Tech Advisor January 2019

Every issue of Tech Advisor is packed with the latest news, reviews and features plus comprehensive and impartial buying advice as well as easy-to-understand tutorials and workshops to help you to get the most from your PC. Whether you want to buy the best value equipment or make the most out of equipment you already own, Tech Advisor delivers expert advice you can trust.

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12 Issues

in this issue

13 min
microsoft surface pro 6

Price: £1,149 from Our review of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 focuses even more than usual on the differences between this new generation and its predecessor, the Surface Pro (2017), because they seem nearly identical – at least on the, er, surface. Visually, you’d be hard-pressed to differentiate the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Pro (2017), or the Surface Pro 4, all iterations on Microsoft’s iconic 12.3in two-in-one PC. This time around, the major changes are inside: a bump up in the processor to an 8th-generation Core chip, some weird adjustments in pricing, and a new colour – black – separate the new from the old. There’s actually a downgrade of sorts in the GPU compared to the Surface Pro (2017), which is a bit of a disappointment. The Performance section…

11 min
google pixel 3

Price: £739 from Possibly one of the most leaked smartphones of all time is here, so it might not come as a surprise but Google’s latest flagship handset is official. We attended the Pixel 3’s London launch and have spent solid time with it. Read on for our thoughts. Design There’s not a huge design change when it comes to this year’s Pixel phone as on the whole, Google is sticking to the same style and look. The Pixel 3 has a distinctive style at the back with its two-tone effect, which not everyone will like. The iconic glossy section at the top houses the camera with the lower part containing the fingerprint scanner. This time around, it’s a fully glass design, with the lower section offering a matte finish, which both looks…

18 min
huawei mate 20 pro

Price: £899 from Last year, Huawei unveiled the Mate 10 Pro, which had not only the new Kirin 970 processor but also a noticeably different design from the Mate 9 which preceded it. The Mate 20 Pro continues that trend with another completely new design, a next-generation CPU and the camera setup everyone wants: standard, wide angle and telephoto. Huawei has obviously listened to our wishes, ditched the monochrome camera and replaced it with an ultra-wide angle colour camera which means you can now go from an effective 0.6x zoom right the way through to a 5x hybrid zoom. With other new features such as the innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor, 3D face scanning unlock and reverse wireless charging, it’s a very tempting 2018 flagship to add to your shortlist. Design If the Galaxy S9+…

15 min
apple iphone xs

Price: £999 from This is a ‘tock’ year for the iPhone (or, in Apple lingo, an ‘S’ update) and many of us expected a relatively quiet and minor refresh for 2018 after the fireworks of 2017’s iPhone X. Of course, Apple doesn’t really do quiet phone launches, and two of its late-2018 newbies are fascinating: if nothing else the XS Max and XR have enormous screens (the biggest and second-biggest Apple’s ever offered) and the latter’s price tag offers a comparatively affordable entry point to the new generation of all-screen iPhones. But where does that leave the third new handset, the iPhone XS? Rather outshone. Physically, it’s the same design as the iPhone X, and the 5.8in edge-to-edge screen that looked so fancy last autumn has now got bigger (and in one…

8 min
google home hub

Price: £1399 from Google Home Hub combines a Google Home digital assistant with a 7in screen, allowing a graphic display of your schedule, weather, and commute traffic all at the command of your voice. There’s more in there too: it has a good speaker for playing music, will act as a digital photo frame when not otherwise in use, and you can use it to watch your favourite shows if you have a compatible pay TV service, or monitor the feed from your home security cameras. In many ways it mirrors what a modern Android phone can already do, but with a better speaker and a bigger, always-on screen. There’s a lot to like about this impressive little gadget, and its thoughtfully designed software is a big improvement on a smartphone. Design The Home…

6 min
kaspersky total security 2019

Price: £27.99 from For years, Kaspersky Lab has been one of the best names in computer security. The company’s top-tier product for consumers right now is Kaspersky Total Security. Taking a look at the dashboard (see above), it’s easy to see why Total Security is so popular. The program is very easy to understand. There are eight basic options Scan, Database Update, Safe Money, Password Manager, Privacy Protection, Backup and Restore, Parental Control, and My Kaspersky. The most important feature is, of course, Scan, which offers all the various features you’d expect. You can do quick and full scans, a selective scan that looks at specific folders, and an external device scan for USB drives. Of all the dashboard features, the one that might cause some confusion is Safe Money. This is…