Windows http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows/videos en-SG Microsoft Surface Pro 3 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Microsoft cracked the hybrid nut at the third attempt? Why yes, yes it has </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s new Surface Pro 3 alone may not wreck its maker if it fails. But if it succeeds, it could be a welcome turning point for a company that&rsquo;s struggled for too long to out-innovate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google" target="_blank">Google</a>.</p> <p>While on paper the Pro 3 is a humble range-filler (it takes the vacant slot at the super-size end of the Surface spectrum), it has enjoyed the kind of hype usually reserved for game-changing products.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$1,108.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$1348 as tested, plus S$183 Type Cover </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstand and Type Cover now work a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> More powerful than a tablet, more flexible than a laptop </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The Surface Pen is superb </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many apps scale badly for the screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks pricey next to a laptop or tablet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery will drain fast if pushed very hard </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN: WHY DIDN&#039;T THEY DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After just a week with the Surface Pro 3, the&nbsp;Type Cover 3 and flexible kickstand had left us furious with Microsoft. But only because&nbsp;the changes they bring from the first and second generation Surface are so obvious that you wonder why they didn&rsquo;t happen earlier (don&#39;t worry if you own an earlier Surface - we&#39;re sure Microsoft has a letter of apology in the post...).</p> <p>In place of the two-stage kickstand debuted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a>, the support now bends almost all the way back, using a brand new hinge design.</p> <p>The Type Cover keyboard, meanwhile, can now be latched at its upper edge magnetically to the bottom of the SP3&#39;s screen, creating a rigid platform in place of the wobbly board that haunted previous Surfaces.</p> <p>Those two changes transform the Surface into a good laptop that will work almost everywhere. With the kickstand bent back to 120-130 degrees and the keyboard attached, it works as well as any conventional laptop if you spend your life with your legs crossed on the sofa.</p> <p>Tilt the kickstand back further to 140-150 degrees, and it&#39;s a perfectly-angled writing surface for use on a desk if you&rsquo;re taking notes. In fact, we couldn&#39;t find a scenario where the Surface Pro 3 borked: it now works, really well.</p> <p>The kickstand, in particular, is a minor engineering marvel. It retains the first two stages from the Surface 2; pull it away from the body, and there are two distinct locking points.</p> <p>But push gently beyond the second lock point, and it will bend back to almost 150 degrees. We&rsquo;re not irresponsible enough to give any view on the hinge&rsquo;s long-term durability, but we will say that it feels beautifully made, and operates with the same well-damped smoothness after a hard month of use as it did on the day of opening the box.</p> <p>The Type Cover 3, meanwhile, is a dramatic improvement over the Type Cover 2. The keyboard&rsquo;s now spacious enough for big, clumsy fingers, and at last the trackpad is of a size and sensitivity that make it a pleasure to use. One thing, though: the keys clack if you&rsquo;re typing in anger - but even then, the cheap-ish clack doesn&rsquo;t infer shoddy build.</p> <p>The kickstand and keyboard aren&#39;t the only changes for the better. Many (including us) found text too small on the 1920 x 1080 10in screen of the Surface 2 or Pro 2. So the switch to a 12in display at a rather unusual 2160 x 1440 resolution for the SP3 is welcome, as is the shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio. Somehow, the Pro 3 just looks and feels the right size (whatever that is), while its predecessors were too small to be taken that seriously.</p> <p>The SP3&#39;s now natural to use in portrait mode (a claim you could never make for the Surface 2), making it a great (albeit large) ebook reader (which was one of Microsoft&#39;s stated intents with the 3: make it feel as much as possible like a good paper notebook).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news" target="_blank">Apple updates all Retina MacBook Pro models</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The kickstand has morphed into something that&#039;s genuinely great" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-slant_0.JPG?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-19_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-6_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE: A GOOD LAPTOP, A BRILLIANT TABLET </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 will be available with a choice of Intel i3, i5 and i7 chips, 4GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.</p> <p>Whatever combo you go for, you&#39;re buying a ridiculously powerful tablet, and a decently meaty mid-range laptop - and you can be confident that even the lowliest spec won&rsquo;t be a slouch. Our Intel i5 / 4GB / 128GB model belted through just about every task we could hurl at it - Office, browsing, email, music and movies.</p> <p>That said, let&rsquo;s be clear on one thing - the SP3&rsquo;s no gaming rig. It will happily chomp through the lighter games you&#39;ll find in the Windows Store. But with only an Intel 4400 HD graphics chip on hand to push the pixels, it&#39;ll stammer to a halt if you fire up&nbsp;<em>Crysis</em>&nbsp;at max settings (at which point, you&rsquo;ll also discover how hot the top right hand edge of the unit can get).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet is official - and really, really powerful</a></strong></p> <p>Avoid giving it that kind of abuse, and the SP3 will run quiet and cool. We did find that the top right of the tablet (or top left, if you&#39;re holding it in portrait mode) is always slightly warm (we&#39;ll assume that&#39;s where the i5 is housed), but it&rsquo;s barely enough to register in normal use.</p> <p>So which spec should you go for? After a month with the 128GB i5, we wished we&#39;d chosen 8GB of RAM and the 256GB SSD.</p> <p>While 4GB of RAM will keep&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;running happily enough, the OS is happier with 6-8GB under the hood (and since the memory is soldered to the SP3&#39;s motherboard, you can&#39;t upgrade at a later date).</p> <p>As for wishing that we&rsquo;d gone for the 256GB hard drive, the Pro 3 has convinced us that it&rsquo;s more than a toy - it&#39;s easily flexible enough to be used day in, day out, with the result that we&rsquo;ve half filled the 128GB with our usual digital detritus.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a well-hidden microSD slot tucked into the back of the Surface&rsquo;s casing, enabling you to add up to 128GB of extra storage.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but as of now, you cannot install Windows Store games to an external drive - and with some of those games weighing in at over 1GB (<a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-sg/app/halo-spartan-assault/8fe2d694-baa2-4011-99c0-3a22216223bb" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em></a>&nbsp;is 1.6GB, for example), we&rsquo;d still spend the extra for the comfort of 256GB of onboard space.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you can stretch to it, the 8GB and 256GB SSD are worth it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-15_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for specific model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/mssg/en-sg/store/catalog/product/300530300" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3 Configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 12in LCD with 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2 ratio)</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel Core i5 (also available with i3 or i7)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel 4400 HD</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>&nbsp;- 8GB (also available with 4GB)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;- 128GB (also available with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB)</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>&nbsp;-None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;- 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, Mini DisplayPort</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>&nbsp;- 5MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;- 201 x 292 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>&nbsp;- 800g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE SCREEN: BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH - AND THE RIGHT RATIO, AT LAST </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pro 3&#39;s screen is stunning. Although it has fewer pixels per inch than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>&nbsp;(216ppi vs 264ppi), you&#39;d need comically good eyesight to find flaws with the 2160 x 1440 display. Everything&#39;s pin sharp.