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Looking for a top-notch tablet? Check out the best Apple iPad deals for February

Although Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, Apple still reigns supreme in the kingdom of tablets. Steve Jobs launched the touchscreen tablet as we know it into mainstream consciousness, and in doing so, carved out a new niche that blurred the line between portable smart devices and computers. The enduring and growing popularity of tablets is a testament to their portability and versatility, with companies like Samsung, Amazon, and Lenovo even jumping into the mix.

These touchscreen devices are fantastic for entertainment, web browsing, and other daily tasks where a computer isn’t necessary, and your iPad can also be easily pressed into service as a lightweight workstation with a Bluetooth keyboard. All techies (and especially Apple fanboys) know that iOS tech can cost you a pretty penny, but iPads are actually quite affordable in contrast to the iPhone, MacBook, and the rest of the items sold at the Apple Store. But why pay full price?

We’ve already done the hard work for you, sniffing out the best up-to-date cheap iPad deals for February 2018 and collecting them all right here:

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Sometimes, you just can’t beat the original. The standard Apple iPad is the one that started it all, and although it’s been updated half a dozen times since its first release, the classic design is still hugely popular. The 9.7-inch iPad also remains our favorite all-around tablet, making it the one to get for most people.

The current seventh-generation 2017 iPad models include a speedy 1.85 GHz dual-core ARMv8-A CPU and 2GB of RAM. Its 9.7-inch touch display has a crisp high-definition resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. It’s also considerably lighter and less bulky compared to its predecessors, coming in at around the same size as the original iPad Air. it comes loaded with the feature-rich OS 11 mobile operating system.

With a price tag of £329, the 9.7-inch iPad is competitively priced and not prohibitively expensive, but you can snag one for even less with these ongoing new iPad deals:

Apple iPad deals:

£299 from Amazon £329 from Apple £319 from B&H

£250 from Ebay

iPad Pro deals

The Pro is the larger, beefier sibling of the 9.7-inch iPad, featuring more powerful hardware and a larger display. The second-generation Pro comes in two sizes: The new version with a 10.5-inch screen (replacing the older Pro, which was the same size as the standard iPad) and one with a 12.9-inch display. Under the hood, both of the current-gen iPad Pro models run on a 2.39 GHz hexa-core processor and 4GB of RAM for snappy performance. The 10.5-inch Pro display has a sharp 2,224 x 1,668 HD resolution, while the 12.9-inch offers an increased 2,732 x 2,048 pixels of screen real estate.

Both feature Apple’s stunning proprietary Retina display technology as well. As the “upgrade model” in the Apple tablet lineup, the Pro is a bit pricier than the standard iPad with a starting price of £649, but you can forget about paying retail with these iPad Pro deals:

iPad Pro 10.5-inch deals:

£600 from Amazon £649 from Apple

£500 from Ebay £599 from Walmart

iPad Pro 12.9-inch deals:

£530 Refurbished £699 from Amazon

£799 from Apple £565 from Ebay

iPad Air deals

Officially, the iPad Air line has been more or less rolled into the standard 9.7-inch iPad, as more efficient mobile technology has allowed Apple to make its tablets smaller and lighter than ever before. This has effectively made the iPad Air redundant, given that the seventh-generation iPad is as slim and light as the original Air.

Nonetheless, the iPad Air is still a fantastic tablet (earning a glowing 9 out of 10 rating in our hands-on review), and if you aren’t picky about having the latest gadgets, you can score some great deals on last-gen hardware. The Air has the same 9.7-inch display as the standard iPad, placing it in the “Goldilocks zone” of tablet sizes. It runs on Apple’s A8X 64-bit chip architecture with a 1.5 GHz tri-core CPU and 2GB of RAM — still very respectable specs for browsing, watching videos, light gaming, and work.

The second-generation iPad Air has been out for a couple years, so it’s a great time to snatch one up for cheap. Initially launched at £499, the iPad Air can now be yours for much less with these offers gleaned from online retailers:

iPad Air 2 deals:

£319 Refurbished £292 from Walmart

£465 from Amazon £395 from Ebay

iPad Air deals:

£270 from Walmart £210 from Ebay

£180 Refurbished £312 from Apple

iPad Mini deals

True to its name, the iPad Mini is the junior sibling in Apple’s tablet family. There have been four iterations of the Mini, with the newest fourth-generation model coming in at a super-slight 6.1mm in thickness.

