.

TV tech terms demystified, part three: Color standards and definitions
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TV tech terms demystified, part three: Color standards and definitions

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

TV tech terms demystified, part one: Screen size, resolution, and speed
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TV tech terms demystified, part one: Screen size, resolution, and speed

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

TV tech terms demystified, part two: Display types and technologies

TV tech terms demystified, part two: Display types and technologies

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

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