</p> <p>The 12in screen is also commendably natural in the way it renders colours: it&#39;s neither neutral to the point of being washed out, nor vivid in a way that&#39;ll give you a headache after an hour. It&#39;s just right.</p> <p>And Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight (just as well - the screen has a glossy coating that&rsquo;s quite reflective).</p> <p>Be aware that the driver for the Surface screen will only allow two resolutions - the native 2150 x1440, and a laughably old school 1024 x 768. Couple that with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1&rsquo;s</a>, er, &lsquo;interesting&rsquo; approach to DPI scaling, and be prepared to tweak before everything&rsquo;s to your liking.</p> <p>You should also know that quirks in that same DPI scaling can make life with an external monitor more arduous that it should be.</p> <p>Our SP3 hooks up every day to the HDMI input of a 23in Philips 1080p desktop monitor, via the Pro 3&rsquo;s mini display port. As regular as clockwork, we lose five minutes every morning to signing out and then in again once the Philips is connected, simply to re-scale the icons on the desktop. Annoying, and surely not that difficult for Microsoft to fix?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-9_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE PEN AND ONENOTE: THE PARTNERSHIP THAT MAKES THE PRODUCT? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thanks to the Surface Pro 3&#39;s new pen, Microsoft&#39;s note-taking, file-storing rival to Evernote gets a whole new leash of life.</p> <p>Prod the pen&#39;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#39;s asleep or awake. It&#39;s intended to allow you to get sudden ideas down quickly, and that&#39;s precisely what it does. Double-tap the same purple button, and it will give you the option to lasso a section of the screen for storing away into OneNote. Smart, and genuinely useful.</p> <p>Live with the SP3 for a bit, and the combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand. And you begin to appreciate that OneNote 2013 isn&#39;t that shoddy an application. It&#39;s great for taking and organising just about anything you throw at it, and the keyword search works a treat.</p> <p>OneNote&#39;s only hitch, in our humble opinion, is its tight integration with Outlook 2013 for task management. If Microsoft really wants to own the productivity game (and it does), it needs a task manager that can sync to the cloud and every other mobile platform.</p> <p>If you&#39;re still a desktop Outlook addict (there are some still out there&hellip; right?), you&#39;ll adore OneNote. But if you spend your days in one of the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-7" target="_blank">iOS</a>&nbsp;task managers, you&#39;ll find OneNote a bind. There are Microsoft-made OneNote apps for Android and iOS, sure, but they&#39;re no match for their Evernote equivalents.</p> <p>Out of the box, your Surface Pro 3 will come with a small pen holder that&#39;s meant to attach to the Type Cover. Bluntly, it doesn&#39;t work.</p> <p>After three or four days, we almost lost the pen after the tab holder detached itself without our noticing; the sticky part just isn&#39;t sticky enough to stay attached to the Type Cover, and a normal knock will send it flying.</p> <p>We&#39;ve taken to carrying the Surface pen around in a laptop case or shirt pocket. That guarantees that it will eventually go missing. Given how important the pen is to life with an SP3, Microsoft needs to come up with a more permanent, attractive solution - and fast (especially when&nbsp;<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/mssg/en-sg/store/catalog/product/300650900?WT.mc_id=rtm-Surface-Pen" target="_blank">a replacement from the Microsoft Store is S$73</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also advise that you find a reliable local stockist of AAAA batteries before you invest in an SP3; the Surface pen is powered by a single AAAA, and we chewed through the power of the battery that came in the box in about four weeks (so let&rsquo;s make that 12 batteries a year).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Phone Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-5_1.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Prod the pen&#039;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#039;s asleep or awake" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-14_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE: GREAT - AS LONG AS YOU’RE US… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Budget laptops are forgiven if they suffer from poor battery life. You know that you&rsquo;re compromising by spending the bare minimum, and most cheap 15in lappies aren&rsquo;t really built for an entire day away from a charging point.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 has no such excuses. Its entire appeal rests on its flexibility - one minute hammering through a PhotoShop file at your desk, the next reading a Nook book on the morning commute. For the whole concept to stack up, you mustn&rsquo;t feel nervous when taking it out for a day on the road.</p> <p>Microsoft claims up to nine hours from the Pro 3&rsquo;s lithium-ion battery &lsquo;while browsing the web&rsquo;, with careful warnings that your mileage may vary depending on your habits (and it&#39;s fair for Microsoft to hedge its bets here: a device as powerful as the Surface can indulge in some heavyweight, juice-sapping work).</p> <p>Our i5, 128GB model is good for a working day, although we confess that we&rsquo;ve yet to deliberately run it to red line.</p> <p>In one day last week, it was unplugged from charge at 7am, then pounded at a conference from 9.30am to 4pm, before taking care of email and transcription duties on the 30-minute train ride home. By the time we re-attached it to a charger at 5.30pm, it was showing 30%. We&rsquo;d call that good, by any standards.</p> <p>But then, we&rsquo;ve read enough forum posts from users suffering from disappointing SP3 battery life to feel blessed. What a forum post can&rsquo;t tell you, of course, is what use the poster is putting the Surface to. What we can say is that heavy use - particularly video streaming - has a very visible effect on the SP3&rsquo;s battery drain.</p> <p>By the way, brownie points go to Microsoft for the design of the power supply. Too many 11-13in laptops come with leads and blocks that weigh more than the thing they power - the Pro 3&rsquo;s is compact and light, and even includes a USB charging port in the power block.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How long you get from each charge depends hugely on how you use it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-18_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PROBLEMS: YEP, THERE ARE SOME </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since its launch in the US in late June, users began reporting problems with their Pro 3s waking from sleep, staying awake and suddenly freezing. There have been several firmware releases aimed at squishing the bugs (one of which takes a nail-gnawing 15-20 minutes to install).</p> <p>But we&rsquo;ve experienced none of the sleep or wake issues (bar one freeze that forced a hard shutdown - an update shortly after appears to have fixed it).</p> <p>However, we did fall foul of one of the other commonly reported issues: flaky wireless. The latest update (July 16) claims to have sorted it for good. That claim looks to be accurate: our SP3 will now happily tether to our HTC One M8 (impossible before the update), and connect to the 2.4GHz wireless in Stuff Towers without constantly dropping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) Review</a></strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s one other SP3 problem that Microsoft cannot fix alone (although with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;Update 2 coming down the tracks, they could sure as hell help).