Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.


Toshiba Q300 SSD review: Not the bargain it should be

Though a decent performer most of the time with small data sets, the Q300 slows to the pace of a hard drive when writing large files. Worst of all, it's not priced appropriately.

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Crucial BX200 SSD review: Good for casual users, but not for slinging extra-large files

For light-duty computing, the BX200 is a good SSD. But stress it by writing lots of files and it slows to a crawl.


TLC NAND SSDs: The crippling problem storage makers don't advertise

New SSDs are arriving based on TLC, but they suffer severe performance issues when writing large amounts of data.

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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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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.


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WD My Cloud Mirror (Gen 2) review: Your files here, there, and everywhere

The 4TB entry-level version of WD's mirrored NAS is easy to set up and allows easy access to your home storage from all your devices.

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Yada Dash Road Cam HD review: It's very affordable, but it has one dark secret

The Yada shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get an effective dash cam, as long as you need it only during the day.

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Cobra CDR 840 dash cam review: It's small, but otherwise a good deal

The Cobra CDR 840 dash cam is compact to a fault (you can barely see the display), but still, it takes impressively good video.

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Dash cam reviews: What you need to catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Dash cams can record what's ahead (and occasionally, what's behind), and mark it with GPS (or what's the point?). This is exactly what you need on the mean streets of modern life.

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Cobra CDR 900 dash cam review: For the price, we'd like GPS, please

The Cobra CDR 900 offers advanced features including a smartphone app and Wi-Fi connectivity, so the lack of GPS is baffling.

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KDLinks X1 dash cam review: Its GPS lacks one key feature

The KDLinks X1 has the widest field of view of any dash cam we tested, but it falls short in a few key areas.

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Thinkware X500 dash cam review: It packs advanced features in an annoying design

The ThinkWare X500’s advanced features—especially the ability to record front and rear—set it apart from the crowd. But the interface is counterintuitive and an alternative suction mounting system should be provided.

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Garmin Nuvicam LMTHD review: This premium dashcam commands respect

Garmin's Nuvicam LMTHD is the cream of our crop of dashcams, with a huge touchscreen display and high-quality video. A unit this nice needs to be easier to conceal, though, and its

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Garmin Dash Cam 20 review: It's compact, it's convenient, and it costs a little more

Garmin's Dash Cam 20 is the simplest and easiest-to-use GPS dash cam in our roundup, but it's pricey for the features.

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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition: It's a great laptop, but not a true 2-in-1

Dell may call the Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition a 2-in-1, but 3.7 pounds is hefty for something that's tablet-shaped some of the time. Better to focus on what it does do well, which is pretty much everything else.