Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Huawei P20 Lite review

In the event that the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro were intended to blend with cell phone sovereignty, at that point the Huawei P20 Lite is down there rejecting with the white collar classes.

At a cost of £330 (around $456/AU$581 – however don't hope to discover it broadly accessible in the US), the P20 Lite is generally a large portion of the cost of the Huawei P20, and checks any semblance of the Moto Z2 Play as an immediate opponent.

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Much the same as that other mid-officer, Huawei's telephone endeavors to stream down a tad bit of the charm and panache from higher up the range. Regardless of its lower sticker price, the P20 Lite holds the prevailing edge-to-edge show and particular indent of its huge siblings.

Add to that a double focal point camera, a fast unique mark scanner and Android 8.0, and the Huawei P20 Lite begins to look a ton like a middleweight contender for the new edge-to-edge age.

While it's a strong exertion from one of the world's greatest producers, notwithstanding, there are a couple of remarkable deficits that may influence you to address whether it genuinely offers some benefit for cash.

Dropping down a score

Games fast face acknowledgment

An in vogue all-screen look

You could state that the fundamental motivation behind any 'Lite' telephone is to give an unpleasant guess of the lead at a more open value point. It should be promptly identifiable as a major aspect of the family, yet savvy about where it compromises to come in under spending plan.

Generally, the Huawei P20 Lite meets that brief with a decent lot of style.

To be sure, style is the agent word here. Each of the three P20 telephones speak to an outline flight for the Chinese brand after the brilliant however modest Huawei P10.

Much the same as whatever is left of the cell phone world, Huawei has changed to an all-screen plan logic. The P20 Lite has a moderately little jaw, insignificant side bezels, and a cut-out score at the highest point of the show containing the front camera and earpiece.

With regards to the undeniable obligation it owes to the iPhone X (more on which in the following segment), the Huawei P20 Lite can utilize the camera sensors put away in that indent to peruse your face and open your telephone.

While Face Unlock appears to work rapidly and precisely (even in pitch dull conditions, not at all like other Face ID wannabes) it doesn't appear to be as cutting edge or secure as Apple's answer.

As confirmation of this, Face Unlock is turned off as a matter of course, and you need to angle through the menus to physically switch it on. The way it checks your face in a flash in the set-up stages additionally proposes that it isn't really getting a nitty gritty 3D guide of your face like Face ID.

All things considered, there's no denying Huawei's answer works rapidly to open the telephone. Set the P20 Lite to wake when you lift it up, and you won't need to consider opening it by any means.

In case you're utilizing the telephone for business utilization, or wish to guarantee the most extreme levels of security, you should need to stay with the default unique finger impression sensor.


Indent looks a considerable measure like the P20 (and the iPhone X)

A metal and glass fabricate

As we've just specified, Huawei has adopted a crisp strategy to plan with the P20 family. It's not hard to detect the proceeded with impact Apple has over the producer's work, nonetheless.

Much the same as its siblings, the Huawei P20 Lite is in thrall to the iPhone X. It has a fundamentally the same as impression and shape, and obviously there's that natural indent eating into the best edge of the sweeping presentation.


The indent itself is a great deal smaller than the iPhone proportionate, without a doubt attributable to the less propelled front camera exhibit we examined previously. It's somewhat more extensive than the Essential Phone's score, however.

In one regard, the P20 Lite is considerably nearer to the iPhone X outline than its huge siblings are, because of the exclusion of a front-mounted unique mark sensor. Inquisitively, this has been moved to a more general (for Android) position on the back.

This isn't to imply that that the P20 Lite has utilized the additional space especially shrewdly. There's as yet a perceptible jaw underneath the show, with a Huawei image situated there set up of a catch.

With regards to day by day utilize, the back unique mark sensor is a decent one. It let us in way a larger number of times than it kept us out, and in super-snappy time at that. It wasn't as finicky about finger situating as some lesser telephones keep on being either.

The P20 Lite's metal edge is not a huge deal. It has a matt complete and a somewhat inquisitive match of edges running about the outside, which really joined to influence us to think it was made of plastic until the point that we felt its cool touch.

In any case, the telephone feels decent and premium in the hand inferable from its all-glass and metal make-up. It's a disgrace the side catches feel so plasticky and unexceptional, yet these are the kind of minor alternate routes that can consolidate to shave pounds off the last cost.

Discussing shaving pounds, the Huawei P20 Lite tips the scales at a moderately meager 145g. With measurements set at a unimportant 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4mm, it truly is an especially pocketable bit of unit.


1080 x 2280 determination

Notwithstanding its little size, the Huawei P20 Lite figures out how to pack in a 5.84-inch show, on account of the entire edge-to-edge approach. This shows itself in a fairly irregular 19:9 viewpoint proportion.

While this makes for an amazing canvas while flicking through the home screen and local applications, it appears to have minimal handy utilize. Numerous applications remain unoptimised for this sort of show, with Android justifiably slower in receiving scored shows than iOS.

Diversions aren't generally completely improved for this sort of show, either. One of the greatest arrivals of late circumstances, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, showed peculiar visual ancient rarities when pushing it into full screen.

In any case, the show itself is proficient and alluring. It's a LTPS TFT, which implies that it's sharp and exact despite the fact that it does not have the complexity and punch of an AMOLED.

A more perceptible disadvantage of not having an AMOLED show comes on the off chance that you truly can't stand that indent, and select to conceal it in the choices menu. With the AMOLED-pressing Huawei P20 Pro, this choice would make the indent everything except vanish. Here (as with the P20) you can plainly observe that they're only 'dark' areas of screen to one side and right of the score.

Something else the P20 Lite show imparts to the P20 is determination. While lead Android telephones regularly go for QHD resolutions, the Huawei P20 ran with 1080 x 2240, and didn't endure remotely. The P20 Lite takes action accordingly with a 1080 x 2280 screen, and beyond any doubt enough it's bounty sufficiently sharp for basically all assignments.

Battery life

The Huawei P20 Lite packs a 3,000mAh battery, which is about typical for a telephone of this spec. It's the same as the correspondingly prepared Honor 9 Lite, with typically comparable outcomes.