</p> <p>The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly - and as it stands today, some significant developers have yet to catch up.</p> <p>Until very recently, even Google Chrome looked awful at hi-dpi (the latest Chrome beta solves most of the issues).&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dashlane.com/" target="_blank">Dashlane</a>, a popular password manager, displays as a boil-washed version of itself. Evernote desktop is usable, but ruined by miniature icons and smaller-than-needs-be text.</p> <p>Developers are getting there, but we understand the Catch 22 from their point of view - it takes time and effort to make the software work well with high dpi displays, but the market for high-end PCs with displays that go beyond Full HD is hardly thriving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly, and some significant devs have yet to catch up" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-12_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 3 VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 is excellent.</p> <p>There, we said it. And with a straight face.</p> <p>At last, Microsoft has delivered on the promise of the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid. It proves Microsoft&#39;s argument that there&#39;s space in the world for a design that&#39;s more productive than an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note</a>, but easier to hump around than a traditional laptop.</p> <p>Would we buy one? Yes. We&rsquo;d avoid the 64GB and 512GB models (you&rsquo;ll either have no space left in a week, or regret paying the high price after a month). But put a 128GB or 256GB on the counter, and we&#39;d tap in a PIN code without a moment&#39;s hesitation.</p> <p>It would be daft not to point to the fact that the Windows Store still hasn&rsquo;t reached the heights of the Play Store or iTunes, but that&#39;s an issue that&#39;s at least somewhat mitigated by the fast that Pro lets you install practically any piece of PC software on the desktop side of the two-faced OS.</p> <p>Price still has to come into it. The i5 / 128GB SP3 above S$1500 asking price (with the Type Cover included) would buy an awful lot of Windows laptop, or a similarly-specced&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13in Macbook Air</a>&nbsp;with around S$200 change to spare.</p> <p>But the Pro 3&rsquo;s different enough to undermine absolutist comparisons: a chunk of that S$1500 is going on &lsquo;unusual&rsquo;, and we think that for many it will justify itself on that basis. And if you insist on like-for-likes, the fact is that the Pro 3 is as quick and capable as either a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 or a Macbook Air.</p> <p>At last, there&rsquo;s a Surface that&rsquo;s right.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Verdict: At last, there’s a Surface that’s right." alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-20_1.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Third times the charm - the Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid device that&#39;s right</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft finally gets it right with the third laptop/tablet hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29_0.jpg?1409279336" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review#comments Laptops Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440947 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-9-be-unveiled-30th-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New report claims Microsoft is “tentatively” planning a big OS reveal for next month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September?" alt="Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-logo_1.jpg?1408784675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you looking forward to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-9-be-revealed-april/news">Windows 9</a>? If so, you might not have too much longer to wait for your first real look at Microsoft&rsquo;s next version of the operating system.</p> <p>According to <em>The Verge</em>, &ldquo;sources familiar with Microsoft&rsquo;s plans&rdquo; claim that the company is &ldquo;tentatively&rdquo; planning a press event for 30th September, at which Windows 9 will get its big unveiling.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crossing the Threshold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new version of Windows is currently codenamed &ldquo;Threshold&rdquo; &ndash; it might not actually be called &ldquo;Windows 9&rdquo; at all &ndash; and will add a number of new features and UI changes: Microsoft&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news">Cortana</a> personal assistant will be included, the Charms bar will be going bye-bye and a new miniature Start Menu is set to be debuted.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been rumoured in the past that a preview version of Threshold would be made available to developers as early as October of this year, and that ties neatly in with a potential late September announcement. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6052807/windows-9-preview-press-event-september" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news">Rumour: Microsoft&#39;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 9 coming 30 September? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-9-be-unveiled-30th-september/news#comments Microsoft Windows Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:19:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1445683 at http://www.stuff.tv Parallels update is 50 per cent faster and integrated with OS X Yosemite http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/parallels-update-50-percent-faster-and-integrated-os-x-yosemite/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The run-Windows-apps-on-your-Mac software gets its tenth edition – and it’s available today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s Windows 8 running in Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="Here&#039;s Windows 8 running in Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/parallels.jpg?1408586150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to run Windows applications on your Mac? The go-to method for escaping &ndash; or at least side-stepping &ndash; Apple&rsquo;s walled garden over the past few years has been to install Parallels &ndash; and it&rsquo;s just been updated to its tenth edition.</p> <p>Parallels Desktop 10 features full support for Apple&rsquo;s upcoming Yosemite edition of OS X and like its predecessors doesn&rsquo;t require any fiddly dual-booting: it basically puts a virtual Windows machine inside your Mac.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only that, it also brings many Yosemite features to Windows and Windows apps, including iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing. It&rsquo;s also quicker and more efficient, according to its creators, with battery life on notebooks being extended by up to 30 percent, Windows documents opening up to 48 percent faster and around 10 percent less memory being used by its virtual machines. There are also a host of new Wizards to guide new users through the best way to set up their virtual machines and optimise their experience.</p> <p>Parallels Desktop 10 is available today for Mac users who already own Parallels 8 or 9 for S$58 (you can download it <a href="http://www.parallels.com/upgradepd10/" target="_blank">here</a>), and will be released to everybody else on 26 August priced at S$98 (S$58 for students).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature">Get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wy2-2VOhYFc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/parallels-update-50-percent-faster-and-integrated-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/parallels-update-50-percent-faster-and-integrated-os-x-yosemite/news#comments Mac OS X OS X Yosemite Windows Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:27:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445458 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch your back, Siri, Cortana's coming to Windows Threshold http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/watch-your-back-siri-cortanas-coming-windows-threshold/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s digital assistant seems set to become a useful app for the rest of us </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Watch your back, Siri, Cortana&#039;s coming to Windows Threshold" alt="Watch your back, Siri, Cortana&#039;s coming to Windows Threshold" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cortana.jpg?1407888504" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While whispers speak of Siri <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/siri-mac-outed-apple-patent-application/news">finally going the desktop route</a>, Microsoft might just be first at getting its digital assistant, Cortana, to the PC masses. Cortana is already present as a beta on Windows Phone 8.1 in the US, China, UK, India, Canada and Australia but having it present on the next Windows could prove a compelling feature.