Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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

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Toshiba Z20t-C2112 review: 14 hours of battery life highlights this business-class hybrid

Toshiba's Z20t is one of the best tablet-laptop hybrids we've seen, with a whopping 14 hours of battery life and design flourishes that include a matte-finish touchscreen. But it is pricey.

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OCZ RD400 SSD review: This lightning-fast drive is OCZ's redemption

The industry's latest consumer M.2 PCIe-NVMe drive offers excellent performance, and is relatively affordable.

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Here's the free way to make your USB drive faster

Many vendors format their external USB drives in the universally supported FAT32 or exFAT. Simply reformatting in NTFS can triple your speed when you write small files and folders.

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Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket III review: This rugged Bluetooth speaker isn't just water resistant, it's fully submersible

With just enough top-end sparkle to keep things clear, the MIni Lifejacket III is the best-sounding waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've heard.

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Nuheara IQbuds hands-on preview: These smart Bluetooth ear buds are about more than music

The IQbuds promise to make it easier to hear in challenging environments; blocking out unwanted noise. We listened to a prototype and predict they'll deliver.

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TCL Roku TV review (model 50UP130): A good picture, and a fantastic user interface

While picture quality is merely good by rapidly improving LCD TV standards, TCL's P-series Roku TVs are a breeze to set up and use.

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How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 review: Enough new features to justify upgrading (from PowerDVD 14, at least)

The biggest new feature is support for streaming to set-top boxes such as AppleTV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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TV tech terms demystified, part four: LED backlighting

LED backlights enable thinner flat-panel TVs and save energy, but until just recently, the color has been poor compared to older technologies.

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Lenovo Yoga 900 review: What this laptop gives up in size, it gains in power

The Yoga 900 is thicker and heavier than the Yoga 3 Pro, but it also comes upgraded with a larger battery, beefier CPU, and other goodies that let it run longer and faster.

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Sandisk Extreme 900 SSD review: 10Gbps USB 3.1 performance at last!

The Extreme 900 is one of the first devices to take advantage of USB 3.1 faster speeds, and it's delightfully fast.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius E45W-C4200X review: An affordable, fully reversible laptop

The E45W features a fully reversible touchscreen display and plenty of horsepower for everyday tasks at a bargain price.

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TCL brings its Roku TV lineup to the U.S. market

With it's new P-series TVs, TCL adds the outstanding Roku interface and streaming abilities to their U.S. offerings.

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Synology DiskStation DS216+ review: This NAS box can stream 4K UHD movies

Though it downscales them to 1080p, you can stream 2160p videos with Synology's lastest NAS boxes and operating system