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  2. 1. Certain product lines within a brand may have better components, otherwise the only brand connection is the service footprint it has in your locality. 2. Product lines with better insides are Dell Alienware, Dell Precision, Dell XPS, Acer Nitro, Acer Preditor, ASUS ROG, HP Z series, HP Omen, Lenovo P series, Lenovo Y series, MSI Gaming series. Subjectively, I think the 3 Dell lines outshine the others by a hair or two... 3. Bloatware has no meaning for me since in most cases I would replace the boot drive of whatever new laptop I purchased with a Samsung 970 Pro NVMe and move the existing drive somewhere else. Some of the product lines listed above will ship with a top end Samsung NVMe in which case I would ZERO the drive with a low level utility so I could over-provision the spare flash cells and then clean install. 4. It may not be obvious at first, but even within a product line and certainly between manufacturers the "feel" of the keyboard can vary a lot. For me, the Dell XPS and the Acer Nitro models have outstanding keyboards but that is so so so subjective! So if you can, try to find a similar model in a giant electronics store and open a text editor and type on each for a few minutes. If the variation between laptops does not surprise you, I will be surprised!
  3. You know telemetry has been a part of Windows since at least XP. Yep, and no one wanted it even then! No one tossed such a big fit about it till Windows 10 though. And actually, while I agree to the option to have it on or not, some basic level of telemetry is needed or how will they know if a update breaks something? Or if some apps aren't working due to a API change or something? Or if some driver is the cause of a BSOD from a 3rd party hardware maker? I'm perfectly fine with MS collecting basic and anonymous error data so they can fix issues and know what's working and what's not. There should be an OFF switch though and it shouldn't be an OPT-OUT but an OPT-IN. Microsoft has no right to that data just because it would help them develop their product. That's not my problem, that's Microsoft's problem. Software licensing would say otherwise though. Is the PC yours? Sure, the hardware is, the OS, as per the license, isn't yours though, you've paid to use it but you don't own it. So from that legal standpoint they can have it opt-out and not opt-in or not allow you to fully turn it off, only have basic as the lowest setting. This is just nitpicking things, but the same applies to other devices and their software. You own your phone, you don't technically own the OS that it runs on. As we've just found out with Google and Huawei. And your phone is collecting at least double the info a Windows 10 device does, is any of that opt-in? Not from what I've seen.
  4. dipsylalapo

    Xbox Games with Gold & Deals with Gold: May 2019

    I swear we're the same person. I went through the same thought process when I was putting together this post. That's why I omitted it from by 'best of' list 😛
  5. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3131518/hp-omen-17-review-great-gaming-performance-at-a-great-price.html https://www.pcmag.com/review/348730/hp-omen-17 So, the HP Omen 17" sold with a 4K screen, a GTX 1070 and a i7 6700HQ at some point, and clearly @ranasrule found one... That laptop has some longevity legs! I have an older Alienware 17" with a beautiful FHD display and a Dell XPS 15 9550 with a 4K display. So after 2 years, a day does not go by where I don't pause for a second and marvel at that 4K display. That just has to be a weighting factor in my subjective universe. My next laptop will be a return to a much heavier, super thick (NOT THIN) expandable laptop with a 17" 4K display and a proper giant 330 watt power brick! 4K YES. Super thin, super throttle CPU and GPU to keep temps down, NO! I mention all this to further refine your criteria of course and any resemblance to a rant on how modern trends sometimes moves things backwards for a tech enthusiast is purely coincidental.
  6. Cool.. "For enterprise" basically means that it will be harder for tech websites to call them out for having failed a second time.
  7. urgh, No Mans Sky is on there I've really wanted to give that a shot for a long time now, I know it had a rocky start but from what I understand it's a greatly improved game. Just not quite sure I want to spend £30 on it
  8. dipsylalapo

    Xbox Games with Gold & Deals with Gold: May 2019

    Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 28 May 2019. A few titles to point out Below - £13.99 Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition - £7.99 Firewatch - £5.27 (a personal favourite of mine) Forza Horizon 4 Fortune Island - £7.49 Inside - £6.39 Outlast - £3.19 Surviving Mars - £7.91 There's also a huge backward compatibility sale on at the moment too, so check that out too. Source
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  10. Can you tell me what kind of U.S. dollar equivalent that price would be? I ask because EU also has various taxes that add significant cost I think? The OP in this thread ended up going with a HP Omen which I found quite interesting due to the probably surplus type low cost combined with a very rare 17" 4K display: It has a still very capable 6700HQ and RAM etc and NVMe upgrade potential so it becomes an interesting artistic decision (if it can be located anywhere) between what is probably a fantastic viewing experience versus the GTX 965 which isn't horrible but is not a 1060.
  11. My dogs have about 200 followers (although I'm sure 197 of them are my mum creating new accounts when she forgets her password) and they often get requests to promote dog collars, food, leads etc. I know it's not worth it but can see how others are seduced and pass their details to marketing companies.
  12. You're quite right about about that Sherlock I am looking for a decent replacement for my Asus NJ750V. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but like to play a game once in a while (like Anno 1800 now). Some nice graphics are nice to the eye, but not at all costs. Budget is around 1200-1450 EUR. I would like to have a 17" screen, with at least an i7 processor (or AMD equivalent). I do prefer Asus or MSI. I have no experience with HP, but I do know that a load of bloatware came pre-installed on HP devices in the past. Is this still the case? Or can I just 'clean install' this with only the necessary HP-drivers? So from the alternatives listed by @DevTech (thx for that one), I guess the MSI GF75 9SC-072 is the most suitable option for me than... (or else HP Omen 17-an194nd and save me an extra 100 EUR)
  13. Pere Ubu

