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HP (mainly associated with pre-built PCs) is not a new competitor in the market of SSDs. For example, Hilbert checked their SATA and NVMe models in 2020; those were not the first ones from that brand covered on guru3d. This time, it’s an FX900 model we’ve received in a 1 TB variant. It’s manufactured with the assistance of BiWin and comes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. It’s aimed at the gamers, according to HP, and it would be fair to place this drive between “entry” and “mid-tier” levels. The drive uses the NVMe 1.4 protocol, and according to the manufacturer, this series achieves read speeds of up to 5000 MB/s and write speeds of up to 4800 MB/s. These numbers are impressive because this drive is based on a quad-channel, DRAM-less controller and should be pushing numbers better than the best PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives. The random read speeds are up to 828,000 IOPS, and write speeds of 663,000 IOPS. The write endurance values are:

  • 100 TBW for the 256 GB model,
  • 200 TBW for the 512 GB model,
  • 400 TBW for the 1 TB model,
  • and 800 TBW for the 2 TB model

The MTBF is 1 million hours; the write endurance has a 5-year product guarantee and follows the NVMe form factor. The NAND flash is 3D TLC from Micron (B47R 176-layer, BW29F4T08ENLEE), and the controller is Innogrit IG5220. There is no DRAM cache. There’s a graphene thermal pad applied for effective heat dissipation. It should keep FX900’s temperature 20 degrees lower (than without it) for optimal performance and stability and reduce slowdowns caused by thermal throttling.
The HP FX900 SSD specifications are as follows for each capacity option:

  • 256 GB - up to 4600 MB/s in memorizing and 1700 MB/s in sequential writing. The IOPS are 281 000, 325 000 IOPS
  • 512 GB - up to 4900 MB/s in memorizing and 3300 MB/s in sequential writing. The IOPS are 545 000, 501 000 IOPS
  • 1 TB – up to 5000 MB/s in memorizing and 4800 MB/s in sequential writing. The IOPS are 828 000, 663 000 IOPS
  • 2 TB – up to 5000 MB/s in memorizing and 4800 MB/s in sequential writing. The IOPS are 820 000, 645 000 IOPS

HP offers an excellent 5-year warranty on this product. As for the prices, for 256 GB, pricing is unknown, 512 GB ($65), 1 TB ($105), and 2 TB (pricing unknown). Ok, let’s look at the HP SSD FX900 model, shall we?

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HP (rather associated with pre-built PCs) is not a new competitor in the market of SSDs. For example, Hilbert checked their SATA and NVMe models in 2020; those were not the first ones from that brand covered on guru3d. This time, it’s an FX900 model we’ve received in a 1 TB variant. It’s manufactured with the assistance of BiWin and comes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. It’s aimed at the gamers, according to HP, and it would be fair to place this drive between “entry” and “mid-tier” levels.
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Killexams : HP Envy Inspire 7220e Review

The HP Envy Inspire 7220e is a relatively quick and fairly priced multi-function printer. However, you’ll only get decent long-term value by paying for an ink cartridge subscription,


  • Good set of features
  • Solid print and scan quality
  • Cheap ink – with subscri


  • Default PC scan interface is basic
  • Expensive ink outside of subscription


  • UKRRP: £120
  • USAunavailable
  • EuropeRRP: €145
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable
  • Good paper handlingThis MFP supports automatic double-sided printing, plus it has a dedicated photo paper tray
  • Colour touchscreenHP’s excellent colour touchscreen offers easy controls and configurable shortcuts
  • Instant inkGet ink when you need it, starting with six months free


If you’re going to call your inkjet printer the ENVY Inspire 7220e, it ought to be rather good. On paper, HP’s high-end home multifunction peripheral (MFP) looks like it is.

It’s bristling with useful features such as automatic duplex printing and a dedicated photo paper tray. It also has touchscreen controls to make everyday jobs easier.

But while it also offers cheap ink through HP’s Instant Ink scheme, you’ll need to accept certain restrictions in order to benefit. Here are my thoughts on how it stacks up against the best printers available.

Design and features

  • Recycled materials, but still lots of plastic
  • Brilliant colour touchscreen controls
  • Useful photo paper tray

The HP ENVY Inspire 7220e sits towards the top end of HP’s range of home MFPs. It can print, scan and copy, but it has no fax modem or automatic document feeder for multi-page scans or copies.

All the same, this is a well-specified device, supporting wireless networks, offering automatic duplex (double-sided) printing, and being controlled via a smart colour touchscreen.

The touchscreen controls
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While rivals Epson and Canon are extending their refillable ink tank printer ranges, HP seems instead to be focusing on lowering the cost of cartridge printing. The 7220e is compatible with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service, which sees the printer order new cartridges as your existing ones get low on ink.

