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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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

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Vizio's new P-series TVs offer affordable HDR and Google Cast support

With support for HIgh Dynamic range and video streaming and remote via Google Cast, you'd think that Vizio's P- series TVs would be expensive. They're not.

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Velocity Micro Raptor Z40 review: It's a lean, clean small-profile gaming machine

Not every gaming machine has have more flashing lights than Las Vegas or be taller than an 8-year-old.

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Lenovo Ideapad 100S-11 review: A promising portable with storage issues

As a budget laptop, the Lenovo 100S-11 has a lot going for it, but it's hamstrung by its tiny amount of storage space.

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Avid Pro Tools review: This studio-style software will appeal to home creators too

For professional recording engineers, Pro Tools is this industry standard, but creative types will find it surprisingly suitable—there's even a free version to get you started.

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Presonus Studio One review: Take your music production to the limit

This is one of the premiere programs for music creation, recording, and production.

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Ableton Live review: This digital audio workstation does it all

The best software for creating and recording music, as well as live performance. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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Vizio M65-C1 4K Ultra HD TV review: Great basics, a good picture, and some minor peccadilloes

When it comes to the basics, and we mean the basic functionality that will cover most users, this 4K Ultra HD TV has great chops. The only area it's lacking in is direct playback from USB media and support for peripherals such as mice and keyboards.

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Hard-core data preservation: The best media and methods for archiving your data

Daily backup isn’t archiving. If you want your data to survive the decades, you need to use the right tools.

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Samsung T3 review: This 'USB 3.1' SSD is stupidly fast

Samsung manages to wring better sustained performance out of a USB 3.1 SSD than some vendors do from their internal SATA SSDs.

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OCZ Trion 150 review: A true budget SSD competitor

Unlike its predecessor, the Trion 150 offers decent performance at a decent price.

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Elgato Eve connected-home system review: Elegant design and operation with HomeKit compatibility

Elgato's HomeKit devices couldn't be designed more elegantly; and except for the Eve Energy, they're reasonably priced.

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QNAP TAS-268 review: Can this Android-powered NAS box rival a Roku?

Qnap delivers a streaming box on steroids. But it's not the easiest device to set up, and it's light on apps for tasks other than media streaming.

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Transcend SSD370 review: Excellent value, solid performance

This SATA 6Gbps SSD offers very good overall performance—much better than that of comparably priced TLC SSDs.

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Visiontek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD review: Convenient form factor, fast reads, slow writes

The Visiontek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is great for distributing the same data across multiple computers, but is little better, and a lot more expensive, than a hard drive for backup.