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

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

The best Windows backup software
Updated

The best Windows backup software

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

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players
Updated

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD review: Blazingly fast external storage for rich kids

Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD review: Blazingly fast external storage for rich kids

Fantastically fast and fantastically expensive, this external drive lets Thunderbolt 3 strut its stuff to the tune of 2GBps transfers.

Quantum dots explained: How this nanotechnology could give OLED TVs a run for the money

Quantum dots explained: How this nanotechnology could give OLED TVs a run for the money

Quantum dot technology is helping LED LCD TVs deliver richer, broader color spectrums. Almost as rich as OLED TVs.

Write! review: The text processor that can remember and redo everything

Write! review: The text processor that can remember and redo everything

This program's breakthrough content-persistent, tabbed interface and infinite undo/redo are worth a look even if it has other limitations.

Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

It's a bit clunky as a tablet but comes into its own when you add a keyboard and watch it rip through a few tests.

Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs

Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs

Designed for SSDs, this new data bus standard lets memory-based storage take flight. But it’s not for the average user yet.

Intel 750 series SSD review: Storage so fast, only the highest-end PCs can keep up

Intel 750 series SSD review: Storage so fast, only the highest-end PCs can keep up

The future of storage is here: Intel's 750-series SSD features NVMe and over-the-top performance.

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review: Faster, better, still rugged

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review: Faster, better, still rugged

A nice tablet, now even nicer: This replacement for last year's ElitePad 900 boasts a faster CPU, more memory, longer run-time, and a higher-resolution display.

Storage for spies: How the FIPS standard makes data extremely hard to steal

Storage for spies: How the FIPS standard makes data extremely hard to steal

Encrypted. Tamper-proof. When you need seriously secure digital storage, check the device’s FIPS rating. Here's everything you need to know.

Seagate 4-bay NAS review: Competent workgroup storage inside a classy chassis

The NAS Pro hits the mark for workgroups with a good feature set, design and performance - but a sparse app store limits its usefulness.

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