    Google Glass is back with a new Enterprise Edition

    "It uses Android, which means that it's easy to port over apps" I wonder which apps already existing in Android could be ported to these glasses. Many developers don't know still how to make an app that is usable in both a cellphone and a tablet anyway.
  14. Just installed 67, set both gfx.webrender.all.qualified and gfx.webrender.all to true and now Compositing states WebRender. Thanks for the link.
  15. dontbeevil

    German firm Infineon suspends shipments to Huawei

    I believe they can replace most of chips, but what about intel/amd/nvidia chips?
  16. You know telemetry has been a part of Windows since at least XP. Yep, and no one wanted it even then! No one tossed such a big fit about it till Windows 10 though. And actually, while I agree to the option to have it on or not, some basic level of telemetry is needed or how will they know if a update breaks something? Or if some apps aren't working due to a API change or something? Or if some driver is the cause of a BSOD from a 3rd party hardware maker? I'm perfectly fine with MS collecting basic and anonymous error data so they can fix issues and know what's working and what's not. There should be an OFF switch though and it shouldn't be an OPT-OUT but an OPT-IN. Microsoft has no right to that data just because it would help them develop their product. That's not my problem, that's Microsoft's problem.
  17. I'm guessing you're probably one of the people they're talking about when they mention toxicity. Stop using words and concepts you don't understand
  18. Still cryting over GoT mate? Get over it, the show is over. You can probably find something else to be mad at.
  19. How weak must you be to get "influenced" by a girl showing het ti*s on Instagram?
  20. dontbeevil

    Google Glass is back with a new Enterprise Edition

    damn... I wanted to write exactly the same comment
  21. What "minority"? Literally everybody on the planet prefers Nadella's leadership over Ballmer's leadership. You're clearly in the MAJORITY. Unless you prefer having Ballmer's signature on a Windows 7 Ultimate installation DVD? In which case... yeah, you'd be in the minority. Dunno every time i say Nadella is doing a good job here a bunch of people complain about it lol Those are just salty people who are still angry their favorite mobile OS got rejected by the market, Microsoft, the developers and practically everyone out there
  22. maybe just like bigger phones, its a matter of getting used to
  23. "the devil is in the details" Computer tech stuff is all about the details... which must mean we are in a Devilish business! Both of the laptops he was looking at have SSD boot drives. In one, the secondary drive is 5400, the other 7200. So you missed that detail, but it doesn't matter because we would need to know a whole bunch more details on what he uses his laptop for. In your example of Web Dev, he can probably fit all the important tooling on the SSD. But once you leave the silly JS of the Month web world, the secondary drive could be critical for: - Game Dev where baking levels and procedural texture generation could need a couple of Terabytes of SSD. - Video editing - Graphics Asset processing - and many more. On the opposite end, if all his tooling can be stored on his boot SSD, then a secondary 5400 can be superior to a 7200 to store large amounts of data at much lower power consumption, leading to improved battery life.
  24. Am I the only one who read the first three words and had my heart jump into my throat thinking Phil committed something... bad?
  25. Until and unless they are significant financial and criminal penalties for not securing private and personal data, this will continue to happen.
  26. Really, can you yourself even believe what you just wrote? Pot calling the kettle black? You know absolutely no more about his planned usage than I do, even though we have both decided to SPECULATE based on whatever Sherlock Holmes type of clues that we think we are seeing. My personal Sherlock Holmes Spidy Sense tells me this: 1. He has no firm plans to purchase a laptop, just a nagging sense of obsolescence because NVIDIA dropped support for his GPU. 2. His SIG indicates he likes to buy QUALITY equipment and then hold onto it for a LONG time. 3. That leads to the concept that he values actual VALUE more than a cheap price. 4. Therefore I conclude that he will be very disappointed in the longevity of the 1050 and the 1650 and attempted to show that a suitable 1070 could be located for not much more cost. Believe me, I scoured a lot of units to find affordable 1070s and even linked to a couple of 15 inch units when I'm pretty sure he wants a 17 inch, but in general you can find a better deal on a 15 inch. ------------------------------- Now that I have provided the reasoning (correct or not) behind my post, I would like to point out a bigger issue that seems to produce a BLIND SPOT in a few people. It is extremely common that in diagnosing and solving almost any human problem that most people develop tunnel vision and can't see the "forest for the trees." One of the greatest services that we can provide as outsiders to the subjective life of the poster is to jolt them into ideas they might not of thought of. This kind of IDEA SPARK can often even come from ideas they don't like at all. But like a series of dominoes, it can lead to a better outcome in the end. So if I suggest for any hardware selection something that is out of left field or costs a lot less or costs a lot more, then that is the silliest thing to object to since these are all ideas that can easily be ignored by moving the eyeball to the next post, but in the course of considering or rejecting the idea, good things can happen! But one technique in any type of purchase scenario from computers to cars to real estate is to think "What would I buy if I had a lot more money?" That gets you to define what your ideal scenarios and objectives are and then as you reduce the money back to reality you justify the trade-off you have to make to end up with the best value for the money which can very often be a very different outcome than starting at the other end, since you often find out that a feature you didn't think about that is extremely useful is for example double your budget. For people living in a FIRST WORLD COUNTRY all you have to do in order to double your budget is just WAIT a little longer to perhaps end up with MORE THAN DOUBLE the VALUE. Pointing out the WAIT OPTION is ALWAYS a GOOD THING.
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