Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, TechHive

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

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PowerDVD 15 review: The best picture, bar none

It’s a pay program competing with free solutions, but PowerDVD 15 Ultra easily offers the best video quality, and arguably the best sound of any software video player on the market. It's better than most hardware-only solutions as well.

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Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs

Designed for SSDs, this new data bus standard lets memory-based storage take flight. But it’s not for the average user yet.

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Intel 750 series SSD review: Storage so fast, only the highest-end PCs can keep up

The future of storage is here: Intel's 750-series SSD features NVMe and over-the-top performance.

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OCZ Vector 180 SSD review: Good performance plus power failure management

The OCZ Vector 180 brings enterprise-class features such as preventing data loss during power outages and maintaining performance over time to the consumer desktop. But the terabytes written guarantee is low for the larger capacity models. .

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Which is the better free video player: MPC-HC 1.7.6 vs. VLC 2.2

VLC is capable and insanely popular. MPC-HC has a heady past that foundered in a sea of instability. Is VLC indomitable or has the competition righted the ship?

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Portable storage for the paranoid: We test two secure USB drives on keypad vs. software security

Encrypted storage on a stick is expensive, so consider security method as well before you buy. We test examples of each approach.

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Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablet review: Information capture taken to a new level

Beating Microsoft to the punch, Toshiba has combined active stylus input, surprisingly good handwriting recognition, OCR of photos, and separating audio recordings by orator, which puts this Windows 8.1 tablet in a class of its own when it comes to capturing informational events--at least for now.

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VLC 2.2 for Windows: Hands-on first impressions

This latest version delivers lots improvements you can’t see, and a few you can.

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Dell Latitude 12 E5250 (Broadwell) review: A small, sturdy workhorse of a laptop

This 12-inch business laptop may be easier to fit into a bag, but it's not much lighter than its 14- and 15-inch cousins.

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Crucial MX200 Review: A fast SSD at a nice price

Crucial’s older SSDs were only middling performers that deserved to be discounted, but the MX200 can hang with the best around.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 review: Slide-in PCs create versatile All-in-Ones

Lenovo's new 23-inch Tiny-in-One display doubles as a dock for the company's Tiny Desktop small-form-factor computers. The result is a pretty nice all-in-one.

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SyncBack 7 Review: Sync everything, nearly everywhere

The venerable PC syncing tool with the stern interface gets a load of new features, plus the ability to sync data with online storage services.

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QNAP HS-251 Review: NAS meets home entertainment

QNAP has taken the convergence of home networking and entertainment another step further with this handsome, quiet, network-attached storage box that outputs directly to your TV via HDMI

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Lenovo's Horizon 2s: A real advance in portable, tabletop computing

This lightweight, portable, All-in-One sets new standards for multi-user recreational computing. But a noisy fan and the lack of an SSD option dampen the appeal.

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Samsung T1 External SSD review: Super small, super light, super fast

Samsung’s T1 external USB 3.0 SSD is extremely small and light, promises excellent longevity by virtue of its 3D NAND storage, and even better--is extremely fast.