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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Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV review: Refining the art of wall-art TV

The Frame TV brings fine decor and art to your wall. It's excellent in that role, though it doesn't deliver Samsung's very best motion video technology.


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Zenfox T3 3CH Dash Cam review: Three cameras give you more to like

The Zenfox T3 3CH's three cameras give you good front, rear, and interior video. However, its bulk could make it a challenge to use in smaller vehicles.

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Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

If you rip and library your own media, there's no better tool for storing and streaming it than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also serve as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and other devices.


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XPG Gammix S50 Lite SSD review: Fast storage without the premium price

The XPG Gammix S50 Lite's excellent real-world performance and a low price tag take the sting out of moving to a PCIe 4 SSD.

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Vava VD009 Dash Cam review: Excellent features and video

The Vava VD009 front/interior dash cam captures highly detailed day and night video, and 24-hour battery-driven surveillance mode is a major bonus.

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Marshall Major IV headphone review: On-ear sonic sweetness

On-ear headphone pads are smaller and sit on top of rather than over your ear. It's more comfortable than you might think, and the Marshall Major IV's excellent sound helps the experience.


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Aukey Mini Dash Cam review: Small, simple and amazingly affordable

If you're looking for an affordable dash cam to test the concept, there's nothing better than the Aukey Mini. It's inconspicuous, simple, effective, and costs less than $50.

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WD Black AN1500 SSD review: Dual drives deliver double the performance

The WD Black AN1500 is a RAID 0 implementation on an x8 PCIe 3.0 card that delivers near PCIe 4 SSD performance on benchmarks. It's also a colorful (RGB) add for gamers and creators, although it's hardly faster than single drives on large file transfers.

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WD My Passport SSD (2020) review: Light, stylish, and twice as fast

The WD My Passport SSD, redesigned and upgraded (SATA to NVMe), is fast, light, attractive, and affordable. That pretty much makes it best in class.

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Nexar Beam dash cam review: Affordable, with unlimited cloud uploads

The Nexar Beam dash cam is inexpensive, takes great video, and has a boatload of features including free, unlimited cloud uploads. Some features require your phone.

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Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD review: PCIe 4.0 for the win

Samsung's new 980 Pro sets performance records in end-user NVMe over PCIe 4. If you're rocking late-gen Ryzen, it'll haul the mail. With PCIe 3.0, it's just one of a crowd of top performers but at a bleeding edge price.

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Asustor AS6602T (LockerStor 2) review: This NAS box is a super streamer

It provides fast network storage and a great feature set, but NVMe caching adds a lot to its price tag without delivering much in the way of hard benefits to the home user.


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Nextbase 622GW 4K UHD dash cam review: Fantastic 4K UHD captures (day and night)

Nextbase's 622GW is the best dash cam on the market—bar none. Stellar 4K UHD day and night captures, plus Alexa control and the ability to summon emergency response if you're incapacitated, are just a few of the perks. The ability to accommodate the company's rear camera modules seals the deal.

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Hot-rod your home network with multi-gig wired ethernet—for far less coin than you might think

Falling prices for multi-gig (2.5/5/10GbE) equipment make upgrading your network to a faster standard very affordable.


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Acronis True Image 2021 Premium review: Fully integrated backup and cyber security

Acronis True Image 2021 adds real-time malware protection to an already feature-laden backup and security solution. It's a unique and comprehensive safe computing solution.