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

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

Nuheara IQbuds Boost review: Fine tune and augment your hearing experience

Nuheara IQbuds Boost review: Fine tune and augment your hearing experience

These Bluetooth headphones sound great with music, and they can help compensate for minor hearing loss. Think of them as hearing aid lite.

Polk Audio Command Bar soundbar review: Good sound, with Alexa at your service

Polk Audio Command Bar soundbar review: Good sound, with Alexa at your service

The Polk Audio Command Bar mixes well-balanced and beefy sound (the latter courtesy of the included subwoofer) and Amazon Alexa. It works, but Alexa can be recalcitrant when the bar is producing sound.

NVMe over Thunderbolt: Killer external storage with caveats

NVMe over Thunderbolt: Killer external storage with caveats

Booting from an NVMe SSD inside a Thunderbolt PCIe enclosure can breathe new life into an older Mac and make a Thunderbolt 3 Mac soar. But not every enclosure or adapter will work.

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.

Thinkware F800 Pro dash cam review: A great product with unwieldy cloud features

Thinkware F800 Pro dash cam review: A great product with unwieldy cloud features

The Thinkware F800 Pro takes great video and has a boatload of features, but the cloud connectivity relies upon a cell phone connection. That makes it a nice feature, but unsuitable for serious use.

TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

The Tascam 202 MK VII USB cassette deck is the best we've seen for digitizing audio cassettes (in good condition), but at $500, it's a very expensive option.

Aukey SK-S1 Bluetooth speaker review: Classy looks and sonic goodness (at least at low volume)

Aukey SK-S1 Bluetooth speaker review: Classy looks and sonic goodness (at least at low volume)

This pretty little near-field speaker will sound great on your desk, but it's not the right choice for parties or taking your tunes outdoors.

The best Windows backup software
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The best Windows backup software

The best Windows applications for backing up your system, disks, and data.

TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

The 6-series' color and HDR are astounding for this price range, but weak motion handling and problematic backlighting remind you this isn't a high-end TV.

Cacagoo CA03 dash cam review: A great bargain for daytime use

Cacagoo CA03 dash cam review: A great bargain for daytime use

The Cacagoo CA03 is a bargain, offering impressive day video, good looks, and a nice out-of-box experience. But there's no GPS, and night video lacks detail.

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

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