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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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.

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Thinkpad Stack review: Lenovo's unique stackable peripherals are made for travel

The Stack is a great idea marred by a meh implementation.

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Asus Zen AiO Z240IC Review: A high-res all-in-one with class. Like, you know... an iMac

The Asus Zen AiO Z240IC comes impressively close to mathcing the iMac's elegance.

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OLED vs LED: There's just no comparison

A simple explanation of the technology used in OLED TVs.


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Philips 276E display review: Quantum dots make this display's color impressively rich

With a layer of quantum dots in front of the LED backlighting, the Philips 276E shows colors you'd forgotten existed.

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VLC for Apple TV review: Goodbye format woes

If there’s a codec VLC doesn’t support, we haven’t found it.

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Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD review: Stacked NAND, stacked performance

If you're looking for an M.2 upgrade, this is the drive to have.

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Our 4K UHD Smart TV buyers' guide and roundup: Shopping advice plus hands-on reviews

We cover the most important features you should look for in a smart TV and evaluate four new models.