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The installation of new presses at two of Sheridan’s book printing locations this summer are the latest in a series of continued equipment investments made by parent company CJK Group.

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Sheridan’s Chelsea, Michigan facility installed a new Heidelberg XL106-8 P press which began producing live work in June. With speeds up to 18,000 impressions per hour, this press features 8 units that print 4-color over 4-color in a single pass along with auto-color scanning and ink control to Improve color consistency throughout the print run. Notably, the Prinect Workflow technology used with this press enables it to move automatically from job to job – changing plates and washing blankets on the fly, which significantly shortens make-ready times and increases productivity.

HP Indigo 12000 at Sheridan WI

An increase in productivity and color consistency was also brought to Sheridan’s Wisconsin facility with the July arrival of a HP Indigo 12000 digital press. The high throughput of the Indigo press for both single-and double-sided printing will provide needed capacity for quick turnarounds for short-run perfect bind and mechanical bind customers served by Sheridan Wisconsin.

“The ability to increase productivity while minimizing touchpoints and equipment setup – at a time when capacity and labor are tight across the industry – is more important now than ever,” comments Paul Loy, Vice President of Operations at Sheridan. “The installation of this new equipment allows us to get books into our customers hands quicker, while ensuring the highest quality product.”

Source: Sheridan

The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Printing Impressions. The views expressed within do not directly reflect the thoughts or opinions of the staff of Printing Impressions.

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Killexams : HP Vs. Dell: Is Either Company A Good Investment Between Now And The End Of 2023?
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HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) and Dell Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:DELL) are two of the most iconic and successful computer manufacturers in the world. HP started as Hewlett Packard in 1939 in a garage in Palo Alto and Dell was famously begun by a college student, Michael Dell, in 1984 at the University of Texas.

Now they are two of the largest PC manufacturers in the world with combined revenue of over $170 million per year. HP, of course, also manufactures a variety of printers while Dell has expanded into cloud services with its acquisition of EMC in 2015.

Looking at their 5-year revenue trends, both have increased their revenue but DELL's increase has been greater at 42% versus HP's 29%.

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Year to date, both stocks have significantly dropped in price, DELL by 24% and HP by about 15%.

But since Dell went public in 2018, DELL's price has outpaced HP's price significantly by 109% to 71%.

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In this article, I will compare the current status of both companies and come up with an investment recommendation for both.

Financial metrics

When looking at the key financial metrics, it is interesting to see how close the two companies are in many of the key metrics.

For example, note the Gross margin (line 5) and Market Value (Line 6) are virtually identical, meaning they both have excellent margins but appear to be underpriced. Other comparables that are very close in value are PE ratio (line 11) and Price to Free Cash Flow (Line 16).

The one item that stands out to me is Gross Margin to Enterprise value (Line 8) where Dell's is an enormous 70%. That could indicate either DELL is underpriced or HP is overpriced though all other ratios are extremely close.

But both have about the same Gross Margin percentage (Line 5), so no direct advantage there.

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But looking at the Price to Sales ratio historically, we can see that Dell appears to be undervalued currently compared to historical values.

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All in all, the metrics are amazingly similar although Dell may be slightly undervalued compared to HP.

Analysts' ratings are higher for Dell than HP

If we look at Seeking Alpha plus Wall Street analysts combined, we can see that DELL is more highly recommended than HP with 14 Buys and no Sells versus HP's almost equal 6 Buys and 5 Sells.

In addition, HP's 15 Holds show some indecision on the part of analysts.

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The quants don't appear to think either one is a Buy at this point with HP rated as a slightly higher Hold than Dell. No enthusiasm from Quants either.

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HP did not do well in the last recession

If you are concerned, as I am, of a looming recession in the next year or 18 months, knowing how a company did in the last recession can provide some investment insight.

From December 2007 through June of 2009 was the last recognized recession period and HP did poorly down almost 25%. Since Dell went public for the 2nd time in 2018, data for the previous period is unavailable although Dell was public at that time.

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However, we do have a recession-like period during COVID-19 that we can use as a comparison. In that particular case, we can see that Dell did much better rising over 130% during that period.

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Slowing of business prospects is a concern for both companies

In both companies' cases, PC sales are the biggest revenue source and right now it does not look good for the next year or so.

Here are the latest numbers from Gartner and they are not pretty.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 72 million units in the second quarter of 2022, a 12.6% decline from the second quarter of 2021, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the sharpest decline in nine years for the global PC market, brought on by geopolitical, economic and supply chain challenges impacting all regional markets. Source: Gartner

The downturn is even more evident in this graph from Gartner:

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Note shipments are down across the board except for Apple whose volume went up slightly due to the latest release of the Mac M1.

With the possibility of a recession, inflation, and the huge increase in unit sales during COVID-19 and the Zoom revolution, it is difficult for me to see rising unit sales over at least the next 18 months.

The problem is easily seen in the unit growth numbers from 2020 to 2021 below.

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Those numbers sure look different than the 2021 to 2022 comparisons we saw from Gartner.

In HP's case, printer revenues are already trending down from last year.

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Conclusion:

Long-term, the future is bright for both companies because their markets will eventually turn around just like they did after COVID. Both companies are profitable, have relatively low debt, and are among the top three PC companies in the world trailing only Lenovo.

But as the negative unit trends shown above indicate the market may be extremely tough over the next year or 18 months and perhaps even further.

