Jon L. Jacobi

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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 Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

The finger-sized Orico M.2 NVMe USB 3.1 10Gbps enclosure is the least expensive we've seen, and performs as well as anything else we've tested.

Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal
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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD...

Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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.

Backup4all Professional 8 review: Easy, reliable backup

Backup4all Professional 8 review: Easy, reliable backup

This venerable backup program has gotten better with age. Backup4All supports a variety of destinations such as online storage and optical media, and is most importantly super-reliable.

Acronis True Image 2020: One of the best backup programs adds cloud features

Acronis True Image 2020: One of the best backup programs adds cloud features

Acronis True Image 2020 may seem like a minor upgrade, but the new features and improvements are more than welcome.

Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces

Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces

The Thinkware X700 dash cam has a great touchscreen and interface, but the GPS is external and the video appears overly compressed.

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

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

The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

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.

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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