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. jjacobi@pcworld.com

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Etymotic ER4XR in-ear headphone review: Top-notch sonics and a comfortable fit

Though definitely on the pricey side, Etymotics ER4 XR's deliver the musical goods, and the flanged tips are more comfortable in the ear than the standard memory foam types.

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Upgrading an older iMac’s PCIe SSD: Third-party solutions that save you beaucoup bucks

Most 2013 and later iMacs ship with proprietary PCIe SSDs, many of which are old, slow, and small. Upgrading to an SSD not made by Apple, including common M.2 types, will save you tons of money while improving performance. In many cases, drastically.

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Hisense H8F 4K UHD TV (2019) review: Better color, better blacks, and better HDR

Hisense's H8F has upped its game with array backlighting, more vivid color, and true HDR pop.

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Seagate IronWolf 110 2.5-inch SSD: Up to 4TB of NAS storage designed to last, but a lot of cash

Seagate's IronWolf 110 SSD is designed for NAS, but can also be used in PCs. Thanks to very good performance, a high durability rating, and surprisingly low premium, you might just want to do that. Being available in capacities up to 3.82 TB doesn't hurt either.

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Samsung 970 EVO Plus review: Samsung's entry-level NVMe SSD is faster and cheaper

Samsung has tweaked the firmware of its 970 EVO m.2 NVMe drive, and the result is the faster, cheaper 970 EVO Plus.

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SecureDrive BT review: Unlock this secure portable SSD using your phone

The SecureData BT SSD uses your phone for administration and unlocking. It's also handsome and a good performer.

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PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.

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WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

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R-Drive Image review: Super reliable imaging backup

Focused precisely on task, this reliable drive imaging/backup program is as steady as they come and provides system recovery capabilities for both Windows PCs and Macs (Intel/HFS-only).

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WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD review: Great bang for the buck

WD's Blue SN500 NVMe SSD is available only up to 500GB, but it's hard to beat if that capacity meets your needs.

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Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Free, option-rich and effective file backup

Cobian Backup is an old hand at file backup. The interface isn't fancy, but there's nothing better for the task—or cheaper.

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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch review: It's a hard drive! It's a carpet sample!

Seagate's Backup Plus Ultra Touch is an attractive, thin and light USB 3.0 hard drive that performs well, and won't break the bank.

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Z-Edge T4 dash cam review: Great video, a touchscreen, and style for miles, but no GPS

Z-Edge's T4 offers a quality of construction you don't normally see in a low-ball market. Throw in a 4-inch touchscreen and great captures, and you've got one heck of a dash cam--as long as you don't need GPS.

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G-Drive mobile USB-C review: An external drive that's stylish and fairly fast

G-Technolgy's G-Drive mobile USB-C uses the latest connector, and performs well (mostly) for an external 2.5-inch hard drive. Style-wise, it's a nice match for Macs, though it's a bit pricey.

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NVMe SSDs: Everything you need to know about this insanely fast storage

SATA SSDs are old hat. NVMe is where it's at, with 4X or more throughput and 10X faster seeks. Your next PC should have it, or you should add it to your present one.