The obvious investment question is whether now is the time to buy either of these two companies. Both have shown share price losses over the last 6-8 months in the face of continued logistics and market problems.

But since we are only looking out to 2023, I think we can assume those issues will not be completely resolved by then.

Of course, HP also has the printer business and Dell has expanded aggressively into the cloud market but both areas are very competitive.

As the Financial metrics section above shows, there is not a whole lot of difference between the two companies although Dell may be slightly undervalued compared to HP. But both have to face problems the largest of which may just be negative market sentiment towards hardware vendors in general.

HP has a much more substantial dividend and has raised it every year since 2017.

Until the end of 2023, I see both companies facing headwinds on the revenue side but also from potentially poor stock market performance overall and a large dose of negative sentiment.

Until results Improve and market sentiment towards them turns more positive both HP is a Sell and Dell is a Hold.

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Killexams : Best printers for Chromebooks of 2022

Published Jul 29, 2022 4:00 PM

Head out into the market and you won’t find any dedicated printers for Chromebooks. Generally, manufacturers try to offer models that work with just about any computer and even smartphone in hopes of reaching the largest audience. Google recently did away with its Cloud Print feature on which Chrome OS previously relied. That has changed the way Chromebooks print, arguably for the better. There are some key features and capabilities you’ll want to pay attention to whether you’re using the printer with a Chromebook or another computer or mobile device. A vast array of features and granularly different models can make choosing the best device tricky, which is why we have curated this list of the best printers for Chromebooks.

How we chose the best printers for Chromebooks

As a longtime freelance writer who has covered technology for publications like Reviewed, Popular Mechanics, Engadget, and, of course, Popular Science, I’ve spent a lot of time using printers and staying up-to-date on the latest offerings. To pick the printers for this guide, I relied on my own experience with different printer manufacturers, and also turned to reviews from trusted sources, as well as customer reviews, to help determine the best options for Chromebooks that are currently available.

You can get years of use out of a good printer, so it’s important to pick one that won’t leave you disappointed or cause you a constant stream of frustration. You’ll want to make sure the printer is compatible with Chromebooks, first and foremost, but you don’t want to overlook a printer’s basic capabilities or extra features that could prove useful even if you think you might not need them right now. 

Inkjet or laser?

The first choice you’ll have to make is between an inkjet or a laser. These two printer technologies have coexisted for decades because their strengths serve different types of people. 

Inkjets generally require less upfront investment but they can cost you more in the long run as you continually replace the ink cartridges (although there are exceptions). Laser printers—especially color ones—will cost a bit more off the shelf, but you’ll get much more use out of a toner cartridge (often years) before you’ll need to replace it. That can make the total cost over the life of the printer much less depending on how much printing you do.

But cost isn’t the only difference. A laser printer—even the most inexpensive ones—will generally print sharper text than an inkjet and they’ll churn out pages at a much faster rate. Inkjets, on the other hand, have the edge when it comes to printing in color—especially if you want to print high-quality photos suitable for framing. If space or portability is a top priority, you can also find inkjet printers that are much more compact than even the smallest laser printers.

The good news is that, unlike a lot of technology purchases, those differences make it fairly easy to choose the best type of printer for your needs. If your printing needs primarily involve long documents, forms, or letters, a black and white laser printer will give you better results and likely save you money in the long run. If you want to print high-quality photos, or frequently print other color documents, an inkjet will give you more flexibility, and still be more than adequate for any text printing needs.

Standalone printer vs. all-in-one

If you’re going to dedicate a chunk of desk space to a printer anyway, it often makes more sense to opt for an all-in-one device that can also handle scanning, copying, and even faxing for those who still have the need. All-in-one printers are a bit bulkier than standalone printers, but they often don’t cost a whole lot more. They’re almost certainly more affordable than buying multiple single-use devices. And all-in-ones can come in handy even if you’re only scanning the occasional document or photograph. It’s certainly a lot more convenient than adding a separate scanner later down the road.

Keep other printing options in mind

A black-and-white laser printer may seem limiting, but don’t forget about all of the other printing services at your disposal. If you’re only printing a few dozen photos a year (or even a couple of hundred) you may well be better off relying on online or in-store printing services for that, and a simple black and white laser printer for everything else. Printing services can be extremely affordable, and they’ll give you better results than even the best consumer-grade inkjet printers—not to mention the ability to get much larger prints than you’d ever be able to get at home. 

What happened to Google Cloud Print?

Until recently, if you wanted a printer for a Chromebook, the key feature to look for was support for Google Cloud Print. Like Apple’s AirPrint, it was a wireless technology that let you print from any compatible device over Wi-Fi without having to worry about installing drivers or configuring the printer for your device beforehand. After a decade of use, however, Google decided to discontinue Cloud Print at the end of 2020. 

That’s left things a bit more complicated for Chromebook users, but not a whole lot more complicated. Instead of Cloud Print, you now either print directly to the printer using your local Wi-Fi network or simply by plugging the printer in via USB. In most cases, that will let you use all of the same printer features that you would on a Mac or PC, but there may be some exceptions. Those can vary by printer, but one key feature not supported by Chromebooks across the board is Bluetooth printing. In most cases, you’d likely use a Wi-Fi connection for a home printer anyway, but Bluetooth can still be a useful feature to look for if you intend to print from other mobile devices in addition to your Chromebook.

The best printers for Chromebooks: Reviews & Recommendations

Printers range from inexpensive consumer models to pricey professional-grade machines. The printers we selected for this guide all fall somewhere in the middle, avoiding the cheap, frustrating models, and also leaving the highest-end options for another guide, since they would likely be overkill for most average Chromebook users.

