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. jjacobi@pcworld.com

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Netgear ReadyNAS 422 review: This box is fast and built to last

An improvement in almost every regard over Netgear's previous-generation network-attached storage this is a great box if you can afford it.

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Samsung UN55MU9000 smart TV review: No quantum dots, but silky smooth motion

Samsung's mid-range MU9000 series gives Sony's 930E a run for its money, thanks to a very smooth and even image.

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WD My Cloud Home Duo review: Super easy to use, but also super slow and short on features

We like that WD is trying to make network attached storage easier, more connected, and cross-device compatible. But this box is incredibly slow writing data, and it's missing a key feature.

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Paragon exFAT NTFS USB Android review: Read native Mac disks from Android TVs and devices

Paragon is one of the few vendors, apart from Apple, that care about HFS+ support. Its latest file system extension allows you to read native Apple disks from any Android OS device.

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HDR TV: Everything you need to know before you shop for a new 4K television

Many new TVs can play HDR content, but only a few can display it properly. We'll guide you through the thicket of issues you should consider, including HDR-10, Dolby Vision, and wide color gamut.

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Samsung UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: Better color and integration with Samung's ecosystem

Highlights include a camouflaged OLED display, better color, and wireless streaming Samsung mobile devices, but there's still no support Dolby Vision HDR.

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Dash cam review: The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is a little bigger and better for the price

Garmin's Dash Cam 35 offers great day and night video in a form factor that's neither too small nor too big. It's a little higher-priced than the competition, though.

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Hisense H9D Plus 4K UHD smart TV review: Great color, but not enough brightness to make HDR shine

This 55-inch TV doesn't offer a lot of peak brightness, but its wide color gamut helps with HDR.

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Sony A1E 4K TV review: This could be the best OLED TV money can buy

Take an OLED panel and combine it with Sony's picture processing wizardry and you get what is the best image we've seen on an OLED TV. But how HDR will affect OLED lifespan we don't yet know.

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Xbox One S review: A great Ultra HD Blu-ray player for gamers

If you're a gamer as well as a home theater enthusiasts, Microsoft's game console is also an exceptionally good Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

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How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.

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TCL P-series Roku smart TV review: Dolby Vision hits the mainstream

Support for Dolby Vision elevates the TCP 55P607's image chops.

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PowerDVD 17 Ultra review: The best way to play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on your home theater PC

If you have the proper hardware, PowerDVD 17 Ultra will play Ultra Blu-ray movie discs from your PC. Support for Oculus Rift and HTC VR headsets has also been added.

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Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player review: A class act with awesome audio capabilities

Quick disc loading, support for both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, and tons of audio features push this Blu-ray player to the front of the pack.

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Samsung Q9F series QLED smart TV review: Samsung's best 4K UHD TV yet

Quantum dots and improved backlighting make for outstanding 2160p HDR. It takes LED-backlit LCD to another level.