Jon L. Jacobi

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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

Sony XBR X900F 4K UHD TV review: Great image processing, but restrained color

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.

Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a comparative bargain

Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a comparative bargain

It doesn't come with the One Connect breakout box you get with the Q9FN, but it offers nearly the same performance as higher-end model for $700 less.

Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam review: A touchscreen, stylish design, and features galore

Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam review: A touchscreen, stylish design, and features galore

Nextbase nailed everything with the 612GW dash cam except low-light video. The touchscreen is unique, the styling handsome, and there's even phone connectivity.

Vava Dash Cam 2K review: Clever design for phone-centric users adds 1440p video

Vava Dash Cam 2K review: Clever design for phone-centric users adds 1440p video

The Vava Dash Cam 2K takes good video and has a 72-hour internal battery. Lacking an integrated display, it's suitable only for phone-centric lifestyles.

Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth speakers review: DSP power delivers sonic goodness

Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth speakers review: DSP power delivers sonic goodness

Fluance's Ai40's are affordable Bluetooth bookshelf speakers that sound great thanks to subtle psychoacoustic tricks applied by a DSP.

Papago GoSafe S810 dash cam review: It nails video, but lacks a battery and integrated GPS

Papago GoSafe S810 dash cam review: It nails video, but lacks a battery and integrated GPS

The GoSafe S810 offers great day, night, and low-light 1080p captures to the front, and 720p to the rear. But there are a lot of wires, GPS is a rather pricey option, and the tandem won't run at all without 12-volt power.

Vizio P65-F1 4K UHD TV review: Vizio's P-Series deliver good brightness and HDR, but image glitches remain

Vizio P65-F1 4K UHD TV review: Vizio's P-Series deliver good brightness and HDR, but image glitches remain

This smart TV shines with HDR, but Vizio's new array backlighting is more prone to artifacts and there are holdover processing glitches from last year.

Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound and nostalgic design

Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound and nostalgic design

You'll pay extra for the branding, but this is a strong and well-designed speaker, even it it isn't built by the company famous for its "Marshall stack."

Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro dash cam review: A little gem of a basic dash cam

Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro dash cam review: A little gem of a basic dash cam

The Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro surprised us by taking good video in day, night, and low-light conditions and just nailing it in terms of usability and small form factor.

Garmin Dash Cam 45 review: Compact, clever and Wi-Fi-enabled, but average video at best

Garmin Dash Cam 45 review: Compact, clever and Wi-Fi-enabled, but average video at best

The Dash Cam 45 is Garmin's most affordable camera, but its video quality can be subpar, night captures could use more detail, and image stabilization on rough roads was an issue.

Garmin Dash Cam 65W review: State-of-the-art features in a compact design

Garmin Dash Cam 65W review: State-of-the-art features in a compact design

The Dash Cam 65W boasts every modern feature in a super-compact with a unique magnetic mount. The video is very good, though being 180-degree, it does fish-eye a bit.

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