Picking The Right Hardware

Paul I will continued to be say “Thank you” for pointing out truth about Microsoft webcam and about surface hardware and being truthful in general.

your rant other day was great and well put that your buying out date hardware at a premium price and that why is Microsoft releasing hardware sub par.

I asked you about buying the Microsoft headphones few months back and you were there better players in game.

I bought this XPS it’s my new daily driver n love it work horse. But it was a large purchase for my business and being a one person business I need to get best bang for my buck. I would have bought the surface laptop 3 had you not pointed out last years chip set and Brad had not mention on the Sam’s Report that Amd was not going choice for programmer or business cause it was not that great.

My point is we here on site we do listen to what you have to say and write and does influence our purchase so thanks for being honest.

Conversation 3 comments

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    15 April, 2021 - 2:02 pm

    <p>Thanks. 🙂 </p>

  • jchampeau

    Premium Member
    15 April, 2021 - 3:39 pm

    <p>100%. Thanks for what you do and how you do it, Paul and Brad.</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    16 April, 2021 - 4:20 am

    <p>I agree, for the most part Paul's advice is very good and he is independent and "says it like it is". There are times where his articles and recommendations are at odds with my experience in business, but, as Paul notes, he is writing for the home user and enthusiast.</p><p>A good example is the new webcam from Microsoft, this week. He was going on about how it is 2021 and it doesn't have Hello.</p><p>This might be important for a home user, but for a majority of corporate users, the lack of Hello is probably irrelevant.</p><p>For example, we don't have an SCCM server and we don't use Azure AD and InTune, therefore Hello cannot work – if you have a domain device, Hello is run through SCCM or InTune, don't have those, the fingerprint reader or hello camera is deactivated.</p><p>I've worked at or with a large number of companies over the last decade and none of them support SCCM or InTune (some use 3rd-party services instead), so none of their users can use biometrics to log on.</p><p>Likewise, where I currently work, biometrics aren't allowed on mobile devices (Smartphones etc.) either.</p><p>Another point is, most of our users keep their webcams in their desk drawers or disconnected, until they need to make a call.</p><p>In essence, we need a webcam that is relatively cheap (i.e. no superfluous features that drive up the price), has a good quality image and "does what it says on the tin".</p><p>As a webcam aimed at business, I think it hits the sweet spot, for us. As a home user, I'd like to have a version with Hello.</p>

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