Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, Macworld

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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OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C review: A fast, vast, and tough external SSD

OWC’s Envoy Pro EX USB-C portable SSD is one of those rare products that lives up to the “Pro” moniker. With up to 4TB of capacity, excellent performance and and honest-to-goodness IP67 certification, it’s the real deal.

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Aukey SK-M30 Eclipse Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish design and satisfactory sound

Aukey's SK-M30 Eclipse is an affordable and very attractive Bluetooth speaker. The sound doesn't quite live up to its looks, but it's very good for the price.

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Sony X800H 4K UHD TV review: This 65-inch TV has a great feature set for the price

Sony's X800H offers a good image with outstanding motion compensation, though the lack of local dimming means weak blacks. But the overall experience is top-notch thanks to some sweet interface tweaks and a redesigned remote.

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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Universal Audio Luna review: Look out Logic and Pro Tools, here comes the Luna-verse

UA’s new DAW is tied to the company’s Thunderbolt audio interfaces, but it’s attractively rendered, sounds fantastic, takes analog emulation to the nth degree, and offers infinite undo/redo. Once mature, it could give Pro Tools and Logic a run for their money.

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Tribit StormBox Micro BTS10 review: The more affordable micro Bluetooth speaker

A surprising amount of sound and thump emanates from this palm-sized speaker, modeled after the Bose SoundLink Micro and JBL Clip.

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Braven BVR-XXL/2 Bluetooth speaker review: Gigantor lays down the beat

If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR-XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It's IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.

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Marshall Tufton Bluetooth speaker review: Loud, thumpy, with a long-life battery, but pricey and lacking in amenities

Marshall's Tufton Bluetooth speaker certainly invokes the brand name, as well as delivering decent sound with a lot of thump, but the price is a bit steep and there's a caveat concerning stereo.

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TerraMaster TD2 review: Fast two-drive Thunderbolt 3 RAID

The TD2 is a top-performing external RAID enclosure, but Thunderbolt might be expensive overkill compared to USB when using only two drives.

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How to use any Thunderbolt device on any Thunderbolt Mac—and we mean any

An Apple adapter and the proper Thunderbolt dock let your Mac to handle any generation Thunderbolt device, including bus-power-only peripherals.

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Hisense R8F 4K UHD smart TV review: This Roku-powered TV delivers plenty of bang for the buck

You'll get very good picture, Dolby Vision, and the excellent Roku OS, but you can forget about bringing your own Bluetooth speakers to the party.

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TV tech terms demystified, part one: Screen size, resolution, and speed

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

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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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IP ratings explained: What those codes tell you about how well a device is protected from water and dust

What separates a product with an IP67 rating from one rated IP66, IP68, or IPX6? Our simple guide tells you everything you need to know.

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TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

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