This implies light clients will have the capacity to get shockingly far into a moment day of utilization before feeling the squeeze, while direct clients won't have to sweat about coming up short on juice between sleep times.

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In our standard pressure test, which involves playing a hour and a half circled video with the screen splendor wrenched up to full, the Huawei P20 Lite reliably lost 17% of its energy.

That beats the Moto G6 on 21%, however it misses the mark regarding the Moto Z2 Play (ostensibly a more straightforward adversary) which lost only 10%. It's entirely tolerable yet nothing to rave about, at the end of the day.

The telephone's battery confronts 3D gaming about and expected, as well. We found that 15 minutes of supported Guns of Boom play depleted 6% of its vitality, which is about typical.

Energizing is apparently quick, be that as it may. We found that the telephone zoomed from 38% energy to 79% in only 30 minutes.

Huawei likewise gives a broad suite of advancement apparatuses that assistance you calibrate your setup, homing in on control hungry applications and propensities. Regardless of whether you are attempting to endure a day, there are things you can do about it - including two power sparing modes and the capacity to drop the screen determination.


16MP + 2MP camera empowers bokeh-modifying wide opening mode

AR focal point gives you a chance to apply senseless facial impacts

You don't get a similar feature AI camera mode as the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro with the Huawei P20 Lite, so you're simply must choose the ideal settings for shooting your feline for yourself.

In truth, the last was a genuinely gimmicky element of the leader models (low light shooting aside), so it's no extraordinary misfortune. Much more definitely felt is the inescapable minimization profoundly camera tech. It isn't anyplace close as skilled a snapper as its enormous siblings.

Huawei has outfitted the P20 Lite with a double camera setup, similar to the P20. As previously, the 2MP auxiliary focal point is absolutely there to help the 16MP essential focal point with additional profundity data, to a great extent for the included wide gap mode.

Much the same as with the Honor 9 Lite and the Honor 7X, wide gap mode gives you a chance to alter the level of the bokeh impact on your photographs after they've been taken, between f/0.95 and f/16.

It's conceivable to get some pleasant obscured foundation impacts with this, however in down to earth terms you likely wouldn't have any desire to choose the lower end of the range with huge numbers of your shots. It's simply excessively forceful and fake looking.

As a rule utilize you won't generally see the second focal point continuing on ahead. To all goals and purposes, this is a genuinely normal camera that can for the most part be depended upon to get you usable pictures in not too bad lighting.

There are maybe a couple peculiarities be that as it may, for example, an abnormal propensity to overexpose and support hues to a fairly counterfeit degree in quit for the day.

It's a disgrace that you need to physically initiate HDR mode in the settings menu. In any case, we observed HDR mode itself to be commendably controlled, delicately offsetting extremes of shade and light just when totally important.

Booting up the camera isn't the quick issue you have a tendency to get with leader telephones, however nor does it take excessively long. As a matter of fact taking shots is a wonderfully smart ordeal, with none of the screen slack you can get with section level handsets.

Low light conditions, as ever, are the place this widely appealing camera comes somewhat unstuck. You'll get a lot of clamor and poor concentration in numerous inside shots, and in addition Huawei's bothering guideline to keep your telephone still while it hones the picture.


Far from the typical photographic settings - including a Pro mode for calibrating every individual setting - there's a committed AR focal point mode. This naturally sticks senseless overlays onto the characteristics of you or your companions. Think bunny ears, little cat ears, cherish heart cheeks - all the typical adorable stuff. In the case of nothing else, it's a further case of how strong Huawei's face-following programming is.

You additionally get a Watermark mode, which stamps each picture with its area and time in a polished textual style, and a Document filter mode that will rapidly find and adjust content for brisk record keeping.

Around front you get the sort of 16MP camera that never appears to be very as sharp as the megapixel check would recommend. As usual, we'd suggest deactivating or possibly diminishing the bizarre Beauty setting, which smooths out your skin to a barbaric degree.

Interface and unwavering quality

EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0

Not pretty but rather quick and useful

Normal Huawei bloatware

The Huawei P20 Lite keeps running on Android 8.0, which isn't the extremely most recent variant of Google's OS, yet it's the most recent significant discharge. Obviously, the exact rendition of Android matters significantly less with Huawei telephones, on account of EMUI.

That is the name Huawei provides for its own particular custom UI skin, which sits over Android like a pimped up kid racer frame sits over a consummately respectable auto.

See all Huawei P20 Lite arrangements

To be reasonable, EMUI 8.0 isn't the most exceedingly bad Android skin in the business. It's sensibly liquid and falter free, it's anything but difficult to disentangle, and its menus and draw down notice screen don't go astray too a long way from the standards laid out by Google in any case.

The great Android application cabinet is debilitated as a matter of course with EMUI, which is one of numerous highlights Huawei has obtained from iOS. In spite of the fact that not at all like iOS an application cabinet can be empowered here.

A more helpful iOS-like component is an all inclusive hunt work, got to by dragging down from the center of a home screen. You can look for applications, contacts, messages, timetable sections and so forth along these lines.

The drawback of EMUI on the Huawei P20 Lite is that it remains a genuinely terrible, tactless interface contrasted with stock Android and iOS. From the custom application symbols and menus to the shoddy looking subjects with which you can modify the look of your home screen, it's all only a score or two underneath tasteful.

At that point there's the bloatware, with home-fermented applications for Video, Music, Health, Calendar, and twelve or so Tools - a large number of which go about as substandard copies to Google's own particular application arrangement.

Luckily there's dependably the Google Play Store, which can be swung to for prevalent application counterparts and without a doubt totally crisp launchers. In the interim EMUI itself is, if nothing else, sensibly customisable - so you can reestablish that application cabinet in the event that you so wish, for instance.

You can likewise tweak how you like your virtual charge keys to look and work, which should make it simpler to adjust in case you're originating from another Android telephone mark.

Motion pictures, music and gaming

Most media doesn't make utilization of more extensive screen

Earphone jack and one disappointing speaker

64GB of capacity and microSD up to 256GB

With this original of indented cell phones, one of the primary inquiries we ask is the means by which well media content plays with it. Indeed, even the iPhone X keeps on having issues in this division, all things considered.