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The reincarnated, less annoying Clippy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there has been buzz that Cortana has been embdedded in the OS for some time, the latest news suggests that Cortana is at a stage where it&#39;s working fine enough to be granted a &#39;go&#39; in the next release.</p> <p>Unlike its Windows Phone counterpart, desktop Cortana will be an app that will come up when called allowing you to type in questions for it to answer. That unfortunately sounds quite a lot like the digital assistant we loved to hate: Clippy. But the app will not be as obtrustive as its predecessor and will not take up the entire screen like it does on the mobile. The clear distinction between how Windows Thresholdworks on PCs and how Windows will work on a phone is something Microsoft is starting to properly redefine again, which is a good thing.</p> <p>Cortana is important enough to Microsoft that the company has declared it will be updated at least twice a month and there has been buzz that people are trying to figure out how to get Cortana to work on other mobile platforms including iOS and Android.</p> <p>With the steady stream of news coming about Threshold, it&#39;s pretty much likely the preview release will come sooner than later.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/search/node/windows">Want to keep updated on more Windows news? Here&#39;s what you need to know.</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-threshold-cortana-makes-a-step-forward" target="_blank">Neowin</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Watch your back, Siri, Cortana&#039;s coming to Windows Threshold" alt="Watch your back, Siri, Cortana&#039;s coming to Windows Threshold" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cortana_2.jpg?1407888504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/watch-your-back-siri-cortanas-coming-windows-threshold/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/watch-your-back-siri-cortanas-coming-windows-threshold/news#comments Microsoft Windows Windows Phone 8.1 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:03:01 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1444624 at http://www.stuff.tv Goodbye Charms bar: Windows Treshold stripping away more Windows 8 UI elements http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/goodbye-charms-bar-windows-treshold-stripping-away-more-windows-8-ui-elements/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Much-derided Windows UI feature on its way out and it looks like Windows 9 will look a lot like Windows 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Goodbye Charms bar: Windows Treshold stripping away more Windows 8 UI elements" alt="Goodbye Charms bar: Windows Treshold stripping away more Windows 8 UI elements" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/charms_bar.jpg?1407394414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It looks like the next version of Windows will go back to the familiar if the latest reports are to be believed. ZDNet reported that the Charms bar will disappear from all devices, whether desktops or mobile.</p> <p>So far that&#39;s just another feature dropped after reports that the Metro UI styling will also soon disappear as Windows 9 seems to be going back to the past after someone finally got the &#39;if it ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it&#39; memo over at Redmond.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virtual desktops for the power users </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Slightly more exciting for the uber-Windows users is that Microsoft might have virtual desktops built into the OS. We&#39;re talking the ability to run clusters of apps on separate desktop making it a multitaskers wet dream. Apple and Linux have supported virtual desktops for quite a while now so Microsoft is playing catchup where this is concerned.</p> <p>As to when we&#39;ll see the new version of Windows, it is unlikely to be this year with most signs pointing to a Spring release for Microsoft&#39;s next stab at OS dominance. While it is unlikely Apple&#39;s OS X will take over thanks to the cost of Apple&#39;s proprietary hardware and the fiddly nature of Linux, Microsoft has to work hard to convince people to upgrade after the lacklustre response to Windows 8.</p> <p>If you&#39;d like to take the new OS for a spin, a Fall preview of the OS is likely which will allow users to get a feel of the new OS before it drops. With a lot of users still holding out on upgrading, clinging to (gasp) Microsoft XP or Windows 7 and even Vista, Microsoft really has to give its consumers more reason to upgrade than &#39;we&#39;re no longer supporting your old OS anymore&#39;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/search/node/windows">Get up to speed with the OS that like it or not is still king in the PC world</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-windows-threshold-expected-to-add-virtual-desktops-drop-charms-7000032401/">ZDnet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Goodbye Charms bar: Windows Treshold stripping away more Windows 8 UI elements" alt="Goodbye Charms bar: Windows Treshold stripping away more Windows 8 UI elements" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows%20start%20stuff.jpg?1407394414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/goodbye-charms-bar-windows-treshold-stripping-away-more-windows-8-ui-elements/news#comments Microsoft Windows Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:53:34 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1444245 at http://www.stuff.tv All versions of Microsoft Windows to become one http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;This isn&#039;t even my final form,&quot; says cross-platform operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." alt="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8-1.jpg?1406173105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is set to create a &quot;single converged operating system&quot; by merging its different versions of Windows into one.</p> <p>That means that instead of having separate teams working across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, there will be a single, unified version of Windows with a common architecture.</p> <p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the news during the company&#39;s quarterly earnings call, adding that the move will allow developers to create &quot;universal Windows apps&quot; that work across mobile, console and desktop versions of the OS.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news#comments Microsoft Windows Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443125 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Microsoft's upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russian leaker Wzor resurfaces, revealing tidbits about a major marketing drive and a new purchase method for the upcoming Windows version </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability" alt="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 avai" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows.jpeg?1404820738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might soon see the roll out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-9-threshold-looks-lot-windows-7/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows 9</a> in the coming months, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=29&amp;topic=7345&amp;start=2320#18" target="_blank">Russian leaker, Wzor</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fueling the rumour windmill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And if you try to run a single copy on multiple PCs, you&rsquo;re going to end up disappointed. Wzor said in the site (and in his own words) that you&rsquo;ll have to &ldquo;undork it in three days&rdquo; if you do so.</p> <p>But Microsoft has been very quiet about its future plans for Windows, unless you think the <a href="https://twitter.com/fxshaw/status/486180638869823488" target="_blank">tweet from Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw</a>&nbsp;that soon followed Wzor&#39;s post is meant to dismiss the rumour.