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REVIEW: HP Elitebook 1040 G4

Late in 2017 at its Reinvent event (HP’s largest global partner conference), the US-based company outlined its vision to design solutions for the way people now work and live, with the introduction of new premium laptops and all-in-ones, along with displays and accessories. Recognising the change of where and how business professionals operate (54 percent of work being done outside of the office), the fourth-generation Elitebook 1040 G4 laptop (starts at £1,179; £2,137 as tested, ex. VAT) is a 14-inch ultraportable with remote management and security designed to enable greater productivity beyond the office. Design & standout features As traditional boundaries between work and life blur, HP is focussed on designing customer experiences that allow users to seamlessly transition be......

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

Earlier in the year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell unveiled a suite of new products to address the myriad ways people play and work, including a 4K-enabled XPS 13 laptop, an XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop with a unique Radeon RX Vega M graphics chipset, and an updated Latitude portfolio that promises more productivity for mobile professionals. The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is Dell’s latest Surface Pro clone designed for business professionals looking for a secure, small-and-light laptop that offers dual functionality thanks to its detachable keyboard. Design Designed for the mobile workforce, Dell’s Latitude 5290 2-in-1 (starting at £1,205.36 ex. VAT) has been fully refreshed with the latest quad-core 8th-Gen Intel Core vPro 15W processors, delivering performance improvem......

REVIEW: Logitech BRIO 4K Pro Webcam

For any discerning business person wanting to communicate with colleagues or customers, it’s not good enough to make do with the web camera that comes built into an ageing laptop, or a cheap add-on to a desktop computer. In today’s business climate, image is everything and making a good impression drives sales. Will the Logitech BRIO (£199) help raise your game? Logitech has been making web cameras for over 20 years, so I have high hopes… What Is It And Who Is It For? The BRIO is a powerhouse web camera for business and home-office users, streamers, YouTubers, vloggers, and anyone else looking for a top-of-the-line web camera. It’s not cheap, but it comes packed with cutting-edge features including 4K Ultra HD video quality, HDR, 5X digital zoom, and support for Win......

REVIEW: HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2

HP’s EliteBook x360 1020 G2 is a super slick convertible laptop featuring 7th-generation Intel Core processor choices, impressive security options, and an ultra-bright 12.5-inch display (there’s also a 13.3-inch model). HP pitches it as the world’s thinnest and lightest business convertible. The downside to all this tech loveliness is a steep asking price that starts at £1,282 and raises to £2,122 – serious money for such a small machine that’s not quite the perfect package. Design The most striking feature of the EliteBook x360 1020 G2 is its svelte design. The machine weighs next to nothing at 1.13 kg and measures just 13.9mm thickness. But it’s still an enterprise-friendly computer that’s MIL-STD 810G tested for shock and drop resistance, among other things......

REVIEW: Wondershare Filmora 8.5

Wondershare Filmora is a really easy to use video-editing application that works on both PC and Mac (reviewed here). What makes the software stand out is its fuss-free interface and essential range of tools that make creating a good-looking video easy. There are way more powerful video-editing applications on the market, but these are more expensive and take a lot more time to master. Think of Filmora as the next step up from iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Video Editing Simplified The biggest advantage of Filmora is its intuitive design that makes it easy for anyone to become a good video editor. Beautifully presented with a simplified interface, the Mac version of the software I tested is the best looking video editing application I have ever used. Normally intimidated by an overburdened......

REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé X30

Last year Toshiba confirmed that while it’s stopping making PCs for European consumers – and indeed won’t be offering these outside of its home market of Japan – the company will continue to sell computers to businesses in Europe and the US. Its Portégé and Tecra laptop ranges fly the flag, so can the company’s latest ultraportable business workhorse compete against the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo or even Apple? What Is It And Who Is It For? The Portégé X30 (from £1,229) is one of the latest additions to Toshiba’s premium professional notebook range. As expected it comes in a sleek and lightweight magnesium chassis (316 x 227 x 16.4mm, 1.05kg) designed for frequent business travellers, yet offers the latest 7th Generation Intel Core U processors, runs Wind......