This printer also supports HP+. Sign up for that and you’ll get Instant Ink free for six months, after which monthly subscriptions range from 99p for up to 10 pages per month, to £22.49 for 700 pages. Pick the recommended 100-page plan for £4.49, print all 100 pages every month, and that’s 4.5p per page – about half what you’d pay to run a typical, cartridge-based inkjet.

There are a couple of catches, however. To use Instant Ink you’ll need an internet connection, and you must agree to provide HP with certain information on your printer use. And if you also enable HP+, you agree to firmware updates that may prevent you using third-party (i.e. non-HP) cartridges.

Don’t like the sound of that? You’ll have to buy HP’s 303XL cartridges instead, which will work out at an expensive 12p per page.

A look at the cartridges inside the printer
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Whether you’re buying the cartridges or having them sent through Instant Ink, your running costs will be higher than with an ink tank printer, which typically cost less than 1p per page to run. However, the Envy Inspire 7220e is significantly cheaper to buy than its ink tank rivals. If you only print in small volumes, it could prove better value.

HP’s cartridges can be returned for refilling, and the printer itself is made from a claimed 45% recycled plastic. That’s better for the environment, but it’s disappointing that the 7220e arrives in plastic shrink wrap, and is cushioned by non-recyclable plastic foam. HP is by no means the only offender among printer manufacturers, but I do wish everyone would use only cardboard buffers, which have been around for decades.

This is an easy printer to set up on an Android or iOS device. It’s easy to set up on a PC, too, but only if you stick with the default HP Smart package – and this only includes a WIA scan driver, which offers limited control and functionality.

Screenshot of scanning

We need better for our tests, so I searched Google to find the HP Easy Start software, which includes a full TWAIN scan driver. HP’s latest printers are protected by an eight-digit PIN, which you need to find and enter to finish the Easy Start install, or make any configuration changes via the printer’s web interface.

With the cartridges and software installed, all that remains is to load plain paper in the main tray, and optionally add 10x15cm (6×4″) or 13x18cm (5×7″) photo paper to the second tray.

  • Good plain paper print quality
  • Swift performance, especially printing
  • I experienced some connectivity issues

It’s not unusual to encounter problems when installing a printer, but the Envy Inspire 7220e saved up a bout of misbehaviour for the day after I first set it up. When I returned to begin our timed tests, I immediately noticed that print jobs were spooling very slowly, with the printer taking more than 30 seconds to even begin printing a first page of text. Then it would stall, failing to complete the job.

After the usual round of reboots, I tried installing the printer on a different PC only to experience the same problem. Repositioning the 7220e closer to our wireless router didn’t appear to help, either. I’ve previously encountered an issue where two latest HP printers wouldn’t work happily with WPA3 encryption, but switching this off didn’t help this time.

Eventually I found that this MFP worked perfectly from my Chromebook, which I used to perform our timed print tests. I couldn’t scan from the Chromebook, but by the next day the problems had magically resolved themselves and I was able to make our timed scan tests from a PC as usual. Unfortunately by this point the 722e was too low on ink to repeat our print tests. While frustrating for me, I’d be wary of drawing any firm conclusions from this – it’s possible there’s just something specific about my network that latest HP printers don’t like.

Issues aside, the Inspire 7220e proved to be a reasonably quick printer. It needed 17 seconds to produce a first page of text, and went on to complete five pages in 39 seconds – a rate of 7.7 pages per minute (ppm). On our 20-page job it reached 10.2ppm.

Unusually, it wasn’t much slower in colour, hitting 6.4ppm over five pages, and an impressive 8.1ppm over 20 pages. The 7220e printed six postcard-sized photos in just over seven minutes, but I couldn’t set the usual high quality options using my Chromebook – I’d expect each print to take around two minutes at the very highest quality available on a PC.

Screenshot for HP Envy Inspire 7220e

This MFP has a quick enough scanner. It could preview a document in 10 seconds, and get a 150 dots-per-inch (dpi) A4 scan in just 11 seconds. At a more detailed 300dpi, the same job took 20 seconds.

At 600dpi, I captured a 10x15cm photo in 47 seconds, which isn’t bad, but at the maximum 1200dpi the same job took two and a half minutes. In black only, photocopies were quick: a standard A4 job took 21 seconds. This printer needed 40 seconds for a colour page, but the quality of both tests was good.

Screenshot for HP Envy Inspire 7220e

The HP ENVY Inspire 7220e uses a pigmented black ink, which helps it produce crisp and dark text on plain paper. To the naked eye, printed type is almost as good as you’d get from a laser device. This printer’s cyan, magenta and yellow colour inks are dye-based, but they still deliver strong colour graphics.

It’s a bit more of a mixed bag on photo papers, given that pigment inks tend to sit on top of the paper’s gloss coating. While pictures from the 7220e looked good, they had an inconsistent finish on darker subjects, with the darkest shades noticeably less glossy.

The Envy Inspire 7220e is a perfectly good document scanner, making nicely balanced, crisply focused copies of our magazine page test. I was also impressed by its dynamic range: it could distinguish all but the darkest couple of shades in our challenging test target.