We've just said that Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition hurls some off-screen ancient rarities when you compel it full screen. Be that as it may, with most different recreations the impact isn't excessively tricky.

As a rule Huawei just kicks in the rough yet compelling dark bar impact, basically imagining that the space either side of the indent doesn't exist. PUBG, Bullet Hell Monday, Fancy Pants Adventure, Data Wing, Oceanhorn, NOVA Legacy, Guns of Boom, and Super Mario Run all worked thusly amid our testing. No amusement made full utilization of the screen, be that as it may.

On the video front, Netflix receives an indistinguishable approach from those previously mentioned diversions, while Youtube plays recordings in their local 16:9 frame factor with significantly thicker dark fringes.

Backpedaling to Netflix bolster, as with all Huawei telephones Netflix HD playback isn't upheld, which implies that you don't get full an incentive from that fresh FHD+ screen.

This is a shockingly regular wonder with Android telephones, and may give adequate motivation to versatile motion picture buffs to pick a handset with a more standard (i.e. Qualcomm) chipset.


With regards to sound, the Huawei P20 Lite is a blended sack. On the negative side, you get a solitary speaker which is totally ailing in bass. It's sufficiently reasonable, however there's a particularly uneven tinniness to the sound.

On a more positive note, there's a 3.5mm earphone jack here, which is more than can be said for either the Huawei P20 or the Huawei P20 Pro.

All the more for the most part, you get a sound 64GB of interior stockpiling here, which is useful for a lot of media. In the event that that is insufficient, there's microSD card bolster for up to 256GB.

Specs and benchmark execution

Kirin 659 CPU underpowered at this cost

4GB of RAM makes for smooth route

Our Huawei P20 Lite ran flawlessly sufficiently amid the trial, however we would have sought after additional from a £329 telephone.

The Kirin 659 chipset that Huawei has run with here is an unmistakably average chip. To be sure, it's the same chipset that powers the Honor 9 Lite and the Honor 7X, both of which are altogether less expensive.

It's consummately equipped for running Android 8.0 easily - particularly joined with 4GB of RAM - and you won't see any critical falters when utilizing the unique mark scanner or booting up the camera.

Gaming execution is unmistakably disappointing, in any case. Into the Dead 2 ran absolute languidly, while rounds of Guns of Boom began in faltering style before night out. PUBG Mobile, then, defaults to low graphical settings on the P20 Lite, which is a touch of a blemish.

That is just not adequate at a telephone of this cost. At the danger of utilizing Huawei's spending sub-mark as a stick to beat it with, you can get the Honor 9 for less cash nowadays, and that telephone is fundamentally speedier.

This is went down by icy hard benchmarking actualities. In our Geekbench 4 tests, the Huawei P20 Lite scored a normal of 3,655 in the multi-center fragment. The Honor 9 scored 6,633, while even spending champs the Moto G6 and Moto G5S Plus scored 3,807 and 4,312 individually.
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Razer Blade Stealth (13.3-inch) Review

Introduction, Design, and Features

Did you ever, as a child, spend November and December longing for a fresh out of the box new, splendid red motocross bicycle, just to come down the stairs on Christmas morning and discover a spic and span, brilliant green one? That is the way we feel about the Razer Blade Stealth the organization sent for audit, for two reasons. In any case, to start with, how about we move down a bit.

The Stealth is the main non-gaming workstation from the firm celebrated around the world for its 14-inch Blade$1,800 at Razer Online Store and 17.3-inch Blade Pro$4,000 at Amazon gaming rigs and other no-nonsense equipment. It's a ultraportable with incorporated illustrations, an opponent to any semblance of the Dell XPS 13$764.78 at Amazon with a splendid indium-gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) touch screen.

The last time we tried the Stealth, that screen estimated 12.5 inches slantingly. Also, you can even now purchase a 12.5-inch device, together with 4K determination, nowadays. The latest model seen here, in any case, trims that unit's husky bezels to account for a 13.3-inch touch show with QHD (3,200x1,800) determination. Outfitted with a seventh-age Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of random access memory, and a 256GB strong state drive, it's $1,350. (Moving up to a 512GB SSD brings the cost to $1,500; to a 1TB drive, $1,900.)

Alternate news in Stealthland is that, as an other option to fundamental dark, you would now be able to get the framework in gunmetal dim, as we did. Also, that is our first dissatisfaction, since dark models accompany Razer's well known Chroma console, which works with its Synapse programming to give you a chance to appoint individual keys backdrop illumination hues from a RGB rainbow or investigate a universe of hip shading cycling, undulating, or emanating impacts. Gunmetal units, bound for exhausting meeting room life, have plain white console backdrop illumination—pleasantly done, certainly, however with a toy estimation of zero.

Our second frustration is more generous: While the Core i7-7500U chip in our test unit is not something to be embarrassed about, Razer is offering Stealths on its Web website with Intel's eighth-age Core i7-8550U, which joins a few minor improvements with the astounding incredible upgrade of four CPU centers as opposed to two. Based on the main eighth-gen "Kaby Lake R" machine we've tried to date, Yoga 920 Lenovo $1,200 at Lenovo convertible, this present reality contrast in execution is fabulous, as you'll find in this current survey's benchmark diagrams. The value premium is $200 ($1,700 with 512GB of capacity), yet ground breaking purchasers will need to truly think about the new processor, particularly as HP, Dell, and others dash to present "Kaby" PCs of their own.


The gunmetal Stealth is a good looking, CNC-machined aluminum section only 0.52 inch thick, with a non-lit up rendition of Razer's mating-snakes logo scratched into the cover and an inclined front edge to enable you to embed a fingertip and open the journal. At 2.93 pounds, it's somewhat heavier than a portion of its rivals (almost a pound heavier than the LG Gram 13 affordable Price at Amazon) however no weight in a folder case.

The screen bezels aren't as thin as on the InfinityEdge show of the XPS 13, so the Razer's impression is 12.6 by 8.1 crawls to the Dell's 12 by 7.9 inches, however the dark fringe is recognizably trimmer than it is on the 12.5-inch Stealth. The Webcam is appropriately set over the show, where it catches marginally diminish, foggy pictures.