It features a compact and vibrant 7.9-inch multi-ouch display that doesn’t sacrifice on picture quality, thanks to Retina technology and an HD resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. The iPad Mini 4 runs on 64-bit A8 chip architecture, similar to that found inside the iPad Air, with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. This works together with 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR GX6450 graphics processor, giving the Mini more than enough juice for all of your apps, as well as for tasks like streaming videos and light gaming.

If the larger iPads are too bulky for your tastes, then the Mini is a great alternative choice as an on-the-go multi-tasking machine that won’t take up a ton of space in your bag. The iPad Mini 4 launched at £399, but – you guessed it – you can enjoy a deep discount on one with one of the offers below, or you can opt for one of the earlier models and save even more cash:

iPad Mini 4 deals:

£279 Refurbished £345 from Amazon

£348 from Ebay £389 from B&H

iPad Mini 3 deals:

£277 Refurbished £337 from Amazon

£229 from Ebay

iPad Mini 2 deals:

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Best HP laptops 2018: the top HP laptops we’ve seen and tested

Uninhibited by its reputation in the past, the best HP laptop today looks a lot different than it would have ten years ago. As the Hewlett-Packard company has looked in the mirror and reflected on its history, we’re now seeing a more stylish and in-touch version of a $ 10 billion megacorporation. Finally we’re seeing traditional laptops take on contemporary designs like we never thought possible when Apple was the indisputable ring leader. 

Today, in the year 2018, you would be doing yourself a disservice to reduce the best HP laptop down to a single model. That’s why, through rigorous testing and masterful reviewing, we took it upon ourselves to arrange a list of 5 wildly different Windows 10[1]-based computers to skim at your leisure. Each featuring a wide range of specs and utilities – for work or for play – here they are: our favorite picks of the best laptops[2] HP has to offer.

1. HP Spectre x360

The perfect hybird laptop

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Long battery life with quick charging Keyboard has strong tactile feedback Gets expensive quickly

HP has been steadily perfecting its flagship 13-inch convertible laptop and it’s among one of our favorite 2-in-1 laptops for a few years running. It has perfectly slim bezels and is lightweight enough to use as a tablet regularly. As a regular notebook, you won’t find many with a more tactile keyboard, brilliantly vibrant display or two Windows Hello biometric solutions.

2. HP Spectre 13

The thinnest Ultrabook

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Impossibly thin and light Top-notch looks Light on ports Second-rate trackpad

This may very well be the most gorgeous laptop we’ve ever laid our eyes (and hands) on. The ceramic white finish is complemented by a two-prong, glossy hinge design that’s absolutely irresistible. That’s all fine and dandy, but in terms of power it’s a real winner too. As a matter of fact, it leverages the sheer might of the most recent 8th-generation Intel CPUs nigh-flawlessly.

3. HP Pavilion 15

The all-around best laptop for school

CPU: AMD A10 – A12 or 7th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : AMD Radeon R5 – R7 or Intel HD 620 Graphics; Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 8 –16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) – HD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128 – 512GB SSD; 1 – 2TB HDD

Affordably priced for students Extremely customizable HD only screen to start

What it lacks in performance prowess, the HP Pavilion 15 makes up for in finesse. It’s one of the few remaining AMD-based laptops that HP is still making, which should certainly entice those on a budget. It’s affordable, but don’t think cheap. The HP Pavilion 15 is a rare example of a laptop that knows how to strike a balance, making it an excellent value proposition, especially for students.

4. HP Chromebook 14 G4

HP’s most affordable laptop

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2 – 4 GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) – HD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16 – 32GB eMMC

Long battery life Large screen real estate Fully plastic build

No one wants to blow their entire tax refund on a laptop, which is why laptops like the HP Chromebook 14 G4 exist to begin with. It’s economical without feeling cheap, a distinction that many Chromebooks have made since their inception six years ago. The HP Chromebook 14 G4 in particular boasts a subtle, yet refined appearance that will remain in style for years to come.

