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The Samsung Dex is a tiny new smartphone dock that wades carefully toward a world in which smartphones serve as our primary computers. It’s about the size of a hockey puck, and when the Galaxy S8, a monitor, and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are connected, the Dex turns the phone into a surprisingly functional desktop. The idea is that instead of lugging a laptop around everywhere, you might just take your phone and drop it into a dock at home, the office, and so on.

The concept of docking a smartphone and turning it into a fully functional PC is an ambitious dream that has failed spectacularly many times in the past.

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Look at the websites of big laptop-makers and you’ll find bold images of laptops designed to look like the future of the form. They’re impossibly slim, made of the same expensive materials as a top-end phone and cost a packet.

The HP Envy 15 is a laptop for those who don’t want to buy into the new order of ever-slimmer, ever-lighter, fancier machines. It’s a practical, reasonably powerful laptop that’s just right for those looking to retire their desktop PC, but want to do so with a degree of style.

It’s a very solid laptop, although it is a mainstream machine that slightly prioritises battery life over raw power.

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Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple

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Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P — the first Chromebook to get the upgrade — is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps.

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Robolinux Mate Raptor v8.1 is a stunningly gorgeous and well-tuned operating system that soars with unmatched functionality.

This release of the Robolinux distro line runs the newest iteration of the Gnome 2 fork desktop Mate. It is fast and slick.

The integration of Mate as a modern desktop environment is growing on me. This assessment becomes even more true with how Mate is paired with the really cool features in Robolinux.

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