Jon L. Jacobi

Freelance contributor

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

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

Garmin 66W dash cam review: Same small form factor, much improved video

Garmin 66W dash cam review: Same small form factor, much improved video

The Garmin Dash Cam 66W packs great features, including phone connectivity, into a very small profile, but it runs a bit on the hot side.

Akaso Trace 1 Dash Cam review: Nice features, nice front and interior video

Akaso Trace 1 Dash Cam review: Nice features, nice front and interior video

The Akaso Trace 1 Dash Cam produces very good video, especially the infrared interior captures, plus excellent battery run time, for an affordable price.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini review: Tiny and easy, with surprisingly good video

Garmin Dash Cam Mini review: Tiny and easy, with surprisingly good video

The super-svelte Garmin Dash Cam mini could be just the unobtrusive camera you seek. However, it lacks GPS, and the super-capacitor lasts only a second or two.

Fledging Shell USB 3.1: A small, fast and portable M.2 NVMe to USB 3.1 enclosure

Fledging Shell USB 3.1: A small, fast and portable M.2 NVMe to USB 3.1 enclosure

The Fledging Shell enclosure houses a single NVMe drive, giving you faster-than-SATA speeds, but also exposing the limits of USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speaker review: Flashy lights, fun, amazing sound—and it's waterproof!

Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speaker review: Flashy lights, fun, amazing sound—and it's waterproof!

The Sony SRS-XB32 is a fun Bluetooth portable speaker with a nice amount of thump and great overall sound. And its IP67 rating means it's submersible up to three feet.

LG E9 4K OLED smart TV review: The real deal gets brighter

LG E9 4K OLED smart TV review: The real deal gets brighter

LG's top-of-the-line 4K OLED remains a velvety, colorful, and now slightly brighter viewing experience.

Seagate is the first to hit 16TB capacity with its IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and Exos x16 hard drives

Seagate is the first to hit 16TB capacity with its IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and Exos x16 hard drives

Seagate's Exos x16 enterprise, IronWolf 16TB and IronWolf Pro 16TB raise hard drive capacity to an all-time high.

Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD review: Very fast almost all the time

Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD review: Very fast almost all the time

With one exception the Seagate FireCuda 510 proved the fastest M.2 NVMe SSD we've tested to date.

Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.

Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD: Entry-level price, top-shelf performance

Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD: Entry-level price, top-shelf performance

Though priced for budget users, Kingston's KC2000 actually compares nicely with Samsung's mighty 970 Pro in real-world performance.

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