Tech Advisor April 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.

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12 期号


microsoft launches surface pro 7+ with tiger lake and lte options

Microsoft has unexpectedly launched the Surface Pro 7+, a refreshed Surface Pro tablet with Intel’s 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake’ processors inside, LTE options and the removable SSD that Microsoft first introduced with the Surface Pro X. Prices begin at £909. Adding the LTE Advanced option essentially tacks on a substantial premium, with the option only available on more powerful configurations whose price begins at £1,129. Neither price factors in a Signature Type Keyboard and Surface Pen, which cost about £149 and £99, respectively. Matte black and platinum colour options are available. The Surface Pro 7+ name is appropriate, as the Surface Pro 7 included Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake processors but was otherwise just a spec bump from its predecessor. With the Surface Pro 7+, Microsoft is not only upgrading the internal components, but…

amd ceo lisa su talks chip shortages, apple m1, gpu prices and tariffs

If you’re still smarting from the inability to buy AMD’s fantastic Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 GPUs many months after their release, CEO Lisa Su feels your pain but says more products are on the way. “I do want to be very specific, and the main thing I want to say to our fans and enthusiasts is: I get it, I completely understand that there’s a huge desire for more Ryzen 5000 and Radeon 6000 graphics cards,” Su responded during a recent press briefing when asked what she would say to her exasperated customers. Her talk addressed supply issues, Apple’s M1 chip, the impact of tariffs, and whether 16-cores was the limit for consumers. Although AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips have succeeded in kicking Intel’s Core CPU in the shins, and…

the most intriguing and innovative pc hardware

CES 2021 was virtual, but the parade of PC hardware went on regardless. Big names AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all made splashy announcements, and PC manufacturers followed in their wake with new products, many coming soon. No time to sift through all our CES coverage? No problem. Read on for our Best of CES picks – the most intriguing and innovative products we saw. AMD RYZEN 5000 MOBILE Last year you couldn’t find a high-end gaming laptop with a Ryzen CPU In it to save your life. This year the tables are turning, with probably a dozen different designs announced or in the works. That should confirm the confidence laptop makers have in AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Mobile, based on the award-winning Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 desktop chip. While we don’t have independent testing yet,…

6 innovations that pushed laptops forward at ces

CES 2021 may have been virtual, but the event still offered up a trove of PC innovations, and that goes doubly so in the mobile space. Intel, AMD and Nvidia all announced new laptop CPUs or GPUs, which in turn unleashed new generation of cutting-edge notebooks from every major vendor. We’ve already covered our favourite PC hardware announcements on page 11. Beyond specific products, we wanted to highlight some of the most fascinating laptop advances on display during the show. We didn’t see as many wild-and-crazy concept PCs as we normally do at CES – chalk it up to the difficulties of the past year. Nonetheless, several features and trends point to a bright future for notebook buyers, especially if you’re in the market for a gaming PC, as so many…

the smart home products that caught our attention

If you think judging a product based on what you can see and hear in a jam-packed and noisy convention centre is hard, imagine doing it over a Zoom connection. That being said, these smart home and home entertainment products impressed us despite the limitations of the venue. CHAMBERLAIN MYQ PET PORTAL Wait, three thousand bucks (around £2,200) for a doggie door? You heard right, but Chamberlain’s myQ Pet Portal (pictured) is no cut-rate plastic flap. Rather than a standard pet door that you install in an existing door, the myQ Pet Portal arrives pre-installed in an exterior door manufactured by the doormaking artisans at Kolbe Windows and Doors. The Pet Portal itself boasts doors that slide open like an elevator, while a camera, microphone and speaker sit in a square situated…

samsung’s new galaxy s21 line-up chooses refinement over reinvention

Last year’s Galaxy S20 line-up was such a massive change that Samsung introduced a new naming scheme to hammer home how consequential the upgrade was. This year, the Galaxy S21 series refines that vision at much lower prices. Samsung has launched three Galaxy S21 models in very similar sizes. The S21 and S21+ have 6.2- and 6.7in screens like their S20 predecessors, while the S21 Ultra is slightly smaller, 6.8 inches versus the S20 Ultra’s 6.9in screen. The top and bottom bezels are a bit slimmer as well to create a near-all-screen look, but all three models are essentially the same size as last year’s. Galaxy S21 S21: 151.7x71.2x7.9mm S21+: 161.5x75.6x7.8mm S21 Ultra: 165.1x75.6x8.9mm Galaxy S20 S20: 151.7x69.1x7.9mm S20+: 161.9x73.7x7.8mm S20 Ultra: 166.9x76x8.8mm They also weigh quite a bit more than last year’s models, even the S21, which is made…