Ports are insignificant however satisfactory. On the PC's left edge, you'll discover a Thunderbolt 3 port with USB-C and DisplayPort usefulness; a USB 3.0 port; and a sound jack. On the privilege are another USB 3.0 port and a HDMI video yield. There's no SD card opening, and would-be Windows Hello clients will discover neither a unique mark peruser nor confront acknowledgment camera.

The reduced AC connector has a USB-C connector, so you won't have the capacity to utilize a Thunderbolt 3 multi-screen or outer stockpiling cluster setup and have the PC connected to in the meantime, albeit some Thunderbolt 3 work area docking arrangements and Razer's Core V2 outside designs card box give control go through.


The brilliantly illuminated console has a firm, smart writing feel, however its shallow travel takes some getting used to. The cursor bolt enters are in the Apple-or HP-style push that we generally whine about, with half-scrutinized and down bolts pressed between full-sized left and ideal, rather than the favored altered T plan. They additionally group with the Fn key for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down. The expansive, buttonless touch cushion is somewhat slipperier than we like, however reacts easily to swipes and taps, as does the touch screen.

On the off chance that you can center around your work rather than the mirror-glass impression of yourself normal to touch screens, you'll locate the 13.3-inch show one of the Stealth's primary attractions—it offers adequate shine, wide review points, and decidedly radiant hues. Tints are rich and soaked, differentiate profits by inky blacks and flawless whites, and fine subtle elements are as sharp as Gillette's or Schick's finest.

The speakers on either side of the console create truly noteworthy sound for such a thin workstation; our MP3's yielded clear and full high and center tones and even a trace of bass. Provided Dolby programming gives you a chance to pick music, motion picture, or diversion presets or tinker with a custom equalizer.

Execution, Battery Life, and Conclusion

To recap, our $1,350 Razer Blade Stealth highlighted a 2.7GHz (3.5GHz turbo) Intel Core i7-7500U double center central processing unit with Hyper-Threading and Intel HD 620 coordinated designs; 16GB of memory; and a Samsung 256GB PCIe strong state drive. The combo signified quick startup and application dispatches and smooth multitasking.

For our target benchmark diagrams, we coordinated the new Razer against 2 Core i7 and 2 Core i5 ultraportables. The LG Gram 13 and Dell XPS 13 haped the main gathering, while the second comprised of the Toshiba X30-D Portege, $1,417.86 at Amazon with a seventh-age processor, and the Yoga 920 Lenovo, with its eighth-age chip. Every one of the five test machines depended on Intel's HD 620 incorporated illustrations (renamed UHD 620, however unaltered, on account of the "Kaby Lake R" Lenovo).

Manufactured Tests

PCMark 8 is a comprehensive execution suite created by the benchmark pros at Futuremark. It contains a few presets that reenact distinctive true profitability and substance creation work processes. We utilize the Work Conventional situation to survey general framework execution for office-driven undertakings, for example, word preparing, spreadsheeting, Web perusing, and videoconferencing. The test produces an exclusive numeric score; higher numbers are better.

The Razer raised the back in this test, yet at the same time scored exceedingly enough to demonstrate it'll experience no difficulty with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Toshiba, with the most elevated check speed in the gathering, squeaked by the Lenovo for the win.

Next is Maxon's central processing unit-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is completely strung to make utilization of all accessible processor centers and strings while utilizing the CPU as opposed to GPU to render a perplexing picture. The outcome is a restrictive score demonstrating a PC's appropriateness for processor-serious workloads.

Fitting a quad-center CPU into its U-arrangement's 15-watt control envelope was an upset for Intel, and it demonstrates obviously in this diagram, with the Yoga pulling far from the double center Core i7 Stealth and Portege, which thus top the Core i5 Gram and XPS 13.

Sight and sound Tests

Cinebench is frequently a decent indicator of our Handbrake video altering test, another extreme, strung exercise that is very CPU-subordinate. In it, we put a stopwatch on test frameworks as they transcode a standard five-minute clasp of 1080p video (the Pixar short Dug's Special Mission) to a cell phone arrange. Since this is a planned test, bring down outcomes are better.

There's not a viable replacement for at least four centers in video altering or encoding work, so the Lenovo completed the assignment far faster than its seventh-age silicon rivalry.

We likewise run a custom Adobe Photoshop picture altering benchmark. Utilizing Photoshop adaptation CS6, we apply a progression of 11 complex channels and impacts to a standard JPEG test picture. We time every task and, toward the end, include the aggregate execution time. Similarly as with Handbrake, bring down circumstances are better here.

The Yoga 920 traveled to triumph by and by, with the Toshiba and Razer completing about a moment later. All things being equal, the Stealth's shocking high-res screen settles on it an amazing decision for dealing with a photograph library and performing regular alters.

Designs and Gaming Tests

Our first designs test is Futuremark's 3DMark, which measures relative illustrations muscle by rendering groupings of profoundly nitty gritty, gaming-style 3D illustrations that accentuate particles and lighting. The low-determination Cloud Gate preset (implied for passage level PCs) isn't quite a bit of a test for the present frameworks, however the Fire Strike Extreme preset makes even top of the line gaming frameworks start to sweat.

The Stealth completed second to the Yoga here, yet every one of the scores were on the low side—PCs with incorporated designs are implied for easygoing or solitaire amusements, not the most recent quick jerk titles.

Next comes an overwhelming DirectX 11 gaming reproduction, Valley 1.0. Unigine's famous test stretches designs processors as far as possible in a flyover of a stormy sort scene stuffed with molecule and lighting impacts. We test workstations at medium picture quality settings at 1,366x768 determination and again at top or ultra quality settings at their local screen determination.

The Razer put toward the end in the local determination test because of the strain of pushing 3,200x1,800 pixels, however none of the workstations came surprisingly close to the 30 outlines for every second edge for smooth gameplay with high picture quality. Once more, we prescribe easygoing diversions as it were.

Battery Life and Conclusion

After completely reviving the PC, we set up the machine in control spare mode (rather than adjusted or superior mode) and make a couple of other battery-rationing changes in anticipation of our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we circle a video—a privately put away MP4 record containing the full The Lord of the Rings set of three—with screen brilliance set at 50 percent and volume at 100 percent until the point that the framework conks out.

