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I’m not sure that ARM and Windows have been fully optimised for one another just yet. It may be worthwhile to wait a few years until the market settles.

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It is arguable anything can be optimised with Windows excepting Microsoft’s income. Stability is job 1 followed by usability. If it performs well enough and looks like Windows ‘optimised’ is not on most peoples’ worry lists. Now for those pesky applications and games following along in quantity…won’t hold my breath for now.

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By which time the market will have moved on to some where else, and Microsoft will no longer need to provide the solution it is still to perfect?

Self fore-filing!:grin:

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Compare laptops with our updated review, including new models.

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We’ve also updated our ‘bring-your-own device’ buying guide for those heading back to school :nerd_face:

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Our laptop review (2019) has recently been updated (member content).

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Laptop and tablet reviews have been updated (member content).

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I’ll be the first to diss the update because it does not have many of one vendors models (2 to be precise, each with a different OS) even though its products dominated last years tests from most all sources and continues to be atop most specialist reviews.

Do people who don’t want to know what is under the hood select computers from Choice tests? I suggest they do and the omissions of top products that are so recognised seems a 'diss’ervice. Perhaps you could not acquire models with the 10th gen Intel processors in time, but you have models with 8th gen CPUs tested.

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Is there really much value in comparing laptops with tablets? I see them as separate markets, operating systems, and use cases.

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One of the hot segments seems to be the 2-in-1, so maybe?

I have a 6 year old laptop, top of the range touch screen and so on. Over the years I use the touch screen more and more and sometimes lament the need to touch the keyboard. I think how we use these devices is evolutionary rather than this or that and my next will be a 2-in-1. If my primary application would run an a tablet I could be tempted, but it requires Windows :frowning:

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Of course there is always the Surface Pro 7…well it’s sort of a 2 in 1 but marketed as both a tablet and a laptop. Or the Surface Go

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The Surface Pro was tempting but If I were to buy one today it would probably be an HP Spectre X360 13 since I am still more a PC than a tablet type, although evolving. :slight_smile:

The application (Quicken) won’t run on Windows S and reviews suggest it struggles mightily trying to run on a Go with the real 10.

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Then perhaps this Surface Book 2

You don’t need to remain with S on the Surfaces that come with it, you can upgrade them one way to Win 10 HP or Pro but can’t go back to S after the upgrade.

One version of how to do it:

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The 2 seems to still only have 8th gen chips, and the HP is reviewed as a bit better than the MS offers. You may have misunderstood about S vs 10 re my comment. A Go running 10 running Quicken is s.l.u.g.g.i.s.h from what I can discern from the very few reports of users trying. It is a terrible application but has many unique features I am unwilling to live without so long as Quicken stays alive. It ‘uses’ the hardware more than is reasonable, but it is what it is.

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