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PC Pro

PC Pro July 2019

The UK’s biggest selling PC monthly magazine, and your source of professional IT news, reviews and tests. Combining in–depth industry comment and analysis with rigorous product testing.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£4(Incl. tax)
£31.99(Incl. tax)
12 Issues


3 min.
time for apple to confess that it’s just same old, same old

J’ACCUSE, APPLE. Take your place on the stand. Promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Let me begin, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, by explaining that there was a time when a new Apple product was something we at PC Pro were genuinely excited by. We cooed whenever a new iProduct arrived in the office, clamoured to be among the first to touch its sleek, shiny, metallic sides. Spoke in awe of its groundbreaking, industrial design and made an idol of Jony Ive. Whether it was the latest iPod, iPhone or iPad, Apple was at the tipping point of innovation: not always the first to market with a new idea, but brilliant at taking inspiration from others and delivering a superior product. For evidence, let me…

1 min.

Lee Grant Our new Real World Computing columnist rises to challenges from customers at his computer repair shop – including a monster upgrade. See p116 Gareth Halfacree Proving that size really isn’t everything, Gareth has spent the past month putting 14 mini PCs to the test. Find out if any fit your needs from p76 Mike Jennings Want to know which components to buy? Mike is king of all things PCB, and puts the GeForce 1660 and 1660 Ti graphics cards through their paces on p64 Jon Honeyball Jon explains why the age of anonymity as we know it on the internet must come to an end. Whether you agree or not, this is a must-read article. See p110…

1 min.
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EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tim Danton: editor@pcpro.co.uk EDITORIAL FELLOW Dick Pountain ASSOCIATE EDITOR Darien Graham-Smith REVIEWS EDITOR, EXPERT REVIEWS Jonathan Bray: jon@alphr.com FEATURES EDITOR Barry Collins FUTURES EDITOR Nicole Kobie BRIEFING EDITOR Stewart Mitchell LETTERS & SOFTWARE EDITOR Nik Rawlinson ART & PRODUCTION ART DIRECTOR Paul Duggan FREELANCE DESIGN Bill Bagnall SUB-EDITOR Max Figgett CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Steve Cassidy, Dave Mitchell, Jon Honeyball, Paul Ockenden, Davey Winder PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Steinman CONTRIBUTORS Tom Bruce, Sherwin Coelho, Lee Grant, Gareth Halfacree, Nick Hunn, Mike Jennings, Alan Martin, Nathan Spendelow ADVERTISING Tel: 020 7907 6662 GROUP ADVERTISING MANAGER Ben Topp: ben_topp@dennis.co.uk PRODUCTION GROUP PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Robin Ryan NETWORK PRODUCTION MANAGER Kerry Lambird PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE Sophie Griffin CIRCULATION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 0330 333 9493 customercare@subscribe.pcpro.co.uk CIRCULATION MANAGER Emma Read NEWSTRADE DIRECTOR David Barker DIRECT MARKETING EXECUTIVE Luke Tutt MANAGING DIRECTOR John Garewal DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Julian Lloyd-Evans GROUP CFO/COO Brett Reynolds CHIEF EXECUTIVE James Tye COMPANY FOUNDER Felix Dennis PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION Printed by William Gibbons. Distributed by Seymour Distribution, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London EC1A 9PT. Tel: 020 7429 4000. PC Pro is produced by Danton Media Limited and published monthly by Dennis Publishing Limited, a company registered in England, number 1138891.…

4 min.
dns shakeup could kill isp filters

ISPS, REGULATORS AND child-protection groups face a fight to maintain control over web traffic as a new DNS system threatens to neuter tools such as porn-blockers and anti-malware tools. Firefox and Chrome plan to shift from DNS – the “telephone book” that translates user page requests into IP addresses – to a more secure version called DNS over HTTPS (DoH). Until now, DNS requests have been unencrypted, meaning ISPs can see domain requests within traffic and block domains on blacklists, or sites known to host malware. Many experts believe the proposed changes are overdue and represent an improvement in security and privacy. However, the shift threatens services such as the adult content filters operated by all of Britain’s major ISPs, because they would no longer have the ability to filter out certain sites. “Without…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Farewell for Windows USB drive threat Microsoft has laid to rest the idea that fretful users need to “safely remove” or “eject” USB hardware such as thumb drives in Windows 10. “Beginning in Windows 10 version 1809, the default policy is quick removal – in earlier versions of Windows the default policy was better performance,” the company said, warning that users still shouldn’t remove devices during writing. 2 Final chapter for Microsoft’s ebooks So ends the tale of Microsoft’s ebook store, with the company shuttering the service in a bid to streamline its services. Customers who had bought books were told they would be removed from their accounts and become unreadable in July, with Microsoft offering refunds for those purchases and any pre-ordered books. 3 Apple throwing weight behind games plans Not content with…

4 min.

Acer ConceptD 9 Acer has added another family of devices to its burgeoning range in the shape of the ConceptD, which is aimed at creators and designers. It includes laptops, desktops, monitors and a mixed-reality headset, but the most intriguing is the ConceptD 9, which could be a rival for Microsoft’s Surface Studio. The 17.3in laptop’s main trick is a smart-hinged touch display that can be used in normal laptop mode, as an easel, folded down onto the keyboard as a sketchpad or pivoted to show clients what’s on the screen. The ConceptD 9 is a stickler for colour accuracy and Acer claims the Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) display is “Pantone Validated” and covers 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut. There’s a magnetic stylus, which provides 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity – although…