Eight hours of battery life is nothing to sniffle at, yet it's astounding how rapidly that figure has turned out to be quite reasonable to mediocre. You can extend the Razer's stamina by tweaking different settings (we saw 9 hours and 40 minutes of unplugged life subsequent to killing the console backdrop illumination), however it's still no place close to the 15 hours in addition to of the LG Gram 13 or the marvelous 22 hours and 38 minutes of the Lenovo Yoga 920.

All things considered, the new Razer Blade Stealth device remains a solid rival in the extremely portable field, particularly with the latest, bigger screen that is considerably simpler on the eyes than its antecedent. We have blended emotions about the new gunmetal dark choice: It makes the Stealth more suitable for business purchasers, however those purchasers are probably going to miss inaccessible highlights, for example, a unique mark peruser or versatile broadband or a greater battery. Furthermore, it's essentially less fun than the dark Stealth with the Chroma console.

What's more, a dark Stealth with a "Kaby Lake R" processor would be something we'd love to discover under our Christmas tree, or put on the Editors' Choice rundown that this test unit missed. We're happy to see Razer break out of the 12.5-inch specialty into the more crowded 13.3-inch showcase, however the opposition is fiercer there.

Presentation and PCMark 8

Some audit locales are scanty with regards to portraying a workstation PC's speed, saying just that a "framework's Core i7 processor gives it extraordinary execution," or subjectively taking note of that it feels smart or lazy. Different destinations overpower perusers with 15 or 20 pages of benchmark outlines, harping on contrasts that are imperceptible without a stopwatch or unless you're in unmistakable figuring situations.

PC Shopper endeavors to guide a center course. Our surveys join the author's close to home understanding and subjective sentiment with a page or two of benchmark diagrams in view of a modest bunch of promptly accessible and (significantly more vital) reproducible tests, the greater part of which mimic certifiable applications and recreations.

A portion of our tests measure the execution of a workstation's particular segments—particularly the CPU and illustrations subsystem—while others adopt an all encompassing strategy, running a few sub-tests and conveying a solitary score intended to give a general feeling of how able a machine is contrasted with others. So, no single test paints a plain, straightforward picture of how well a workstation handles different errands, from office tasks to top of the line picture or video altering, to running the most recent requesting gaming title.

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Likewise, it's normal to keep running into a test or two that declines to keep running on a framework we have in for testing. We endeavor to settle these issues and get the majority of our benchmarks to finish, regardless of whether that is not generally conceivable. Consequently, we run a battery of tests to ensure we have enough correlation numbers to get a reasonable feeling of how a surrendered machine stacks against its opposition, regardless of whether it be a sub-$300 spending tower, a midrange across the board, or an extraordinary gaming machine intended for playing forefront titles on top of the line 4K screens.

We utilize the accompanying strategy to test a wide range of Windows-and Mac OS-based PCs, and additionally Windows tablets, with stipulations point by point in each test.

PCMark 8 is a PC-investigation and - benchmarking device comprising of a blend of use based and engineered tests that measure framework execution on workstations and Windows tablets running Windows 7 and more current renditions of Microsoft's OS. The benchmark contains a few presets that reproduce diverse genuine efficiency and substance creation work processes.

As coordinated illustrations and drive stockpiling speeds have enhanced, the PCMark suite has advanced also, setting more accentuation on these segments and giving less weight exclusively to processor execution than in past variants.

Of the six separate benchmark preset "situations" accessible inside the test, we play out the Work Conventional test to get a feeling of how well the framework handles efficiency undertakings.

What does it test?

The Work Conventional situation survey general framework execution for office-driven undertakings, for example, word preparing, spreadsheeting, Web perusing, and videoconferencing.

What are the units of estimation?

The test produces an exclusive numeric score; higher numbers are better.

Contrasts in PCMark Work Conventional scores are relative to the review of frameworks being referred to. (A little contrast in scores is more important between two spending PCs than it is between two costly top of the line towers.) We don't prescribe making a buy in view of only one given test score; you'll need to take a gander at the ones most applicable to how you utilize your gadget. Be that as it may, as an all encompassing execution test, PCMark 8 conveys an important measure of a given PC's general capacities in respect to others.

What classes of PC do we test with PCMark 8?

We test all Windows-based PCs, work areas, and Windows tablets that will run PCMark 8 utilizing this benchmark, from ease spending frameworks to top of the line gaming towers, and everything in the middle.

To run the test, the framework must run Windows 7 or a later form of Microsoft's working framework, and have no less than a double center processor, 2GB of RAM, and 30GB of free storage room.

For all intents and purposes every new workstation qualify, in spite of the fact that now and again we keep running crosswise over PCs that can't run the test for one reason or other. Specifically, low-end Windows tablets or other minimal effort frameworks that utilization eMMC memory may need adequate storage room to run this test.

What settings and testing process do we utilize?

We first duplicate the PCMark 8 installer (a robust 2.9GB record) to the work area of the test framework and introduce it on the boot drive. We at that point run the program, introduce any updates if important, and input our PCMark 8 Professional enlistment code with the goal that we can get to the Work test.

We at that point tap the Run Conventional catch in the lower-right corner. The test normally takes 60 to a hour and a half to finish.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

HyperX Cloud Revolver S Review

Kingston's Cloud Revolver HyperX S earphone takes the original Cloud Revolver head free and gives it numbers of changes to make the headphone sound more flexible for gaming, music and video amusement.

On account of Dolby advanced flag preparing that makes virtual 7.1-channel encompass sound, the Cloud Revolver S headset joins the alliances of other premium gaming headsets went for full submersion and finish situational mindfulness.

In any case, contenders like the $100 (£110, AU$160) Corsair Void Pro RGB and the $100 (£90,AU$170) Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition likewise offer amusement arranged 7.1-channel encompass at a lower sticker price, so the HyperX headset has a remark at $150 (£140, AU$250).

As we'll investigate, beside a couple of minor issue, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset genuinely substantiates itself inside and out we could think to move it.