Best overall: HP LaserJet MFP M234dwe

Why it made the cut: The vast majority of printing jobs only require black-and-white text and this printer excels in that arena. 

Specs

  • Printer type: Laser
  • Pages per minute: 30
  • Features: Scanner, two-sided printing, touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Size: 15.4” W x 16.5” D x 9.7” H

Pros

  • Affordable upfront and toner costs
  • Compact for an all-in-one laser printer
  • Six months of toner included with purchase

Cons

  • HP+ system requires HP account and internet connection

For most people, a black-and-white all-in-one laser printer is the most sensible option, and HP’s LaserJet MFP M234dwe hits all the right marks for everyday home or office use. The printer itself is fairly inexpensive and HP’s Instant Ink subscription program makes the running costs of using the printer affordable over the long run. You can also choose to just purchase toner as needed if you aren’t doing a ton of printing. It outdoes many similarly priced laser printers with a fast 30 pages-per-minute print speed (or 19 pages double-sided). Unfortunately, as is increasingly becoming the norm these days, you will need to sign up for an HP account to actually set up the printer, and maintain an internet connection to continue to operate it. That won’t be a problem for most folks, but it could be a deal-breaker in some instances, so make sure you know what’s required before making a purchase.

Best laser: HP LaserJet Pro M255dw

Why it made the cut: Color printing quickly bumps up the cost of a laser printer, but the HP LaserJet Pro M255dw is still fairly affordable and produces great results.

Specs

  • Printer type: Laser
  • Pages per minute: 22 (color/black and white)
  • Features: Two-sided printing, touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Size: 15.4” W x 16.5” D x 9.7” H

Pros

  • Affordable for a color laser printer
  • Decent print speeds
  • Color touchscreen display 

Cons

The black-and-white HP LaserJet MFP M234dwe’s affordability made it our best overall pick, but some people require color. If that’s the case, you can step up to another of HP’s LaserJet offerings: the LaserJet Pro M255dw. It demands a higher upfront cost and more expensive consumable materials, thanks to the pricier color toner required, but you will have the convenience of fast color printouts whenever you need them. 

While it’s not an all-in-one device (that will add even more to the cost of a color laser), you can use it in conjunction with the HP Smart mobile app for scanning in cases when you don’t need a precise digital reproduction of a photo or document. Printing is also a bit slower than our best overall pick, but still a more than adequate 22 pages per minute in either black-and-white or color. That’s much quicker than you’ll get from an inkjet. 

Best budget: Brother HL-L2370DW

Why it made the cut: While there’s little in the way of extras, the Brother HL-L2370DW’s fast print speed and high-yield toner cartridges make it ideal for anyone printing lengthy documents.

Specs

  • Printer type: Laser
  • Pages per minute: 36
  • Features: Two-sided printing, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Size: 14” W x 14.2” D x 7.2” H

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Fast print speeds
  • Large capacity paper tray

Cons

  • Only includes a starter toner cartridge in the package
  • Just the basics for features

Brother’s black-and-white laser printers have long been one of the best options for a basic, no-nonsense printer and the company’s HL-L2370DW firmly fits in that mold. It’s affordable, compact for a laser printer, and has a large, 250-page tray so you don’t have to constantly refill it with paper. It will quickly churn out long documents with a fast print speed of 36 pages per minute, which can really save a lot of time if you frequently run big jobs. It also supports a high-yield toner cartridge that will knock the cost per page down considerably, but one, unfortunately, isn’t included with the printer—instead, you get a “starter” cartridge that yields around 700 pages. It is wireless, like almost all printers now on the market, but there’s little in the way of extra features beyond that. On the plus side, there are fewer features and functions to break and ruin your experience. 

Best inkjet: Epson EcoTank ET-2800

Why it made the cut: Inkjets haven’t traditionally been considered an affordable option over the long run, but the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 isn’t a traditional inkjet and makes for a solid all-around choice for home use.

Specs

  • Printer type: Inkjet (refillable)
  • Pages per minute: 10 (black and white), 5 (color)
  • Features: Scanner, Wi-Fi, color display
  • Size: 14.8″ W x 22.8″ D x 10.0″ H

Pros

  • A refillable ink system cuts operating cost significantly 
  • Two years of ink included with printer
  • Solid print quality in black and white or color

Cons

  • Tiny built-in display
  • Slow printing speed

Inkjet printers may be notorious for a low upfront cost that’s quickly offset as you constantly have to buy expensive ink cartridges, but that thankfully isn’t always the case. The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 printer itself does cost more than many inkjet printers, but you’ll save money, in the long run, thanks to the refillable EcoTank ink system that Epson says provides about two years of use with each refill under typical conditions. In addition to saving money, that means there’s far less of the waste associated with disposable ink cartridges as well. It is on the slow side at 10 pages per minute in black and white or just 5 ppm in color, but you can expect solid print quality in black and white or color, and all of the versatility you’d expect from an all-in-one machine.

If you want to print full-color photos, this will treat you much better than even a color laser printer. That said, you should still compare the cost of ordering your photo prints from a service instead of printing them at home. You might be surprised to find the costs similar.

Best photo printer: Canon Pixma TR8620a

Why it made the cut: Canon’s Pixma TR8620a will cost you more in the long run than some other options, but it will deliver great photos and offers plenty of versatility for the rest of your printing and scanning needs. 