Photo scans also looked good at a glance, but HP’s scan interface seems to apply some digital sharpening which can’t be turned off. Zoom in and you might notice colour boundaries looking artificially strong, with the loss of some fine detail elsewhere.

HP Envy Inspire 7220e comparison test for print quality
High-res scans from the 7220e (left) show evidence of digital sharpening. It can look good, but it comes at the cost of some fine detail

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Should you buy it?

You want a competent MFP that’s easy to use:

The HP Inspire 7220e is fairly quick, produces decent results, and can be quite cheap to run

You want more than competence:

Save for its touchscreen, this MFP doesn’t really do anything brilliantly

Final Thoughts

This is a fairly priced MFP that ought to cover the requirements of the typical home. It’s relatively quick, and generally produces decent results. It has reasonable running costs, too, but only if you embrace the idea of paying a subscription to print. While Instant Ink works well for many, I generally prefer the idea of buying ink for myself when I need it, particularly if it’s cheaper still and comes in big bottles.

How we test

Every printer we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including print quality, speed and cost.

We’ll also compare the features with other printers at the same price point to see if you’re getting good value for your money.

Tested printing with monochrome and coloured ink

Measured the time it takes to print with various paper

Compared print quality with other printers


Does it have a scanner?

Yes, the HP Envy Inspire 7220e has a scanner.

Can I use any photo paper?

Yes, it even has a dedicated photo tray.

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Printing A4 mono speed (20 pages)

Printing A4 colour speed (single page)

Printing A4 colour speed (5 pages)

Printing A4 colour speed (20 pages)

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MFP stands for 'multi-function printer'. This refers to printers that have more functions beyond printing, which includes copying and scanning.

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Killexams : Introduction to Health Policy and Politics

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Dr Justin Parkhurst COW 2.08

This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Health Policy and MSc in International Health Policy. This course is available on the MSc in Global Population Health, MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing and MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

A comparative approach to the development of health and healthcare policies in high, middle, and low income country settings, emphasising the goals of health policymaking, public health approaches, the political nature of health policy issues, and core concepts from policy studies that can be used to conceptualise policy change dynamcs in health.

The course will introduce concept of risk and risk reducing strategies, theories of planning, and priority setting techniques in health care. In addition, the course will examine the processes and forces shaping the development and implementation of health policy. The course will examine core concepts such as power, the role of the state and other policy stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, international organisations, etc.), institutions, and evidence, in shaping health policy agendas or choices.

This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum 23 hours during Michaelmas Term. Seminars will take place in small groups where students will work together in small groups on structured learning activities set by the course leads. 

There will be a departmental memorizing week in week 6 of term.

Students will sit a mock written test in the last week of term.

Green, A., An Introduction to Health Planning for Developing Health Systems, new edn, OUP, 2007.

Walt, Gill. 1994. Health policy: an introduction to process and power. London: Zed Books.

Hill, M. The Policy Process, a reader, second ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall 1997

Buse, Kent, Nick Mays, and Gill Walt. 2012. Making Health Policy. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press.

D Leon & G Walt (eds), Poverty, Inequality and Health: An international perspective, OUP (2001)

Parkhurst, J. The politics of evidence: from evidence based policy to the good governance of evidence. London Routledge 2016.

Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer test period.

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Killexams : HP Elite Dragonfly G3 Review

For a long time if you wanted a business laptop you had to either choose an ugly machine packed with features or a stylish notebook that skimped on practicalities, but the HP Elite Dragonfly G3 tries to balance both.

From an aesthetic point of view the G3 is instantly impressive – it's hewn from magnesium and aluminum alloy and it's covered in classy touches. And on the inside, HP's latest deploys a 3:2 display, a new Intel Core i7 processor and plenty of security features.

There's a renewed focus on home and hybrid working with this notebook, too, which is no surprise. In practical terms that means buyers get a top-notch 5MP webcam with noise cancellation and face tracking to impress on video calls.

You'll have to pay around $2,000 to get your hands on this impressive, versatile notebook, though, and that's not cheap – other machines with competitive specifications are often far cheaper.

Features and Design

The Dragonfly G3 is a great-looking laptop. The aluminum and magnesium alloy on the outside comes in a slate blue color that isn't far removed from a deep gunmetal grey, and 90% of the metal in the casing is recycled – a boon for anyone who wants their tech to come with a side of environmental know-how.

Below the keyboard there's smart, indented Dragonfly lettering, and above the typing gear there's a subtle speaker grille. The edges are curved, the sleek HP logo on the lid glows with a chrome-effect finish, and the display's bezels are very slim. The laptop opens to a 180-degree angle, which aids collaborative working and viewing – although the Dragonfly G3's form factor does set it apart from the preceding G2, which was fully convertible.