The stylish of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is pretty and not excessively "gamery." A couple of focuses indicate its gaming nature, yet they're unobtrusive. With the amplifier evacuated, just the "HX" logo demonstrating HyperX on both ear mugs truly yells "gaming."

The highly contrasting shading plan isn't emotional, with dark being most unmistakable and white just appearing as minor accents on the ear containers and strung into the headband. Red LEDs, in the mean time, just show up on the USB control box, and they aren't glaring.

The HyperX Cloud Revolver S physical form is significantly more amazing. The headset is worked around a smooth, steel outline that is satisfying to the touch and the eyes. This offers an adaptable and strong feel. Generally metal edges can present a touch of clamor if brushed or tapped, however a couple of elastic dampers help limit the resonation. Matte plastic ear containers append to the steel edge and turn a couple of degrees toward each path and the headband slides openly for programmed acclimation to fit a client's head.

The headband and earpads are canvassed in cowhide like "leatherette" cushions brimming with lavish adaptable foam that offer solace for a considerable length of time and legitimize the utilization of "Cloud" in the headset's name. We've worn a lot of lighter headsets and earphones that felt vastly more awkward. The earpads influence a wide circle, to easily fit substantial ears and spread out the clasping to weight to the point of being insignificant.

The receiver is one of only a handful couple of feeble focuses in the outline. It connects to the HyperX Cloud Revolver S by means of a 3.5mm jack at the base of the left earphone. It's thick, bendable, and feels strong with no presented work to stress over tearing. .

The issue is that it jumps at the chance to bounce back a bit from where it's situated if it's twisted exceptionally far. Dislike a gymnast that will twist and remain in whatever position you put it. It's likewise a disgrace the mouthpiece can't dock itself into the headset when not being used, but rather the additional mass presumably would not have been justified, despite all the trouble.

The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is outlined with changed usefulness and similarity all around considered. It can associate with PS4 Pro, PC, PS4 and different gadgets that help USB sound utilizing the included USB dongle. A straightforward 3-post 3.5mm jack likewise gives it a chance to connect to some other gadget from a modest telephone to a burly Xbox One X or VR headset.

If necessary, a breakout link even comes pressed in the container to part the mouthpiece and earphone sound into double 3.5mm jacks. It ought to be noticed that the enchantment of the Dolby virtual encompass will be lost with choices that don't utilize the USB association.

The HyperX Cloud Revolver S utilizes meshed links that are to some degree unbending. From the earphones, the primary length of link is around three feet, which is a reasonable length to come to the USB control board. The board has a clasp on it that appears to be planned for joining to a pocket or belt.

From that point, the link gets somewhat crazy at approximately eight feet long. In case you're near your PC, the link can feel extreme. However, since it's perfect with supports where you may sit facilitate away, having the additional scope and not requiring it is superior to not having it when required.

Sound garden

In the event that you figure we haven't spouted enough about the outline of the headset, don't stress. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S execution is correspondingly commendable.

Setup is basic. Kingston says "Attachment N Play" and the Cloud Revolver HyperX S are only that. No chase for drivers, no expected programming to oversee sound profiles. We connected the USB gadget to, punched the catch on the dongle to enact Dolby's advanced flag processor, and blast, we were set.

The 50mm drivers pack a punch while keeping sound clearness in place. We turned up diversions to the point where blasts were all around jostling, everything still sounded fresh and clean. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S doesn't jumble high caps or bass lines, and creates clean mid-tones.

The Dolby DSP presents some commotion, however the clamor to-flag proportion is great, and the obstruction is immediately concealed. The main circumstances we extremely saw it was tuning in to music that began calm, with minimal in excess of a solitary note played at once.

On the note of music, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is particular however fun. With everything set to ordinary, the earphones are fine for music. The in-line control board offers three equalizer presets: a bass lift and a level or vocal EQ. The bass is sufficiently decent, however we didn't discover much use for the level and vocal EQ alternatives. We did, in any case, have a go at kicking on the Dolby DSP while tuning in to music, and it was an impact.

The Dolby advanced flag preparing may present commotion, yet it additionally spreads out every one of the components in the tune, so you feel encompassed by them, loaning a live feel. Al, John and Paco seemed like they were lounging around us franticly picking and tapping their guitars. Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes yelling, "go ahead, chemicals," from all around was stunning.

There's a tinge of reverberate that perfectionist audiophiles may detest, yet it additionally offers some curiosity to melodies we've heard many circumstances. Eddie Hazel's performance in Funkadelic's Maggot Brain can pretty much take you to an alternate measurement even with poop earphones, so it knocked our socks off once more while tuning in with the HyperX Cloud Revolver S and the Dolby DSP exchanged on.

The atmospherics offered in music continued to video content also. We tried this out with a touch of Wonder Woman and Dunkirk. Normally, Dunkirk was serious, with each gunfire rattling us. What emerged most were the minor foundation sounds, similar to the sound of winged creatures and other foundation components we didn't see previously. By spreading out the components, the conditions are substantially more convincing.


Obviously, the greater part of that is simply good to beat all. Computer game execution is what it's about, and the HyperX Cloud Revolver S doesn't frustrate. To put it gruffly, no, the virtual 7.1-channel encompass sound didn't make it feasible for us to definitely pinpoint a stride at our 8 o'clock so we could spin around and astound subtle enemies with a speedy headshot. In any case, regardless it offers strong spatial sound that can help gigantically in diversions.

Since the Dolby DSP makes such a decent showing with regards to of spreading out sounds, it's anything but difficult to recognize sounds even in noisy conditions. We were guarding the finish of King's Row in Overwatch, and however the payload was adjacent and occupied with battle, we could head the boisterous strides of a foe Reaper, get a general thought of where he was (sufficiently certain, he was hiding on the gallery above), and we could caution our partners so as to stay away from a dreadful astonishment.

We likewise tried the HyperX Cloud Revolver S in Rainbow Six Siege and Battlefield One. In Rainbow Six, sound signals can go far to remaining alive and winning, and the HyperX Cloud Revolver S was an expert at keeping us mindful of our environment. In Battlefield One, the encompass sound helped maneuver us into nature, influencing us to feel like we were that considerably more profound in the mud with expert sharpshooters popping shots from the pinnacle to our right side, and some yank hurling fire explosives up in front of us.

