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.

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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.


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OWC Envoy Pro Elektron SSD review: Fast, svelte, IP67-rated USB 10GBps storage

The small, stylish OWC Envoy Pro Elektron looks nice next to a Mac. It's also fast and surprisingly ruggedized

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Fledging Shell Thunderbolt SSD review: Super fast and now with cooling

The latest version of Fledging's Shell Thunderbolt NVMe SSD enclosure features a larger profile, plenty of venting, and an active fan for vastly improved cooling.

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Samsung edges its MicroLED TV line a tiny bit closer to mainstream at CES

Samsung is finally incorporating its self-emissive Micro-LED technology into TVs that deep-pocketed early adopters will be interested in buying.


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Tribit QuietPlus 50 headphone review: Active noise cancellation on the cheap

Tribit's QuietPlus 50 offer good sound without ANC and passable sound with it. Considering the low price tag, that's pretty remarkable.


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Vizio V-series 4K UHD TV review: Even entry-level TVs are good these days

Vizio's 50-inch-class V505-H19 smart TV offers slightly better processing than the similar, recently reviewed Konka U50, although it lacks its rival's Bluetooth capabilities.


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iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Party speaker (model ISB380B) review: Cheap, light, and fun

With USB and SD card playback, as well as a microphone input, the iLive Tailgate Bluetooth speaker (ISB380B) is a versatile party animal. It's also surprisingly light. Just don't expect audiophile sound.


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Konka U5-series 4K smart TV review: The (street) price is about right

This Android TV delivers an average picture at best, but you won't encounter a lot of 50-inch 4K TVs at this price.


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Vizio OLED TV review: Velvety blacks and effective HDR, but a wee bit lacking with fine detail

Vizio's high-end smart TV offers the lush picture you'd expect from OLED for less money than LG or Sony, but this isn't the best OLED TV you can buy.


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Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV review: Refining the art of wall-art TV

The Frame TV brings fine decor and art to your wall. It's excellent in that role, though it doesn't deliver Samsung's very best motion video technology.


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OWC Envoy Express review: Roll-your-own external Thunderbolt 3 storage

OWC's Envoy Express T3 enclosure lets you use your own M.2 NVMe SSD for external Thunderbolt storage. A clever sticky-mount caddy helps keep it in place.

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Marshall Major IV headphone review: On-ear sonic sweetness

On-ear headphone pads are smaller and sit on top of rather than over your ear. It's more comfortable than you might think, and the Marshall Major IV's excellent sound helps the experience.


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Studio One 5 Professional review: A top-notch, unique competitor for Logic X

Version 5 of Presonus's Studio One (think Logic X) adds a clever live show control module to an equally unique project mastering section, as well as notation editing, MPE support, and upgraded FX. The kicker is that you can now rent its unique features monthly for $15

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Hot-rod your home network with multi-gig wired ethernet—for far less coin than you might think

Falling prices for multi-gig (2.5/5/10GbE) equipment make upgrading your network to a faster standard very affordable.


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Hisense H9G 4K UHD TV review: Excellent color and HDR performance for the price

Hisense's H9G 4K UHD TV offers an excellent picture for the price. It's available only in 55-inch and 65-inch flavors, but if that's what you're shopping for, it should be on your short-list.