Jon L. Jacobi

Freelance contributor

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

The best Windows backup software

Cyberlink PowerDVD 18 Ultra review: Still the best, and now a little bit better

Cyberlink PowerDVD 18 Ultra review: Still the best, and now a little bit better

There is no higher-quality video player available for Windows. It's a bit pricey, but PowerDVD Ultra is also the only software that can play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on your computer.

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker review: This little box delivers more thump than you'd think

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker review: This little box delivers more thump than you'd think

For the price, this 12-hour box sounds very good. It has the punch that many speakers in its class lack, as well as a surprising amount of thump.

Avantree TC418 Bluetooth transmitter review: Play your legacy audio gear through any Bluetooth speaker

Avantree TC418 Bluetooth transmitter review: Play your legacy audio gear through any Bluetooth speaker

When you want to stream from older audio equipment that doesn't understand Bluetoth, all you need is this handy, dual transmitter box. It's also useful for computers without Bluetooth audio output.

DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving
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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

The best dash cams can record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and mark it with GPS (or what's the point?). This is what you need on the mean streets of modern life.

Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

WD's Black 3D NVMe drive sets a new standard for NVMe drives in the mass market. It's fast and affordable. That's a win-win.

Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

The Owl Car Cam combines a clever, ground-breaking design with instant video uploads via LTE for 24-hour car security. However, the Android app, HDR for low-light video, and GPS video watermarking are key features it lacks.

TCL's 6-Series Dolby Vision Roku TVs will ship on May 1st

TCL's 6-Series Dolby Vision Roku TVs will ship on May 1st

With improved image chops to support Dolby Vision HDR, TCL TVs are poised to go where none of them have gone before.

Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker review: Fantastic features, but not much bass

Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker review: Fantastic features, but not much bass

Feature-wise, Sbode has nailed it with this supremely portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker. The sonic quality is decent for a weatherproof speaker, if you don't count the lack of thump.

Samsung wants your TV to disappear

Samsung wants your TV to disappear

A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

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