Everything you need to know about the new Windows 10 hardware range



You’ll find Windows 10 on our new range of computers and some of these systems are perfect examples of how Microsoft’s latest operating system can make things easier and better for you.

Many people have hailed Windows 10 as one of the best things to happen to the PC in years. It takes the best elements of previous versions of Windows, adds some great new features and is designed to take advantage of the most useful recent advances in computing technology.

You’ll find Windows 10 on our new range of computers and some of these systems are perfect examples of how Microsoft’s latest operating system can make things easier and better for you.

 

CONTINUUM – Change from tablet mode to laptop and all your apps do too.

2-in-1 laptopsgive you twice the computer for your money. You can use them as a laptop and then either fold back or remove the keyboard and your 2-in-1 becomes a tablet.

Windows 10 is designed to give you the same level of experience, whatever device you’re using it on. When you switch modes on a 2-in-1, Windows switches with you. It may be subtle at first, but soon you’ll notice icon sizes have changed, apps have been resized and the interface has been adjusted so it’s easier to use in the new mode. Microsoft call this feature Continuum.

T100

 

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The Asus T100 gives you the full 2-in-1 tablet and laptop experience, showing off Continuum’s best features. This computer lets you work and play the way you want, and is small and light so it’s easy to take with you.

CORTANA – Your own personal assistant

One of the most exciting features of Windows 10 is the built-in personal assistant, Cortana. Named after the friendly artificial intelligence in the Halo games, Cortana answers your questions, helps set up appointments, does impressions, and much more.

You can type messages to Cortana but, if you have a microphone connected, you can also speak to her directly. Ask anything from “What is this song?” to “Who scored the winning goal in the 1966 world cup?” for starters, or get more in depth by asking Cortana to set up reminders, give you flight information or dictate an email. You can even have a bit of fun by asking for a joke or a song – and there are plenty of entertaining “Easter egg” answers for you to discover.

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Surface Pro 4

 

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is an amazing computer whether you use it as a laptop or a tablet, and it’s only made better with Cortana. You can talk to her directly using the microphone hidden in the Surface Pen, and you also get all the benefits of secure and easy logging on with Hello.

HELLO – Log on to your computer with a touch or a glance

Microsoft has been working on new ways for you to log onto your computer for a while now. For example, you don’t have to use a password to log on, you can set up a PIN number or a picture password instead. It’s more fun, and some people find it easier to remember.

The latest development is Hello. You won’t need to memorise any passwords – this lets you log on just by being yourself. Hello can recognise your fingerprint, face or scan your iris to check who you are. It’s a massive increase in security as these physical things are practically impossible to fake, and it makes things much quicker and easier for you. There’s no typing – you just look at the camera or swipe your finger over the scanner.

As this is your own unique login, Windows automatically sets itself up for you. All your preferences, email account and so on, all ready to go – just at a glance.

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P20W

 

Toshiba’s Satellite P20W has a built-in IR (Intel RealSense) camera that supports Windows Hello. The camera recognises your face and lets you into the system. Once you’re logged on, you’ll appreciate the beautiful 4K screen and how light and portable this 2-in-1 PC is.

In addition to recognising your face, the IR camera can scan 3D objects, so you can show it everything from a simple piece of paper to a complex flower and it’ll scan it into the system so you can share or print it – especially useful if you have a 3D printer.

EDGE Browsing the internet has never been this good

Surfing the internet has become an everyday part of life for most of us, and Microsoft’s new Edge browser is packed with ways that make using the web quicker and easier.

For example, Edge features a “reading mode” button which strips away all the clutter from your screen and gives you the key text and images on an easy-to-read background. There are no banners or adverts to distract you, just the information you want to read. It works really well and makes getting to the information you need much easier. In addition, you can add particularly interesting sites to your reading list and then go back to check them out later on, even if you’re offline.

You’ve also got the option to highlight bits of a website you find interesting. Simply draw over them, write notes and circle images. You can clip out anything particularly useful and save it for later, or share it with friends at the touch of a button.

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Ideacentre

 

The Lenovo Ideacentre PC is a great space saving option for everyday computing. It’s ideal for sorting out your emails and browsing the internet, and the streamlined design of Edge lets you get to its key features easily.

GAMINGWhen it’s time to relax...

Windows 10 isn’t all about work, emails and the internet. With more and more gamers viewing the PC as the best way to play, there’s plenty to get your teeth into in your free time.

Microsoft have included a dedicated App Store in Windows 10 where you can download lots of games, including top titles such as Minecraft or old favourites like Solitaire and Minesweeper. There are numerous free games and “try before you buy” options here too. You’re also able to use other games stores like Steam or Origin on Windows 10.

Here’s where it gets really exciting; if you’ve got an Xbox One, you’ll be able to stream your games onto any compatible Windows 10 computer or tablet on your home network. So, if you want to play Gears of War and someone wants to watch Eastenders there’s no fighting over the TV.

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Linx

The Linx Gaming Tablet has the power to run games from the Windows 10 App Store, and really comes into its own when you start streaming from your Xbox One. Now you can play from anywhere in your house, and you can fit special console-style controllers to the tablet to make the experience complete.

Learn more about Windows 10 by clicking here