Wednesday 17 October 2018

HP's 14-inch Pentium Gold

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Question My laptop HP 520 is 20 years old and I need a new one. I like HP and Microsoft Word. I use my laptop mainly for word processing. I do not need music streaming, movies, games or business applications. Can you suggest an affordable HP laptop which has the following features: lifetime MS Word 2016, MS Publishing, MS text editing, MS Defender, lots of memory, hollow keys (not flat) and at least two 'normal' USB ports. All my data is stored on Word 7 files. I assume that they can be accessed on Word 10. My price range is €500 to €600. I cannot afford a Surface Pro. - James M...

The Huawei P20 Pro

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Q My husband and I have just paid off our mortgage and are thinking of getting a really nice smartphone. We've always made do with basic models, usually Samsung. My husband got a Huawei on his last upgrade. We tend to keep our phones for as long as we can. Mine is almost five years old. Now that we can afford to spend more, is it worth changing to an iPhone? Is there a good Samsung or rival model that's worth spending the extra money on?

iPad Pro 256GB

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Q I need help in deciding whether to buy the new iPad or iPad Pro. I have an eight-year-old MacBook Pro and am looking for a more portable option for work. Creating, editing and printing Word documents would be the main features I'd need. I would also use it for video watching, internet searches and reading, as well as for photos and photo editing. I plan to keep the one I choose for a long time. I would also want to use Microsoft Office as I have tons of Word documents that I would want access to on the new iPad so compatibility would be key. I would also hope to use a USB...

HP Pavilion 14-bk070

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Q I am interested in buying a laptop under €500. I want it for home use only, looking up things on the internet, saving documents and photos. I use Netflix but normally use a Chromecast gadget for my television for that. I also need the laptop for listening to music (I have a Spotify account) and listening to CDs. I don't need it for anything like gaming. Ideally I would like it to have a Bluetooth facility as I want to listen to some podcasts on it. I've had a HP one for years and it generally held out well until the HDMI and earphone ports went. Can you help?