Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Acronis True Image 2015 review: Easy to use, at last

A long-time contender for the best backup-software crown, True Image nearly gets its interface act together.

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Cyberlink Director Suite 3 review: Improved editing tools, codec support, more

The yearly update to Cyberlink's signature creative suite offers a number of useful new features as well as support for H.265/HEVC and XAVC-S,

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Dell Inspiron 11 series 3000 review: This Yoga-like 2-in-1 laptop delivers solid value

This Pentium-powered convertible is priced right, but be prepared to accept some compromises in construction and performance.

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Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed, ease of use and more

Do you like your browser fast, easy on system resources, or simple to use? We tested Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, and found surprising differences on these measures.

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QNAP TS-251 NAS box review: Fast and versatile, but short on memory

High-end NAS boxes tend to be expensive. QNAP’s latest is the most capable in its price range, but it comes with a few caveats.

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Lenovo Y40 review: An understated 14-inch gaming laptop for less than $1000

This stylish machine games up to 1080p and is an all-around nicely realized laptop.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

It's hard to find an inexpensive printers that doesn't ream you with pricey inks, but this model's high-yield cartridges offer an economical option.

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WD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on endurance

WD is a bit late to the wireless storage party, but its new drive brings some goodies.

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review: For $300, small-office inkjet offers better output and value than a color laser

The WF-4630's new PrecisionCore print head produces near laser-like print quality. Throw in great features and low operational costs and you have an outstanding, low-cost, low-volume office multifunction.

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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.