Happily, this notebook isn't just about good looks. There's only a tiny bit of flex in the base and screen, which is to be expected in a small, slim laptop, and it's better here than many contemporaries. We have no qualms about its ability to survive in the real world – the Dragonfly's MIL-STD-810H testing ensures that it'll withstand drops, temperature changes, liquid and dust ingress and other extreme scenarios.

HP's robust build is all the more notable when you consider that this laptop weighs 2.49 pounds and it's only 16mm thick. The slim design means you'll barely notice the Dragonfly in your bag, and the sturdy exterior ensures it'll survive frequent trips between the home and office.

The Dragonfly's dimensions remain impressive after a look around the rest of the market. The latest Dell XPS 13 Plus is a bit slimmer but a tad heavier – just like the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 when you include its keyboard. The Apple MacBook Pro 13 weighs more. Only the forthcoming Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED is less bulky, with a 14.9mm body and 2.43-pound body. HP's laptop competes on the scales and, while looks are subjective, the darker HP holds its own against any of those rivals.

Even the power brick looks better than the connectors you'll get with other machines thanks to a braided monochrome cable that is pleasingly compact.

HP's machine has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, with one on each side of the chassis, and on the right-hand edge you'll find a USB 3.2 Gen 1 socket with a drop-down cover, an audio jack and a Kensington lock connector. The left-hand margin deploys an HDMI 2.0 output, and one of the Thunderbolt ports delivers 65W of external charging power.

On the inside, dual-band 802.11ax wireless and Bluetooth 5.2 provide connectivity; elsewhere, the HP has a fingerprint reader in the power button. Security options continue, with TPM 2.0 and HP's own Wolf system, which protects the BIOS, eliminates malware and includes great system management and recovery options. The Dragonfly also supports the Tile app, which can track the G3 and other devices with Tile tags attached, like luggage or wallets.

Only a couple of features are missing. You don't get Intel vPro on this Core i7-1255U model, but it's available with different processors if you configure the laptop yourself – including the i7-1265U. There's also no card reader.

Input, Camera, Build Quality

And then there's the webcam. The 5MP (2,560 x 1,920 pixels) resolution means you get crisper, sharper pictures than on the vast majority of other laptop shooters – no wonder when you consider that the Dell and Apple machines both have 720p lenses.

The camera isn't just detailed, colors are accurate without becoming oversaturated, face tracking is impressive, and it supports Windows Hello sign-in. The only things that didn't work well were the appearance filters, which were unsubtle and irritating. If you want a laptop with more imaging gear, your only option is the Surface, which pairs a 5MP webcam with a 10MP rear-facing camera.

HP has done a tremendous job with the Dragonfly's keyboard. The buttons strike a brilliant balance between the crispness needed for fast typing and the softness that keeps things comfortable for whole work days. The satisfying keys are quiet and quick, too.

The layout is fine, with a double-height Return key and large Space bar, but not perfect – the power button is annoyingly installed next to the Delete key, and other HP business laptops have an extra column of keys to hold the Home, PgUp and PgDn keys – and there's no sign of that here. There's no number pad, but that's almost a given on a small laptop.

The trackpad is good, too. It's large, uses haptic hardware to register fast, accurate clicks, and supports gestures.

Display Performance

There's lots to like about the display. The Dragonfly's panel has a 13.5" diagonal and an aspect ratio of 3:2, which makes it taller than conventional 16:9 or 16:10 screens. That's smart design: it means you get more vertical space than on most other notebook displays, making it easier to view more detail in documents and web browsers. For productivity, that's useful.

The panel's maximum brightness level of 775cd/m2 is pretty good and sits alongside a black point of 0.31cd/m2 to create a contrast ratio of 2,500:1. Those are fantastic figures, and their real-world impact is immediate: the Dragonfly has incredible low-end depth and high-end punch, there's plenty of nuance between different shades, and everything looks impressively vibrant. You won't get this kind of performance elsewhere unless you buy an OLED notebook.

The Dragonfly's delta E of 1.77 is great and the color temperature of 6,332K is similarly impressive – your eyes simply won't detect any accuracy issues. The HP's panel renders 99% of the sRGB color gamut at 105.3%, so it can display every shade needed by mainstream workloads without veering into the oversaturation that high volume figures can sometimes cause.

Those great benchmark results mean the HP works well in a wide variety of situations. It's bright enough for indoor and outdoor use and has the vibrancy to make media look fantastic. Its colors are accurate to do a great job with mainstream content creation like light photo editing, and your everyday browsing will look bold.

The speakers do a tremendous job by producing loud, well-balanced and detailed audio – easily good enough for music and media and easily the match of any rival.

The Dragonfly G3's display also has the HP Sure View privacy filter, which works very well – press F2 and people on either side of you simply won't see the display. The only downside here is a slight lack of brightness.

Sadly, though, the HP's display can't go beyond those everyday work and creative situations. It only produced 72.7% of the Adobe RGB color space and 74.9% of the DCI-P3 gamut, which isn't high enough to work in either color space.

