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

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2017 Fiat 124 vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5: What two Miata faithfuls think of the Italian job

2017 Fiat 124 vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5: What two Miata faithfuls think of the Italian job

Mazda Miata drivers are understandably curious and skeptical about the Fiat 124 that's based on their much-loved roaster. So we put two Miata lovers into both current cars. Would they be convertible to the Italian take on their...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga review: This 2-in-1's OLED screen will color your computing world

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga review: This 2-in-1's OLED screen will color your computing world

With an OLED display and an NVMe SSD, the Lenovo X1 Yoga delivers rich colors and top-notch performance.

Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB hard drive review: Vast and amazingly fast (for a hard drive)

Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB hard drive review: Vast and amazingly fast (for a hard drive)

The Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB is pricey, but this large-capacity hard drive also reads and writes data far faster than the average HDD. It can't match an SSD, but it makes a great companion for one.

Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD review: Not quite an 850 EVO, but also cheaper

Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD review: Not quite an 850 EVO, but also cheaper

Plextor's affordable M7V M.2 SATA SSD is a good everyday performer, even bettering Samsung's 850 EVO in a couple of our performance tests. But in writing large files it's slow, exhibiting large dips and peaks in performance.

Lenovo Ideapad 100S-11 review: A promising portable with storage issues

Lenovo Ideapad 100S-11 review: A promising portable with storage issues

As a budget laptop, the Lenovo 100S-11 has a lot going for it, but it's hamstrung by its tiny amount of storage space.

Hard-core data preservation: The best media and methods for archiving your data

Hard-core data preservation: The best media and methods for archiving your data

Daily backup isn’t archiving. If you want your data to survive the decades, you need to use the right tools.

TLC NAND SSDs: The crippling problem storage makers don't advertise

TLC NAND SSDs: The crippling problem storage makers don't advertise

New SSDs are arriving based on TLC, but they suffer severe performance issues when writing large amounts of data.

The future of displays: OLED is the technology to beat, but LCD will continue to dominate

The future of displays: OLED is the technology to beat, but LCD will continue to dominate

Those are two of the trends we gleaned from IHS DisplaySearch's annual flat-panel display conference, which took place last week.

M.2 SSD roundup: Tiny drives deliver huge performance

M.2 SSD roundup: Tiny drives deliver huge performance

The marriage of PCIe and the SSD has resulted in uber-fast storage for your PC. We compare small-slot AHCI, NVMe, and SATA models. Even if you're using a desktop, one of these tiny wonders can increase your storage transfer speeds by...

Acer Aspire R 13 review: A convertible laptop done right

Acer Aspire R 13 review: A convertible laptop done right

The Acer Aspire R 13 is a top-notch 13-inch ultrabook with a versatile, dual-hinge rotating display. Opinions will differ on the looks, but it's definitely unique.

M-Disc optical media reviewed: Your data, good for a thousand years

M-Disc optical media reviewed: Your data, good for a thousand years

Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.

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