Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, TechHive

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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Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth speaker review: Weatherized style with average sound

This stylish $80 outdoor Bluetooth speaker features easy pairing via NFC. For being small, it produces a good amount of bass, but as with many water-resistant speakers, the upper mids and highs are muddled.

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ATF Blackbird VX-2SSD USB 3.1 review: Internal SATA speed at the end of a wire

Atech Flash lets you add fast SATA storage to your laptop or PC with this USB 3.1 dual-bay enclosure.

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Akitio Thunder3 Duo Pro review: External RAID that's as fast as internal SATA

Akitio's Thunder3 Duo Pro enclosure looks good, and offers super-easy drive installation, but its Thunderbolt 3 support is wasted on SATA storage.

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Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD review: Blazingly fast external storage for rich kids

Fantastically fast and fantastically expensive, this external drive lets Thunderbolt 3 strut its stuff to the tune of 2GBps transfers.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga review: This 2-in-1's OLED screen will color your computing world

With an OLED display and an NVMe SSD, the Lenovo X1 Yoga delivers rich colors and top-notch performance.

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How LG uses fuzzy math to label some of its LCD TVs as 4K

By replacing every fourth red, green, or blue subpixel with a white one, LG boosts the brightness of its 6100-, 6500-, and 6800-series models. The trick works, but it sacrifices resolution.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 review: A clever Chromecast Audio companion

But when it comes to bass, this speaker delivers a little too much of a good thing.

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Samsung 750 EVO SSD review: Like butter, but better

Samsung has taken the 850 EVO 2.5-inch SATA SSD and made it a better performer in the EVO 750. And yes, the 750 is the new drive, not the 850.

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Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB hard drive review: Vast and amazingly fast (for a hard drive)

The Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB is pricey, but this large-capacity hard drive also reads and writes data far faster than the average HDD. It can't match an SSD, but it makes a great companion for one.

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WD My Passport Wireless Pro review: A portable hard drive made for mobile streaming

With an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot and the Plex media server, this drive lets you take all your shows (and all your tunes) on the road.

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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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