And while the HP's resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 is great for everyday workloads, the Dell is available with a higher resolution if you pay more and the Apple, Asus, and Microsoft machines provide higher resolutions out of the box – and the former two have wider gamuts. Those are more suitable if you want a sharper display for creative work.


The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 can be configured with a number of different CPUs, but our review sample arrived with a Core i7-1255U – one of the first chips we've seen from Intel's new wave of low-power laptop CPUs.

The i7-1255U has a base power limit of just 15W and can boost to 55W, and it's designed to replace familiar parts like the Core i7-1165G7. This processor has two P-cores with hyper-threading alongside eight single-threaded E-cores. The P-Cores have base and boost speeds of 1.7GHz and 4.7GHz, while the modest E-Cores run at 1.2GHz and 3.5GHz.

The i7-1255U has Intel Iris Xe graphics with 96 execution units with a peak speed of 1250MHz, and the chip has 12MB of L3 cache.

That's a respectable specification for a low-power CPU, but this is one of the weaker parts from the new range. The i7-1260P, for instance, has four P-cores, a marginally faster GPU and more L3 cache with TDPs of 28W and 64W. AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U is another low-power contender thanks to eight multi-threaded Zen 3+ cores and a 2.7GHz base clock. If you'd like more information about the i7-1260P and 6800U, we've already taken a deep dive into those parts.

The new CPU sits alongside 16GB of DDR5 memory and a 512GB WD SN530 SSD with mediocre read and write speeds of 2,436 MB/s and 1,818 MB/s. Those SSD results are good enough to keep the Dragonfly feeling responsive, but they're unimpressive in the overall scope of things.

In Cinebench R23's single- and multi-core benchmarks the Dragonfly scored 1,552 and 5,796. Those are reasonable figures: both easily beat the i7-1165G7 used in the Surface Pro 8, and they're fast enough to enable slick everyday computing, loads of browser tabs and some light photo-editing.

The i7-1260P though is far faster, especially in the multi-core run. The AMD Ryzen 7 6800U is miles better in multi-core tests, too. The low-power i7-1255U couldn't gain ground elsewhere. In the PCMark 10 Application test the i7-1255U scored 10,803, which beat the older Intel chips and AMD's new silicon but falls behind the i7-1260P.

Single-threaded pace is Intel's traditional stronghold, but the i7-1255U's Excel result of 15.417s cannot compete against the aforementioned CPUs.

These results are no surprise considering the i7-1255U's modest specification, and it's not all bad news – there's still enough power here for everyday tasks. For more challenging apps and core-heavy tasks, though, this chip isn't good enough – you'll find more ability from beefier Intel CPUs, the MacBook Pro's M2 and the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U.

Stress-testing reveals that the CPU's P-cores peaked at 2.1GHz in an all-core benchmark and 3.1GHz in a single-core test – speeds that are some way short of what the CPU can theoretically achieve. It's not unusual for slim laptops to exhibit throttling and the i7-1255U ran at more appropriate clocks when the chip wasn't handling consistent, high-end workloads, but it's more evidence that the Dragonfly is better-suited to everyday tasks and bursts of activity rather than anything strenuous.

This is not the laptop to buy if you want to enjoy some after-hours gaming, either. In Rainbow Six Siege the Iris Xe core inside the Dragonfly delivered an average of 49 fps – a result that's comparable to other Intel CPUs but miles behind the RDNA2 core inside the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U. The pattern repeated in Gears 5, where the i7-1255U returned an underwhelming average of 24 fps.

The limited CPU does mean the Dragonfly delivers good thermal performance. You'll only hear fan noise if you put your ear right up to the casing – and, even then, it's extremely quiet. The metal above the keyboard and on the underside gets a bit warm with prolonged CPU usage, but the temperatures are never an issue.

It helps with battery life, too. In PCMark 10's Applications battery life benchmark with Wi-Fi enabled and the display at 200 nits the HP lasted for 14 hours and 26 minutes. The HP still lasted for 9 hours and 40 minutes with the display at maximum brightness, and those results improved further (by as much as 90 extra minutes) when the Dragonfly ran less-demanding workloads.

It's good longevity, and you'll always make it through a full workday with this notebook – and in most situations it'll handle the commute, too. This battery life will likely compare well to other machines, too.

Wrap Up

In the context of Windows ultraportables, the HP Elite Dragonfly G3 offers better battery life than most machines, and the HP impresses elsewhere. It's got lots of practical business features inside a svelte, good looking, and robust enclosure. The 3:2 display offers good vertical space, incredible contrast and accurate sRGB colors.

The keyboard is intuitive, the speakers are great, and the 5MP webcam is crisp and versatile. And while that Intel CPU can't keep up with other chips, it's still got the power for everyday computing.

