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Dell introduces redesigned XPS 15 and XPS 17 | Windows Experience Blog

Dell’s family of XPS laptops

If you’re in the market for a new PC, take note: Dell has announced new devices that deliver larger screens, long battery life and enough power to stream your favorite shows, edit photos for Instagram, render 4K videos for YouTube or create original sounds and textures on your Digital Audio Workstation.
Dell has redesigned the XPS 15 and introduced a new XPS 17 with larger screen sizes so you can see and do more, thanks to virtually borderless, four-sided InfinityEdge displays and new hinges. Whether you’re creating content or consuming it, the XPS systems will meet your needs with immersive visuals.

Dell XPS 17

After a near 10-year hiatus, the XPS 17 returns and it’s leveled up with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics with Max-Q design and 19 hours of battery life to keep up with demanding projects, gaming and VR. It’s also got a thermal design that increases fan airflow and delivers higher sustained performance.
The redesigned XPS 15 has a larger 16:10 display and new speakers, striking a balance between power and portability to fuel content creation at home or on-the-go, with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics with Max-Q design and up to 25 hours of battery life.

Dell XPS 15

If you choose the Creator Editions of these devices, you’ll find configurations built with tools that speed high-resolution video editing and graphic design processes.
So many of us are on video calls these days, and on these devices those calls are supported by Dell’s smallest ever HD webcams discretely hidden at the top of the displays. You’ll come across loud and clear thanks to top-mounted mics with advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction technologies.
Running late to virtual hangouts with friends and family? The XPS family helps you log on quickly using Windows Hello – a fingerprint reader built right into the power button – so you can safely unlock your PC and get to visiting without entering a password.
The XPS 15 starts at $1,299.99 and is available in the U.S. and Canada now and across participating European and Asian countries later this week. The XPS 17 starts at $1,499.99 and will be available in the U.S., Canada and participating European and Asian countries this summer.
With Dell Mobile Connect – available to download for free from the Microsoft Store – Android and iOS users can make calls, send texts, fully mirror their phone screen to use apps, and get notifications and drag and drop files between their phone and XPS. It’ll come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems this spring.
And if you want to move important and hard to replace data and files from any Windows-based PC to your new Dell XPS, you can use Dell Migrate, a new, simple, do-it-yourself tool that will get you up and running fast. It starts at $39 and is now available in the U.S.

Now you can download Forza Street onto your mobile devices | Windows Experience Blog

Forza Street is now available all over the world to download on iOS and Android devices. You can play across multiple devices thanks to Xbox Live. Players will be able to unlock Xbox Achievements and transfer game progress across Windows, iOS and Android devices.
In this new free-to-play experience, players jump into the game for quick, under-a-minute races where they compete to unlock new cars and upgrade parts to grow their car collection.
As a special gift to everyone who plays Forza Street on mobile and Windows 10 between now and June 5, players will receive a rare supercar: a 2017 Ford GT, added in-game credits and gold.
Find out more on Xbox Wire.

Now available: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Samsung Galaxy Book Ion | Windows Experience Blog

Announced last fall, two new Samsung Windows 10 PCs are now available: the Galaxy Book Flex and the Galaxy Book Ion.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15″

The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is a 2-in-1 PC with a QLED display packed with all the sharpness, detail and colors you’re used to on your TV, combined with an ultra-slim, convertible design that seamlessly converts from laptop to tablet. It comes in 13-and-15-inch versions.
But it’s got a lot going on under that attractive exterior. A 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor delivers split-second responsiveness for easy multitasking. The Wireless PowerShare turns your trackpad into a charging pad, and with its multi-workday battery life, you can keep working and creating uninterrupted.

Wireless charging

Another bonus: the ability to control presentations and other content from across the room using the included Bluetooth-enabled S Pen.
Like the Flex, the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion comes with a QLED display, wireless charging pad, 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and S-Pen, as well as a long-lasting battery. With the Ion, when you tilt the screen back the spine elevates the keypad ever so slightly, creating a more comfortable angle.
If you have a Samsung phone, you can connect it to these PCs using Microsoft’s Your Phone. Then you can get to your recent photos, text messages, notifications and mobile apps on your PC, without the need to switch between devices.

You can also sign into both models using a fingerprint or a PIN, thanks to Windows Hello – so no need to enter a password.
These devices will be available at Best Buy and Microsoft Store, among other national retailers.