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 13 7000 (7370)

Laptops designed for everyday computing are two-a-penny (just pop into your local electronics retailer), but secure mobile computers designed for corporate workspaces are a different breed. Dell is one of a few computer manufacturers who knows the needs of business users really well (it’s been making laptops like this for over 20 years), and its new Latitude family gives users and IT managers pretty much everything they need. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATITUDE 7370 Taking a design cue from Dell’s attractive XPS line, the Latitude 7370 (from £1,439 ex. VAT) is one of thinnest and lightest (305 x 211 x 14.32mm, 1.12kg) business-class laptops on the market. But it’s not so dainty that you’ll worry about placing it down or scuffing its case. Its hard-wearing ......

REVIEW: Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB

If you asked them, most mobile phone and tablet users are probably dissatisfied with their mobile storage capacity. As consumption of video on smartphones and tablets continues to grow, we’re constantly looking for the best ways to get content to and from our mobile devices without eating up all of the data in our monthly service plans. Seagate may have the answer. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEAGATE WIRELESS PLUS The Seagate Wireless Plus is a mobile storage device designed to wirelessly stream content to up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for roughly 1,000 high-definition movies if you opt for the top-of-the-line 2TB version (£167) – 500GB and 1TB models are also available. And in case you’re wondering 2TB was, until recently, the largest capacity......

REVIEW: Smartway2

Some problems transcend both the size and type of business you’re in, such as managing meeting rooms and making sure mobile workers have a desk when needed. Tools are available to meet these needs, but Smartway2 comes at the problem from a slightly different angle, using the cloud to provide the necessary processing power and those staples of modern business life – the tablet and the smartphone – as the user interface. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SMARTWAY2 There’s a lot of things that you don’t need in order to use Smartway2, starting with on-premise software. That’s because the intelligence and processing power needed to keep on top of both meeting room and hot desk bookings is provided as a service via the cloud using software hosted on secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) s......

REVIEW: Alienware 18

With dual graphics, top-of-the-line processing power and an 18.4-inch full HD display, the Alienware 18 is one of the most complete gaming laptops on the market today. But power comes at a price, with the machine starting at £2,299 and maxing out just north of £2,548 (all prices include VAT). 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALIENWARE 18 The Alienware 18 is about as far removed from the current trend of thin and light laptops as you can get. Some might consider it the ugliest laptop they’ve ever seen, while others will salivate at the sci-fi inspired chassis and myriad of flashing lights. The overall design looks like an 1980’s throwback – there’s not a single piece of brushed aluminium in sight – and it weighs a back breaking 5.47kg, which is three times ......

REVIEW: Apple iPhone 6

Google’s Android mobile operating system looks unbeatable, due to its low-cost services and frequently updated software that remains attractive to hardware makers, operators and users worldwide. With iOS, Windows and BlackBerry all seeing a drop in market share, is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone still able to compete in an increasingly frugal marketplace? 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IPHONE 6 It’s tough being a mobile OS developer. According to Strategy Analytics, Android’s market share rose from 81.4 percent in Q3 2013 to 83.6 percent this year, while Apple’s market share fell year on year from 13.4 percent to 12.3 percent. Microsoft’s Windows Phone also had a rough quarter, claiming 3.3 percent of the smartphone market in Q3, down from 4.1 ......

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Tablets are a very popular personal viewing device for enjoying content at home and when travelling. They even run some great business software too, making them useful when there isn’t the need for the full functionality of a desktop PC or laptop. With the Galaxy Tab S (from £349), Samsung’s flagship Android-powered tablet sets the industry bar higher. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALAXY TAB S The Google Android 4.4 (Kitkat) powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available in a choice of two screen sizes (10.5- and 8.4-inch) and two colours (“Titanium Bronze” or “Dazzling White”). It also comes in a variety of connectivity options (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/LTE) and internal storage options (16- or 32GB). Should more storage be required at a later date, all models......