Tech Advisor January 2021

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.

United Kingdom
IDG Communications - UK
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the first foldable pc is here: lenovo thinkpad x1 fold available to order

The first foldable PC, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, is available to pre-order from It’s due to ship in November with prices starting at £2,429. Perhaps not too much to ask for the right to be among the first – and the ThinkPad X1 Fold is really a long list of firsts. We’ll highlight just some of them here, and list the specifications at the end. Who needs a folding PC? You would be natural to question the need for it at a time when we aren’t travelling much. However, even in our current situation, we are experiencing the need for greater versatility in our PC choices – something that will work if our ‘office space’ has us perched on a bar stool at a kitchen counter or exiled to…

5 min
microsoft refreshes surface pro x tablet

Microsoft is taking the unusual step of refreshing its existing Surface Pro X tablet line-up by adding premium options built upon a second-generation Microsoft SQ2 ARM processor. In addition, Microsoft has reworked some of its key applications, delivering more performance and longer battery life on Windows on ARM. Microsoft’s SQ2 will be featured in the new, high-end Surface Pro X options. Besides the new CPU, there are no significant changes to the Surface Pro X design, save for new cosmetic options: a new Platinum finish, and three new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboards in Platinum, Ice Blue and Poppy Red. Microsoft’s nifty, rechargeable Surface Slim Pen, which resides within the Signature Keyboard’s cubby, will still be sold separately. The Slim Pen and the Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard are currently bundled together…

5 min
microsoft debuts the 12in surface laptop go

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop Go finally looks like the Surface that everyone can buy. It’s a smaller 12.5in notebook PC that retains the high points of the Surface line-up, at just £549 from Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop Go fits within the niche between the 10.5in Surface Go 2 tablet, and the 13in versions of the Surface Laptop 3. Inside lies a 10th-gen Core chip, though Microsoft has made some compromises, too: a return to Windows 10 S and a display that doesn’t quite reach 1080p resolution. We haven’t seen this product in person yet, but we already have a lot of information about it. Keep reading to learn more about this affordable Surface. SPECIFICATIONS • 12.45in (1,536x1,024; 148 ppi) multitouch PixelSense display• Windows 10 Home in S Mode• Core i5-1035G1 CPU•…

5 min
amd says the zen 3-based ryzen 9 is the ‘world’s best gaming cpu’

AMD’s highly anticipated Zen 3 made its debut last month with four new Ryzen 5000 CPUs that aim to snatch the gaming crown from Intel. You won’t even have to wait that long, as AMD said the AM4-based CPUs would all go on sale on 5 November. The four models released are: Ryzen 9 5950X: 16 cores, 32 threads, 4.9GHz boost, 3.4GHz base, 105-watt TDP, $799 (around £603) Ryzen 9 5900X: 12 cores, 24 threads, 4.8GHz boost, 3.8GHz base, 105-watt TDP, $549 (around £414) Ryzen 7 5800X: 8 cores, 16 threads, 4.7GHz boost, 3.8GHz base, 105-watt TDP, $449 (around £339) Ryzen 5 5600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, 4.6GHz boost, 3.7GHz base, 65-watt TDP, $299 (around £172) At the time of writing UK prices had not been confirmed. Although the chips are built on…

3 min
intel confirms 11th-gen ‘rocket lake’ desktop chips will ship in q1 2021

Intel has confirmed that its 11th-gen next-generation desktop processor, Rocket Lake, will ship during the first quarter of 2021, and with PCI Express 4.0, to boot. John Bonini, Intel’s vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group for Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, confirmed Rocket Lake’s existence and shipping date in a company blog post. “I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0,” he wrote. “It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned.” Rocket Lake is said to be yet another holdover of Intel’s legacy 14nm process,…

5 min
google’s pixel 5 offers a new definition of ‘flagship’ smartphone

The Pixel 5 arrived at Google’s recent Launch Night In event, a few weeks earlier than expected in a year when the pandemic is delaying smartphone launches left and right. But the September launch isn’t the only thing that’s different. With the Pixel 5, Google is redefining what it means to be a flagship phone. This latest iteration isn’t the most premium and definitely not the most expensive. But it is the most Google-y, and perhaps that’s exactly what Google intended. A FLAGSHIP THAT ISN’T PREMIUM The Pixel 5 goes against the ‘flagship phone’ trend in some fundamental ways. It’s cheaper than the Pixel 4. It’s even missing some of the next-gen features that made the Pixel 4 interesting. It has the same Snapdragon 765G processor that’s in the LG Velvet and…