HP reveals redesigned and highly customizable OMEN gaming desktops | Windows Experience Blog

As people stay at home due to lockdowns across the country, they’re turning to games more than ever to relieve stress and connect with others. Now they’ve got more hardware options to choose from with HP’s latest additions to their gaming suite: the OMEN 25L and 30L Desktops.
On both models, gamers will find visuals powered by up to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or up to AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards. Harness the computing power a game needs with up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K or up to the latest 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900 desktop processors.
To keep the CPU running cool, HP has worked with Cooler Master to offer both 92mm air and 120mm liquid cooler options. In addition to this alliance on the thermals side, HP has extended the relationship to include the power supplies as well, scaling up to a 750W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU from Cooler Master. Gamers can outfit the interior with up to 64GB of HyperX FURY DDR4-3200Mhz XMP memory with optional RBG lighting. They will also enjoy lightning quick boot times and game launches with ample storage space when pairing with up to two 2TB WD_Black M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD’s configured in RAID0.

Customers can choose either the 25-liter (25L) or 30-liter (30L) model, both built with refined thermals and a tool-less design for internal access. The 30L model comes with a tempered glass front bezel and an enhanced thermal compartment that houses a Cooler Master 120mm RGB system fan to bring in additional cold air into the system.
For those who wish to customize their setups, they can do so via the OMEN Command Center app, which enables lighting control for up to six zones including: the front logo, front fan, interior lighting, CPU cooler, memory, and graphics card. Users can also use the app to monitor individual component performance, allocate network traffic, and control fan speeds.
Both the OMEN 25L and 30L Desktops are expected to be available in retail stores and online starting in May. The 25L model will have a starting price of $899.99*, while the 30L model will start at $1199.99* on HP.com.

And for gamers looking to pair a display with one of these desktops, they can check out the new OMEN 27i Gaming Monitor. It is OMEN’s first combination of an IPS Panel at QHD resolution with a refresh rate up to 165Hz. Games will jump to life with a Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution and 350 nits brightness. And, thanks to NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility, gamers will experience fluid gameplay that reduces display stutter, input lag and screen tearing.
The OMEN 27i Gaming Monitor is expected to be available in retail and online starting May at a starting price of $499.99* on HP.com.
Find out more about the OMEN ecosystem of gaming PCs, displays and accessories.
*Pricing from HP.com, subject to change without notice. Retailers pricing may vary.

HP Create Ecosystem adds HP ZBook Studio, HP ZBook Create and the HP ENVY 15 | Windows Experience Blog

HP’s newest additions to the HP Create Ecosystem are aimed at all levels of creators – consumers, prosumers and professionals – to help bring digital concepts and ideas to life and share them. This line-up includes the HP ZBook Studio, HP ZBook Create and the HP ENVY 15.
In the past, creators had to choose between heavy workstations or bulky gaming devices to get the power they require for work and play. Now, HP touts the compactness and effectiveness of the HP ZBook Studio, “the world’s most powerful mobile workstation per cubic centimeter” [1]. Nowadays, creators want to multi-task while projects are rendering in the background without slowing down other applications, and in that regard the ZBook Studio is seven times faster than other mobile solutions [2].
In 2015, HP won a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for the development of the HP DreamColor display. The ZBook Studio and ZBook Create bring the first DreamColor display with all-day battery life to visual effects artists, animators and colorists worldwide, enabling them to accurately represent their content on-screen from anywhere, thanks to DreamColor’s built-in colorimeter for automatic self-calibration, 100% sRGB and Adobe RGB for accuracy. It also has more than a billion colors [3] for smoother shading and more consistent gradients.
With these two devices, creators can design, edit, render and stream from anywhere no matter how complex the workflow, choosing between Quadro or GeForce graphics and next-gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors. They each deliver nearly borderless screen experience – a 22% reduction in volume from the previous generation – alongside an up to 17.5-hour long-lasting battery life [4] into a lightweight aluminum exterior.
A new vapor cooling chamber and liquid crystal polymer, gaming-class thermals also help with the ability to run at maximum performance, as needed.

