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Past articles by Jon:

iDrive review: Excellent online backup, sharing, and more

iDrive offers online storage, sharing, backup, and more. Unless you want the functionality of an office suite, online services don't get any more comprehensive. → Read More

Best online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, Backblaze, Livedrive

We review the best cloud backup services so you can find the right solution for keeping a safe, offsite copy of your data should disaster strike. → Read More

MyGekoGear Orbit 956 4K dash cam review: Affordable dual-channel with GPS

The MyGekogear Orbit 956 is a dual-channel (front/rear) dash cam with integrated GPS for a nice price. But the captures don't live up to the 4K UHD promise, or the better 1440p/1080p competition. → Read More

Thinkware X1000 review: An excellent dash cam, but you pay for it

Thinkware's dual-channel (front/rear) X1000 takes some of the best night captures we've seen. It also features a touch display and driver aids, but it's pricey for no GPS (optional) and ships only with hardwiring. → Read More

WD Black SN770 SSD review: Fast, affordable, and unusual

WD's price-competitive Black SN770 PCIe 4 NVMe SSD is an good performer and further evidence that DRAM-less (HBM) design has come of age. → Read More

R-Drive Image 7 review: The best backup now looks the part

An attractive new interface for version 7 now communicates what we've always known: R-Drive Image is the most reliable backup software you can buy. → Read More

Adata Atom 50 SSD review: Affordable with excellent real world performance

While not one of the fastest PCIe 4 NVMe drive in benchmarks, the Atom 50 scored big time in our real life transfers. The drive is PS5 compatible, but uses HMB which isn't supported by the PS5, so performance may not match our numbers. → Read More

Best dash cams 2021: Your second set of eyes on the road

We review the best 1080p and 4K dash cams. They record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind)—just the sort of backup you want in the midst of harried traffic. → Read More

Cobra SC 400D dash cam review: Three channels, fantastic video, and beaucoup features

Cobra's SC 400D is a luxurious three-channel system (front/rear/optional interior) that takes great video, offers a large 3-inch touch display, and even integrates Alexa. But it's a high-ticket item at almost $500 with all three cameras. → Read More

Sabrent Rocket 4 review: An affordable PCIe 4.0 SSD with real-world skills

The Sabrent Rocket 4 is well behind the PCIe 4 curve in synthetic benchmarks, but delivers good real world performance. It's a good cheaper option for your PC or PS5. → Read More

Best external drives 2021: Reviews and buying advice

Whether you're looking for speed, capacity, portability, or all of the above, a USB external hard disk or SSD is a necessary complement to your desktop PC setup. → Read More

Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo dash cam review: Versatile, attractive, flawed

The Car and Driver Road Patrol Touch Duo dash cam's looks and large display are enticing, but captures are middling quality and there were some operational issues. → Read More

Kingston KC3000 SSD review: Chart-topping speed at a fantastic price

Kingston's KC3000 NVMe SSD is as fast as they come. → Read More

IvyBackup review: Promising, open format, but not quite ready for prime time

IvyBackup uses open-standard file containers (Zip and VHD) and allows local/online destinations. But it's a tad pricey for basic backup and needs better error-handling. → Read More

Corsair MP600 Pro XT SSD review: Simply fantastic

Corsair's affordable MP600 Pro XT is a record-setting PCIe 4.0 SSD with a liquid-cooling option for a nice price. → Read More

Silicon Power XD80 NVMe SSD review: Good performance for a great price

The Silicon Power XD80 delivers a lot of bang for the buck, though capacities other than 1TB are currently in short supply. → Read More

PNY LX3030 SSD review: Incredible durability for twice the price

PNY's LX3030 PCIe 3 drive sustains long writes with the top performers and is rated for a staggering 27,000TBW per TB of capacity—many times what's offered by the average NAND SSD. → Read More

Nexar Pro review: Solid video, cloud storage make this dash cam a good deal

The affordable Nexar Pro dash cam's unique styling, cloud storage, and dual-channel interior/exterior captures make it a good deal for professional ride-givers → Read More

Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade SSD review: A worthy Samsung 980 Pro rival

Adata's follow-on to the S70, the XPG Gammix S70 Blade replaces the older model's 96-layer TLC NAND with 176-layer NAND. It's a worthy competitor to the Samsung 980 Pro, and compatible with the PlayStation 5. → Read More

Crucial P5 Plus review: A fast PCIe 4 SSD with tough competition

Crucial's P5 Plus NVMe SSD, the follow-on to the company's affordable and speedy P5, is faster and supports the latest PCIe 4 standard. But it's also going head to head with Samsung's 980 Pro price-wise. → Read More