Specs

  • Printer type: Inkjet
  • Pages per minute: 15 (black and white), 10 (color)
  • Features: Scanner, two-sided printing, touchscreen display, SD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, fax
  • Size: 17.3” W x 14.4” D x 7.5” H

Pros

  • Great photo printing quality with deep blacks
  • SD card slot
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen
  • Full range of connectivity options

Cons

  • Cost of ink cartridges will add up
  • Not the fastest print speed

There are specialty printers designed primarily with photos in mind, but Canon’s Pixma TR8620a will give you great color prints while also doubling as a solid all-around printer for general home use. It is a traditional cartridge-based inkjet printer, which means you can expect to pay quite a bit more per page or photo, something compounded by the fact that the TR8620a actually uses two black ink cartridges (one known as Pigment Black) to produce even deeper blacks than a standard inkjet. There’s little to complain about when it comes to features, however, with the printer offering a large, 4.3-inch touchscreen display, an SD card slot, and all the connectivity options you could ask for, including Bluetooth, Ethernet, and, yes, faxing capabilities in addition to the usual Wi-Fi and USB connections.  

Best portable printer: Canon Pixma TR150

Why it made the cut: A truly portable printer, the Canon Pixma TR150 can be battery-powered and folds up into a size that can be stuffed in a backpack, without compromising print quality.

Specs

  • Printer type: Inkjet
  • Pages per minute: 9 (black and white), 5.5 (color)
  • Features: Wi-Fi, Mono OLED display, optional battery pack
  • Size: 12.7” L x 12.1” W x 9.7” H (Closed: 12.7” L x 7.3” W x 2.6” H)

Pros

  • Truly portable size
  • Great print quality
  • Can be battery-powered

Cons

  • Optional battery pack costs extra
  • Slow print speeds

Portable printers are a decidedly more niche product than either standalone or all-in-one printers, but they can be invaluable for some. That’s true whether you’re actually traveling with one (an optional battery pack makes it even more portable), or you’re simply constrained for space and would rather have a printer that you can just tuck away and only take out when it’s needed. 

You thankfully don’t give up much in print quality for that added portability, but you will have to be a bit more patient as it prints, with output rated at just 9 pages per minute in black and white or 5.5 ppm for color.

Even though this printer is portable, it will still take up a fair bit of space in a bag. When closed, it measures 12.7 inches by 7.3 inches by 2.6 inches, which will easily cram into a suitcase but isn’t exactly carry-on friendly. You can get even smaller printers but they often suffer from even slower print speeds and lack overall image quality. 

FAQs

Q: How much do printers for Chromebooks cost?

You’re basically looking at most of the consumer and even professional printer market, so options run the gamut from $70 consumer models to giant business machines that cost thousands of dollars. 

Q: Do you need a special printer for Chromebook?

The vast majority of new printers will work with a Chromebook, but there are some—and many old printers—that won’t work. In some cases, the printer itself will work, but certain features or settings may not be accessible with your Chromebook. Thankfully, Google maintains a list of links to printer manufacturer websites, where you can check if a printer is compatible and which features, if any, might not be supported.

Q: What app do I need to print from my Chromebook?

You don’t need a special app to print from a Chromebook. You just need to follow Google’s (or the printer manufacturer’s) instructions for setting up a printer with a Chromebook and you’ll then be able to print from within your browser or any app on your Chromebook like you would on any other computer, either by pressing Ctrl + P or by selecting Print from the menu.

Q: Can printers do duplex or two-sided printing with Chromebooks?

In most cases, if the printer supports duplex or two-sided printing, you will be able to use that feature with a Chromebook without any trouble. It is always a good idea, however, to check the manufacturer’s website to ensure the feature is fully supported on Chromebooks before you buy a printer.

Final thoughts on the best printers for Chromebooks

Chances are, you bought a Chromebook because of its affordability and ease of use, and those two factors are just as important to consider in a printer. Printers can often be needlessly complicated or excessively expensive, but a good one, like any of the best printers for Chromebooks featured in this guide, can give you years and years of use, and hopefully avoid any of the unexpected costs or bad experiences you might have had before.

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Killexams : Get a back-to-school Chromebook for under $100 at Walmart today No result found, try new keyword!Get ready to head back to school with this incredible deal happening at Walmart, where you can take home a Chromebook for under $100 today. Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:25:46 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping/get-a-back-to-school-chromebook-for-under-24100-at-walmart-today/ar-AA10h0Z6 Killexams : The HP Pavilion laptop is only $660 today — save $320! No result found, try new keyword!If you're looking for a new laptop, you might want to take advantage of HP's $320 discount for the HP Pavilion, which brings the machine's price down to $660. Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:11:52 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping/the-hp-pavilion-laptop-is-only-24660-today-e2-80-94-save-24320/ar-AA10j9Kv Killexams : Where Will Warren Buffett Stock HP Be in 5 Years? No result found, try new keyword!HP is a top manufacturer of home and business electronics. It reports its sales in two segments: personal systems (PCs, laptops, accessories) and printing (printers, ink, and even some really high ... Sun, 10 Jul 2022 00:35:00 -0500 text/html https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/where-will-warren-buffett-stock-hp-be-in-5-years Killexams : HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 Review Mon, 11 Jul 2022 10:57:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-scanjet-pro-3600-f1 Killexams : HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

HP and Google really, really want you to think of Chromebooks as fit for the corner office as well as K-12 classrooms and cash-strapped consumers. The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook (starts at $1,149; $1,734 as tested) is a corporate 2-in-1 convertible laptop built for cloud-first hybrid work. It's the first Chromebook with Intel's vPro IT manageability and security tech and the most advanced Chrome OS laptop to date. The Elite Dragonfly is unabashedly expensive, replacing its 2020 predecessor the HP Elite Chromebook c1030 Enterprise as the priciest Chromebook we've seen. But if you're not impressed by its exotic haptic touchpad and Wi-Fi 6E, you might perk up at claims like "three hours less downtime per week" and "zero ransomware attacks in history." The HP claims our Editors' Choice award for Chromebooks for business.


