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Exclusive broadband deal: the UK’s cheapest internet, one year for only £140

Here it is – the cheapest way you can currently get the internet in the UK. If you begrudge spending a penny more than you have to for home broadband, then this is the deal for you. And it’s exclusive to TechRadar readers.

For the next 10 days, you can sign up for this unprecedented low price for a year’s worth of Origin broadband. Pay £139.99 upfront and get unlimited home internet for a year, with no bills to pay whatsoever. That’s the equivalent of a mere £11.67 per month, which is over £7 a month cheaper than any other broadband deals right now – a massive £87 saving over the course of the year!

Keep reading for more information about this incredible exclusive offer for your new broadband package. And if the thought of splashing out all at once for your internet doesn’t appeal, we have some pay monthly cheap broadband options that may suit you instead.

The UK’s cheapest broadband deal – a TechRadar exclusive:

Other great Black Friday broadband deals:

      

Get up to 99% off Mailbird Pro this Black Friday

Mailbird Pro, our favorite premium email client, is available for as little as £0.39/$0.69 in a special deal for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Everyone will receive a discount of at least 50%, and you can ‘gamble’ for a better deal by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn – up to a maximum of 99% off the usual price. You have four chances to spin the wheels and get a better random discount.

Click here to save up to 99% on Mailbird Pro

Not only does Mailbird Pro let you connect an unlimited number of accounts and collate your messages in a unified inbox, it also links to just about every social network and chat service you can name.

The offer applies to Mailbird Pro Lifetime only.

      

Dell reveals its early Black Friday sale, with 15% savings on a range of products

Dell has revealed that it is slashing 15% off the price of a number of laptops in its early Black Friday sale, which is running now and ends just before midnight on November 22.

These deals are for a select number of products, and all you need to do is enter the code EARLYBIRD15 at the checkout for some impressive savings.

This is pretty exciting, as last year Dell was offering 7% off its products during Black Friday, so this early sale bodes well for what Dell has planned for the big day itself.

Early birds

As we mentioned above, all these deals expire just before midnight on November 22, so if you’re on the lookout for a new laptop, you could bag yourself a bargain before Black Friday even rolls around.

If you do miss out on these deals, don’t worry as we have a feeling Dell will be lining up some pretty amazing offers on the day itself, so keep an eye on our Black Friday 2017 deals page.

  • Make sure you check out our list of the best laptops as well, there’s a number of Dell devices included

      

Samsung could be readying a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a detachable screen

Apparently Samsung is preparing a 2-in-1 Chromebook, probably for release next year, at least according to word on the laptop grapevine.

The fact that a detachable Chromebook is in the works was actually spotted by Chrome Unboxed back in September, with the device, codenamed Nautilus, being referenced in the Chromium repository. Scant details turned up, though, and all that was revealed about the device is that it’s a detachable hybrid with a Kaby Lake processor.

However, now the tech site has found a name which is linked to the device in the repository: Jongpil Jung. Who just happens to be a senior engineer at Samsung, hence the speculation that this Nautilus hybrid is from Samsung.

Chrome Unboxed explains that: “Now, in most cases, a name wouldn’t be a common denominator for pinning down a manufacturer but Mr. Jung’s work has been solely isolated to Samsung’s devices up unto this point and I have no reason to believe that has changed.”

Pro plus

Jung previously worked on the Samsung Chromebook Pro – which we loved in our review – and that’s a convertible (pictured above) with a 360-degree hinge, so the screen can be folded right back to be used as a tablet.

But the alleged new device will be a detachable, meaning the display can be completely detached from the keyboard base, which offers one clear advantage: it’s a nice thin slate, as opposed to a thicker tablet with the keyboard folded underneath it.

All this is good news for those who might want to use their Chromebook for Android apps.

We probably won’t see this detachable Chromebook pop up anytime soon, of course, given that it’s still very much a work in progress, but it should be out at some point next year, hopefully. Fingers crossed that’s the case, because it will provide an even more flexible hybrid option for those who use Chromebooks.

Speaking of flexibility, just last week we heard about a new trick which is set to boost the powers of touchscreen Chromebooks when it comes to multitasking with apps in tablet mode.

      

Surface Book 2 teardown reveals another tricky to repair glue-happy hybrid

The teardown experts at iFixit have got their gadget-dismantling paws on the Surface Book 2, and the unsurprising news, given Microsoft’s previous track record with repairability ratings, is that the hybrid performed badly.

