9 products that we love Valentine's Day – and 7 that have broken our hearts

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Microsoft and Windows related equipment that we love on Valentine's Day

crush: Microsoft Surface Pro X

Surface Pro XSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

I have been a Surface Pro user since 2017, although I reviewed previous models before sending them back to Microsoft. But that is the 2017 Pro that really made me fall in love with the form factor. I did not upgrade to the Pro 6 in 2018 because the form factor was the same and there were not enough convincing updates to justify the investment. Then came the 2019 Surface Pro X announcement – and I was beaten. Love at first sight. I immediately gave my credit card details to Microsoft as soon as pre-orders went live. When it arrived, I tore open the box like a starving man who came across a box of Oreos. The hardware has turned out to be an absolute DREAM. It is thin and light, sleek and yes, I will say, it looks better than any computer (or tablet) that Apple has ever made. The new keyboard is even better than the previous Pro keyboards from Microsoft, and the new Surface Slim Pen is also one step higher than previous versions. I'm really in love with the Pro X design. I think my wife is even a little jealous this Valentine's Day …

– Al Sacco, Future Mobile content director

Windows 10 on ARM

Microsoft Surface Pro X

The thinnest and lightest Surface Pro available

Surface Pro X delivers the most exciting design to date for the Surface Pro. For people who need a light, thin LTE-capable productivity laptop, the Surface Pro X offers a unique set of features that can't be found anywhere else.

crush: Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge logo on card

Microsoft Edge logo on cardSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Until recently I did not use Microsoft Edge as my primary browser. Instead, I've been using Google Chrome for a long time. I tried to switch to the standard browser on Windows 10 several times, but due to website compatibility, speed issues and lack of extensions, I noticed that I switched back to Chrome, although it is known that the browser uses a lot of memory and battery life .

However, since the new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine was released, I decided to give the browser a new chance. I must say that I am very impressed. The main reason is the switch to the open Chromium engine developed by Google, which makes the browser lightning fast. Because most developers first build for Chrome, websites are now more compatible.

Another thing that I like about the new browser are the extra functions and benefits. Although the old version included support for extensions, it did not have the variety that was found with Chrome or even Firefox. Thanks to the new engine I can already use my favorite Chrome extensions. I also like that it is cross-platform, so I can use it on my Android phone for a more integrated experience. "Tracking prevention" is a great feature to prevent websites from following your activities. With "Profiles" you can easily share the browser with other people. And because the browser is no longer linked to Windows 10, updates are regularly available with improvements and functions.

Perhaps the most telling, I no longer need to switch back to Chrome.

– Mauro Huculak, contributing how-to-writer

A huge improvement

Microsoft Edge (new)

The new version of Edge from Microsoft has been completely rebuilt with new features, better performance and platform-independent support. Download today!

foolishness: Project XCloud

Xbox Project xCloud

Xbox Project xCloudSource: Windows Central

Project XCloud is a dream come true for anyone who has ever seen a Nintendo 3DS (or more recently the Nintendo Switch) and wondered what an Xbox handheld could look like. Of course, there are reservations about cloud streaming, such as speed requirements, 5 GHz wifi and a controller clip for your phone, but these are still early days. The fact that I can play my games, everywhere, On any device is something that I find incredibly exciting, and even in this early test phase, I am overwhelmed by the speed and enormous potential of XCloud.

– Jez Corden, game editor

Wrapped in

Jovitec Xbox One foldable controller clip

Easily take your Xbox One controller on the road

This foldable Jovitech controller clip easily and securely mounts any phone. Moreover, it is conveniently affordable.

Get control

Microsoft Xbox One controller

An easy essential for testing Project xCloud.

Get the signature Microsoft controller in a sleek and simple finish. Official boarding controllers start cheaply when choosing a pure black color.

crush: Age of Empires II: Final edition

Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IVSource: Microsoft

I have been playing Age of Empires II since 1999 when it was first released, via the HD remake and in the latest Definitive Edition. Microsoft and the studios under the umbrella have done a fantastic job on the remake, and I have been playing weekly since release. The new 4K graphics, the new civilizations, campaign updates and balancing tweaks have been largely a success and the game has never been easier to play thanks to many changes in quality of life. There is also a new AI that fights better for times when you don't want to test your skills against other players in ranked or casual multiplayer games. Age of Empires II: Final edition is an example of how to recreate a classic game without angering the fans – no doubt because of a lengthy Insider program that gathered valuable feedback from players – and it should last for years. If you are a fan of RTS games, give my love a try.

– Cale Hunt, Windows Central writer

An RTS for the ages

Age of Empires II: Final edition

A classic recreates correctly

Age of Empires II: Final edition manages to make the classic RTS feel new, without deviating from what made the game great in the first place.

crush: AMD Ryzen 9

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XSource: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central

AMD really brought the fight back to Intel in the CPU room, but it was the Ryzen 9 series processors, especially the Ryzen 9 3900X that surprised me. In my review of the CPU I praised him for his incredible performance for money. The fact that AMD was able to launch a 12-core (with 24 threads) processor at an aggressive price, while ensuring that every core is capable of serious workloads, makes the Ryzen 9 3900X one of my favorite processors of all time.