The Chromebook Is All Grown Up 

Like our consumer Editors' Choice winner the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook has a 13.5-inch IPS touch screen with a squarish 3:2 aspect ratio, which lets you see more of a document or webpage without scrolling and feels more like a pad of paper when held in tablet mode. The $1,149 base model's display has 1,920-by-1,280-pixel resolution and 400 nits of brightness; it's paired with a 12th Generation Intel Core i3 non-vPro processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB NVMe solid-state drive.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook tent mode

For $1,734, our Chrome Enterprise Upgrade test unit also has 8GB of memory but steps up to a Core i5-1245U vPro CPU (two Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, 12 threads), a 256GB SSD, and a 400-nit Gorilla Glass 5 screen with 2,256-by-1,504 resolution matching the Acer's. A third display option has the lower pixel count but is a 1,000-nit panel with HP's Sure View privacy screen. The RAM and SSD ceilings are 32GB and 512GB respectively; flagship models have Intel's Core i7-1265U and 4G LTE mobile broadband. (HP says 5G is coming this fall.) 

The Elite Dragonfly claims to be both sturdy and environmentally friendly, two must-haves for enterprise computing these days. Not only has it passed MIL-STD 810H tests against road hazards like shock and vibration, HP boasts, but it also has a 90% recycled-magnesium top, 50% recycled-aluminum bottom, and 50% recycled-plastic keycaps. The Chromebook measures 0.65 by 11.6 by 8.7 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds, a bit trimmer than the Spin 713 (0.67 by 11.8 by 9.3 inches, 3.2 pounds). The competing 13.3-inch Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is 0.61 by 12.1 by 8.4 inches, and the heaviest of the trio at 3.3 pounds. 

The side screen bezels are thin, though the top one is thicker to accommodate a webcam with sliding shutter. The system feels robust and sturdy, though as with most thin convertibles there's a bit of flex if you grasp the screen corners or mash the keyboard. The display also wobbles a bit when tapped in laptop mode—the annoying but impossible-to-eradicate "screen bounce" phenomenon. A fingerprint reader in the palm rest speeds sign-ins.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook left ports

On the laptop's left side are USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI ports—the latter a big Chromebook bonus for connecting an external monitor without fussing with a USB-C dongle—plus a microSD card slot. You'll also find the power button and a volume rocker for use in tablet mode.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook right ports

A second Thunderbolt 4 port joins an audio jack, a USB 3.2 Type-A port, and SIM-card and security-lock slots at right. The AC adapter has a USB-C connector; the Elite Dragonfly is compatible with HP's Thunderbolt docking stations.


A Clever Camera 

The 5-megapixel webcam puts most notebooks' cheap 720p cameras to shame, capturing 1080p videos (and, in a nifty new Chromebook option, five-second GIFs) and 2,560-by-1,920-pixel stills. Images are sharp and colorful, though a bit dark in rooms that aren't brightly lit. 

The Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers above the keyboard are surprisingly loud without being boomy or distorted at top volume. Highs and midtones are crisp, and bass is stronger than I expected; you can easily make out overlapping tracks. One of the top-row keys mutes the mic and all apps so you won't disturb conference calls.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook keyboard

Backlit for use in those dim rooms I mentioned, the keyboard follows the standard Chromebook layout with top-row browser, brightness, and volume controls, plus keys for switching among virtual desktops, capturing screens, and locking the system. Windows migrants will be frustrated by the lack of Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys (worsened by HP's trademark placement of the cursor arrows in a row instead of the proper inverted T), but the keyboard has a comfortable, responsive typing feel, even if it is a bit noisy. 

The large, buttonless touchpad uses haptic technology, like that of Apple's MacBooks and just a few high-end Windows laptops, so clicks are registered equally wherever you press (even at the top edge) and indicated by feedback instead of physical movement. The feedback is rather faint, but you quickly get used to it, and is a welcome addition when you drag or snap windows to the sides (halves) of the screen.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook right angle

As with most Chromebooks, the display offers a range of faux or "looks like" resolutions (the default is 1,410 by 940 pixels) if you find that its native resolution of 2,256 by 1,504 pixels makes screen elements and text too tiny. The panel is nicely bright (though I stuck with the top two or three backlight levels), with clean white instead of grayish backgrounds, and rich, well-saturated colors. The 5.5-inch pen clings tightly to the Dragonfly's right edge and charges wirelessly; it kept up with my fastest swoops and scribbles, and exhibited good palm rejection.

Thanks to Intel vPro, IT managers can revel in remote manageability and security, including total memory encryption (TME) and Keylocker. The vPro functionality also includes approving and blocking apps and extensions, and remotely wiping or disabling misplaced machines.

