Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

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

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PNY LX3030 SSD review: Incredible durability for twice the price

PNY's LX3030 PCIe 3 drive sustains long writes with the top performers and is rated for a staggering 27,000TBW per TB of capacity—many times what's offered by the average NAND SSD.

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Nexar Pro review: Solid video, cloud storage make this dash cam a good deal

The affordable Nexar Pro dash cam's unique styling, cloud storage, and dual-channel interior/exterior captures make it a good deal for professional ride-givers

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Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade SSD review: A worthy Samsung 980 Pro rival

Adata's follow-on to the S70, the XPG Gammix S70 Blade replaces the older model's 96-layer TLC NAND with 176-layer NAND. It's a worthy competitor to the Samsung 980 Pro, and compatible with the PlayStation 5.

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The best Windows backup software

The best free and paid backup software for your Windows system, disks, and data.

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Crucial P5 Plus review: A fast PCIe 4 SSD with tough competition

Crucial's P5 Plus NVMe SSD, the follow-on to the company's affordable and speedy P5, is faster and supports the latest PCIe 4 standard. But it's also going head to head with Samsung's 980 Pro price-wise.

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Samsung is finally offering its top-of-the-line 4K TV tech in smaller sizes

Addressing TechHive's long-standing complaint about behemoth top-tier TVs, Samsung announced at CEDIA that its Neo QLED Q90A series will now be available in apartment-friendly sizes.


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SK Hynix Gold P31 SSD review: The first 128-layer NAND drive is fast and affordable too

The P31 NVMe SSD from SK Hynix performs like a top-tier drive even though it's priced much lower. It's also first out of the gate with 128-layer TLC.

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Edifier D12 review: A classy, affordable, tabletop Bluetooth speaker

Edifier's single-body stereo D12 Bluetooth speaker is handsome, sounds good, and is far more affordable than it looks.


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Anker Soundcore Life Q35 headphone review: Great looks, sound, and noise cancellation

Anker has delivered undeniably stylish headphones that also serve up very good sound and superior ANC at a decent price. With EQ, the sound is also very good.


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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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Aomei Backupper 6 review: An easy, near all-in-one backup solution

With powerful new sync and boot options, the only thing missing from version 6 of Backupper is online options, and snag-free performance.

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Vizio P-Series 4K UHD TV review: Vizio has upped its image-processing game. Color us impressed

This is the first Vizio 4K UHD TV we've tested whose video processing chops match, and in some cases, surpass those of the competition.


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Seagate Firecuda 530 review: It's very, very fast

The Seagate FireCuda 530 NVMe SSD broke all our performance records over both PCIe 3 and PCIe 4. It's pricey, but worth it for those with the need for speed.

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Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth speaker review: Sonic goodness on your wrist

The SRS-XB13 personal Bluetooth speaker is good-looking and sounds very good for mono unit. It's also IP67 rated for resistance to water and dust.


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

We review the best 1080p and 4K dash cams. They record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and ideally mark it with GPS, too. Exactly what you need on today's mean streets.