Overall the Surface Book sequel scored 1 out of 10 for ease of repair, which at least on the bright side (or perhaps the slightly-not-as-gloomy-side is a better way of putting it) was more than the Surface Laptop, which managed a big fat zero after it was released back in the summer (actually iFixit said it would give the device a score of -1, if that was possible).

The Surface Book 2 is flamed in the usual departments, including the use of strong glue to hold various components in place, such as the batteries, and the cover for the base.

The display was also criticized as being difficult to remove and replace, and further pot-shots were fired at the processor and RAM for being soldered onto the motherboard.

The positive point in terms of upgradability is that the SSD can be replaced (although it’s not easy to get to it in the first place). Interestingly, the SSD was also iFixit’s main positive point when it came to the Surface Pro 4 teardown two years ago (that device scored slightly better at 2 out of 10).

Slim but sticky

All that said, Microsoft is hardly alone in manufacturing products which suffer from these issues. Just look at Apple’s MacBooks, which are another famous offender with their iFixit ratings and overuse of glue (the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar also got a 1 out of 10, for example).

Of course, when it comes to these ultra-slim laptops, achieving thinness – and still fitting in a battery that gives solid longevity – can often mean making these kind of compromises on repairability and upgradability that affect the potential overall life of the machine.

Hopefully, if you do buy a Surface Book 2, you’ll never have any problems with it anyway. Microsoft is certainly talking up the increased reliability of its products of late.

And the Surface Book 2 is certainly a cracking hybrid notebook, as we found in our recent review: it’s well-designed, powerful, and manages a very impressive level of battery longevity.

Via: MS Power User

  • One of Microsoft’s Surface hybrids makes our best laptops list

      

Currys PC World starts Black Friday early with major deals on Surface Pro and a half-price Lenovo laptop

Currys PC World has bargains aplenty on offer in what the retailer says is its biggest ever Black Tag deals event, which begins today – right now in fact – and includes some compelling discounts on notebooks, not to mention PC games and accessories.

If you’re thinking of buying one of Microsoft’s hybrids, then the good news is that the new Surface Pro Core i5 with 128GB of storage and a bundled Type Cover has been reduced from £1,099 to £849, a cool saving of £250.

But if you want a less expensive notebook, the other big offer here is the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 (14IKBN), which has had its price practically slashed in half from £700 down to £399.

This laptop has a Core i5-7200U processor (dual-core, up to 3.1GHz), 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, with a 14-inch anti-glare screen that has a resolution of 1366 x 768.

PC stands for Price Cuts

Currys/PC World is also knocking 30% off the marked price of all PC games and peripherals, although that excludes console headsets, and also Steam cards.

Naturally, come Black Friday at the end of the working week, you can expect a whole new set of what the firm describes as ‘best-ever’ deals to be unleashed, and these will go live from midnight on the retailer’s websites.

And if you want to take a gander at more bargains, we’ve got the full lowdown on all the best early Black Friday deals.

      

Save $30 on Kindle Paperwhite – big Amazon Black Friday deals are here

We’re still a few days away from official Black Friday deals in the US, but Amazon is already offering big bargains that will leave you feeling thankful by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.

Amazon Black Friday deals have already started, even though the actual Black Friday date falls on November 24. Amazon, however, is getting the party started early with slashed prices across the board for its Kindle and Fire lines.

Also, if you’re looking for deals well under $5, you might want to check out Amazon’s prices for its Dash Buttons that let you immediately order new household products like laundry detergent with just the click of a button. They’re currently 50% off, costing $2.50 each.

All of the deals listed are live now, and they’ll remain valid until midnight PT on Cyber Monday (November 27). This is just the beginning, however, as even more Amazon Black Friday deals are on the way, followed closely by Amazon Cyber Monday deals.

Early Black Friday quick links

Save now with Amazon Black Friday deals

As you might expect, most of Amazon’s early Black Friday deals center around its own products.

The Kindle e-reader in particular remains one of Amazon’s most-loved devices even after all these years, so these deals make today and the week to come an excellent time to pick one up if you’re new to the line, or simply seeking to upgrade.

Black Friday deals are just getting started

There’s already an impressive selection of early Amazon Black Friday deals to see aside from these, although just as with these tablets, more impressive deals should be popping up as we get closer to Black Friday.

You can count on us as TechRadar to sift through the deals as they show up and update our pages accordingly.