In addition, HP provides QuickDrop software, used to transfer files between your Chromebook and iOS or Android phone; a trial of the Concepts sketching app; and one year of Parallels Desktop, so Chrome Enterprise customers can run Windows programs.


Testing the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook: A Top-End Duel 

For our benchmark charts, I compared the Elite Dragonfly with four other Intel Core-powered Chromebooks. Besides two additional 13.5-inch convertibles with 3:2 aspect displays—the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise—I chose two 14-inch clamshells aimed at consumers and business respectively, the Acer Chromebook 514 and the Asus Chromebook CX9. You can see their basic specs in the table below.

We test Chromebooks with three overall performance benchmark suites—one Chrome OS, one Android, and one online. The first, Principled Technologies' CrXPRT 2, measures how quickly a system performs everyday tasks in six workloads such as applying photo effects, graphing a stock portfolio, analyzing DNA sequences, and generating 3D shapes using WebGL. 

The second, UL's PCMark for Android Work 3.0, performs assorted productivity operations in a smartphone-style window. Finally, Basemark Web 3.0 runs in a browser tab to combine low-level JavaScript calculations with CSS and WebGL content. All three yield numeric scores; higher numbers are better.

The Elite Dragonfly trailed in PCMark Android but scored a win in Basemark Web and more or less tied for first in CrXPRT 2, so it's a great performer for the Google Workspace and other office tasks it's destined for. It's one of the quickest Chromebooks we've tested. 

Sadly, the Dragonfly balked at our Android CPU benchmark, Primate Labs' Geekbench (likely a software glitch, not a deficiency with the laptop specifically). It did run our Android GPU test, GFXBench 5.0, which stress-tests both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering that exercises graphics and compute shaders, reporting results in frames per second (fps). 

Finally, to test a Chromebook's battery, we loop a 720p video file with screen brightness set at 50%, volume at 100%, and Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting disabled until the system quits. Sometimes we must play the 69GB video from an external SSD plugged into a USB port, but the HP had more than enough room on board.

We've never seen a Chromebook with a dedicated GPU instead of integrated graphics, so we've never seen a Chromebook with blazing gaming performance, though the Dragonfly is more than quick enough for browser and Android games. More important, it delivers solid if not record-setting battery life. You should easily get through a day's work without worrying about staying close to a wall outlet.


Do You Dare to Defy Windows?

Google is serious about selling Chrome OS to corporations, touting its continuous, automatic updates; no need for third-party antivirus software; swift startup, voice support, and cloud profiles that work across devices; Google Workspace's compatibility with Microsoft Office; and built-in Google Meet videoconferencing and Screencast screen recorder with auto-transcript. With the cutting-edge, vPro-compliant HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, the platform has its best example yet for enterprise deployment.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook rear view

The rather large drawback is that the Dragonfly is shockingly expensive, or at least will seem so to anyone not used to premium Chromebooks. Even with HP currently discounting the $1,149 base model to $979.99, it'll make consumers turn away and prospective business buyers hesitate. But if they take the plunge, IT managers will find the Elite Dragonfly the best Chromebook ever and an Editors' Choice-worthy showpiece for cloud and flexible work.

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Killexams : SubscriberWrites: 175 years of Sanawar school – a trip down memory lane through a lit fest

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My alma mater celebrates its Dodransbicentennial anniversary this year with various events planned during the year-long celebrations. One such event is a forthcoming book release on Founders Day containing stories written by its alumni and staff. As a precursor, a three-day literature festival was held on the campus recently wherein some of these stories were read out.

‘Tales of Sanawar’ is a collection of anecdotal narrations spanning 175 glorious years of The Lawrence School’s existence. Almost 200 memoirs have been penned down by old Sanawarians of diverse vintage ranging from octogenarians to the youngest one in her twenties. Evidently, a mammoth endeavour has gone into producing this collector’s item that contains our childhood treasures.

The storytelling sessions, live streamed across the globe, opened up the floodgates of memory as we had a wonderful trip back in time. Experiences ranging from mundane routine events to anecdotes of naughtiness were given a spice of hilarity, keeping the audience of students, both past and present, amused. Nostalgia was evident reliving those days when life was simple and unclouded by experiences of loss, failure, judgement or rejection.

Our teachers, the enduring legends in the institution’s history having earned a fair measure of immortality, were remembered fondly in spite of the walloping or tongue lashing they gave for our juvenile mischief. There was laughter as well as moist eyes when their idiosyncrasies and little foibles were recounted. The stories also gave glimpses of our history during the ‘British Raj’ days and of challenges faced when this ‘little piece of England’ was Indianised.

To get a real feel of being ‘back to school’, the organisers had thoughtfully issued a ‘School Order’ giving out timings for Rouser Bugle, Chota Hazri (morning tea) and Lights Out, taking us back to the regimented school life. It was after ages that we sang the ‘Abide With Me’ hymn during the special assembly and that too flawlessly without the assembly song book handed to us for reference.

The famous ‘bun-sums’ (samosa smeared with chutney wrapped in bun) served during ‘milk breaks’ brought back our culinary memories of Kasauli. Chanting of Sanskrit prayer before meals in the central dining hall reminded us of those days of eternal hunger; the food however tasted much better than our times. Dancing on songs of the bygone era during socials revived romantic reminiscences of our adolescence days.

An inter-house quiz on the school’s heritage held alongside storytelling sessions rekindled the house spirit with present students cheering for the veterans of their respective house teams. “What does the future hold for legacy schools like ours,” was the theme for a panel discussion held on the last day. With rich traditions to uphold and necessity to adapt to the changing world around, the animated discussion lent vigour to the function.

