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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Samsung Q9FN 4K UHD TV review: Top-tier goodness, now significantly more affordable

Samsung's Q9FN TV offers better blacks than last year's model, and is arguably the best TV on the market. The series is also a lot less expensive than it was last year.

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Apeman C550 dash cam review: Nice day and night video, but forget the rear camera

The Apeman C550 offers good daytime and night video and an optional $13 GPS module. But the included rear camera is a throw-in that doesn't cut the mustard. Also, if you lose 12-volt power, as might happen in an accident, the Apeman stops recording.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Intel SSD 660p review: Quad Level Cell (QLC/4-bit) NAND makes its debut

Intel's SSD 660p is considerably cheaper and a better performer than anything else we've seen at the low-end NVMe SSD market so far. Easily the best bang for the buck on the market unless you regularly write large amounts of data.

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NVMe SSDs: Everything you need to know about this insanely fast storage

SATA SSDs are old hat. NVMe is where it's at, with 4X or more throughput and 10X faster seeks. Your next PC should have it, or you should add it to your present one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seagate Barracuda 2.5-inch SATA SSD review: Great performance—with caveats

The Barracuda 2.5-inch SATA SSD tests as fast as any we've seen and carries a nice warranty. But there are occasional performance dips.

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The best Windows backup software

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

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MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0 review: Fast image and file backup, with minor foibles

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0 backs up files and creates images of your hard drive. Bootable rescue media and disk cloning sweeten the deal.

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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.

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