Doesn't really work tragically

The amplifier, notwithstanding its finicky adaptability, is a strong decision for gaming. Kingston gloats its TeamSpeak and Discord affirmation, and we were satisfied with it, as well. None of our colleagues at any point yelped, "your mic is disease," while playing with us. The clamor scratching off demonstrated powerful in a group of tests. In our most noticeably awful test condition, an uproarious bistro with music on, a large portion of the sound was lessened, with just the periodic sound of ringing glass coming through.

Foundation commotion was effortlessly overwhelmed by our own voice in the receiver. There's certainly a sweet spot for the mic however. Excessively close and your breath will seem like a solid blast. Too far and it goes swoon. Genuine gamers or streamers with a devoted amplifier can take the receiver off and forget about it (or locate some other use for it).

Last decision

The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is an inside and out great headset intended for gaming however prepared to do as such considerably more. The 7.1-station encompass sound offered through the Dolby DSP makes a wide soundstage that is helpful in recreations and drenches you in motion pictures and music. At the same time, the sound quality astonishes the distance from bass through to treble.

Past the sound, the headset's manufacture emerges as a superior component that legitimizes the somewhat higher cost. Metal, rubber treated plastic, fake cowhide and adaptable foam all meet up into an agreeable and powerful headset that doesn't feel shabby anyplace. Also, did we say the solace? Ten hours of gaming on an apathetic Saturday is too simple to do with the HyperX Cloud Revolver S.

Indeed, the amplifier isn't the most adaptable or simple to stow away we've at any point utilized, yet the sound is fresh and handles the activity of keeping colleagues informed.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review

Dell has been on a tear with its overhauls in 2018. Over a challenging redesign on its leader Ultrabook, the Dell XPS 13, the Round Rock-based organization has totally reevaluated the Dell XPS 15 into a 2-in-1 PC.

In changing over a powerhouse PC into a half and half machine you really need to use as a tablet, Dell swung to Intel's new Kaby Lake G processors to convey 'discrete-level' illustrations on a solitary chip. This 15-inch execution machine likewise presents Dell's new attractively determined console and imaginative cooling framework to additionally lessen weight and pack the measure of this convertible scratch pad.

Considering we as of now very enjoyed the past XPS 15 show, giving it a 360-degree pivot and an eighth era Intel Core processor with AMD Vega designs worked in has just sweetened the arrangement. In the event that lone this PC could resist material science to run somewhat cooler and calmer, it would have earned a flawless score.


Here is the Dell XPS 15 (2018) setup sent to techradar for survey:

central processing unit: Intel Core i7-8705G 3.1GHz Processor (core-quad, 8MB store, up to 4.1 GHz)

Designs: RX Vega Radeon M GL illustrations, Intel high definition Graphics 630

Slam: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)

Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge hostile to intelligent touch show

Capacity: 512GB PCIe SSD

Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 2 x USB-C 3.1, microSD card peruser, headset jack

Availability: Bluetooth, Killer 1435 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi 

Camera: 720p Widescreen HD webcam with 4 exhibit advanced amplifiers, Windows Hello agreeable infrared camera

Weight: 4.36 pounds (2kg)

Measure: 13.9 x 9.2 x 0.36-0.63 inches (35.4 x 23.5 x 0.9-0.6cm; W x D x H)

Cost and accessibility

Dell starts offering the XPS 15 2-in-1 for $1,300 (about £958, AU$1,654). At this value you will 15.6-inch high definition touch show, eighth generation Intel built Core i5-8305G chipset with Radeon RX Vega M GL designs, 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 128GB strong state drive (SSD). In Australia, the XPS 15 2-in-1 SKUs begin at AU$3,399 with an Intel Core i7-8705G, 8GB of random access memory and 512GB SSD.

The main other PC as of now furnished with the same Kaby Lake G chips is the HP Specter x360 15 that begins at a higher $1,370 (about £1,011, AU$1,741) to begin. All things considered, HP's Kaby Lake G-fueled mixture comes stock with a 4K show.

So as to get a 4K screen on the XPS 15 2-in-1, you'll have to spend in any event $2,100 and move up to an arrangement featuring the Intel Core i7-8705G processor with the same Radeon RX Vega M GL designs, 8GB of random access memory and 256GB of capacity. In the UK and Australia, you'll need to bounce up the design of our $2,350 (£2,200, AU$3,900) audit unit for a Ultra-high definition screen.

Relatively, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro when completely stacked for $1,300 (about £963, AU$1,720) comes furnished with a seventh era Intel Core i7-7500U processor matched with AMD Radeon RX 540 designs, FHD show, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. The lord of half and halves, the Lenovo Yoga 920, can similarly furnished with an eighth era Intel Core i7-8550U, 4K show, 16GB of random access memory and 512GB SSD for $1,800 or AU$2,650 (about £1,511).


The XPS 15 2-in-1 has seen a comparative mixture update to the one that the littler XPS 13 2-in-1 presented at CES 2017, past its clearly bigger measurements. Dell appears to have discovered an outline that works and is adhering to it.

You get a similar silver-hued anodized aluminum cover and base with the carbon fiber console rest that has discharged on earlier XPS 15 models, this time with aluminum pivots that take into consideration 360 degrees of turn. The main thing that is genuinely special to this current workstation's outside is the back vent that looks somewhat like a turn around air scoop you would see on an auto. This is the place the workstation ousts a considerable measure of its warmth – however we'll get more into that later.

Dell's most noteworthy modifications went into thinning down the powerhouse XPS 15 into a half and half PC that is agreeable to hold. Truth be told, Dell guarantees this machine to be the littlest and most slender 15.6-inch 2-in-1 workstation accessible today at only 0.35-0.63 inches (0.9-1.6cm) thin and 13.9 inches (35.4cm) wide. The PC likewise weighs 4.3 pounds (1.97kg) to begin, with higher-end alternatives liable to include a couple of ounces.