&nbsp;&ldquo;Was there a &lsquo;crazy rumour day&rsquo; declaration that I missed,&rdquo; was the message he sent, without directly referring to any product or speculation in particular.</p> <p>But whatever the case may be, if Microsoft&rsquo;s busy building new mobile technologies, an updated OS might come hand-in-hand with these products.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-wants-you-group-apps-folders-your-windows-phones/news">Microsoft wants you to group apps in folders on your Windows Phones&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2451580/rumor-microsofts-windows-9-campaign-begins-this-fall.html" target="_blank">PCWorld</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability" alt="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 avai" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/w9.jpeg?1404820738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news#comments Microsoft Windows Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:54:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441366 at http://www.stuff.tv Want 10% off Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Read this if you’re a student http://www.stuff.tv/sg/want-10-microsoft-surface-pro-3-read-if-you-re-student/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll be saving at least S$100 to buy more accessories for the Windows 8.1 tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Want 10% off Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Read this if you’re a student" alt="Want 10% off Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Read this if you’re a student" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Surface%20Pro%203.jpg?1403796364" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a347cc10-d7be-f35a-0f3d-b5f18203fba6">Think Microsoft&rsquo;s Surface Pro 3 tablet is a little too pricey for you, especially if you&rsquo;re a struggling student? You&rsquo;re actually eligible for a 10% discount.</p> <p dir="ltr">This means you can shave at least S$100 off for the base Core i3 model (usual price S$1108) and nearly S$270 off the souped up Core i7 model (usual price S$2698).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a347cc10-d7b9-c96e-e100-46911b01413a">The upgraded docking station (which is also available for the previous Surface Pro 2 that didn&rsquo;t land in Singapore) got our attention. Priced at S$288, it adds three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports to complement the paltry single USB port on the Surface Pro 3.</p> <p dir="ltr">A mini-DisplayPort and audio ports are also included to hook the tablet to an external display or speaker, turning it into an almost full-fledged desktop system for gaming.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, it&rsquo;ll be a while more before you can get your hands on the docking station. While most of the Surface Pro 3 accessories will be launched alongside the tablet, the docking station will only be available after August.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="730" height="425" title="Docking Station for Surface Pro 3" alt="Want 10% off Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Read this if you’re a student" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/docking.jpg?1403796364" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/want-10-microsoft-surface-pro-3-read-if-you-re-student/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/want-10-microsoft-surface-pro-3-read-if-you-re-student/news#comments Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:29:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440197 at http://www.stuff.tv The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And you can expect the same for all future Android and Windows Phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" alt="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blue_0.jpg?1403258457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many new features that you might have been expecting in your next Android or Windows powered smartphones, but you probably didn&#39;t see this one coming.</p> <p>Google and Microsoft have divulged that both companies will add kill switches to their future Android and Windows phones, as well as in the upcoming versions of its mobile software.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is not a rumour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In confirming the move, Microsoft and Google have inked the deal with the New York Attorney General, which released a report of its &quot;Secure Our Smartphones&quot; initiative specifying the need for a kill switch to safeguard smartphones. &nbsp;</p> <p>Apple was cited as an example within the report, to attest that the feature actually works. Since Apple built the kill switch into its iPhones last year, the number of mugging incidents related to Apple products in New York City dipped by 19 per cent &ndash; according to the Attorney General.</p> <p>In comparison, Samsung, which didn&rsquo;t sport a kill switch then, had a 40 per cent rise in the number of devices pinched. Since then, Samsung&rsquo;s included a kill switch into its mobiles but no details have been revealed if the number of robberies decreased.</p> <p>When exactly Microsoft and Google will have these kill switch intact units ready is still unknown, but once they do rollout, you can be assured it&#39;ll be with your data safety in mind.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/android-windows-phone-to-add-kill-switch-to-thwart-theft/" target="_blank">Cnet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" alt="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rob.jpg?1403258457" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news#comments Android Google Microsoft Smartphones Windows Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:57:24 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439640 at http://www.stuff.tv Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad snobs won’t be the only people who get to access their PCs from their tablets anymore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" alt="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Parallels%20Access%20Main.jpg?1402977781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Apparently, Parallels has decided that there&rsquo;s a bigger world out there other than the horde of Apple and iDevice users. Case in point: its Parallels Access app which grants remote access to PCs and Macs is now available for Android devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The app creates a phone-friendly user interface (UI) rather than have you squint at an exact replica of your desktop UI. With Android devices, most of which have displays of at least 4.7-inches, this wouldn&rsquo;t be a huge problem. Not so for the iPhone&rsquo;s smaller 4in and below display.</p> <p dir="ltr">The update also adds new features for iOS users, one of which is a file browser app for easier access to your files. Android devices, in particular, will benefit from the app&rsquo;s ability to change screen resolution for the best fit. Regardless if your Android smartphone or tablet is using a 720p, 1080p or other odd screen resolutions, the app will find the best resolution for the reworked UI.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hardware requirements are pretty straightforward. For iOS users, you&rsquo;ll need iOS 7 to run Parallels Access, so that includes the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 2 and above, and iPhone 4s and later. Android 4.0 and above is required to run Parallels Access on Android devices.</p> <p>Pricing for Parallels Access starts from US$19.99 for one year or US$34.99 for two years. The subscription lets you access up to five remote computers (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, or a Mac running OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion) from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="680" height="425" title="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" alt="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Parallels%20Access.png?1402977781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Special discount for Parallels Access in Singapore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than sign up for Parallels Access online, there&rsquo;s a better deal if your purchase it from a retail store in Singapore. The box set costs S$25.90 and you get to use Parallels Access for 14 months. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/deal-week-get-14-month-subscription-parallels-access-s2590/news">Full details are included in this story</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news#comments Android iOS Mac OS X Smartphones Tablets Windows Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439334 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware Alpha Steam Machine: hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-alpha/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the first Steam Machine… except, erm, it runs Windows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware Alpha Steam Machine" alt="Alienware Alpha Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alienware-alpha-2.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the Steam Machines we&rsquo;ve had a look at (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature">and we have had a look at all of them</a>), the one that has us most interested is the Alienware Alpha. It&rsquo;s small, quiet and it looks like a console. It plays like one, too&hellip;<br />&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Windows, but you wouldn’t know it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Alienware Alpha is being produced to the strict corporate timeline of parent company Dell, the operating system it was supposed to be running and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news">controller it was supposed to use</a> are the work of the more enigmatic Valve, which sets vague release dates and then pushes them back while it makes things perfect - a concept known to impatient gamers as &quot;Valve Time&quot;. But Alienware is pressing on undeterred: the Alpha runs Windows, but with a heavily modified UI that boots you straight into Steam&rsquo;s Big Picture Mode. The interface we saw (and, regrettably, weren&rsquo;t allowed to take pictures of) was very simple, very controller-friendly and very console-like. It&rsquo;s a simple case of switch on and start playing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/half-life-3/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature">Valve headquarters is the coolest office in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While almost every other Steam Machine is just a gaming PC running Steam OS, the Alpha has some custom hardware to set it apart. The processor and memory are pretty conventional (and user-upgradeable, a major advantage over sealed-box consoles), with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU versions available. The graphics, however, are pushed by a custom-built GPU based on Nvidia&rsquo;s new Maxwell architecture. A console you can add more power to? Interesting.</p> <p>Because the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news">Steam Controller is delayed</a>, the Alpha comes with an Xbox 360 controller. We&rsquo;d have preferred an Xbox One controller, and in fact the Alpha will work with the Xbonepad, but you&rsquo;ll have to buy one. Or you could wait for the Steam controller, which will also work with the Alpha when it&rsquo;s released.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Alpha will work with Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam controllers" alt="The Alpha will work with Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam controllers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-3.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UI is very simple, fast and smooth, with none of the mucking about that normally precedes PC gaming. We played a number of different indie games, which Alienware tells us the Alpha is strongly aimed towards, and on the indies the experience was indistinguishable from another console. More surprising was the preview of <em>Dying Light</em>, which was obviously running at fairly high settings but didn&rsquo;t seem to be giving the Alpha any trouble at all. If you go for a specced-up Core i7 version, it looks like the Alpha will live up to Alienware&rsquo;s claims of running new triple-A titles in 1080p at high framerates.</p> <p>At a busy E3 booth it&rsquo;s hard to say just how quiet the Alpha is; we couldn&rsquo;t hear anything, but in your living room the experience may well differ.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s worth noting that if you&rsquo;re already a PC gamer, the Alpha supports Steam&rsquo;s in-home streaming, so if your monster PC is already running a pair of Titans, you can get the lowest-spec version and still use all the high-res texture packs in your PC-based purview.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review">Alienware X51 (2014) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware Alpha" alt="Alienware Alpha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-1_0.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware told us the Alpha will be released in &lsquo;the holidays this year&rsquo;, which means in time for Christmas. It&rsquo;ll be available in Europe at the same time as America, and it&rsquo;ll cost from US$549 (about S$687 at today&rsquo;s exchange rate). For PC gamers, indie fans and anyone who&rsquo;s still saving for a next-gen console, it could be very tempting indeed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware Alpha" alt="Alienware Alpha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-4.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-alpha/review#comments Alienware E3 2014 SteamOS Windows Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:14:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439326 at http://www.stuff.tv Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter project is totally rebuilding Google’s operating system for full-fat computers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet" alt="Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/console-os-bot.jpg?1402630767" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wondered what Android would look like as a full-on PC operating system? If Console OS reaches its full funding goal on Kickstarter, you may not have to wait long to find out.</p> <p>What creators Mobile Media Ventures want to do is to create an entirely new user experience for Android (much like, say, HTC&rsquo;s Sense does for HTC phones) designed with &ldquo;proper&rdquo; desktop and laptop computers (as well as Intel tablets, which only run Windows) in mind.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are homebrew Android platforms available, but according to Mobile Media Ventures none of them will run with the stability of Console OS. It doesn&rsquo;t even need a multi-touch screen to run &ndash; they&rsquo;ve built it to work with just mouse and keyboard input too. And you don&rsquo;t even have to install it on your computer&rsquo;s hard disk, because it can run entirely off an external USB hard drive.</p> <p>The Console OS campaign is seeking a total of US$50,000 in funding, and with 59 days to go looks set to do that. All you need to contribute if you want your own copy Pro copy of the platform is US$10, then wait for them to release it &ndash; December 2014 is the projected date for that.</p> <p>[Via <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mmv/console-os-dual-boot-android-remastered-for-the-pc">Kickstarter</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s5wbcGeJ9oI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news#comments Android Windows Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:06:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439023 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picky? You get five different ways to work this triple threat device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asustransformerbookv.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Asus Transformer Book V is all about options, being a three-in- one machine offering five modes of use and two operating systems at the same time.</p> <p class="p1">However, would forking over a sum of money be justified? Is it a jack-of-all-trades, or does it fall flat as a master of none? We find out in our brief time with the machine at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>&nbsp;by working out how this machine&#39;s unconventional form could unlock a world of convenience.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many-in-one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t let the numbers confuse you. The Transformer Book V runs two operating systems in five different modes - an Android laptop, tablet, phone, and also as a Windows 8.1 tablet and laptop.</p> <p class="p1">We see the arched eyebrow - how can a device run two operating systems? The Android-powered smartphone (unnamed as yet) slips neatly into the back of the Transformer Book V and brings up the Android home screen on your Windows-powered tablet screen. Take it full size and switch between operating systems as you fancy with a touch of the dedicated icon on the displays, or the button on your keyboard. Simple. There was no lag at all, but that might change if you load the devices up with content.