Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, 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 M8Pe NVMe SSD: Looks fast, is fast

Looking for an SSD that's fast and looks good through a case window? Stop your search because the Plextor M8Pe could be your answer.

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Sony X930D 4K UHD TV review: Color and HDR done the Sony way.

Sony has forsaken quantum dots and OLED technology to follow its own path to color and HDR.

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Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A great choice for audiophiles and home theater buffs

This is the only Blu-ray player we've seen that can also play DSD audio files, but don't pay the premium price unless you can take full advantage of its advanced features.

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Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

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Xbox One S review: A great Ultra HD Blu-ray player with weak surround-sound support

Microsoft promises a fix in 2017, but today the game console doesn't pass high-def audio bitstreams such as Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Atmos to the rest of your home-theater gear.

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Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: The best bang for your buck

You don't get a lot of extra features, but this player delivers excellent performance on both the video and audio fronts.

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Samsung KS9800 4K UHD, 65-inch smart TV review: Quantum dots + HDR = Wow!

A curved screen? Meh. But HDR and quantum dots result in an LCD TV that gives uber-expensive OLED technology a run for its money.

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Toshiba OCZ's TL100 review: A budget SSD that's not a bargain

Toshiba's third TLC NAND SSD is even slower than the first—something we didn't think was possible.

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OCZ VX500 review: A featherlight SATA SSD that's ideal for laptop upgrades

Fleshing out the middle of the company's SSD lineup, Toshiba/OCZ's VX500 offers the solid overall performance of MLC NAND at an affordable price.

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Netgear tweaks its home security camera line by introducing the Arlo Pro

The Arlo Pro features a host of improvements, including two-way audio and a rechargeable battery.

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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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AFT 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.