VAIO has announced the SX12, a laptop with a 12.5-inch screen and more I/O options than many far heftier machines. It’s the follow-up to the S11, and features much more efficient use of space with a larger screen and keycaps in about the same size body.
Just look at everything you can plug in! That’s three USB-A ports, one USB-C for charging, HDMI, a full-size SD card slot, a headphone/mic port, an Ethernet port, and even VGA. The keys now stretch to the edge of the laptop, and the bezels have been slimmed down. The SX12 uses Intel 8th Gen quad-core Core i5 or i7 processors and have an optional LTE module. It weighs 888 grams, or a little under two pounds.
The Verge recently reviewed VAIO’s SX14, which this is basically a smaller variant of. We found that it was a practical, lightweight machine with a comfortable keyboard and strong performance. The cramped trackpad and underwhelming battery life were downsides, and you might not expect those to improve in a smaller machine, but the trackpad doesn’t appear to have been shrunken any further at least.
The VAIO SX12 will go on sale in Japan this week, priced anywhere between 119,800 yen (~$1,100) to 216,800 yen (~$2,000) based on storage, color options, and processor. No word on a US release yet, but the S11 and SX14 made it over, so there’s a good chance that this one will follow.
In any case, it’s proof that you can make a thin and light laptop without sacrificing connectivity. Now how about a VAIO P resurrection?
WORLD’S FIRST DUAL-SCREEN GAMING LAPTOP
Today at the HP Gaming Festival in Beijing, the company unveiled a powerful lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming innovations, raising the bar for gaming experiences.
The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1 – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.
“Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with game-changing evolutionary and revolutionary products reflects the philosophy of reinvention at HP,” said Ravi Perumal, PS Category Manager, HP South Africa. “The OMEN brand continues to think big and OMEN X 2S is a prime example of how we are setting new standards and changing how a gaming laptop is used.
Laptops Designed for Next-Gen Gaming
As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1, the OMEN X 2Sshakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multitasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures the vision is centred and head movement more vertical than horizontal.
This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease3, up to a 28 per cent4 frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 per cent5 faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.
The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 per cent and 18 per cent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.
All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 for the OMEN 17 and feature Max-Q6design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 high-performance mobile processor7, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo8, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.
Take advantage of the latest in storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel® Optane™ Memory9 H10 with Solid State Storage10. The new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds up the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac)11. Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate12 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.
OMEN Command Center Updates
Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.
Play at the Speed of Esports
Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25and OMEN X 25f*13 displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® and AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™14technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates12 to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.
Forget about foldable phones: Here’s the first foldable PC
Part of Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 line of PCs, the device features a 13.3-inch LG-made OLED display with 2K resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. Because the device folds inwards, you theoretically don’t have to worry about the display getting scuffed in your bag.
That said, the quality of the display is the larger concern. Based on impressions from outlets that went hands-on with a functional prototype, the display was dim and had poor viewing angles. Keep in mind that it’s unfinished hardware — Lenovo hopes to launch its foldable PC some time in 2020.
Continuing with the hardware, Lenovo said an Intel processor powers the foldable PC. The company is aiming for a full day of use, with planned support for cellular data. Additionally, the device comes bundled with a Wacom pen and separate keyboard to improve productivity.
As promising as the hardware is, the Galaxy Fold reminded us that foldable devices are still in their infancy. Lenovo told The Verge that it’s working to avoid the Galaxy Fold’s issues. The company is also doubling the testing on its device’s hinge to ensure functionality and reliability.
Software is a different story. Even though the device currently being shown off to press runs Windows 10, Lenovo said the final version won’t run Microsoft’s OS. That opens up more possibilities for software to better take advantage of the foldable PC’s unique form-factor.
Lenovo didn’t talk pricing or exact availability, but don’t expect the foldable PC to come cheap. The Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980, so a price above $2,000 isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Windows 10 Pro 1903 still comes with crapware by default
When you install Windows 10 from scratch, some Universal Platform applications do get installed by default or at least linked in the Start Menu. That’s true for Windows 10 Home, Pro and even Enterprise.
Microsoft has been criticized in the past for pushing games to newly installed Windows 10 Pro systems. We never got an official explanation why Candy Crush Saga, Seeker’s Notes, or Netflix on Pro systems.
Have things changed? Tero Alhonen suggested that they have. He posted a screenshot on Twitter that showed the Start Menu of a Home system installation of Windows 10 Home without Candy Crush Saga. His screenshot still showed other apps, Netflix and Spotify in particular.
Martin Geuss chimed in stating that he still saw games being listed in the Start Menu using the MSDN ISO of Windows 10 version 1903. Geuss installed Windows 10 Pro as well and it too listed several games in the Start menu on first start of the system.
Paul Thurott finally installed Windows 10 Pro and still got games installed; these were listed in a Play group on the system and no longer listed individually. Microsoft changed the layout of the Start Menu in the May 2019 Update, and that is probably the reason why.
Time to find out what is going on
I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 version 1903 on a test system and created a local account that I used to sign in. The Start menu of the operating system was divided into two groups of apps called Productivity and Explore.
Some options displayed just a download icon and the hover text “a great app is on its way” at first. It took a while for the apps to become available.
The Productivity group listed Office, Mail, Microsoft Edge, Photos, Weather, and a group with Outlook, Word, Excel, OneDrive, PowerPoint, and OneNote applications.
The Explore group listed the Microsoft Store, Spotify Music, Netflix, Microsoft News, Xing, and the Play group with Candy Crush Friends Saga, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Candy Crush Saga, March of Empires, Gardenscapes, and Seekers Notes.
Some games were not installed but did install as soon as you clicked on the icon in the Start menu.
Devices with Windows 10 Home or Pro installations will get games and other third-party applications regardless of the selected account type. The only exception to the rule is if the Pro version is domain joined; games won’t be listed in that case.
Enterprise and Education systems get only productivity apps, and there are mechanisms in place to turn these off as well.
There may be regional differences as well in regards to apps and games that do get installed on Windows 10 devices.
It is easy enough to remove these from Windows 10; just right-click on individual apps or games and select “unpin” or “uninstall” from the context menu. Windows 10 version 1903 comes with options to unpin an entire group of apps as well in the Start Menu by right-clicking on the group title.
I think that Pro systems should not come with games or entertainment apps by default, but that is just my opinion.
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Article Name: Windows 10 Pro 1903 still comes with crapware by default
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