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HP shows off new desktop portfolio

HP has unveiled its next-generation HP EliteDesk 800 and ProDesk 600 and 400 series desktop computers. The new portfolio is designed to power flexible workspaces and to take on modern workloads, with 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors across a broad set of form factors.

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Building on its desktop innovation momentum with the previously announced HP EliteOne 800 G5 All-in-One with optional HP Sure View technology, and the HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini, HP has launched new computers with 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors.

The portfolio includes HP Sure Sense while harnessing HP’s award-winning security and manageability innovations. HP is also bringing premium features to mainstream form factors to adapt to the changing needs of growing business. A prime example is the addition of touch to the 400 series all-in-ones. HP’s 5th generation Desktop Mini lineup is now updated with optional USB-C with 100W Power Delivery choice. This creates a single cable option for power and video to a display and pairs well with the HP Mini-in-One 23.8-inch Display.

HP provided the following information on its new G5 and G6 series desktop portfolio includes:

  • The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Tower, delivers power, expandability, security, and VR-readiness.
  • The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Small Form Factor, offers big performance in a small footprint, designed for modern workspaces.
  • The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Desktop Mini, with single cable connectivity, creates workspaces clean of cords and can be deployed with the HP Mini-in-One or alongside HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor.
  • The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Small Form Factor, features a space-saving design with flexible connectivity.
  • The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Micro Tower, offers powerful options and built for expandability.
  • The HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-inch All-in-One, boasts a beautiful, sleek design with a micro-edge display and is built for collaboration while offering versatility and performance.
  • The HP ProDesk 400 G6 Small Form Factor, designed to create efficient workspaces with productivity, connectivity, security, and reliability built-in.
  • The HP ProDesk 400 G6 Micro Tower, allows users to experience efficiency and power in a mainstream, compact tower, with the latest in performance.
  • The HP ProOne 400 G5 20.0-inch and 23.8-inch All-In-One, communication hubs and designed for small businesses and versatile work environments, now with touch displays.

Pricing and Availability: HP Commercial devices will be available in South Africa from July 2019.

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IFA 2019: Dell puts 10th gen Intel Core in laptops

Ahead of IFA, Dell has announced its consumer portfolio with new form factors and the addition of 10th Gen Intel Core processors to its current XPS and Inspiron portfolio. It is likely that the devices will go on display at IFA 2019 in Berlin at the beginning of September.

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Dell says its latest consumer portfolio refresh can deliver performance gains needed for compute-intensive, demanding, multi-thread workloads, while still handling 4K content efficiently. In doing so, Dell says it gives heavyweight performance in a thin, light and portable design.

XPS 13

The refreshed XPS 13 will be available in the USA on 27 August, along with some of the models housing Intel 10th Gen Core U series processors, while i7 hexacore models will be available in October.

With the new Killer AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, wireless connectivity is three times as fast as the previous generation. Along with Dell CinemaColor, Dolby Vision and an optional 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 will remain eye candy for those glued to their screen. 

The XPS will be available with either Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the latter serving as the foundation of the XPS 13 developer edition, now in its 9th generation. Ubuntu versions also mean lower cost due to not having to pay for Windows bundled with the computer. 

Inspiron 14 7000

With the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, Dell says it is putting premium materials and performance to its Inspiron line with the introduction of the new Inspiron 14 7000 ultralight laptops. Weighing under 1.1 kg, this impressively portable design was achieved through introducing a lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy chassis.

It features a new lid-open sensor, Connected Modern Standby and fingerprint reader built into the power button. The system signs on securely and starts in a flash. The stylish laptop features all-around narrow borders with 100% sRGB colour coverage, great for mobile multitasking.

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Acer’s latest Chromebook means serious business

The latest Acer Chromebooks for business have arrived in South Africa. BRYAN TURNER reviewed the Acer Chromebook 715.

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The Chromebook market has been perceived as very consumer-focused, until the recent introduction of management tools for Chrome OS.

To complement these corporate management tools, Acer has released the Chromebook 715, aimed at the business person that works in the cloud, in South Africa.

The unit we reviewed contained an Intel Core i5-8250U, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. All of this was housed in a sturdy aluminium body. 

On the left side, the computer features a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, a standard USB Type-A port, and a headphone jack, while on the right it has a Kensington Lock, another USB Type-C port just for connectivity and a microSD card slot. 

When open, the narrow bezelled 15.6″-inch display has a Full HD resolution for crisp lettering in documents. The wide colour gamut also ensures that colours are accurately represented on screen. 

The keyboard features a first for Chromebooks: a num-pad. This is especially useful for those working with spreadsheets on Google Sheets or Excel Online, or accountants working in web apps like Xero.

The overall design of this computer shows the professional look Acer was going for with a business-facing Chromebook. It has a grey aluminium body, which looks heavy, but comes to a mere 1.8kg. It’s much lighter than it looks for an almost 16″ laptop.

The performance is great and switching between web apps is fast. This is thanks to the embedded i5 processor, which doesn’t make as much of a noise as its Windows counterparts.

The computer isn’t for the “slashie”: those who run their personal and business lives on the same device. As a result, games don’t run on the computer because it doesn’t run applications. This asserts the device’s status as a purely business-focused device.

Apart from the hardware features, the computer is handled via the lightweight Chrome OS. 

Chrome OS is Google’s answer for those who only work with web apps, and don’t want their computer’s performance hindered by unnecessary apps. With the increasing power offered from web apps, the computer application as we know is likely to disappear eventually. 

With Google’s Apps for Work platform, the Chromebook lends itself to the same admin management tools that exist on other platforms. 
The integrated 45 Wh battery may seem small but operates for around 9 hours, thanks to the lightweight software and good battery management.  

Overall, for those who want a no-nonsense approach to computing, the Acer Chromebook 715 may be their best next device. However, its pricing at R7,999 may deter those who would expect to pay less.

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