Similarly the Dell XPS 15 measures in at a bigger 14.06 x 9.27 x 0.45-0.66, however is shockingly 0.3 pounds lighter than its hybridized adaptation. In any case, to us, the XPS 15 2-in-1 doesn't feel significantly heftier than a 15-inch MacBook Pro – great for a 15-inch PC with a touchscreen.

Given this present PC's size and gentility, we're astonished by the choice of ports Dell has figured out how to make accessible inside the XPS 15 2-in-1: two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-C 3.1 – all of which bolster charging and DisplayPort – a microSD card peruser and a headset jack. It's pitiful to see the old USB-An and full-estimate SD Card peruser do what needs to be done, yet maybe Dell held off sufficiently long.


What has made this fantastically modest size conceivable is two-crease.

In the first place is Dell's utilization of its cutting edge InfinityEdge show with another 1,500:1 differentiation proportion that makes blacks everything except vanish on the screen. This almost bezel-less show outline permits a workstation that is only 13.9 inches wide to house a screen that is 15.6 inches wide corner to corner.

Underneath said screen is a 720p webcam matched with an infrared focal point for secure Windows Hello login – and it's focused simply like the new XPS 13. Despite the fact that the webcam arrangement gives your loved ones an up-your-nose perspective amid video visits, the Windows Hello usefulness works shockingly snappy. In addition, there's additionally a unique mark peruser incorporated appropriate with the power catch, for yet another Windows Hello login alternative.

Second is a fresh out of the plastic new console maglev innovation that enables the base to be more slender than what was conceivable previously. This maglev console tech is like that of the shot prepares in Japan, yet clearly connected at an a whole lot littler scale. By utilizing uncommon earth magnets underneath the keys, as opposed to domed membraned switches like most workstations, this PC copies the vibe of a physical key reaction with just 0.7mm of movement.


Subsequent to writing on the console for only a couple of minutes, that shorter travel is obvious: it's certainly not a 1:1 reenactment of standard PC console conduct. To compensate for the absence of movement, the keys are more unbending, requiring a firmer press, yet in addition reset all the more rapidly. Generally speaking, we have an inclination that we move between keys as fast as we're utilized to on a taller console.

At first it takes a touch of getting used to, particularly with how the island scratches scarcely transcend whatever remains of the carbon fiber loaded console deck. Additionally, having page here and there keys ideal alongside the bolt keys is only the most exceedingly terrible. In any case, once you get its hang, it's a noteworthy advancement that is considered a relentlessly thin and light gadget with a similarly huge screen.
Gratefully the glass-covered, Microsoft Precision touchpad stays unaltered and is as delightful to use as ever.


The new Intel-meets-AMD processor inside the XPS 15 2-in-1 is a power to be figured with. Dell guaranteed the new Kaby Lake G processor would convey Nvidia GTX 1050-comparable execution. To say the very least.

No matter how you look at it, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 conveys 100-500 point higher scores in 3DMark and CineBench than the consistent XPS 15 furnished with a Nvidia GTX 1050.

The Dell XPS 15 additionally left the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro in the clean as it was just ready to accomplish a 3DMark Fire Strike score of 2,495. The Lenovo Yoga 920 and its incorporated Intel high definition illustrations fared the most exceedingly bad, with a Fire Strike result scarcely over 1,000 focuses.

On the processor end, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is the genuine article either, accomplishing preferred Cinebench and GeekBench scores over any of its opponents.

The greater part of this amazing execution can be ascribed to another sensor center point that advises the processor-illustrations crossover chip to generously support frequencies. This sensor center point works couple with programming on the processor to screen the gadget's cooling and energy to settle on these choices for you – so its to a lesser extent a tweakable overclock and a greater amount of a programmed execution help.

Beside amazing benchmark scores, this 15-inch workstation can utilize its additional recurrence headroom to better perform either more genuine errands, similar to photograph and video altering and even some light gaming. Truth be told, we're ready to play Overwatch at 1080p and high settings with a predictable 60 outlines for every second and Destiny just kept running at a somewhat bring down 45fps with the diversion set to 1080p and Ultra quality settings.

Our exclusive significant issue with the Dell XPS 14 2-in-1 is refreshing this current machine's Radeon drivers. All through this audit we endeavored to refresh the Kaby Lake G video drivers just for the product to let us know "the chose driver neglected to distinguish the momentum design."

We trust this is an issue that Dell and Intel will resolve later on, as presently it appears the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 can't refresh its show driver.

One uproarious child

Obviously, the greater part of this execution comes at the cost of warmth. To help battle this, Dell built up another kind of Gore protection. This material coordinates warm out of the gadget superior to different answers for enable segments to work at higher temperatures. Surprisingly, it works extremely well. Having this machine on our laps, it feels no hotter than Ultrabook running on stack.

Lamentably, whenever we connect to the PC to divider control appears to bring about the fans kicking on maximum capacity inside minutes. Nvidia Max-Q PCs may have ruined us for quiet gaming note pads, however this machine sounds as uproarious as a thick gaming note pad running at full execution.

Battery life

Dell guarantees the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 can last up to 15 hours on battery, however we discovered it to keep running for about 33% of that guaranteed life span. We got a most extreme of 5 hours and 8 minutes from our typical nearby video playback test. With our customary web perusing, email checking and content editing errands, the battery went on for around a hour longer.

Relatively the Dell XPS 15 with more customary discrete illustrations kept running for about a hour longer on a similar battery test. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro hung on for 6 to 8 hours with our video playback benchmark and general utilize.

So it appears the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 keeps running on the shorter side of accessible battery life.

Last decision

The 'littlest and most slender 2-in-1 gadget of its size' is extremely noteworthy undoubtedly, thanks in extensive part to its new half and half processor/discrete illustrations chip. AMD's Radeon RX Vega M illustrations have given Intel's processors a genuine jolt, surpassing even a workstation furnished with Nvidia GTX 1050 designs. At the same time, this workstation keeps up one of the most slender profiles in its 15-inch class with for the most part better than average battery life.

Be that as it may, the greater part of this power contained in such a little bundle accompanies a high cost and it's likewise one of the loudest 15-inch PCs we've ever tried. On the off chance that you can look past these issues, however, this is a standout amongst the most creatively built and intense, thin 15-inch PCs in years.
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