Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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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Review: Kingston's HyperX Predator PCIe SSD offers fast M.2 performance

A very fast PCIe/M.2 SSD that's also very expensive. It's available on an expansion card adapter and, thankfully,you can find it heavily discounted for just over a buck a gigabyte.

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Razer Leviathan sound bar review: Ba-ba-boom bass

With Dolby Virtual Speaker for faux surround and a subwoofer belting out the bass, movies and gaming take on a life of their own with the Leviathan.


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RealNetworks' RealTimes makes it a snap to share good times with short videos

RealTimes takes your photos and video an combines them intelligently into short montage movies suitable for online sharing.

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Micro Express Microflex 20B review: This PC targets power users at work, but it games well, too

The Microflex 20B is affordable, roomy, and fast. But opt for the the Core i7-59xx rather than the Core i7-5820K CPU we tested, which limits SLI setups.

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TDK Life on Record Trek Flex speaker review: Weatherized (and it sounds like it)

Everything about this portable Bluetooth speaker is well done--except the sound.


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Qualcomm extends AllPlay’s capabilities and announces new partnerships

Though Hitachi is the only big-name win, AllPlay has added several new vendors, Bluetooth, and line-in res-streaming, and now supports stereo speaker pairs.


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Death and the unplugged SSD: How much you really need to worry about data retention

Unless you live in Death Valley with no AC, your data will not disappear from your SSD in a few days. And likely not even then.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows review: This nice tablet suffers from a shoddy keyboard

Throw away the embarrassingly bad Bluetooth keyboard that ships with the Windows version and you have a nicely designed, fast, and long-running, if somewhat oddly shaped tablet.

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TDK Trek 360 Bluetooth speaker review: This box radiates nicely rendered tunes

This portable music cube radiates music in all directions, sounds great, and runs for 6 hours on fully charged battery.



Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

It's a bit clunky as a tablet but comes into its own when you add a keyboard and watch it rip through a few tests.

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PowerDVD 15 review: The best picture, bar none

It’s a pay program competing with free solutions, but PowerDVD 15 Ultra easily offers the best video quality, and arguably the best sound of any software video player on the market. It's better than most hardware-only solutions as well.


Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs

Designed for SSDs, this new data bus standard lets memory-based storage take flight. But it’s not for the average user yet.

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Intel 750 series SSD review: Storage so fast, only the highest-end PCs can keep up

The future of storage is here: Intel's 750-series SSD features NVMe and over-the-top performance.

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OCZ Vector 180 SSD review: Good performance plus power failure management

The OCZ Vector 180 brings enterprise-class features such as preventing data loss during power outages and maintaining performance over time to the consumer desktop. But the terabytes written guarantee is low for the larger capacity models. .

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Which is the better free video player: MPC-HC 1.7.6 vs. VLC 2.2

VLC is capable and insanely popular. MPC-HC has a heady past that foundered in a sea of instability. Is VLC indomitable or has the competition righted the ship?