Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco bay area.

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Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

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Hex TLS Bluetooth speaker review: 808 Audio delivers solid mono thump and good looks, but few amenities

This speaker is attractive, rugged, easy to pack, and it delivers an authoritative thump, but it's missing a few key features, including speakerphone functionality and the ability to charge other USB devices.

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WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD review: One of the fastest TLC drives you can buy

WD's Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD is an entry-level SSD that impresses with sustained transfers at 450MBps, despite using TLC NAND. It's one of the fastest TLC drives you can buy and offers easily the best value on the market.

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Blackvue DR750S-2CH dash cam review: A clever, high-quality two-camera bundle

The Blackvue dash cam DR750S-2CH impressed us out of the box, and continued to impress through testing. A dual-channel unit with 1080p front and rear cameras, Wi-Fi phone connectivity and Web access, it's pricey but deserving.

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Intel Optane SSD 900P review: Optane finally starts to live up to the hype

Intel's latest PCIe/NVMe SSD utilizes the company's new 3D XPoint/Optane storage tech to garner impressive performance.

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Vizio SmartCast P-Series 4K UHD Display review: Great color and HDR overcome a few minor issues

The P-Series color and HDR puts just about everything else in its class to shame.

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QNAP TS-253B review: A short talk with a NAS box

This fast and versatile NAS box will keep you informed with an OLED display and a speaker. Just don't buy it for the 4K video it hypes.

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Sharp Roku TV review: A good entry-level 4K UHD TV

The LC-55 is a basic LED-backlit 4K UHD TV that offers about as good a picture as you'll find for less than $500.

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Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB review: Speedy, spacious proof that the hard drive isn't dead

Seagate's Barracuda Pro 12TB pushes the envelope for both hard drive speed and capacity. Your only worry will be how to keep all that data backed up.

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Toshiba TR200 review: Another slow TLC SSD

Toshiba is back in the no-buy zone with a SATA 6Gbps TLC SSD that's as slow, or slower than the Trion 100 they issued under the OCZ label.

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VaVa Voom 22 Bluetooth speakers review: Affordable true stereo

Sold as a self-linking pair, VaVa's attractive Voom 22 puts the stereo into Bluetooth wireless audio. Loud, nice-sounding, and easy to set up.

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Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD review: Big TLC capacity, fast MLC performance

Sandisk's Ultra 3D SSD easily bests rival TLC NAND based drives in performance. We still like the Crucial BX300, but if you need more capacity than the BX300 offers, the Ultra 3D is a great way to get it.

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Best NAS box 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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Netgear ReadyNAS 422 review: This box is fast and built to last

An improvement in almost every regard over Netgear's previous-generation network-attached storage this is a great box if you can afford it.

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SOS review: Professional-grade, super-secure online backup

SOS Online Backup is all about data security, with triple-layer 256-bit encryption and two levels of private encryption keys. It also sports file sharing, unlimited version retention, and a straightforward interface. This is data storage for pros and the security-minded.