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.

D-Link DNR 312L

MyDlink Network Video Recorder review: Network surveillance on the cheap

The more cameras you add, the more affordable the DNR-312L becomes. But at the moment it supports only D-Link webcams.

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AVADirect i7 X99 gaming system review: Fast with a classy chassis

AVADirect’s i7 X99 gaming system is relatively restrained in appearance, but is nicely put together and games better than most.

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HP Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition All-in-One: Colorful, musical... Kinda' slow

The Envy 23xt Beats AIO has a nice look, great speaker and headphone audio, and a good touchscreen display. But it's pricey given the weak performance and un-matched peripherals.

Qualcomm AllPlay

Qualcomm's AllPlay promises to deliver audiophile-quality wireless music streaming

Monster's SoundStage Wi-Fi speakers use Qualcomm's AllPlay tech to stream audio at sampling rates up to 192kHz, and resolution up to 24-bits.

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ACDSee Pro 8 review: New editing features plus online storage

Though occasionally awkward, this photo/image organizer and editor is efficient and powerful. New editing tools, subscription-based access, and online storage with integrated access sweeten the deal for version 8.

Samsung 850 EVO

Samsung 850 EVO review: 3D NAND and insane endurance for the masses

Samsung's 850 EVO brings its 3D NAND to consumers in a cheaper package than its Pro series.

DTS Play-Fi speakers

DTS takes on Sonos: We go ears-on with three Play-Fi multi-room audio devices

Everybody wants a piece of the market Sonos opened to the masses. DTS’s effort is the most interesting so far.

Phorus PR5 Receiver Play-Fi

Phorus PR5 Receiver review: Cheap, but not as polished as a Sonos device

DTS is off to a good start in the multi-room audio space. You can connect this model to your AV receiver, amplifier, or powered speakers.

Wren V5PF Play-Fi speaker

Wren Sound Systems Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker review: Sounds as good as it looks

Walnut veneer adds a touch of class to this wireless speaker, which has been updated for the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem.

Polk Audio Omni S2R Play-Fi speaker

Polk Audio Omni S2R review: This portable indoor/outdoor speaker will make your milk shake

Polk lets you take the party poolside with its wireless speaker. It won't survive a dunking, but it will tolerate a splash or two.

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IronKey Workspace W700 FIPS Review: Windows To Go on one tough, secure little key drive

The first remotely manageable, FIPS 140-2 level 3 validated USB stick that can run Windows To Go. Pricey, but nicely done.

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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review: Faster, better, still rugged

A nice tablet, now even nicer: This replacement for last year's ElitePad 900 boasts a faster CPU, more memory, longer run-time, and a higher-resolution display.

Aegis Padlock DT

Storage for spies: How the FIPS standard makes data extremely hard to steal

Encrypted. Tamper-proof. When you need seriously secure digital storage, check the device’s FIPS rating. Here's everything you need to know.

Seagate 4-bay NAS

Seagate 4-bay NAS review: Competent workgroup storage inside a classy chassis

With a tightly focused feature set, a good-looking design, and good performance, the NAS Pro hits the mark for workgroups. But a relatively sparse app store and pricey camera licenses limit its usefulness as an all-in-one SMB server solution.

Corsair Voyager Air 2

Corsair Voyager Air 2 review: Wireless media streamer adds cloud storage sync to its repetoire

The syncing works only with Dropbox and Google Drive for now, but it's a cool new perk on this redesigned media-streaming hard drive.