5. HP Omen X

The ultimate gaming laptop

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core i7 | Graphics: : Nvidia GTX 1070 – 1080 | RAM: 12 – 32GB RAM | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 120Hz – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD; 1TB HDD

Top-end gaming specs Designed for overclocking Short battery life

Gaming laptops have long been criticized for their lack of upgradeability, thereby making them more disposable than a gaming desktop by nature. HP, on the other hand, has subverted this crucial flaw by adding an essential features that most gamer’s notebooks lack. Specifically, the Omen X adds overclocking, meaning you determine performance rather than HP.

References

  1. ^ Windows 10 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)

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AMD Ryzen 2nd generation processors will allow budget gaming without a dedicated graphics card

Performance benchmarks of the upcoming Ryzen 2nd generation CPU[1], the Ryzen 5 2400G, have revealed that its Vega 11 integrated graphics pretty much matches the performance of entry-level graphics cards such as the AMD RX 550 and Nvidia GT 1030.

This means that the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, along with other 2nd generation Ryzen processors built on AMD’s Raven Ridge APU (which combines AMD’s Zen processor architecture with its Vega graphics), could make building a budget gaming PC much cheaper – as you won’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

The results, which were posted by MoePC.net[2], show that while it won’t be able to play graphically-demanding modern games at huge resolutions and with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on, with a bit of tweaking the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G should produce decent gaming at 1080p – especially for older titles or for esports and competitive games where fast-paced action is more important than pixel-pushing.

Source: MoePC.net 

Can integrated graphics beat the crypto shortage?

In another chart by MoePC.net, which you can see below, the RX Vega 11 found in the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, scores much higher than previous integrated graphics by AMD, and handily beats Intel’s UHD 620 integrated graphics which are included in Intel’s Kaby Lake Refresh (8th generation Core) processors.

 Source: MoePC.net  

With the current craze for cryptocurrency[3] mining pushing up graphics card prices[4] to ridiculous levels, being able to buy a CPU that can also handle running games could make a huge difference when budgeting for an upgrade, or when building a new PC.

It’s been revealed that the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G will be a quad-core processor with eight threads, a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost of 3.9GHz. The Vega 11 GPU it comes with will have 11 compute units and 704 stream processors clocked at 1250 MHz, and will cost $ 169 (around £120, AU$ 200) – a very competitive price compared to similar offerings from Intel.

Following on from previous performance benchmark leaks[5] for Ryzen 2nd generation chips, we’re beginning to get a good idea of what they will be capable of before their launch on February 12 2018. The Hexus website also showed off photos[6] of what the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and its cheaper sibling, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G, will look like.

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What we’ve seen so far are some very capable budget processors, and we’re looking forward to slapping them in our test benches and giving them a full review soon.

Via wccftech[8]

References

  1. ^ Ryzen 2nd generation CPU (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ MoePC.net (moepc.net)
  3. ^ cryptocurrency (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ pushing up graphics card prices (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ previous performance benchmark leaks (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ showed off photos (hexus.net)
  7. ^ best processors (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ wccftech (wccftech.com)

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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Rose Gold variant now on sale in India, starting at Rs 4,999

After teasing the phone’s launch yesterday, Xiaomi has brought the Redmi 5A[1] Rose Gold variant in India, starting at a price of Rs 4,999. The listing of the phone is already live on Flipkart and Mi.com, with the device being available for purchase starting at 12PM today, 1 February.

Xiaomi had launched its latest entry-level smartphone, the Redmi 5A in India back in November last year. At launch, the Redmi 5A[2] was announced in three colour options – Champagne Gold, Dark Grey and Rose Gold. However, the Rose Gold variant was not available for purchase until now. And today’s announcement comes just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications

The Redmi 5A is the latest entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi, and comes with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top.

The phone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and comes with two memory options – 2GB RAM with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, with support for microSD cards up to 128GB via a dedicated memory card slot.

As far as optics are concerned, the Redmi 5A comes with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and an LED flash, while on the front it comes with a 5MP camera. 

Other features of the Redmi 5A include dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and Infrared. The phone misses out on a fingerprint sensor, though. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A pricing and availability

Launched back in November last year, Xiaomi has brought its smartphones to a price lower than ever before. The Redmi 5A starts at Rs 4,999 for the 2GB RAM variant and goes up to Rs 6,999 for the 3GB RAM variant.

References

  1. ^ Redmi 5A (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Redmi 5A (www.techradar.com)

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