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. jjacobi@pcworld.com

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Crucial X8 Portable SSD review: An affordable drive for mainstream users

Crucial's X8 Portable SSD is slick-looking, and it equals or betters the competition in most tests. But it's not the drive for very large data sets.

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Braven BVR-XXL/2 Bluetooth speaker review: Gigantor lays down the beat

If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR-XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It's IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.

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Marshall Tufton Bluetooth speaker review: Loud, thumpy, with a long-life battery, but pricey and lacking in amenities

Marshall's Tufton Bluetooth speaker certainly invokes the brand name, as well as delivering decent sound with a lot of thump, but the price is a bit steep and there's a caveat concerning stereo.

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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.

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Garmin Dash Cam Tandem review: Dual cameras are twice as nice in design, features and more

Garmin's first front/interior camera delivers everything driving pros need in a supersmall package. Ease of use and integrated GPS make up for merely average image quality.

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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Hisense R8F 4K UHD smart TV review: This Roku-powered TV delivers plenty of bang for the buck

You'll get very good picture, Dolby Vision, and the excellent Roku OS, but you can forget about bringing your own Bluetooth speakers to the party.

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Vava 4K UHD Dash Cam review: Great design and features plus 4K video capture

Vava's 4K UHD Dash Cam increases the capture resolution of what was already one of our favorite single-channel dash cams. 24-hour surveillance on battery is a major perk.

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TV tech terms demystified, part one: Screen size, resolution, and speed

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

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Owl Car Cam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market

The Owlcam dash cam combines a clever design with instant video uploads via LTE. It's great for phone-centric users, but some features taken for granted with other dash cams are missing.

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Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

The Owl Car Cam combines a clever, ground-breaking design with instant video uploads via LTE for 24-hour car security. However, the Android app, HDR for low-light video, and GPS video watermarking are key features it lacks.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD review: Fast, tough and reasonably priced

SanDisk's Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the fastest external USB Gen 2 drive we've tested to date. The IP55-rated design means it can fend off water and dust, too.

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IP ratings explained: What those codes tell you about how well a device is protected from water and dust

What separates a product with an IP67 rating from one rated IP66, IP68, or IPX6? Our simple guide tells you everything you need to know.

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TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

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Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch review: Faster, and now with fingerprint security

Buy Samsung's Portable SSD T7 Touch for the speed, but enjoy the perk of its fingerprint scanner, which offers a touch of (non-FIPS-certified) security for a very affordable price.