For all of that, though, your starting price hovers around $2,000 for a Core i5 model or an extra $200 for a Core i7 (both with 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD). Using HP's online configuration tool to cut the spec down the laptop will cost at least $1,914 for the entry-level model that uses a Core i5 processor and omits the super-bright screen and larger SSD.

The configuration tool allows users to deploy processors with vPro, NFC modules, mobile broadband and a range of accessories and extended warranties, but they all raise the price.

That price is a problem. If you want to replicate the specification of the HP we've reviewed on a Dell XPS 13 Plus it'll cost you $1,549 and only $1,849 with an OLED or 4K display. The MacBook Pro 13 costs $1,699 with 16GB of memory. The Surface Pro 8 sits at $1,599 with an equivalent specification, and the Asus ZenBook should land at $1,500 or less.

If you like the sound of the HP Elite Dragonfly G3's range of features, its lightweight design, the 3:2 display, or the impressive battery life then this machine justifies the price – and while it falls behind in some areas, it has no big weaknesses. But if those aspects aren't vital for you, we'd shop around before making a buying decision.

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Killexams : Different, But Oh So Familiar: FN’s 21st Century High Power

There can be a tendency to think of the High Power as a platform more or less stuck in time, because its principal design remains relatively unchanged since 1934, and its evolution has been pretty static for the past few decades—and was seemingly outright dead there for a bit recently. Nonetheless, there are plenty of examples of Fabrique Nationale (FN) shaking up its nearly-90-year-old design every now and again (as FN has never really stopped tinkering with Dieudonné Saive’s brainchild behind the scenes), and the company apparently felt that not only was it that time again, but that we were due for a big one. Within just a few months of Springfield and EAA entering the market with their own clone renditions of the pistol that deviate in only minor ways from the long-established template, FN announced the launch of a new genuine-article High Power that differs from its legacy product in multiple, much more substantial respects.

FN 2022 High Power

FN’s 2022 High Power (far l.) has undergone so many changes—both internally and externally—that it shares no parts commonality with vintage specimens like this one from 1962 (l.).

This is no mere M1911A1-style tweak or subtle refinement. Despite largely retaining the classic High Power’s iconic aesthetic, the 2022 re-introduction departs so significantly, both externally and within, from its predecessor that they share no parts interchangeability or commonality at all. The new guns are longer, taller and heavier than their precursors (arguably enough so to bump them up into an entirely different weight class), feature a contemporary new action with a revamped and streamlined takedown procedure, employ different sights and higher-capacity magazines, and possess additional controls that represent the platform’s first real attempt to offer a left-hand-friendly control scheme. They embody a full-on re-interpretation and modernization of the High Power—think less paint job and more pushing out a few walls to create an open floorplan.

But, if well planned and executed, home renovations typically result in a functional improvement and/or an increase in value—can FN claim the same with its new-again High Powers? Having now had a chance to put several hundred rounds through two different examples of the 2022 pistols, my conclusion is this: It depends entirely on what you as the user want to get out of your High Power experience. Those looking for a trip down memory lane with a svelte, elegant gun may struggle with this new version on a conceptual level—but those who can divorce themselves from the nostalgia, who are simply looking for a heck of a sweet-shooting, all-steel 9 mm, will love it.

High Power disassembled

The new High Power’s recoil assembly has been changed somewhat compared to previous versions of the pistol, allowing it to make use of a modernized takedown procedure that doesn’t rely on the traditional platform’s removable slide stop.

Now before anyone tries to make the contention that FN’s newest variants are too large or too different to be “true” High Powers, let’s take a deep breath and remember that John Moses Browning’s original 1922 prototypes were not only behemoths that had to be shrunk down considerably to placate the French Ministry of War, but they were also striker-fired. Over the years, the manufacturer has also offered double-action/single-action High Powers (the HP-DA), Vigilante models with an aluminum frame as an option, the long-barreled GP Competition, models with decockers, and slightly beefed-up and modified .40 S&W-chambered High Powers—so the precedent for significant experimentation has long been established. And that’s not even taking into account the many prototypes that FN never brought to market (including a compact double-action variant) or the voluminous minor tweaks made to the platform in the early years of chasing individual military tenders.

I view the new pistols as FN’s attempt to create an updated 21st century High Power that better appeals to a whole new generation of shooters. This endeavor is both admirable and wise—as our community has added several million new members to the roster in latest years—and this massive influx of first-time shooters is unencumbered by the emotional attachment to the original High Power that many of the rest of us have. As we run down the new guns’ features and note the changes made to the platform, you’ll see that they mostly center around improving its ergonomics, increasing its reliability and versatility, and maximizing its ease of use—you know, the kinds of things that new shooters are much more interested in than fidelity to a design that made its debut a full four score and seven years ago.

