Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, 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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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review: Excellent features and performance at a very nice price

For a NAS box with a boatload of software features and top-notch performance, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is amazingly affordable.

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TerraMaster F2-220 NAS review: Major-league hardware and rapidly improving software

TerraMaster's FS-220 is relatively new to the NAS category, but it's a great performer with a promising interface.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 212 review: Super fast, but best for business

With a boatload of pro features and excellent performance, this is a box better suited for the small office than the home, but it streams as smoothly as any of its rivals.

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Seagate Personal Cloud 3TB NAS review: Incredible bang for the buck

Seagate's Personal Cloud 3TB NAS is only a single-bay NAS, but $140 for 3TB of storage and advanced software features is a steal.

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QNAP TS-251A NAS review: More media features than you can shake a stick at

QNAP's TS-251A NAS has the ability to output video directly to an external 1080 display and is a great media streamer. The advertised on-the-fly 4K transcoding, on the other hand, proved to be weak.

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Best NAS box for media streaming and backup

If you rip and library your own content, there's no easier way to store it or stream it about the house than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also server as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and devices.

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Zyxel NAS520 review: New-school hardware, old-school software (in a good way)

Zyxel's NAS520 is an affordable NAS box with good streaming and backup features, but it's a bit less refined than mainstream users would want.

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Dash cam review: The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is a little bigger and better for the price

Garmin's Dash Cam 35 offers great day and night video in a form factor that's neither too small nor too big. It's a little higher-priced than the competition, though.

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Dash cam review: The Cobra CDR895D Drive HD offers affordable dual-channel video

Cobra's CDR895D Drive HD is a dual-channel dash cam with near 360-degree coverage and a surprisingly affordable price.

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Dash cam review: The Thinkware F770 works with your smartphone

Thinkware's F770 is unique for shifting its video viewing and settings largely to your smartphone. For the price, it offers the full list of features and is easy to use.

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Dash cam review: Garmin's DriveAssist 50LMT is first-class almost all the way

Garmin's DriveAssist 50LMT is really a high-end navigation accessory with dash-cam features, and it offers many nice perks—plus a puzzling limitation.

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Dash cam review: The Viofo A119 is a surprisingly good bargain

The Viofo A119 is an incredible bargain: just $100 for a simple dash cam including GPS, with high-quality daytime and nighttime video and other handy features. It asks only that you bring your own storage card.

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Dash cam reviews: What you need to catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Dash cams can record what's ahead (and occasionally, what's behind), and mark it with GPS (or what's the point?). This is exactly what you need on the mean streets of modern life.

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Philips jumps on the Dolby Vision bandwagon with new TVs and a 4K UHD Blu-ray player

With Philips incorporating Dolby Vision support into its 2017 TVs and 4K UHD Blu-ray players, the HDR tech scores another big win.

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LG's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player will support Dolby Vision

The LG UP970 is the second Ultra HD Blu-ray player to support Dolby Vision, following Oppo's UDP-203. However, it won't ship with the feature enabled.