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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Addlink S22 QLC SSD review: Quad-level cell NAND that sustains write speeds, on the cheap

The S22 QLC 2.5-inch SSD sidesteps 4-bit QLC NAND's normal slow sustained writing, and it costs less than 9 cents per gigabyte. That makes it a budget drive worth buying.

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Iperius Backup review: Versatile, powerful backup

Though the methodology can be confusing at times, Iperius Backup is arguably the most versatile, comprehensive and compatible backup program available. It's also free if all you need is local plain file backup.

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HDMI ARC and HDMI eARC explained: The evolution of the Audio Return Channel

The Enhanced Audio Return channel delivers higher-quality movie soundtracks and music, too—and you won't need a new cable. What's not to like?

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SK Hynix Gold S31 review: A great SATA SSD from the largest vendor you've likely never heard of

SK Hynix's Gold S31 2.5-inch SSD performs on a par with or better than just about any other drive on the market. A sterling effort from a longtime manufacturer.

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Vizio M-Series Quantum 4K UHD smart TV review: Great color, moderate HDR

Vizio's M-Series Quantum delivers outstanding color and decent HDR for not a whole lot of cash. But there's no motion compensation, native DLNA streaming, or Bluetooth output.

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WD's My Passport 5TB USB hard drive review: Updated style and capacity

Though not as fast as some pricier competition, WD's My Passport external USB 3.2 hard drive is attractive, affordable, and available in 5TB capacity.

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Soliom G1 380° review: A clever, but incomplete take on a dual-channel dash cam

With dual 190-degree cameras, the Soliom G1 380° dash cam will cover more of the front and side action than other products, but poor video quality and obstructions make night and rear coverage problematic.

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NAD Masters M10 streaming amplifier review: Great sound, Dirac room correction, and lots more

The NAD M10 streaming amplifier sounds great, is extremely versatile and offers Dirac so you can tune it to your acoustical space. But despite a large colorful touch display, setup and some other functions rely on a phone app or web browser.

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Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

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Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

The finger-sized Orico M.2 NVMe USB 3.1 10Gbps enclosure is the least expensive we've seen, and performs as well as anything else we've tested.

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Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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Backup4all Professional 8 review: Easy, reliable backup

This venerable backup program has gotten better with age. Backup4All supports a variety of destinations such as online storage and optical media, and is most importantly super-reliable.