Windows Advisor

Windows Advisor

Issue 4
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Every issue of Windows Advisor is packed with the latest news, reviews and features, plus comprehensive and easy-to-understand Windows tutorials and workshops to help you to get the most from Microsoft's operating system.

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2 min.
fall creators update release date announced

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is launching on 17 October, with Windows Mixed Reality headsets in tow, Microsoft announced at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin. That’s a bit later than expected, as this past April Microsoft committed to twice-yearly Windows 10 updates in March and September, in perpetuity. Microsoft is missing its very first deadline under the new system – but not by much. No new features were announced by Windows chief Terry Myerson at the event, but that’s to be expected since Windows Insiders have been testing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for months now. It won’t be quite as interesting as originally expected, as flagship crossdevice features teased at Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update unveiling in May – like an app Timeline and cloud clipboard –…

9 min.
windows 10 s

Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is what happens when a once-easygoing operating system has children and turns into a helicopter parent. Windows 10 S, a locked-down version of Windows 10 found on the Surface Laptop and a small group of low-cost, third-party notebooks, keeps students safe and secure by restricting them to the Windows Store. But as our review shows, the lack of freedom chafes. Locking your PC away from the big, bad, outside world makes sense when your children are going off to school or university, at least according to Microsoft. But even the most dutiful parent will wonder why their child can’t use Chrome to beam YouTube videos to a Chromecast, print on some local printers, or protect their PC with anything other than Windows Defender. There’s always an escape…

5 min.
jumper ezbook 3 pro

If you’re looking for a decent-size yet portable Windows 10 laptop on a budget, the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro may impress. Available from GearBest for just £192, you’d be hard pressed to find better value for money in a laptop of this size. You will need to additionally factor in import duty, however, which is calculated at 20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork, plus an admin fee of around £11. In return for your money you get a aluminium laptop with a 13.3in full-HD screen, running the Intel Apollo Lake N3450 quad-core processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (you can add more if required via an M.2 SSD or SD slot). There’s dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support, plus two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI…

6 min.
gamepad digital pocket

When we first set eyes on the Pocket we thought it was a gimmick. Who is really going to use a Windows 10 laptop with a 7in screen and a fiddly mouse button? Well I’ll tell you who would: me. (And it’s not because I’m a woman, GPD.) Despite looking like a toy, the GPD Pocket is amazingly powerful – for a tiny laptop, that is. It’s on par with the other Chinese budget laptops we’ve reviewed, and no less impressive than any of the Chuwi or Jumper models, for example. It’s a little bit more expensive than those devices, costing £379 from GearBest (also factor in import duty at 20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork plus an admin fee of around £11), but we think deservedly so. This miniature…

8 min.
lenovo ideapad 320s

The Lenovo IdeaPad 320S is an entry-level laptop that looks, from arm’s width at least, similar to ones costing £600 to £1,000. Sub-£400 models don’t have to be dumpy or ugly anymore. Normally we struggle to recommend a laptop as low-power as the IdeaPad 320S. However, we’ve finally reached the point where Windows 10 and a low-end Pentium processor can get along. It’s time to celebrate. The IdeaPad 320S is a great match for someone with a low budget and no truly CPU-crunching tasks to do. Don’t come expecting a great screen, though, as it’s glaringly worse than that of a laptop from the next tier. Design Design is a primary appeal of the Lenovo IdeaPad 320. This is unusual for a laptop of this price. From a distance you could easily believe it…

7 min.
hands-on with dell’s gorgeous vr headset

For nearly three years now, virtual reality on the PC has been a two-company game. Oculus and HTC, the Rift and the Vive. Sure, we’ve had others come and go – Razer’s OSVR headset, for instance. But in general, it’s been a two-headset market. In October we’ll have seven. On 17 October Microsoft will preside over the largest VR roll-out in history, overseeing the release of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, and HP, alongside the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft’s goal is to bring its titular ‘Mixed Reality’ to the masses – theoretically a spectrum of augmented and virtual reality tech, though these initial headsets are just VR headsets, really. So what’s it like? I went hands-on with the Dell Visor at PAX West recently, giving me…