The first wave of Intel-backed Ultrabooks has made it to market, but we want to know how such models compare to existing thin-and-light 'ultraportable' laptops. These lightweight laptops are sleek, speedy and sexy, yet none of them offers a touchscreen - and that's important, if you want to continue running Windows as your OS of choice.
Microsoft has released its Windows 8 Consumer Preview for download, and we took it for an early test-drive to assess its radical new touch-optimised Metro interface - something the touchscreen-equipped models in our all-in-one PCs group test will handle with aplomb. With the final version expected to ship later this year, it's likely that the next Windows laptop, tablet or desktop PC you buy will be running Windows 8.
Of course, you don't have to stick to running Windows; nor do you have to buy a PC that's preinstalled with Microsoft's OS. Whether your priorities lie in gaming and entertainment, or in finding a PC the whole family can share, we show you how to choose components that will work well together and build a compact machine. We also explain how you can try out a Linux distribution without upsetting your existing Windows installation.
Despite its release only a couple of weeks ago, our Test Centre has already bagged a third-generation iPad. Our hands-on review is accompanied by a look at the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - the first quad-core Android tablet to market. We've also looked at the best network printers for business users, helping you to find a model that offers excellent print quality and appealing running costs.
Our technology news is brimming with details of AMD's advances against Intel in the server market, what steps big-brand phone makers are taking to protect their bottom lines from the cheap produce of Chinese vendors, and what small-cell networks could mean for equipment makers and service providers. We're also particularly proud of our exclusive interview with The Gadget Show Host Suzi Perry, and only in PC Advisor magazine will you find the missing link between 3D TV and tuberculosis.
Our How-to section takes your hand and guides you through applying a second layer of security to your Google account with 2-step verification, backing up your important data to the cloud, and getting your recipes in order with ChefTap for Android and Photobox.
All this, plus our unique Top 5 charts, technology news & analysis, reader Q&A, and much, much more.
These lightweight laptops are sleek, speedy and sexy, but how do they compare to existing ultraportables?
Windows 8: the complete guide
With the Consumer Preview now available, we test-drive the OS your next Windows PC, tablet or laptop will run.
We take a look at the state-of-the-AIO-art in our comprehensive round-up of six stylish all-in-one machines.
Also in this month's issue:
• Network printers
• How to build a compact PC
• Third-gen iPad review
• Quad-core Android
• Exclusive: Suzi Perry
• No-strings-attached Linux
• Back up data to online servers
• Smartphones in 2012
• AMD vs Intel
• Reader Q&A