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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TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

The 6-series' color and HDR are astounding for this price range, but weak motion handling and problematic backlighting remind you this isn't a high-end TV.

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Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

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Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?

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Samsung 65Q7FN 4K Ultra HD TV review: (Relatively) affordable quantum dot color

The Q7FN doesn't offer quite the brightness or HDR impact that Samsung's higher-end QLEDs deliver, but its picture is still marvelous and the "disappearing" design is arguably the best in the business.

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QSAN XCube XN3002T NAS review: Classy, clean, and fast—but better suited to the enterprise

Network-attached storage has a place in the home, and this box covers all the basics in style, but it's missing a few features consumers will find essential.

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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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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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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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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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Samsung wants your TV to disappear

A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

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The HDMI 2.1 low-down: Don't dump your legacy cables

If you have quality HDMI cables, they'll likely pass muster for the new HDMI 2.1 standard, as might some of your gear.

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Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable

The absence of a battery leaves the thumpy Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker reliant on AC power.