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Computer Shopper November 2019

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Computer Shopper is the essential monthly magazine that allows you to stay abreast of the latest news and releases in the world of technology. With more reviews, hands-on guides and features than any other tech monthly, you’ll be better informed by reading Computer Shopper.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
Back issues only
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome page

The Royal Society of Chemistry has been doing some digging (pardon the pun) into the rare elements mined from the depths of the Earth in order to manufacture our favourite technology products. And what it has found is alarming: natural resources of rare-earth elements such as indium, yttrium and tantalum – all crucial in making our mobile phones, tablets and computers – are set to run out within the next 100 years. More worrying, the research reveals that most of us leave old kit dotted around our homes, unwanted and unused. The Society is calling for better recycling facilities to ensure that these rare elements can be reused, rather than gather dust in a bottom drawer. If you want to do your bit for the environment by reusing rather than buying new…

1 min.
star letter

Guilty as charged Much as I, and I am sure other readers, appreciate your mobile phone reviews, there is frequently, probably invariably, one glaring omission from both the text and the specification box. For example, in Shopper 380, you review two expensive phones: the OnePlus 7 and the Sony Xperia 1. In neither case do you point out that these flagship phones lack wireless charging. As far as I am concerned, that is an Achilles heel for both. I suspect the same for anyone else who has become used to putting their phone down on a charging stand as soon as they get to the office or return home. Therefore, however good or bad, they would simply not get into a short list. If a smartphone fails a basic convenience test, who cares about…

4 min.

Size matters I am in the market for a new laptop, so when I saw your issue (Shopper 379) proclaiming the testing of 24 laptops, I bought it with great enthusiasm. Being an OAP, I am not in the market for a gaming machine, but neither am I a student on a tight budget. I am your ‘average’ consumer, looking for a sub-£1k clamshell-style with good specs for the price. Reading your reviews, I read all the technical data but found one important feature missing, namely the size of the screen. I became very excited when I read the review of the HP Envy 13, but once again that important measurement was missing. It was not until I turned to the table at the end of your review that I discovered that it only…

1 min.
in the next issue

Build your perfect PC Our step-by-step guide to building your own computer from scratch, with expert tweaks for specific uses, from multimedia editing to keeping to a budget Are we alone? How the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is using technology to discover other life forms in the universe, from radio telescopes to the Drake Equation Paper trail We put the latest and best printers to the test to find out which best suit your needs and wallet Cool customer We take you through how to measure, assess and upgrade your PC’s cooling to prevent overheating and temperature based slowdown COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 382 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 10th OCTOBER…

4 min.
dead ringer

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk UNCLE DOUG IS dead. There’s no doubt about it. I’ve just addressed the masses at his funeral, but I only did it because he made me. A while back, when he was still cracking jokes this side of the grave, he made me promise to deliver what he called his ‘urology’ when the time came. Well, the time came. And now it’s gone and went. Uncle Doug was 93, which is great. But he was the last of his generation whose family name I share. And that means I’m next in line, which is not great. There were three of us up there, addressing the congregation of munchkins below, and we three were a lot like Dorothy’s companions in The Wizard of Oz. There was…

4 min.
the crypto factor

Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk MOST OF THE emails I receive are extremely boring, so once in a while I check my spam folder for a bit of light relief. At the moment, there are lots of scammers offering me ways to make a fortune by investing in bitcoins – yeah, right. These are almost matched in number by those telling me they know my passwords and will lock down my machine if I don’t hand over the readies (in bitcoin format, natch). Alongside the spammers and the scammers, my more normal news feeds have big headlines about how bitcoin is heading for massive gains, having already tripled in value since the turn of the year. Bitcoin seems to be the season’s hot topic. So just what is bitcoin? A bitcoin is…