Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

Hands on: The Surface Laptop Studio is my new favorite Surface

Microsoft has officially announced the Surface Laptop Studio, a product that many thought would be called the Surface Book 4. Indeed, the product does replace the Surface Book series, so the new branding is probably more reflective of the complete redesign. Plus, it's supposed to be a new hero product for Windows 11. And it's a...

CybertronPC CLX Ra Gaming PC review: This is what a $7,000 gaming tower looks like

Back when Intel announced its 11th-generation desktop processors, CLX Gaming reached out to me asking if I wanted to check out a review unit of one of its PCs. I'd never heard of the brand, which is owned by CybertronPC out of Kansas. CLX Gaming builds custom gaming PCs, and I ended up getting the...

Hands on: HP’s Envy 34 AiO is beautiful, powerful, and has a magnetic camera

HP is announcing a wide array of new Windows 11 computers today. The announcement includes a premium convertible laptop in the Spectre x360 16, entry-level devices like the HP 11-inch tablet and 14-inch laptop, and new all-in-ones like the Envy 34 AiO. The company sent me the HP Envy 34 AiO to check out ahead of...

HP announces a new 16-inch Spectre x360, a 34-inch AiO, and a lot more

HP is announcing a whole bunch of new Windows 11 PCs today, from tablets to laptops to desktops. At the top of the lineup is the new HP Spectre x360 16, its first 16-inch flagship convertible. On the HP Spectre x360 16, the display is 3,072x1,920, giving it a 16:10 aspect ratio. It's an interesting choice,...

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the Microsoft Surface Mini I always wanted

For a couple of weeks now, I've been using the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. It's a phenomenal device, and frankly, it's pretty much everything I want in a phone. We've already got a review for the phone itself, but today I want to talk about a different angle -- the Microsoft experience. For a few...

Alleged Surface Pro 8 leaks with all of the features you wanted

We're just a few days away from Microsoft's big Surface launch, where we're expecting to see the Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, Surface Go 3, Surface Book 4, and Surface Duo 2. Today, it seems that the Surface Pro 8 has leaked in all its glory. The leak comes from a screenshot of a...

The complete specs of the Surface Go 3 leak with no surprises

Next week, Microsoft is going to be holding a big hardware event, where it's expected to announce the Surface Book 4, the Surface Pro 8, a new Surface Pro X, the Surface Duo 2, and the Surface Go 3. Probably the least exciting of the bunch is the Surface Go 3, but thanks to WinFuture,...

Amazon Appstore shows up in the Microsoft Store, but you can’t have it yet

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Windows Subsystem for Android showed up in the Microsoft Store, even if it didn't do anything for people that downloaded it. Now, as spotted by Microsoft leakster WalkingCat, the other piece of the Android app puzzle has arrived. The listing for the Amazon Appstore in the Microsoft Store...

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 app updates to the Beta channel

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22000.194 to the Beta channel. First of all, there's not much that's new. Windows 11 is launching on October 5; it's safe to say that it's feature-complete. One thing that you'll find, however, is a bunch of Windows 11 app updates. These include Snipping Tool, Calculator, and Clock with...

Microsoft’s Surface event: What to expect and what not to expect

We're now just weeks away from the launch of Windows 11, and we're just days away from Microsoft's next big Surface launch. If you're a fan of the company's hardware, it's bound to be an exciting day that's full of surprises. So beware, there are spoilers ahead. We've got some ideas about what we're going to...

Windows 11 VMs are going to require TPM 2.0

With all of the system requirement increases in Windows 11, one of the more prominent ones is TPM 2.0. However, that requirement is waived if you're installing the new OS in a virtual machine, allowing you to test it out on unsupported hardware, as well as run it on things like Apple's M1 Macs. That's going...

Samsung starts making 90Hz OLED displays for laptops

Samsung today announced that it's started mass production on 90Hz OLED displays for laptops. You're going to start seeing them in 14-inch laptops soon, and they'll come from OEMs like ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. In the world of Windows PCs, high refresh rates are known for being a gaming feature. For mobile phones though,...