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Tech Advisor January 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.

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16 min.
windows 10 fall creators update

Free for Windows 10 computers Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is what every sequel shoots for: bigger, better, more ambitious than the original. As it rolls out in phases, our review focuses on Windows’ big, risky bet on mixed reality, plus smarter investments in the pen, creative 3D apps, Edge, and even speech. A ton of practical, everyday additions won us over, including OneDrive placeholders and much longer battery life while watching movies. Taking a page from Apple’s playbook, Microsoft has also chosen to synchronize the Fall Creators Update with new hardware introductions. The upcoming Surface Book 2, mixed-reality devices from a handful of partners, the Harman/Kardon Invoke, and the Xbox One X populate a hardware/software ecosystem that’s a cohesive whole. If Microsoft wins its big bet on mixed reality, the…

7 min.
asus zenbook flip s ux370ua

£1,299 inc VAT from fave.co/2xjTf1r The ZenBook Flip S UX370UA is a premium 2-in-1 laptop. It follows the Flip UX360, which suffered from a highly reflective screen and too much keyboard flex. Asus has solved these issues in this new model, resulting in a laptop that feels much better-made. While many of you will be better off buying a non-hybrid laptop with a longer-lasting battery, the UX370UA is one of the best 2-in-1 options around. Design The UX370UA is one of the slimmest 2-in-1 laptops in the world – at just 10.9mm thick, it’s thinner than some tablets. A weight of 1.1kg is also exceptional for a 13.3in model. Carrying this laptop around is a dream. The look is, for the most part, typical of the ZenBook series. There’s a spun circular texture on…

11 min.
google pixel 2 xl

£799 inc VAT from fave.co/2yKBhqq Expectations were high for the second-generation Pixel phones, and Google hasn’t disappointed. This year’s flagship – the 2 XL – is better in almost every way, but it does come at a higher price. Price Prices of top-end phones have risen dramatically in the last year, and the Pixel 2 XL is more expensive than its predecessor. The base model – with 64GB of storage – costs £799, but you’ll pay £899 for the 128GB version. You can pre-order a Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse at tinyurl.com/y8536cve – it will arrive from 15 November. As with the original, there’s no microSD slot for expanding the storage of either model. You’ve got one other choice: colour. The Pixel 2 XL comes in Just Black or Black and White. If you want…

13 min.
iphone 8/8 plus

iPhone 8: £699 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/y8tmsvn2 iPhone 8 Plus: £799 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/y8tmsvn2 Apple releases a new iPhone every September, and it’s a given that it will be the best ever. But what do you do when the company announces not one, not two, but three new models? How do you rank them and decide which one is the actual best iPhone ever, especially when they don’t all go on sale at the same time? Because of this, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are at an unfair disadvantage right out of the gate. The iPhone X was announced at the same time and is the clear frontrunner when it comes to innovation – it has an all-new design with an edge-to-edge, bezel-less OLED display and a new Face ID technology…

15 min.
xiaomi mi mix 2

£427 inc VAT from fave.co/2yNdMNE Despite being introduced as a concept phone, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix was arguably the most interesting smartphone we saw in 2016. It was the phone that inspired Samsung, LG and Apple to feature 18:9 full-screen displays in their latest flagships, and it garnered so much attention in the consumer tech industry that today I have no fewer than six Chinese copycat phones sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed, all with the product name ‘Mix’. Producing a successor to that revolutionary handset was always going to be a tough job for Xiaomi, but in the Mi Mix 2 it has returned a gorgeous flagship that is more manageable in the hand and significantly faster. It also features the same primary camera as the company’s Mi6, which is…

10 min.
google home mini

£49 inc VAT from fave.co/2yKJ5IH If you’ve not decided what you want for Christmas this year, let us help you with that: a Google Home Mini. (Or multiple such devices if your loved ones are feeling generous.) Why? Because it’s awesome. We love the standard Google Home, but the Mini offers the same functionality at a fraction of the price. It offers a fraction of the audio quality, too, of course, but that doesn’t make us love it any less. Available now for £49 direct from Google or third-party vendors such as John Lewis, Currys, Argos and Maplin, Google Home Mini is sufficiently affordable to gift, and cheap enough that you can dip your toes into the new world of smart home voice assistants without a significant outlay. Better still, its £49 asking…