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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How to install a dash cam

Install a front, interior, or rear dash cam more easily with our tips and tricks from years of dash cam reviews.

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Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability

Whether you're looking for speed, capacity, portability, or all of the above, a USB external hard disk or SSD is a necessary complement to your desktop PC setup.

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House of Marley Positive Vibration XL ANC headphone review: Vastly improved sound, no noise

House of Marley's Positive Vibration XL ANC's offer very good sound and excellent noise cancellation. They're a major improvement over the previous generation.

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Vizio M-Series Quantum 4K UHD TV review: Same accurate color, now with upgraded ports

The M-Series Quantum remains basically the same as it was in 2019: A good lower-mid-range TV. New for 2021: eARC support for uncompressed 7.1 surround sound, along with FreeSync and HDMI variable refresh rates.

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Garmin's 2021 dash cams add cloud storage and app connectivity

Garmin enhances the already impressive capabilities of its super-slim dash cams with phone connectivity and cloud uploads.

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Vizio's 2022 TV line includes better processing and FreeSync, but no 8K models or any with a mini-LED backlight

Vizio makes incremental improvements to its smart TV lineup, beefing up processing power and offering FreeSync support and 120Hz refresh rates at the top end.

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Vizio V5-series smart TV review: This 55-inch TV is affordable, but it delivers just middling performance

This entry-level 4K UHD TV has some positive attributes, including Vizio's excellent SmartCast user interface and an easy-to-use voice remote, but its image is mediocre at best.

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HDMI ARC and HDMI eARC explained: The evolution of the Audio Return Channel

The Enhanced Audio Return channel delivers higher-quality movie soundtracks and music, too—and you won't need a new cable. What's not to like?

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Viofo A139 3CH 3-channel dash cam review: Discreet design and full car coverage

The Viofo A139 3CH 3-channel camera is unique for its discrete interior camera (most are integrated with the front camera). It's versatile for placement, but it adds another cable.

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PowerDVD 20 Ultra review: The best media player. Now with social distancing!

Cyberlink's industry-leading PowerDVD 20 movie disc/video player adds cloud sharing and streaming to the mix. Not to mention a super-handy resume-from-last-position function.

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Hisense U8G-series 4K UHD TV review: Nice for the price, especially for gamers

Hisense's U8G is a nice improvement over the H series, including a 120Hz refresh rate. Picture quality and HDR performance are top-notch, although its blacks can't match those of pricier mini-LED sets.

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Samsung QN90A 55-inch 4K UHD TV review: Mini-LED meets quantum dots

Samsung's QN90A Neo QLED TV marries mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots to produce the company's most vivid 4K UHD image yet.

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Livedrive online backup review: Elegant, fast, and a bit pricey

The Livedrive online backup service inspires confidence with its flawless install and performance, as well as its clean, no-nonsense interface. It is a bit pricey however.

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Backblaze review: No-hassle online backup is a no-brainer decision

Backblaze is an online backup service that uses a shotgun approach, backing up everything important unless you tell it not to. It's cheap, easy, and a good choice for those who don't necessarily know where everything is that needs to be backed up.

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Crucial BX500 SATA SSD review: An affordable upgrade drive

Crucial's BX500 SATA SSD provides a lot of storage for the price and excellent everyday performance.