Tech Advisor December 2018

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

1 min
next windows 10 update out in october

We now know when the next Windows 10 update is coming, and if you forget, it’s right there in the name. Microsoft’s autumn update to Windows 10 is known as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. At the time of writing, it was expected to be a collection of improvements and updates, rather than any earth-shattering new features. Microsoft made the announcement at this year’s IFA show in Berlin. The build cycle for the October 2018 Update, also known as Redstone 5, is wrapping up. While at the time of writing it’s not known what the final build will be, Microsoft typically issues several rounds of bug fixes before settling on a ‘final’ build that it decides to push to consumers. As for the date consumers will receive it? That’s still unknown.…

9 min
everything announced at apple’s september event

It’s that time of year again. Time for Apple to unveil its latest iPhones and get us all excited about the steady march of technological progress. This year, Apple had plenty to cover. There are three new iPhones, all of them with the powerful A12 Bionic processor and TrueDepth camera and Face ID system that was previously exclusive to the £1,000 iPhone X. There’s also a hot new Apple Watch Series 4. Over the following pages we round up all the major announcements made at its September event. Apple Watch Series 4 When Apple introduced the new Series 4 Apple Watch, it said: “Everything about it has been redesigned and re-engineered.” And truly, this is the first Apple Watch to have major, obvious design changes rather than the minor tweaks we’ve seen in…

7 min
lenovo miix 630

Price: To be confirmed The Lenovo Miix 630 two-in-one is one of the first three Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor – rather than an Intel chip. The HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo released earlier this year, but Lenovo has waited a little longer to release the Miix 630. The upshot of using the Qualcomm chip is that the Miix 630 enjoys always-on LTE connectivity along with a mammoth battery life of 20 hours – though can the Snapdragon power a Windows 10 laptop as smoothly as it does a flagship phone? Read on to find out. Price and availability The Miix 630 is on sale now in the US, where it costs $899 (around £685). That’s just over £300 less than the £999 HP Envy x2, but slightly more…

10 min
hp envy 13 (2018)

Price: £849 inc VAT from The Envy 13 is one of the best laptops around if you like the idea of a MacBook or Dell XPS 13, but can’t stomach the expense. A few small compromises, such as a dimmer screen, minor flexing and a slightly oversensitive trackpad, have been made, but the price and design are spot-on, and the GeForce MX150 GPU plays games better than many Ultrabooks twice the price. Price Our review unit is the version we’re keenest to recommend – ah0001na. It has a Core i5 8th Gen Intel CPU, 256GB SSD, GeForce MX150 graphics and 8GB RAM. It costs £849. Jumping to £1,099 nets you an upgrade to a 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM and a Core i7 CPU. You lose that sub-£800 value appeal, but the price is…

10 min
sony xperia xz3

Price: £699 inc VAT from Just six months after the Xperia XZ2 introduced the new Sony smartphone look, the XZ3 refines it by adding a curved edged, curved corner OLED display that borrows from Sony’s Bravia TV range. This is the best-looking Sony phone for some time, looking equal parts Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy S9, but with a unique glass back that you’ll either love or hate. We still aren’t sure it does enough for us to recommend it over those phones though, despite its high points. But all credit to Sony, it has made a beautiful piece of phone hardware at a reasonable flagship price and improved in key areas. If you like where it’s coming from, this could be the phone for you. Design While the XZ3 retains the style of…

7 min
huawei mate 20 lite

Price: £379 inc VAT from With Huawei fans eagerly awaiting the launch of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the company has whet their appetites with the Mate 20 Lite, the cheapest member of the new line. It’s a slightly odd strategy, but one that probably serves the Mate 20 Lite itself well, as it’s freed from comparisons to faster (and pricier) siblings and instead gets its own time in the spotlight. That doesn’t save the phone from comparisons to the rest of the mid-range market though, and the Mate 20 Lite can’t quite keep up with the competition. Design Following on from the P20, it’s no surprise to see that the Mate 20 Lite boasts a big, notched display, though it’s actually a slightly wider notch, a necessary change to cram…