The vintage High Power stands roughly 5" tall and 7¾" in length, with a 4 5⁄8" barrel, and weighs in at 32 ozs.—and has always been a closer analog, dimensionally, to the Commander-size M1911 than to the larger 5"-barreled guns. The new pistol measures 5 5⁄8" in height and 8" in length, with a 4 5⁄8" barrel (company literature says 4.75", but this is measured from the tip of the feed ramp and not the chamber), with an empty weight of 38 ozs., resulting in what is essentially a “Government Model” version of the High Power. Most of the pistol’s 6-oz. weight increase can be attributed to its larger size, but the addition of two new steel controls also plays a role. The 0.25" longer slide also affords the new pistol a 0.25" longer sight radius, a not-inconsiderable difference that translates into greater accuracy potential.

Six SKUs in total are being offered at launch, all of which make use of a stainless-steel slide and barrel (a rare quality within the High Power realm) over a cast alloy-steel frame, with a physical-vapor-deposition (PVD) finish applied to all three components for enhanced durability and lubricity. Customers have their choice of three presentations—a black slide/frame with matching black controls, matte-stainless-finished with matching stainless controls or flat dark earth-finished with contrasting black controls—as well as low-capacity versions of all three for those in freedom-impaired states. Each version ships from the factory with two sets of textured polymer stock panels with FN’s logo molded into them: the black pistol with black and orange/brown stocks, the stainless with black and gray, and the FDE with tan and green. Even more options are being offered aftermarket by FN, including wood and G10 stock sets, so customization options abound.

FN features

(r.) High Powers since the early 1960s have featured external extractors, and not only has FN moved this component to the interior of the slide with its 21st century re-launch, but it has beefed up the part (arrow) considerably for improved reliability. Also clearly visible at left is the pistol’s serpentine transfer bar. (l.) Rather than a pair of dorsal recoil lugs integral to the barrel that nest within mortises cut into the slide to effect lockup, the new pistol’s squared barrel hood instead locks into the slide’s ejection port.

Unlike late-model, FN-marked Browning Hi-Powers, which were made in Belgium and assembled in Portugal, the resurrected High Power is being manufactured entirely stateside at the company’s factory in Columbia, S.C. Despite its many changes, the pistol is still a single-action, recoil-operated, semi-automatic 9 mm Luger, even if the characteristic lock-up of the traditional High Power is now gone.

Rather than a pair of dorsal recoil lugs integral to the barrel that nest within two mortises cut into the interior of the slide to effect lockup, the new pistols instead utilize the now-prevalent SIG-style design whereby a squared barrel hood locks into the slide’s ejection port. As distinctive as the original High Power’s setup was, it has never been particularly robust—as it was developed around the 9 mm loadings of its day—which is why few previous iterations of the platform have been rated for use with +P ammunition, and this new one is.

FN sights

The new High Power’s solid-black sights are dovetailed atop its slide using the same pattern as FN’s 509 line of pistols. Material has also been added to the frame’s beavertail to prevent the gun’s rowel hammer from biting the web of the shooter’s hand.

One of FN’s design priorities from the get-go on the new gun was that it feature a modern takedown procedure not reliant on the traditional platform’s removable slide stop in order to fieldstrip the pistol, and the recoil assembly has been changed somewhat to help facilitate this. The flat end of a plastic recoil spring guide is held against the front of the linkless barrel cam by the spring tension of an uncaptured, round-wire coil spring. This differs from the design of the traditional High Power, in which the metal guide ends in a hollow ring through which the transverse slide stop pin is inserted when the gun is assembled.

While it can be debated whether the original High Power’s procedure for disassembly was so onerous as to require replacement, it is inarguable that the new process is much faster and easier—with no potential for accidentally “idiot scratching” your frame with the slide stop. It is now as simple as showing the gun clear, locking the slide back, rotating the pistol’s added right-side takedown lever 90 degrees counterclockwise and holding it there, and then pulling back slightly on the slide to release it from the stop. At this point, the slide can be pressed forward off its rails without pulling the trigger.

The new High Power’s slide isn’t a drastic departure from previous designs, but there are numerous subtle differences. The general flat-sided and round-topped shape remains chiefly untouched, with the width of the slide tapering inward by about 1/4" near its front to both cut weight and aid in re-holstering, however, this transition now occurs much closer to the muzzle on the new guns—giving them more of a pug-nosed appearance. With the slide removed, we can see that the length of the downward-extending nose, where the recoil assembly is housed, has also been shortened internally (and the frame’s dustcover lengthened) by 1/2" as a result of this change.

Unlike the original’s slide, which featured a blind hole against which the recoil spring rebounded, the 2022 High Power’s top end is drilled with a through hole that allows the guide to protrude from the front of the slide when the action cycles. FN has also cut a slight relief into a small section of the slide’s right face, at the spot that corresponds with the frame-mounted takedown lever when the action is locked open, for the purpose of granting easier access to that control. One change that yields both more contemporary looks and improved ergonomics is the replacement of the 20th century High Power’s tightly packed cocking serrations with a set of deeper, more widely spaced grooves that make slide manipulation easy and comfortable.

