Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco bay area.

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Samsung 860 EVO review: Further proof that TLC-NAND SSD can be fast and affordable

Samsung's 860 EVO is a TLC-NAND SATA SSD that performs as well, or better than most MLC-NAND types. It's also more affordable, if less long-lived than its 860 Pro sibling.

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Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD review: Far faster than SATA and almost as affordable

Plextor's latest NVMe SSD, the M9Pe, offers great performance for the price (even compared to its M8Se predecessor). It's also a worthy rival to Intel's 760p.

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The best free backup software and services: Reviews and buying advice for protecting your data

The best free backup software or online service balances good features with enough storage space to protect your valuable data. We've tested the major players so you can find the best one for you. Read on for our reviews.

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MIniTool ShadowMaker review: Simple, free image backup

MiniTool's ShadowMaker Free creates images of your hard drive, creates bootable rescue media and is just an all-around gem of a freebie.

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

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

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Transcend DrivePro 520 dash cam review: Front and interior cameras in one neat package

Transcend's DrivePro 520 dash cam lets you keep track of passengers in your car as well as what's in front of you, with both a front-facing static camera and an integrated swiveling interior camera.

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Intel 760p SSD review: This affordable NVMe delivers on read speed, falters on writes

Intel's 760p SSD promises NVMe speed at near-SATA prices, and it delivers the vast majority of the time. However, write speed drops to near-SATA specs when the drive runs out of cache.

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Samsung 860 Pro SATA SSD review: Great performance, capacity and longevity

Available in up to 4TB capacity, the Samsung 860 Pro offers excellent performance, while doubling down on space. And it does so with longer-lived 2-bit NAND (layered).

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Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable

The absence of a battery leaves the thumpy Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker reliant on AC power.

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JBL Pulse 3 review: This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker puts on a fun light show

An IPX7 weatherization rating means this speaker can survive a dip in the pool, but it's audio performance left us wanting.

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Panasonic delivers improved OLED TVs with HDR 10+

Panasonic announced at CES 2018 that its new OLEDs would be the first in the industry to support the HDR10+ standard, the open alternative to Dolby Vision.

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Samsung's ginormous 'The Wall' TV is the first consumer display to use micro-LED technology

Like OLEDs, mLEDs enable deeper blacks because they don't need a separate backlight.

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Edifier Luna e25 HD Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, sci-fi looks, surprisingly affordable

These speakers show that you don't have to sacrifice sonic quality or break the bank to enjoy wireless sound. They're not portable, but for static installations they're fantastic.

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LG gets a jump on CES by announcing its 2018 smart TV lineup early

LG's 2018 smart TVs will offer improved support for high dynamic range. support for higher refresh rates on its high-end models, and better color mapping and color correction. But it will continue to use replacement RGBW (2.88K) in some of its cheaper models.

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Some LG 4K LCD TVs still deliver only 2.8K resolution

Many of LG's 2017 LCD TVs use subtractive RGBW which steals every 4th subpixel and changes it to white. It helps with brightness and contrast, but reduces the TV's true resolution from 4K to 2.8K.

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