Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

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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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

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Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD review: The speed you need, at sane prices

Samsung is at it again: Its new 870 EVO SATA SSD delivers best-in-class performance at a competitive price.

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Silicon Power US70 NVMe SSD review: Surprisingly good real-world performance

The 2TB Silicon Power US70 turned in excellent sustained transfer times, rivaling some of the top-tier competition. Overall performance is mid-range, though at a nice price.

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Samsung edges its MicroLED TV line a tiny bit closer to mainstream at CES

Samsung is finally incorporating its self-emissive Micro-LED technology into TVs that deep-pocketed early adopters will be interested in buying.

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Tribit QuietPlus 50 headphone review: Active noise cancellation on the cheap

Tribit's QuietPlus 50 offer good sound without ANC and passable sound with it. Considering the low price tag, that's pretty remarkable.

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Vizio V-series 4K UHD TV review: Even entry-level TVs are good these days

Vizio's 50-inch-class V505-H19 smart TV offers slightly better processing than the similar, recently reviewed Konka U50, although it lacks its rival's Bluetooth capabilities.

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iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Party speaker (model ISB380B) review: Cheap, light, and fun

With USB and SD card playback, as well as a microphone input, the iLive Tailgate Bluetooth speaker (ISB380B) is a versatile party animal. It's also surprisingly light. Just don't expect audiophile sound.

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The best Windows backup software

The best free and paid backup software for your Windows system, disks, and data.

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Konka U5-series 4K smart TV review: The (street) price is about right

This Android TV delivers an average picture at best, but you won't encounter a lot of 50-inch 4K TVs at this price.

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

We review the best 1080p and 4K dash cams. They record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and ideally mark it with GPS, too. Exactly what you need on today's mean streets.

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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSD review: Fast on PCIe 4, fast on PCIe 3

Sabrent's Rocket 4 Plus lives up to its name, delivering near top-tier performance at a mid-range price. The 2TB version outperformed the pricier Samsung 980 Pro.

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Why you may not be getting the SSD you paid for

SSD vendors may upgrade firmware and components over a product's lifespan. Most changes are positive, however, some may negatively affect performance.

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Vizio OLED TV review: Velvety blacks and effective HDR, but a wee bit lacking with fine detail

Vizio's high-end smart TV offers the lush picture you'd expect from OLED for less money than LG or Sony, but this isn't the best OLED TV you can buy.

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WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD review: Fantastic sustained write speeds via PCIe 4.0

The WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD ran neck-and-neck with Samsung's 980 Pro for fastest drive we've tested. A great drive and an especially agile writer of large files.

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Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV review: Refining the art of wall-art TV

The Frame TV brings fine decor and art to your wall. It's excellent in that role, though it doesn't deliver Samsung's very best motion video technology.

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