Tech Advisor May 2020

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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IDG Communications - UK
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
microsoft combines windows and surface

Microsoft is combining its Windows client and Surface teams into a dedicated unit led by product chief Panos Panay, according to a recent report, potentially aligning its operating system and PC hardware under the same roof. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the combination will be named ‘Windows + Devices’, and will be led by Panay. Joe Belfiore, who leads the Windows Experience team, will move over to the Office side of the house later in the year. A source close to Microsoft confirmed the report, though Microsoft’s not confirming it publicly for now. “Personally I’m very excited to lead the Windows Client for Microsoft, which will help us streamline our decision-making processes, be clear on our priorities, and deliver the best end user experiences from silicon through operating systems across all…

3 min
microsoft’s surface sales near $2 billion

Cloud, cloud, cloud, followed by Office, gaming, Surface and then Windows: by now, Microsoft has laid out its priorities, and the financial results Microsoft reported last month reflected this. For consumers, the high point of Microsoft’s fourth-quarter calendar 2019 results was the fact that Microsoft reported $1.98 billion (around £1.4bn) in Surface sales alone – almost making Surface a $2 billion dollar business. Interestingly, chief financial officer Amy Hood implied that sales could have been higher, referring to unexplained “execution challenges” in the consumer portion of the Surface business. Overall, Microsoft reported profits of $11.6bn (around £8.9bn) during the second quarter of its fiscal 2020 calendar, up 38 percent from a year ago, from revenue of $36.9bn (around £28.45bn), up 14 percent from the same period. The More Personal Computing business that…

13 min
microsoft surface pro 7

Price: £1,449 (inc VAT) from Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7, the latest in the company’s excellent Surface Pro series, continues the tradition of being a durable, dependable tablet for the ages. It’s measurably better this time around, too, with an internal upgrade to Intel’s 10th-gen, 10nm Ice Lake chip and a nod to the future, a USB-C port. There are many good reasons why we love the Surface Pro 7. Granted, it’s a lot easier to be the best game in town when rival Windows tablets are few and far between. At this point, the field consists largely of Microsoft’s Surface Pro models, the Surface Pro X (£999 from, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet (£1,559 from, monstrous tablet workstations like the HP Zbook X2 (£2,504 from, and our long-standing favourite,…

9 min
hp elite dragonfly

Price: $2,100 (£tbc) from The HP Elite Dragonfly is a corporate laptop made to please your manager – and isn’t that the best way to get ahead in the working world? With a fingerprint-resistant finish, a beautiful cerulean magnesium body, and shoulder-friendly weight, the Elite Dragonfly is sure to earn you permission to leave 15 minutes early on Friday (thanks, boss). Just remember, the Elite Dragonfly is designed for the boardroom, not the racetrack, so don’t expect blazing speed. What you will get is a solid configuration with some premium options; good performance, amazing battery life; and let’s not forget the truly classy design. Hmmm, maybe this laptop is too good for your boss? Incredibly light weight, insane battery life The Elite Dragonfly’s main claim to fame is its weight, which approaches 1kg…

10 min
nubia z20

Price: £449 (inc VAT) from I suspect I’ll always have a soft spot for dual screen phones. It’s the most absurdly over-engineered solution to a simple problem – minimizing the impact of a selfie camera on the display – but the sheer, unadulterated novelty of having two screens on one phone is hard to overstate. The first dual screen phones admittedly weren’t great, but the Nubia Z20 feels like a surprisingly mature example of a charmingly immature design, and the best case yet for slapping an extra screen on the back of a phone, thanks to a combo of attractive design, clever interfaces and a strong price point. Screens: Two for the price of one So yes, this phone has two displays. The main one is a 6.42in AMOLED FHD+ panel that covers…

6 min
nvidia’s play-anywhere geforce now gaming service is finally here

Three long years after its CES 2017 reveal, and two years after its beta debuted on PCs, Nvidia’s GeForce Now game-streaming service has finally launched on PCs – The wait was worth it. GeForce Now obliterates Google Stadia’s value proposition in every way, from game selection to pricing. It’s available in both free and paid forms, with a ‘Founders’ premium tier costing just £4.99 per month. While Google Stadia will eventually offer a ‘free’ tier, it’s currently available only if you plunk down £119 (go to then pay £8.99 per month for a Stadia Pro subscription. That Pro subscription gives you access to Destiny 2 and a couple of other games, but you’ll need to pay full price to stream any other titles in Stadia’s paltry library. Even if…