Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

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

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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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Samsung 970 EVO review: Strong competition for the best budget NVMe SSD

A great NVMe SSD unless you regularly copy very large files, then look into WD's Black NVMe.

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Samsung 970 Pro SSD review: The fastest M.2 NVMe drive yet

There's no faster NVMe SSD available to the mass market than Samsung's 970 Pro, but its extra 10 percent of performance costs quite a bit.

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CloudBerry Backup review: Back up anything to just about anywhere

With backups to, from, and between numerous online storage vendors as well as to your local network and direct attached storage, CloudBerry Backup is the Swiss Army knife of data safety. There's a free version for those that just want file backup, but things get expensive from there.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 18 Ultra review: Still the best, and now a little bit better

There is no higher-quality video player available for Windows. It's a bit pricey, but PowerDVD Ultra is also the only software that can play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on your computer.

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Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker review: This little box delivers more thump than you'd think

For the price, this 12-hour box sounds very good. It has the punch that many speakers in its class lack, as well as a surprising amount of thump.

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Avantree TC418 Bluetooth transmitter review: Play your legacy audio gear through any Bluetooth speaker

When you want to stream from older audio equipment that doesn't understand Bluetoth, all you need is this handy, dual transmitter box. It's also useful for computers without Bluetooth audio output.

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WD Gold Enterprise Class Hard Drive review: 12TB of vast storage goodness

WD's Gold Enterprise 12TB is as fast and feature-filled as Seagate's best, yet costs only as much as that competitor's least expensive model. A great deal in high-capacity hard drives.

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DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

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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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Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

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Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

WD's Black 3D NVMe drive sets a new standard for NVMe drives in the mass market. It's fast and affordable. That's a win-win.

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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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TCL's 6-Series Dolby Vision Roku TVs will ship on May 1st

With improved image chops to support Dolby Vision HDR, TCL TVs are poised to go where none of them have gone before.

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Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker review: Fantastic features, but not much bass

Feature-wise, Sbode has nailed it with this supremely portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker. The sonic quality is decent for a weatherproof speaker, if you don't count the lack of thump.

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