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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Adata SE800 Portable SSD review: IP68 rating makes it extra-tough

The Adata SE800 Portable SSD is compact, good-looking, fast external SSD that can also stand up to the elements.

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Sony X800H 4K UHD TV review: This 65-inch TV has a great feature set for the price

Sony's X800H offers a good image with outstanding motion compensation, though the lack of local dimming means weak blacks. But the overall experience is top-notch thanks to some sweet interface tweaks and a redesigned remote.

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PNY Pro Elite SSD review: A fast, affordable external drive with nice extras

The PNY Pro Elite portable SSD aced our real-world transfer tests, and offers the same amenities as the Samsung T5 for a little less cash.

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Retrospect 17 Solo review: Backup software that gives you everything

Retrospect 17 Solo is one of the most comprehensive backup programs you can find. Its jargon-heavy interface is one of the few drawbacks.

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PNY XLR8 CS3030 NVMe SSD review: Cheap and exceptionally fast for everyday chores

PNY's CS3030 NVMe SSD is a great everyday performer. For the average user, it's a bargain, but it slows more than usual for a bargain drive during long writes.

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Tribit StormBox Micro BTS10 review: The more affordable micro Bluetooth speaker

A surprising amount of sound and thump emanates from this palm-sized speaker, modeled after the Bose SoundLink Micro and JBL Clip.

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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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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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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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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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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.