It was exactly what AMD needed in 2019, and Intel also got to know its competitor by lowering the price of its enthusiastic desktop processors and by launching product launches. Just when we thought that AMD was almost empty with Ryzen, it showed some well-hidden tricks. And because it's not a Threadripper, you can throw the 12-core 3900X (or other Ryzen 9) CPU into a small compact enclosure with a Mini-ITX motherboard. Madness, I tell you. And love. Crazy Love.

– Rich Edmonds, reviewer for Windows Central employees

Ryzen Power

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Love every core

The time of multi-core useless FX processors is over and here is a processor that offers 12 cores, 24 threads and a lot of performance at an aggressive price.

crush: Surface Precision Mouse

Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

Microsoft Surface Precision MouseSource: Windows Central

I have spoken about my love for the Surface Precision Mouse before, and it remains a favorite in my ridiculously large mice house. Ergonomic, it feels great in the hand, and I am a big fan of the way you can switch between a click sensitive or smooth scroll wheel feel with the push of a button. If you use more than one PC, you can also link the mouse to up to three machines and scroll back and forth virtually seamlessly between them. That alone is worth some admiration.

I wish it was available in more colors, but the color is Surface Gray Okay. In terms of feel, the only other mouse that comes close is the MX Master 3 from Logitech. If you have not tried either, I strongly recommend that you take one and try it. You will not regret it. You could even fall in love.

– Dan Thorp-Lancaster, news editor

Feels good, man

Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

Ergonomic miracle

If you spend long hours at a desk, the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse is great in the hand. Add that it can be paired with up to three PCs at the same time, and you have a solid performer.

crush: Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game PassSource: Windows Central

Although we have seen a number of innovations throughout the life of the Xbox One, few have shaken my routine such as the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft & # 39; s Netflix-style gaming subscription service, currently available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, offers more than three hundred games on both platforms. And although a simple concept back at launch, continuous growth has positioned the service as one of the best deals in modern gaming. That $ 10 basic subscription (or bundled under Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for a premium) has encouraged me to diversify the games I play with regular additions and support missions that push me further into the range. While Xbox Game Pass attracted me with the leading blockbuster titles from Microsoft, finding those hidden gems makes this a really sweet package. It is a perfect link for every Xbox newcomer or veteran.

– Matt Brown, staff writer

Crazy Value

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Save on Microsoft's now six-in-one Xbox and PC plan

$ 1 $ 14.99 $ 13.99 discount

This trio of services delivers the Xbox Game Pass for Xbox, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold together and delivers the full experience in 2019. Microsoft's ongoing promotion brings three months to $ 1, including Spotify Premium, Discord Nitro and EA Access.

crush: Hololens 2

Microsoft has announced and launched the HoloLens 2 in 2019, and it is a huge leap forward for AR. The new HoloLens is a major upgrade from the original and introduces more natural ways of interacting with holograms. With HoloLens 2, users can communicate with holograms by touching them, reducing the barrier between the user and virtual objects. It also has eye tracking capabilities and Windows Hello integration in the form of iris scanning. It is also the first device from Microsoft that comes with a new, modern version of Windows, called Windows Core OS. In addition, HoloLens 2 is an ARM device, which means it has instant wake and great performance. It is not a device designed for use by everyone, but it certainly deserves some love, because it is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor.

– Zac Bowden, Senior Windows Editor

Holograms of the next generation

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Hololens, but better.

HoloLens 2 takes everything that made the original great and makes it to 11. With a new carbon fiber case, extra padding, eye tracking and a wider field of vision, the headset should have no problem finding success with developers and front-line workers.

foolishness: AMD

AMD Threadripper 3990X CPU

AMD Threadripper 3990X CPUSource: AMD

AMD has had such a long time. Since the launch of the Ryzen CPU set-up, it seems that everything that touches the red team is turning gold and gaining almost universal praise for its CPU's. In recent years, I have only been impressed by AMD hardware to the point that I will not consider anything else for my personal PC.

And it's not just about the things that I can afford to use. AMD makes headlines for many different reasons. Ryzen has now reached 7nm, just like the Navi GPU architecture used in Radeon graphics cards, and we are now at a point where 64-core CPUs are one thing. AMD is an excellent example of a company that is doing everything it can to push the boundaries on every occasion, and I am now looking forward to seeing what happens to the Xbox Series X powered by Ryzen.

– Richard Devine, review editor

Amazing CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

The best CPU there is

A third generation six-core Ryzen processor that does not cost much more than the older Ryzen 5 2600X, but offers many advantages. This beast is unlocked, comes with a good stock cooler and even supports PCIe 4.0.

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