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PC Pro October 2017

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.

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highlights this month

@PCPRO FACEBOOK.COM/PCPRO Full contents overleaf PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Intel Core i9-7900X When AMD released the Ryzen 7, we were reminded of the Monty Python sketch where Michael Palin slapped John Cleese around the face with a pair of pilchards. “Wake up,” AMD shouted, “time to innovate again!” From a consumer’s point of view, it’s worked. The Core i9 series kicks off with a ten-core monster, the i9-7900X, that costs 50% less than the chip it replaces. We’ve not only put this chip through a fierce set of benchmarks, we’ve also reviewed a workstation that takes advantage. If you know that Monty Python sketch, you’ll understand when we say it’s one heck of a halibut. p50 CONTROVERSY OF THE MONTH How would you feel about paying a subscription fee for Windows? No? What about if it was bundled…

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editor’s letter

@PCPRO FACEBOOK.COM/PCPRO MY REVIEW OF the D-Link DCS-960L (see p72) was originally going to open with a line castigating the name, which is as out of place as a cucumber in a strawberry field next to devices such as the Netatmo Welcome, Netgear Arlo and D-Link’s own Omna. It was only as I spent time playing with its other features that I recognised that D-Link’s branding team might be far smarter than I am. They recognise that there are two types of buyers. First come the Tinkerers, who care about features and getting under the skin of a product. There’s a sliding scale of Tinkerer, with Extreme Tinkerers on one side: people who will hack away to make the device comply with their wishes. Then you have Tinkerers Lite, who will happily use…

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Nicole Kobie Robot cars that follow suspects, super-accurate facial recognition and drone eyes in the sky – Nicole reveals our police-state future on p124 Darien Graham-Smith Darien spends a month locked up with 13 NAS drives to discover which devices are best for storage, streaming and speed. See p74 Barry Collins If you take half as many photos as Barry, you might just fall in love with the Loupedeck editing console as much as he did. Discover why he’s smitten on p68 Simon Hudson In our brave new cloud-based world, where should you store your business documents? Office 365 expert Simon has the answer on p116…

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microsoft facing uphill battle over subscriptions

@PCPRO PCPRO.CO.UK/NEWS Background and analysis on all the important news stories Unveiled The hottest hardware news, including a Linux workstation p12 5G auction could be put on hold A spat between Three and Ofcom looks set to delay the process p13 PC Probe The surveillance that nobody, even ISPs, can talk about p16 EXPERTS ARE WARNING Microsoft faces an uphill battle if it attempts to force consumers into paying a subscription for Windows. Microsoft has already managed to successfully convert Office into a subscription product and recently introduced Microsoft 365, a joint payas- you go model for both Office and Windows targeted at businesses. That’s given rise to predictions that Microsoft is planning to turn Windows into a pay-monthly subscription for consumers, too. “Microsoft is on a trajectory that seems to be going more and more towards subscriptions and we might…

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five stories not to miss

1 False dawn for PC sales After a brief upswing in PC sales sparked hopes of a return to growth, Gartner figures for Q2 show a return to “business as usual”, with declining shipments for desktops and laptops. The company said 61 million units shipped in the quarter, with only HP showing growth, and the market overall was down 4.3% on the previous year – in part due to rising machine prices followinghigher costs for DRAM,SSDs and LCD panels. 2 Facebook pushes ads into Messenger Facebook’s efforts to alienate users continue apace, with the company revealing that it plans to insert adverts into Messenger, the breakaway app that Facebook has forced users to install if they want to chat on the platform. The company is hoping to monetise more of its portfolio and…

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Sequent smartwatch A drawback of smartwatches has been insipid battery life, but a startup called Sequent believes it has solved the problem with a wearable device powered by kinetic action. Currently being funded via Kickstarter, the Swiss-made, 42mm watch looks more like a traditional timepiece, but it packs fitness-centric features and communications into a device the makers claim never needs plugging into the mains. The rate of charging – and ability to perform the full range of features - depends on the amount of wrist action the wearer produces. Excess output is stored in the battery for later use and the company says that if there is insufficient activity for certain functions, the unit will turn them off to preserve power. Users can configure which of the features will go into hibernation via an…