The place that moulded us has been the one sole anchor that got people together at the hilltop, many of whom had never met one another till then. Driving back home, I said a silent prayer of gratitude for being part of this ship which was a living entity with a spirit and soul of its own.

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Killexams : HP Z2 Mini G9 review: Enormous power in a small form factor

Small form factor PCs aren’t a new idea. They have been around for many years. But it wasn’t until recently that you could outfit a small form factor PC with enough power to satisfy the most intensive applications. The HP Z2 Mini G9 is one of these small form factor PCs, and the options for packing in enormous power are here.

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The small form factor PC has also been known by an alternative moniker, the “thin client.” Thin clients were small, slim desktop PCs that could be deployed en masse and took up little to no space on a user’s desktop. These thin clients were and are very popular in businesses that need a lot of PCs with moderate performance and a small footprint.

PC makers still make such machines, but many businesses have migrated to laptops for the small footprint and added portability. So the small desktop form factor died then? No, no, it did not. Apple’s Mac mini has been a popular small form factor computer, and PC makers have been stepping up to the plate to challenge Apple. The HP Z2 Mini G9 is undoubtedly a strong competitor for the mini and is almost in every way better. Read on for the full review of this small computer with big muscles.

Specifications

The HP Z2 Mini G9 sent to us has the following features and specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro for Professionals
  • Other Software: HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI; HP Support Assistant; HP PC Hardware Diagnostics Windows; ZCentral Remote Boost; HP Image Assistant; HP Manageability Integration Kit; Performance Advisor 3.0
  • Security Software Licenses: HP Wolf Pro Security Edition
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-12900 (Alder Lake-S 881)
  • Integrated GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 770
  • Dedicated GPU: NVIDIA RTX A2000 12GB
  • RAM: 64 GB (2×32 GB) DDR5-4800 / PC5-38400 DDR5 SDRAM SO-DIMM
  • Storage: 1 TB PCIe-4×4 2280 NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Expansion Slots: 2 M.2 2280 PCIe 4 x4; 1 M.2 2230 for WLAN; 1 PCIe® 4 x8 (PCIe Low Profile connector)
  • Networking: Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX2111 60MHz and Bluetooth 5.2 combo
  • I/O
    • 4x USB 3.1 Type A
    • 2x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports
    • RJ45 Ethernet Port
    • Kensington Lock Slot
  • Audio: Realtek ALC3205-VA2-CG, 2.0W internal mono speaker
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.6 x 2.7 in; 21.1 x 21.8 x 6.9 cm; (Standard desktop orientation.)
  • Weight: Approx. 5.5lbs
  • Price As Configured: US$4,759

What’s In The Box

  • HP Z2 Mini G9
  • Stand
  • HP Keyboard
  • HP Mouse
  • Power cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Manuals and Documentation

Design

The first thing you notice about the HP Z2 Mini G9 is its tank-like construction. This little thing is a beast, and the materials used are premium quality. The entire thing is black, and the front of the system has a unique pattern that allows air in for cooling. The HP Z logo is integrated into the front, and the power button is tucked into the diamond pattern with a white LED light.

The sides and bottom of the HP Z2 Mini G9 are bare. The top of our unit houses two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports and a USB-A port. The back of the machine houses the remaining ports, which include:
  • 3x USB 3.1 Type A
  • RJ45 Ethernet Port
  • Kensington Lock Slot
  • RJ45 Ethernet Port
  • 2x DisplayPort
  • 4x Mini DisplayPort
  • Mini-Display Port
  • Barrel Charging Port

The included keyboard and mouse are basic. They are model HP 125 on the keyboard and HP 320M on the mouse. It’s great that HP includes these with the system, they are inexpensive, but still, an excellent value add. The included stand/foot is small and does a good job holding the unit upright. You can lay it flat on its side and not use the stand/foot. HP also has VESA and rack mounting options for the Z2 Mini G9.

HP has also said that the HP Z2 Mini G9 undergoes mil-std 810h tests along with environments with temperatures up to 104F. The company has made this little guy as rugged as they can.

Overall, I love the look of the HP Z2 Mini G9, the build quality, size, and minimal look. I also love that it weighs under 6lbs and has a small footprint making it very easy to stash anywhere on, under, or near your work area. The HP Z2 Mini G9 is excellent for home offices and shared spaces with limited desktop surface area, and this PC has everything anyone would need inside of it.

Software/Ecosystem

Windows 11 Pro is what came on our HP Z2 Mini G9. There’s not much to say about Windows. I have already praised Microsoft for the improvements they’ve been making to Windows, and the software is continually getting better.

The good news is that HP did not cave into the norm of adding bloatware. The only software I spotted that I could have done without was Adobe Offers and Adobe Express. HP has a suite of software included, some of which you will find helpful and others you may not. I wouldn’t call it bloatware; there are uses for it, but you can choose to ignore them if you so wish. Here is the list of the HP-centric software included.

  • HP Audio Control
  • HP Desktop Support Utilities
  • HP Documentation
  • HP Easy Clean
  • HP PC Hardware Diagnostic Windows
  • HP Performance Advisor
  • HP Privacy Settings
  • HP QuickDrop
  • HP Smart
  • HP SureClick Secure Browser
  • HP Wolf Security

Overall, the software included is the standard HP and Microsoft variety, and there is no bloatware, other than a few Adobe offerings, to be found. I call that a good day.