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android in Windows" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android%20in%20windows.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Hey, where&#039;d Android go?" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="One button to switch them all" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/littleandroid.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So what? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Conveniences include discrete checking of your phone. When tablet and phone are joined and docked onto the keyboard, you only need to focus on one screen, instead of having to face up to the fact that you&#39;re obviously working as you constantly sneak peeks at your phone.</p> <p>Even when the phone&#39;s screen is minimised and you&#39;re checking your emails in laptop mode, if you receive a message, a notification will pop up and you can reply directly from the mode you&#39;re in. Same goes for calls - slip the phone out and take your call somewhere a little more private or use the speakers on the tablet to answer your call directly in laptop mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another massive advantage as far as we can tell is the copious amounts of storage you get with this device. The smartphone contains up to 64GB storage, with a microSD slot to boost storage up another 64GB. As for the tablet, it packs 128GB of storage, with the option of another 64GB via microSD, while the keyboard holds up to 1TB of memory, with a USB 3.0 and 2.0 slot to plug in your external hard drives. You don&#39;t even have to do the math to know that you could store a decade&#39;s worth of movies in this massive-brained device.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for charging, it&#39;s also a 3-in-1 experience. Just plug the charging cable into the tablet and all the devices drink their fill at the same time. Also, there&#39;s the added bonus of the entire device leveraging on the phone&#39;s speedy LTE abilities.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/asus-has-hand-its-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-computex-2014/news">Asus new Transformer Book V and Zenbook NX500 unveiled</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android and Windows identity crisis" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brains.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Looks awfully similar to the PadFone" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brainss.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 12.5in Transformer Book V may be plastic, but it&#39;s solidly built and feels good in the hand.&nbsp;At 1.75kg, it&#39;s portable and somehow keeps its form factor slim. &nbsp;</p> <p>The tablet attaches magnetically to the keyboard without nary a wobble sideways and gives great viewing angles on its HD IPS display even on the spotlit show floor. We&#39;d love to give it a good shake to see if it holds but there were too many ASUS executives hovering around for us to attempt the Great Shakedown unfortunately.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&#39;s tiny computer Edison gives an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="So thin, you can slice a cake with it" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/svelte.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Magnetised action" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hinge.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Final thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The ASUS executives were coy to give us the price point , but they did say it&rsquo;s supposed to be a mass market product, which means it should be affordably priced. The only detail they revealed was that it&rsquo;s going to cost less than if you were to buy a ZenFone 5 and a 2-in-1 separately.</p> <p class="p1">It sure is interesting, giving users new ways to use the device, but whether it&#39;s worth it all boils down to whether its price is way greater than the sum of its parts. The Asus Transformer Book V is due out in Q4 in black or white.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014">Computex 2014 - all the biggest news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature#comments Android Asus Computex 2014 Laptops Smartphones Tablets Windows Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:40:15 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438536 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware X51 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the refreshed version of our favourite gaming desktop have the might to take on a new generation of consoles? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware X51 review" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Alienware-X51-review-7.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A couple of years ago Alienware&rsquo;s X51 gaming PC had an easy ride. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were long in the tooth, and it was child&rsquo;s play for Alienware to assemble a gaming PC with lots more power.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$1,699.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good components </div> <div class="field-item even"> Winning performance:size ratio </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic for media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Draws lots of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> A bit loud </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Below-par accessories </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most console-like computer around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We still really like the X51&rsquo;s compact size and small footprint, and it looks good under a telly.</p> <p>There are of course smaller computers out there, but the Alienware is about as compact as they get while still leaving space for chunky, powerful graphics cards and optical drives. It&rsquo;s only fractionally bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, too, but its curvaceous design looks dated compared to the consoles&rsquo; newfound angularity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not the smallest PC around, but it&#039;s compact considering the components it&#039;s packing" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-1.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Locked and loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our sample is quite a high-end variant of the X51, shipped with the very latest Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics card, backed up with 8GB of memory and a 2TB hard drive.</p> <p>There are plenty of options for further upgrades when you purchase the computer, and you can always pop off the side and install your own components, which is a mega advantage over all consoles ever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The curvy X51 is looking a bit dated next to the angular new consoles" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-4.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 2014 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://www.dell.com/sg/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx" target="_blank">X51 configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English</a></p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i7-4770</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;AMD Radeon R9 270</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB Dual Channel DDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;2TB SATA 3Gb/s</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - DVD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI (x2), USB 3.0 (x8), Gigabit ethernet, coaxial, optical, analogue audio</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 343 x 95 x&nbsp;318mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 5.49kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packing a powerful punch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of that kit adds up to a rich gaming experience that is certainly on a par with the consoles. It runs <em>Battlefield 4</em> with most of the settings pumped up, and it maintains a decent 25 frames per second on bechmarking favourite <em>Metro: Last Light</em> at its most intense.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s capable of 4K gaming, too, although you might want a bigger, Titan-toting rig if you&#39;re really serious about pushing those numbers of pixels around at silky smooth frame rates. And bear in mind that it looks very unlikely either of the new consoles will ever offer 4K gaming.