HP ENVY 15

The ENVY 15 is the first ENVY with a layer of glass on top of the touchpad for a smooth touch experience. Available across all new HP ENVY devices this year is the all-in-one keyboard, which includes easily accessible buttons for power, camera shutter, mute mic, fingerprint reader and HP Command Center.
Digital creations take on a new level of detail and realism with 4K OLED VESA-certified DisplayHDR True Black display. It features 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 100,000:1 contrast ratio with 400 nits brightness. Fast rendering, seamless playback and smooth multitasking are a breeze with an up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 (H-series) processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q design and up to 32GB of DDR4 Memory.
The ENVY 15 is the first HP ENVY device to offer gaming-class thermals – a vapor chamber and two 12-volt fans. Compared with a traditional heat-pipe design, HP’s custom vapor chamber solution provides 33% more processor power to power through intensive workloads.
The device also features HP Dynamic Power, which intelligently allocates power between the CPU and GPU; and, the IR thermal sensor supports Performance Control to fully utilize thermal capacity.
Find out more about these devices and the HP Envy portfolio at the HP.com newsroom.
[1] Based on HP’s internal analysis of thermal design power per/cm3 based on competitor max graphics, max processor and max power delivery from CPU and GPU on non-gaming mobile workstations with a minimum three ISV certs, configurable professional graphics and a dedicated workstation brand.
[2] Based on Arnold GPU benchmarks comparing ZBook Studio G (Intel Core i7-10850H 6C, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Driver: 442.52, 32GB, 1TB NVMe- Windows 10 Professional 1909 and Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (Intel Core i9-9980HK 8C, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, 32GB, 1TB NVMe – macOS version 10.15.3) as of April 2020.
[3] Number of colors through A-FRC technology.
[4] Windows 10 MM14 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See www.bapco.com for additional details.

Latest Lenovo Legion gaming PCs feature cooler thermals, extended battery life and keyboard improvements | Windows Experience Blog

The latest wave of Lenovo Legion PCs equips gamers with advances such as cooler thermals, keyboard improvements and extended battery life.
The latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors power this lineup, and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs with Max-Q Design deliver higher clock speeds and new levels of realistic graphics.
The 2020 lineup includes the Lenovo Legion 7i, Lenovo Legion 5i, the Lenovo Legion 5 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i for entry-level gaming. There are also two new towers: Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and IdeaCentre Gaming 5i. (The lowercase letter “i” in the model name indicates an Intel CPU.)

In competitive gaming, the way keyboards feel and their layout can make a huge difference. The Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard has 100% anti-ghosting, sub-millisecond response times and soft-landing switches, resulting in hair-trigger accuracy and the feel of superior key travel via its second transition curve design—so players experience a more tactile gaming experience.
Another thing that can boost performance: advanced thermal efficiencies. Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 provides an improved synergy of hardware and software that promotes better airflow and lower system temperatures. The advanced system now features Dual Burn support, which pushes the CPU and GPU to their in-game limits so that gamers can experience more predictable FPS (frames per second) without the need for thermal throttling. Meanwhile, these Lenovo Legion devices stay cool to the touch despite sustaining top speeds, thanks to tactically placed heat sinks that dissipate more heat away from the motherboard.
For a bump in battery life on the go, Lenovo Vantage software can manually disable the dedicated graphics card or G-SYNC via Hybrid Mode. Lenovo engineers worked with the team at NVIDIA to develop a more seamless, automatic way for gamers to better manage their integrated graphics through Advanced Optimus, which debuts on select Lenovo Legion gaming PCs.
Advanced Optimus draws on physical components of a gamer’s dedicated NVIDIA graphics card to intuitively detect which of their system’s graphics sources is best suited to power the application open on the screen. It switches back and forth from integrated (for light workloads) and discrete graphics to dramatically extend battery life [1] without the added hassle of a reboot for max framerates when gaming.
Soup up in-game performance even more with improved Lenovo Q-Control 3.0. Upshift to Performance Mode to turbo-charge past the competition with higher CPU voltage and higher FPS. Then, while streaming eSports highlight reels, downshift into Quiet Mode to lower battery drain and fan noise, or set it and forget it by enabling Balanced Mode for automatic adjustments based on which apps are open.

The Lenovo Legion 7i laptop has a 15-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) with 100% Adobe sRGB color accuracy, with VESA DisplayHDR 400 for a higher level of precise detail. An all-metal exterior envelopes that display and up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 H-Series overclocked mobile processors. Multitasking, streaming and content creating are made even easier with ample storage of up to 1TB PCIe SSD [2] and up to 32GB DDR4 memory. Enhancing the more powerful 80WHr battery is an energy release feature for a more consistent battery life of up to 8 hours [1]. All of this weighs in at just 4.62 pounds.
Players will keep up with all the action of graphically intensive AAA titles with up to 240Hz smooth refresh rates enabling response times under 1ms via OverDrive and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU with Max-Q Design for ray tracing in-game, engineered to improve lighting and reflection effects.
The 15-inch Lenovo Legion 7i laptop will start at $1,599.99 and is expected to be available starting in May [3].

The Lenovo Legion 5i and Lenovo Legion 5 are mainstream Windows 10 gaming laptops offering players several configuration options and next-level NVIDIA GeForce graphics. For the former, choose between two sizes (15-inch and 17-inch) with up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series mobile processors. The latter is the first Lenovo Legion laptop with AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors.
The Intel-based 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5i will start at $829.99 and the 17-inch Lenovo Legion 5i laptop will start at $1,129.99. Both sizes are expected to be available starting in May [3].
The AMD-based 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5 will start at $849.99 and is expected to be available starting in May [3].

