Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

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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Pioneer DJ VM-70 powered speaker review: This versatile speaker delivers accurate sound at a reasonable price

The VM-70 offers pleasing sound for recreational listening along with the sonic definition and connections you look for in a studio monitor—all at an affordable price.



Monoprice BT600ANC Bluetooth headphone review: These bargain-priced cans will be hard to beat

Monoprice's BT600ANC might not offer the best automatic noise cancellation we've heard, but it's the best we've heard for less than $100


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Why you may not be getting the SSD you paid for

SSD vendors may upgrade firmware and components over a product's lifespan. Most changes are positive, however, some may negatively affect performance.

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Thinkware F200 Pro dash cam review: Detailed video in a super-small form factor

The Thinkware F200 Pro is a super-slim dash cam that offers great 1080p video, plus rear camera and external GPS options.

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Crucial X6 USB SSD review: Good price, good performance, good design

Crucial's X6 USB SSD operates at good SATA speeds, and it fits a ton of NAND storage into a very affordable, compact, and comfortable design.

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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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Nextbase 222X dash cam review: Classy, versatile design, good day video

The Walmart-exclusive Nextbase 222X is inexpensive, and it takes good day video and passable night video. It does cut a few corners to hit its low price.

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Samsung 980 NVMe SSD review: Low-ball pricing, light-duty performance

The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is fine for light-duty tasks, but because it relies on system DRAM for its cache, it performs disappointingly in more intensive jobs.

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Intel 670p SSD review: Faster where it matters

The Intel 670p pulls consistent, competitive performance out of its single-sided QLC, a first for the company in an NVMe SSD.


Drop + THX Panda wireless headphone review: Supremely clean sub-bass

These planar ribbon headphones sound fantastic, especially in the sub-bass region, but they could use more padding on the headband.


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Sylvania Roadsight Pro Dash Cam review: Good video, easy to use

Sylvania's Roadsight Pro covers all the bases for a front, front/rear dash cam combo: Great video, GPS, and easy camera removal for safekeeping.

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Aukey 4K Dash Cam DRS1 review: Nice 4K UHD video, easy to install and use

The Aukey DRS1 offers great 4K UHD day and night video captures, is easy to use, easy to install, and even easy on the budget.

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Jomise K7 dash cam review: Great performance and a puzzling phone dependency

The Jomise K7 dash cam takes excellent day and night front video, looks nice, and has the best interface going. But forced activation via phone is problematic.


Caixun Series S Android TV review: A reasonable choice for budget shoppers

Caixun's model EC55S isn't a great 55-inch TV, but for the price, you get a pleasing picture with no real annoyances—and that's not a given in this price class.


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TCL 6-Series 4K UHD smart TV review: An impressive entertainment value

TCL's 6-Series delivers mini-LED contrast and brightness and rich quantum dot color at a very affordable price.