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to take over your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The X51 can be oriented vertically or horizontally" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-8.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the electricity bill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a rather big disadvantage to the X51&rsquo;s beefy components, especially the graphics card: they draw a heck of a lot of power. It idles happily at around 44 watts, but boot up a game and it drastically increases to 250 watts - 100 watts more than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> under full load. It also gets loud, but not deafeningly so.</p> <p>However, these are problems with the nature of PCs in general, and Alienware deserves kudos for creating a case that requires no cooling other than the CPU and graphics card heatsinks, and as a result this is still far quieter than your average gaming PC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not as quiet as one of the new consoles, but the X51is quieter than the average gaming PC" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-5.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every expense spared on the accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surprisingly Alienware still hasn&rsquo;t fully embraced living room computing, which is a little odd given Steam&rsquo;s leaps and bounds in becoming a TV-based gaming platform.</p> <p>Here you get a mouse and keyboard chucked in, but they&rsquo;re both wired and both pretty abysmal - the mouse especially is like something you&rsquo;d find in a cereal packet. A remote control would be a great addition here, as would a game pad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news" target="_blank">Hands-on with Valve&#39;s Steam Controller</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The bundled keyboard and mouse are wired and pretty naff. Budget for upgrades or a games controller" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-keyboard.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A media hoarder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It still functions really well as a media-centric PC, though, and it includes HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort outputs for connecting to a variety of displays, with optical and digital coaxial for audio.</p> <p>Alienware chucked in a 2TB hard drive for our sample (the base option is 1TB). It handles media utterly flawlessly, it&rsquo;s nigh-on silent when doing so, and the variety of media services available for the PC - including naughty ones - only add to its versatility. Take that, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steam Machine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The X51 more than meets the minimum requirements for Valve&rsquo;s gaming-dedicated Steam Machines, and its size and power make it perfect for HD gaming.</p> <p>However, it might be worth waiting to take a look at Alienware and iBuyPower&#39;s upcoming Steam Machines if a lounge-friendly gaming PC tickles your fancy. These lack optical drives so they&#39;re even tinier than the X51, and in theory they&#39;ll be cheaper because they won&rsquo;t need an extortionate Windows licence.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware&#039;s incoming X31 Steam Machine is smaller than the X51" alt="Alienware X31" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware%20x31.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance per pound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>X51 configurations start at S$1699, but the price varies based on your configuration. It&rsquo;s expensive compared to consoles, but PC games are generally far cheaper and ardent gamers will save cash in the long run - especially if they don&rsquo;t mind waiting for Steam&rsquo;s sales. In computing terms a souped-up gaming PC for around a grand has to be admired, too, especially given the small form factor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 (2014) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware hasn&rsquo;t changed a huge amount about the X51, but this is still the computer to get if you&rsquo;re not tempted by a console.</p> <p>The wee size matched with powerful components make it perfectly suited to the living room, and in terms of performance it&rsquo;s up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, but with the added flexibility of the PC as a platform. Steam Machines are going to liven this market up, but right now the X51 is the best balance of performance and size in the PC world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware X51 verdict" alt="Alienware X51" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-9.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not without its flaws, but the X51 remains the best balance of power and form currently available in PC land</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 (2014) review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not quite a Steam Machine, but close enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-1_0.jpg?1400553350" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review#comments Alienware Desktops Gaming Windows X51 Sat, 17 May 2014 12:01:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437446 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a sequel in the offing, it’s high time you revisited this 20-year-old point-and-click classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beneath-a-steel-sky-5.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you heard? Adventure games are back in fashion. In recent years, thoughtfully paced narrative-driven titles like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review" target="_blank"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> and <em>Heavy Rain</em> have revived interest in a genre that seemed to have all but died off in favour of twitchy shooters and action-focussed RPGs.
</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quirky humour and death round every corner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> was created by British developer Charles Cecil&rsquo;s Revolution Software. Cecil had already developed one successful point-and-click adventure (1992&rsquo;s <em>Lure of the Temptress</em>) and for his second he forged a creative partnership with legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons (best known for <em>Watchmen</em>). The result was a comic-book style cyberpunk adventure that manages to be sinister and humorous &ndash; and unmistakably British in that humour.</p> <p>Set in a dystopian, post-nuclear war Australia, the game sees protagonist Robert Foster (named after the lager) abducted from his outback tribe and stranded in Union City, a giant pollution-choked megalopolis controlled by an all-powerful and malignant computer called LINC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Much of the dialogue is voiced by actors" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-1.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The humour is distinctly British" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-6.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play it before the sequel arrives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Robert and his robot companion Joey progress through the game, you&rsquo;ll solve a series of puzzles (classic point-and-click stuff, but well-balanced so as not to be overly tricky), explore the vast city, meet a cast of intriguing and colourful characters and solve the mystery behind Robert&rsquo;s childhood as well as his relationship with LINC.</p> <p>Even 20 years on, <em>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> is compelling, diverting stuff, and with a sequel in the offing (Charles Cecil has spoken of developing that once his current adventure game, <em>Broken Sword: The Serpent&rsquo;s Curse</em>, is finished), there&rsquo;s never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with it &ndash; or to play it for the first time.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky#" target="_blank">Download Beneath a Steel Sky for free here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You might be seeing this death screen quite a lot" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-3.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The puzzles are tricky, but logical" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-4.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature#comments Free Game of the Week Gaming Mac OS X Windows Sun, 11 May 2014 08:40:56 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436925 at http://www.stuff.tv