The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i is the tower for the avid gamer who wants a high-performance home battle station. Push system performance to the highest settings, while staying quieter and cooler during cinematic gaming experiences with the tower’s optional liquid-cooling system. It’s optimally built for overclocked system performance—ideal for those heated marathon sessions. With cool blue LED lighting, optional RGB internal lighting and its chassis in a Phantom Black hue, gamers can choose to showcase their personality and high-power internals with transparent side panels.
It will start at $799.99 and is expected to be available starting in May. The Lenovo Legion Tower 5 will offer AMD Ryzen desktop processors as an option later this year [3].
Players who want to level up from amateur games to more intensive battle royale play without breaking the bank can check out the new IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop and the IdeaCentre Gaming 5i, a new home battle station.

Designed to eliminate screen stuttering and slow game loads, the 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop with optional 120Hz refresh rate features an up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 H-Series mobile processor. High-octane gaming sessions on this new laptop can last longer than before, supported by improved thermals with an extra heat pipe dedicated to the discrete GPU in its thermal array, plus dual thermal vents for better airflow.
The laptop will start at $729.99 and is expected to be available starting in May. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 will offer AMD Ryzen mobile processors as an option later this year [3].
The new IdeaCentre Gaming 5i sports cool blue ambient lighting at the front and is equipped with notable performance features, such as up to Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The expandability of this tower will grow along with your gaming needs. Ample port selection makes connecting to peripherals like the recently unveiled Lenovo Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor a snap.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Gaming 5i and IdeaCentre Gaming 5 desktop towers will not be available in North America. Pricing and availability will vary per geography [3].
The 25-inch Lenovo Legion Y25-25​ Gaming Monitor will start at $319.99 and is expected to be available starting in June [3].
[1] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.
[2] Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.
[3] Prices may not include tax and do not include shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates and color options may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

Venture into the digital worlds of Minecraft Marketplace’s free educational content | Windows Experience Blog

To help keep young minds sharp and stimulated while kids are now out of school, Minecraft Marketplace has launched favorite lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category.
These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station, discover the wonders of ancient Greece, or explore the inside of a human eye.
Also included: 10 worlds from the Marketplace creator community that explore renewable energy, marine biology, Greek history and more. They include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges and tricky puzzles.
All of these worlds are launching now and are free to download through June 30. Find out more at Minecraft.

Goodr and Jasmine Crowe use technology to reduce other companies’ carbon footprint | Windows Experience Blog

Jasmine Crowe, founder & CEO for Goodr

Before she founded a profit-for-good corporation that helps other companies strive for zero waste – which has so far diverted more than 2 million pounds of surplus food from landfills (about 1.8 million meals) – Jasmine Crowe used to feed people experiencing homelessness directly from the kitchen of her small one-bedroom apartment in Atlanta, something she called Sunday Soul.
For three and a half years, she cut coupons, price matched and shopped at three to four grocery stores and farmer’s markets, then spent 15-20 hours to make the bi-weekly meal (4-6 entrees, 10-ish side dishes, desserts and bread) for 250-500 people. She would then load up her car and drive the food to senior homes, shelters, parks, under bridges and alleyways.
“A video of one of my pop up restaurants went viral on Facebook and I woke up one day to millions of views, friend requests and I was reading through the comments, and one of the recurring questions people kept asking me was, ‘Who donates the food?’ And the reality was nobody,” she says. “And I started thinking, why aren’t restaurants donating the food? So, I started researching food waste.”
She found that nearly 75 billion pounds of perfectly good food is wasted every year in America – which amounts to about $218 billion a year spent in the U.S. on food that people never eat.
“The idea that hunger is an issue of scarcity and we need to produce more food is false,” says Crowe, who founded Goodr in 2017 as a sustainable food waste management company that leverages technology to solve hunger and food waste. “What I look at hunger being is an issue of logistics, and so Goodr is solving what I call the surplus food supply chain problem.”
Read the rest on Microsoft Stories.

Latest ‘Simply Windows’ video can help you make your PC easier to use | Windows Experience Blog

The newest “Simply Windows” video is now available, focusing on ways to customize the settings on your PC. 
If you’re new to Windows 10 or want to learn more about how to get the most out of it, this video series can help you get up to speed on using it. 

In this episode, writers Jackie Tidwell and Doug Thomas help viewers change the size of text in Windows 10, increase contrast on their screens and show you how Microsoft Edge can read webpages to you, among other things you can personalize in the Ease of Access settings. 
Find out more about “Simply Windows” and check out a playlist of previous shows. 
And if you like this, check out other Windows 10 Tips.