Performance

Before we jump into the performance of the HP Z2 Mini G9, one thing to note here is that HP packed our review unit to the gills with only the best hardware. You can certainly do the same, but I suspect most people will not be outfitting their unit to this extreme. That being said, it is also feasible that many people may be looking at this PC from a business standpoint and thus might very well be comfortable packing in power without worrying about the cost.

It’s my opinion that this desktop PC is designed for more creative and technical professionals; thus, it is likely that their business would be footing the bill. Still, I wanted to mention that our unit was loaded, and performance will be vastly different from one configuration to the other.

I have used the HP Z2 Mini G9 as my main PC for several weeks. I have written dozens of articles on it, consumed content on it, edited photos on it, edited videos on it, and have been gaming on it. I have used email, docs, browsers, streaming platforms, DaVinci Resolve, Affinity Photo, ON1 Photo Raw, OBS Studio, Steam, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. In other words, I think I have been able to cover most of the ways people would use a PC.

I’m not a benchmarks guy; I prefer testing real-world use over a program. But I know many of you like benchmarks, so here they are.

Cinebench R23 Score

Geekbench 5 Scores

I’ll start with the basics, email, docs, and browsing. The HP Z2 Mini G9 had no issues breezing through any of these tasks. The PC barely blinked when performing lightweight tasks such as these. I always have multiple Brave browser windows open, with each window having numerous tabs open. Tabs include social media pages, articles, resources, YouTube, WordPress, and email accounts. All was smooth and flawless with the basics.

Next, I threw some gaming at the HP Z2 Mini G9. I mostly used Steam to do my gaming, but I did test out Xbox Cloud Gaming a few times. I played Sniper Elite 4, Batman Arkham Asylum, Forza Horizon 4, Forza Horizon 3, Sniper Elite 5, Jedi Fallen Order, and several other titles. I have to admit that I’m not an avid gamer, but I am a casual gamer. I used the PDP Wired Gaming Controller for my gaming as opposed to a keyboard and mouse.

I found gaming lag-free and did not see dropped frames or stutter while playing. Everything looked and felt smooth, and the controller response was spot on. The HP Z2 Mini G9 never kicked the fans in while gaming, and it took a few hours of gaming like a champ and with no issues.

My last use for the HP Z2 Mini G9 was content creation applications. This machine is probably targeted toward this crowd and the engineering and technical crowd. I don’t have apps to test the latter two use cases but content creation I do.

Photo editing apps like Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and ON1 Photo RAW were smooth and worked with no issues. The system never flinched even with more than a dozen RAW files open. Editing and saving all of these works was a breeze. I love having 20 or more tabs open in these photo editing apps and not having the system bog down. The fans didn’t even kick on when working with these large files.

Video editing was also a pleasure to work with, but there were minor complaints on this front. The system never stopped or locked up when rendering 4K videos, but the fans always kicked in while editing, especially while rendering. The system seemed to be working its hardest to keep up with the 4K video editing I was doing.

The speed of rendering was impressive, though. The HP Z2 Mini G9 rendered 15-minute 4K videos with multiple layers, including titles, transitions, and effects, in under 7 minutes. Sometimes faster when there were fewer layers and fewer effects. So I would say that the performance did not suffer during video editing, but I did feel the system was working its hardest when using DaVinci Resolve 17. The fans were running hard during video editing.

Overall, this configuration of the HP Z2 Mini G9 kicked butt in terms of performance. It took everything smoothly, but it did seem to be working its hardest during heavy video rendering.

Price/Value

Our unit was configured to nearly $5K. That is a pretty penny for the average user. That being said. I don’t see the HP Z2 Mini G9 as a PC for the basic consumer. This is for someone working with heavy programs and wants a slim machine that can fit into tight areas. It’s for businesses that need power for technical and creative professionals. In that capacity, I think there is a ton of value and enormous power here for those users.

Wrap Up

The HP Z2 Mini G9 is small but packs a freaking punch to the gut. It is well prepared for those users who need a small footprint without sacrificing significant performance capabilities. The HP Z2 Mini G9 is a solid choice for businesses and professionals willing to invest dollars into a high-end configuration. Unless you’re pushing heavy and graphics-intensive programs for the basic consumer, you might look at some of HP’s other offerings. Gamers might also like this system, but HP’s OMEN lineup is more tuned for that use.

Overall, we loved the HP Z2 Mini G9 unit we had here for testing. It served our needs well and was a jack of all trades handling various tasks for us. The HP Z2 Mini G9 is one of our Editor’s Choice Picks for 2022. This is one to check out for sure!

Last Updated on August 2, 2022.

HP Z2 Mini G9

Prices Vary by Configuration

Software/Ecosystem

9.5/10

Nailed it

  • Premium materials used throughout this machine
  • Very attractive and slim design
  • Easy to place and great for small spaces
  • HP includes a keyboard and mouse, decent ones too
  • Windows 11 is fantastic and there is no bloatware
  • Great performance on this very well configured system
  • Did a fantastic job rendering 4K video and editing multiple photos in DaVinci Resolve and Affinity Photo
  • Plenty of USB-C ports, Display Ports, and USB ports

Needs work

  • Fans do kick in when it is doing something intensive, they can get loud
  • No SD card slot
  • No HDMI ports, though you can configure it with them. Ours did not have one
  • Price can get crazy high if you go all out
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