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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Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD review: Not quite an 850 EVO, but also cheaper

Plextor's affordable M7V M.2 SATA SSD is a good everyday performer, even bettering Samsung's 850 EVO in a couple of our performance tests. But in writing large files it's slow, exhibiting large dips and peaks in performance.

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Crucial 750GB Limited Edition MX300 SSD review: At last, a TLC drive with sufficient cache

It can't best an MLC NAND drive, but the 750GB Limited Edition MX300 suffers fewer slowdowns when writing large amounts of data versus other TLC drives. It's all about cache size, baby!

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Logitech's Pop Home Switch promises to simplify smart-home control

Setting up a smart-home system might not be simple, but this innovative device could make it a whole lot easier to use.

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Aukey SK-M12 Outdoor Bluetooth speaker review: Surprisingly sonorous

Though it reminds us of Altec Lansing's Lifejacket II and has the same mounting hard point, this larger weatherized, Bluetooth speaker has the same clarity with more bottom end.

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Dolby Vision versus HDR-10 TV: A format war and more

High dynamic range (HDR) TV is here and it looks great. But it's in its early stages, and there's a potential format war brewing.

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Comcast overhauls its X1 cable-TV platform for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

With metadata galore, and on-demand coverage of star athletes, X1 is a worthwhile upgrade for Olympics addicts.

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PowerDVD 16 gains 360-degree video playback: Here's how it works

The best retail video player has a new feature, and it's very cool.

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Roon Labs' audiophile music server now streams tunes from Linux-powered NAS boxes

You no longer need a full PC to enjoy this awesome software.

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Lenovo Thinkcentre X1 review: All-in-one design done right

All-in-ones are all about saving space and avoiding clutter, but few do this as well as they could. More manufacturers should take a cue from Lenovo's approach with its ThinkCentre X1.

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Sharp Aquos N7000 review: A 55-inch 4K UHD TV with good audio and HDR-10 (well, sort of)

Though it still uses WLED backlighting, there's a lot to like about this TV. Unlike many other cheaper models, it offers the ability to render HDR-10 content, if not to full effect.

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Vizio P65-C1 display review: Dolby Vision HDR and an Android remote control

The Vizio P-series displays are the first we've seen to offer Dolby Vision HDR. The picture is great, but there's no TV tuner.

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JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review: Play all day, play all night

JBL's Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker can run for an astounding 20 hours between charges. Party hardy folks!

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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.