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HP’s rolls out new Pavilion PCs

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HP has unveiled a new Pavilion PC portfolio featuring new convertibles and notebooks with sleek designs and more power.

The new portfolio, says HP, “lets customers reflect their sense of style and delivers the power they need to be productive and entertained at a price that delivers value”.

HP provided the following information:

Highlights:

·       HP Pavilion x360: Offered in five colours with a stylish new digital thread design on the keyboard deck, a 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal model joins the 11.6” (29.4cm) and 13.3” (33.7cm) diagonal platforms with a geared hinge inspired by the HP Spectre x360 to transition into four modes.

·       HP Pavilion: Features discrete graphics, five new colours, the iconic digital thread design and Intel RealSense Camera option for improved security with facial authentication with Windows Hello.

“Some customers want thin and light PCs for on-the-go while other customers want power and performance to create and store,” said Louis Perrin, director, consumer products, Personal Systems EMEA, HP Inc. “HP’s redesigned Pavilion PCs offer affordability and a variety of options for customers to get the functionality they need in a PC packed with style and personality.”

Performance with a Pop of Colour

The new HP Pavilion PCs feature updated designs with more colour options. Audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY and vibrant displays, including Full HD IPS options, provide an immersive computing experience. The new line-up also features the latest Intel or AMD processors and graphics.

To meet customers’ increased desire for more mobile solutions, the HP Pavilion convertible and notebook PCs are thinner and lighter than the previous generation. They feature Prismatic Lithium ion battery cells to maintain long battery life and offer HP Fast Charge, which can charge the PC up to 90 percent in 90 minutes even when powered off.

Versatility for On-the-Go Entertainment

For 2016, HP redesigned the HP Pavilion x360 to be sleek with audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY for on-the-go entertainment. HP added a new 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal model to the 11.6” (29.4cm) and 13.3” (33.7cm) diagonal HP Pavilion x360s which are 12-14 percent thinner with lighter designs compared to the previous generations with starting weights at 2.93lbs (1.33kg) and 3.48lbs (1.58kg) and profiles at 19.3mm and 19.8mm thin respectively. HP’s new 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360’s starting weight is 5.07lbs (2.3kg) and is 23.9mm thin. This year’s models feature a new digital thread pattern on the keyboard deck in a pearl colouring for added depth and style which now spans across the Pavilion convertible and notebook portfolios.

The Pavilion x360s are available in an assortment of colours including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple.

Other features include:

•          Up to nine hours and 15 minutes of battery life depending on model.

•          HD or option for Full HD IPS displays on the 13.3” and 15.6” diagonal models.

•          A full-size keyboard with an optional backlit keyboard on 13.3” and 15.6” versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience

•          Up to 12GB of memory with multiple large storage options (HDD/SSD/SSHD) depending on the model.

•          Choice of the latest Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium or up to 6th  Generation Intel Core i7 processors subject to model.

•          A full-size keyboard now offering optional backlit keyboard on 13.3” and 15.6” diagonal versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience.

Pavilion Laptops Deliver Style and Power

The new portfolio of Pavilion notebooks include 14” (35.5cm) and 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal Pavilion notebooks that are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter with a smaller footprint compared to the previous generation. The starting weight is 3.3lbs (1.49kg) and 4.26lbs (1.93kg) with thin profiles at 19.5mm and 22.5mm, for the 14” and 15.6” versions respectively. For creating and consuming media, HP is also offering more power and performance in 15.6” (39.6cm) and 17.3” (43.9cm) diagonal Pavilion models with starting weights at 4.62lbs (2.09kg) and 6.28lbs  (2.84kg) and 24.5mm and 29.9mm thin profiles, respectively. The new designs are offered in a variety of colour options including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Blizzard White, Onyx Black, Cardinal Red, Dragonfly Blue and Sport Purple with the new threaded design element on the keyboard and speakers.

Other features include:

•          6th generation Intel Core up to i7 processor options with optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics or 7th generation AMD A10-9600P Quad-Core processor with optional Radeon R7 Graphics on select models.

•          Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD or up to 2TB for single storage options or dual storage options with up to 2TB HDD and 128GB SSD on select models.

•          Optical disk drive for select Pavilion models.

•          Edge to edge HD or FHD IPS displays for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on model.

Enhancing the Desktop Experience

To further the desktop experience, HP is offering a new Pavilion 32” (81.2cm) Quad HD display with wide-viewing angles and 100 percent sRGB colour space that delivers true-to-life colour. Customers will also be able to conveniently connect to their devices with dual HDMI, DisplayPort and a USB hub. The HP Pavilion 32” also comes with AMD FreeSync technology, reducing image tears and stutters, smoothing choppy gameplay, and reducing mouse lag for an immersive gaming experience.

Pricing and Availability 

·       The 11.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €379.

·       The 13.3” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €699.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 14” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion with NVidia GTX Graphics solutions is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €799.

·       The 17.3” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €899.

·       The 32” diagonal HP Pavilion Display is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €479.

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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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