      

Best touchscreen laptops

Whether you like it or not it’s undeniable that touchscreen have change the laptop landscape forever. From more touch-friendly operating systems to the explosion of drawing applications, there are more reasons to have a touchscreen on a laptop than ever before and the huge uptick in popularity of 2-in-1 laptops perfectly corroborates this.

While it might seem like every notebook has a touchscreen, not all digitizers are born equal. Sure most are good enough to detect when you’re scrolling up and down a site, there are some particularly tuned for precise digital pen usage and have specialized features.

With all of this mind we’ve picked out the crème de la crème of touchscreen laptops for everyone from digital artists to digital note takers. Whether you’re new and looking to be part of the touchscreen revolution or looking to upgrade to that next best thing, you’ve come to the right place.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is bar none the ultimate touchscreen device. Not only is it a tablet 2-in-1, rather than a laptop 2-in-1, it’s also completely designed around a touch interface and the Surface Pen. Whether, you’re an artist or need a reliable digital slate for taking notes, the Surface Pro is the finest touchscreen device on the market.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

The Samsung Chromebook Pro can be likened to an extremely large Samsung Note 8 in that it has a stowable stylus and a great touchscreen handwriting notes. What’s more, every single thing you write down on the Chromebook Pro is saved to Google Keep, which then digitizes your handwriting into a text document for easy searching afterwards. Plus the Chrome OS device’s full access to the Google Play Store also allows users to play all their favorite Android games on a much larger screen than almost all other tablets.

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

The HP Spectre x360 meets the happiest balance between tablet and laptop. As a tablet it has perfectly slim bezels for viewing all sorts of content and is lightweight enough to hold for long stretches. Then as a laptop it has great battery life to last through the day and you won’t find anything else with a more tactile keyboard.

If you’re looking a laptop with even more screen real estate there’s the 13.9-inch Lenovo Yoga 920. It’s sports just as many 4,096 levels of sensitivity as the Surface Pro but on a much larger 4K screen. This sharp-looking hybrid laptop also brings a touch of class with its unique watchband hinge and fully metal build.

Read the hand-on review: Lenovo Yoga 920

The Surface Book 2 15-inch offers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro, but on a much larger screen and exponentially more powerful hardware. Thanks to quad-core processors and potent discrete graphics, it’s ready to handle your most demanding art projects as well as playing the latest games.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

      

Monster gaming laptop deal: MSI will save you $450 before Black Friday

For PC gamers already in the holiday shopping spirit, MSI and NewEgg have a sick deal for you way ahead of Black Friday.

What you’re about to see is a VR-ready, ultra-portable gaming laptop for what most budget mobile gaming rigs cost.

For a limited time, MSI is selling its GS63VR Stealth Pro gaming laptop for just $1,149. That is, specifically, a $1,599 product for $300 off – with another $150 off through a rebate mail-in card.

Inside, this laptop is sporting a 15.6-inch, Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. Backing those processors are 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive combo for storage.

This is but a taste of what you’re bound to see in the coming days and week leading up to Black Friday weekend. Keep it locked to TechRadar for all of the latest in Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

      

BT and Huawei team up in five-year project

BT and Huawei have teamed up to form a research group at the University of Cambridge. The project, set to last five years, is going to focus on a range of areas including photonics and access network infrastructure.

In addition, the group, comprising experts from the two companies as well as academics from the university, will be looking at how communications impact on society. The aim of the project is to explore ways to reduce overheads for UK business, either by reducing the cost of network infrastructure or by boosting operational performance.

One area that the researchers are hoping to explore is in the role that new technologies have to play in delivering positive impacts for society, either by reducing inequality or by using ICT technologies to improve resilience of communities to climate change.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding, setting out future plans. The new project is set to get under way in the first half of 2018 with five to ten researchers from BT and Huawei working alongside their University collaborators.

Research on impact of technology

Prof Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor at the University of Cambridge, said: “The world of telecommunications has advanced rapidly over the last two decades. However, there is still work to be done to improve the technologies we use on a daily basis and to ensure that they are long-lived. By working with BT and Huawei we will be able to demonstrate that the insights delivered through our research have a broad impact.”

Gavin Patterson, BT Group chief executive added: “BT’s infrastructure is the engine of the UK economy, so it is essential that we continue to innovate in this space to enhance the UK’s competitiveness on the world stage towards and through Brexit. BT currently invests around £500m every year in R&D, and over the last ten years we’ve been the third biggest contributor to the UK’s R&D efforts.”

As well as short term projects, the research group is also looking well to the future, by using the funding to support longer-term, ‘blue skies’ research projects being progressed by postgraduate students.