Articles by Jon L. Jacobi

Articles by Jon L. Jacobi

Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area. [email protected]

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Mar 12, 2019 9:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

G-Drive mobile USB-C review: An external drive that's stylish and fairly fast

G-Technolgy's G-Drive mobile USB-C uses the latest connector, and performs well (mostly) for an external 2.5-inch hard drive. Style-wise, it's a nice match for Macs, though it's a bit pricey.

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Mar 10, 2019 11:53 PM | By Jon L. Jacobi

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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Mar 5, 2019 2:59 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Crucial P1 NVMe SSD review: Fantastic value for the average user, but not for pros

Crucial's budget NVMe SSD, the P1 is a bargain and very good performer until it runs out of cache.

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Mar 1, 2019 8:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Seagate SkyHawk 14TB hard drive review: Fast, surveillance-optimized storage

Seagate's SkyHawk 14TB hard drive is optimized for surveillance streaming, with an upcoming AI version is further tweaked to handle the streams from recognition engines. If employed solo, or in a simple mirrored array, that might actually make a difference. Either way, a very fast hard drive.

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Feb 28, 2019 3:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

How to rip (copy) Blu-ray and other movies, so you can stream and archive them

As long as movies have been distributed on home media, buyers have wanted to back them up or copy them to media that's more convenient for playback or streaming. We trace the history, how copy protection works, and how to circumvent it for legitimate purposes.

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Feb 25, 2019 3:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i review: Great sound, plus Alexa and AirPlay 2 support

This second-generation speaker is smarter, more capable, and better-sounding than the model it replaces.

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Feb 12, 2019 3:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Marseille mCable Cinema Edition review: This expensive HDMI cable is mostly worth it

The Marseille mCable Cinema Edition is great for upscaling DVD, Blu-ray, and even TV, but we can't recommend it for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players because it doesn't support HDCP 2.2.

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updated Feb 7, 2019 11:27 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Dash cam reviews 2019: 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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Feb 6, 2019 12:41 PM | By Jon L. Jacobi

PureCam dash cam review: A clever product that's just a battery and GPS short of perfect

PureGear's PureCam front/interior dual dash cam is great in most ways, but its lack of battery backup and embedded GPS info is disappointing.

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Feb 4, 2019 3:30 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD review: Faster than ever, and still a fantastic bargain

The WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD is just about the best combination of price and performance in an SSD. You could go cheaper and still get great everyday performance, but for long writes the SN750 dominates those drives.

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updated Jan 24, 2019 10:24 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

The best Windows backup software

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

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Jan 23, 2019 3:26 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Samsung 970 EVO Plus review: Samsung's entry-level NVMe SSD is faster and cheaper

Samsung has tweaked the firmware of its 970 EVO m.2 NVMe drive, and the result is the faster, cheaper 970 EVO Plus.

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Jan 14, 2019 3:00 AM | By Jon L. Jacobi

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle

TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.

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Jan 7, 2019 5:15 PM | By Jon L. Jacobi

Sony goes big with 8K and hones its OLED technology

Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G

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Jan 7, 2019 9:01 AM | By Martyn Williams, Jon L. Jacobi

LG's rollable OLED TV hides away when you don't need it

LG's new flexible panel Signature OLED TV R (65R9) rolls up in its cabinet to render your living space less of a shrine to the pixel.

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