FN features

New to the right side of the frame (l.) are a left-hand-friendly slide stop lever and a takedown lever. The pistol’s bilateral thumb safeties (r.) do not physically block the slide, allowing it to be racked, and the gun to be loaded/unloaded, while the safety is on.

Early High Powers employed an internal extractor that was moved to the exterior of the pistol in the late 1950s/early ’60s, and FN has now migrated it back inside the ejection port with the new design. This tweak simplifies the machining and assembly of the gun, and (in my opinion, at least) provides a cleaner look to the slide. The internal part’s large claw is also positively brawny compared to that of the external versions, which should be an asset to both reliability and ammunition compatibility. As a consequence of the revised action, the ejection port has been greatly enlarged compared to previous models and now wraps around to the top of the slide, significantly increasing clearance for exiting cases—which should likewise help promote reliable functioning.

Dovetailed atop the slide via the same pattern that FN uses on its 509 series of pistols are a set of drift-adjustable steel sights that provide a simple black-on-black sight picture. The U-notch rear has a tactical ledge that allows for one-handed charging of the gun on a solid surface, and the front blade is serrated to help reduce glare. The decision to use 509 sights is a fairly limiting choice, as aftermarket options are quite sparse, but I found the stock factory set to be functional enough for the range—although, if I were to press the gun into defensive service, I would want to upgrade to a set with a contrasting front sight.

After undergoing the changes necessary to make it compatible with the new action, the updated High Power’s barrel looks downright conventional. It is hammer-forged from stainless steel, and the chamber and feed ramp are polished at the factory to help ensure consistent feeding. Its six-groove, 1:10" right-handed rifling should serve it well across the gamut of common 9 mm Luger projectile weights, and a recessed target crown imparts a modicum of protection against accuracy-stealing damage to the muzzle. 

The most objectively beneficial byproduct of increasing the High Power’s height by more than 1/2" was that it made room for larger magazines holding 17 rounds—ironically finally getting the platform that popularized double-stack magazines up to the current industry standard for full-size 9 mms. FN is shipping two of the magazines with its pistols, and the steel bodies have witness holes along their rear faces and dual notches to accommodate a reversible magazine release. Magazines from previous iterations are not long enough to be used with the taller new guns, and the 17-rounders can’t even be fully inserted into older High Powers.

magazine-release button, frontstrap

Unlike previous FN-made High Powers, the new gun’s magazine-release button (l.) can be reversed for use by left-handed shooters. Texturing on both the back- and frontstrap Improve purchase on the pistol (r.).

Enhanced purchase is another benefit of the revamped handgun. Previous versions of the High Power have had smooth backstraps and frontstraps—relying solely on the patterning cut into the stock panels to help keep the gun in place under recoil. FN has now added sections of small raised pyramids to both the front and rear of the grip to supplement similar shapes molded into both stocks, and it all works together well to effectively anchor the new gun in place.

It is to the right side of the frame that FN has made the most changes. Mirroring the standard left-side control is now a right-side slide stop lever for left-handed use, and just forward of that is the new takedown lever. My short fingers found the slide lever to be a tad too far for me to easily reach without twisting the gun around in my hand, but shooters with longer fingers will likely have better mileage. However, in what was probably more of a happy accident than an intentional design choice, as a left-handed shooter, I found the takedown lever to be perfectly placed for use as a finger rest by my support-hand thumb when adopting a thumb-forward grip—something obviously not applicable to righties.


Holsters compatible with vintage High Powers will not work with the new guns, due to their different overall sizes and control schemes. However, companies such as ANR Design are already offering options, both IWB and OWB, built specifically to accommodate the new pistols.

Bilateral thumb safeties were first introduced to the High Power in 1982 with the launch of the Mark II, and the new FN features the largest and longest pair that I’ve ever encountered—which makes finding and flicking them on and off almost effortless. However, unlike previous variants—which employed a spur on the left-side paddle that engaged a notch in the slide to physically prevent its movement when activated—the new levers do not employ a mechanical stop. This allows the slide to be racked (and the gun to be loaded or unloaded) while the safety is engaged—something never possible before. In addition to its manual safeties, the gun also incorporates a pair of passive safeguards into its firing mechanism: a firing pin block and a trigger disconnect safety.

Although some clone versions of the High Power have incorporated reversible magazine-release buttons into their designs, this pistol marks the first time FN has included such a feature. With the assistance of a small screwdriver, the round, textured control can be removed from the frame in about five literal seconds and then re-installed in the opposite direction in another five. 

In the hand, the grip of the new High Power feels remarkable similar to that of the legacy guns, which is why I was quite surprised when my calipers revealed differences in both the length and width measurements. Whereas previous versions measure 2" from front to back and 1.3" from side to side, the 2022 introduction measures 2.1" long and 1.25" wide. The grip angle remains the same, and, despite my smallish hands, the new dimensions feel as good as or better than the old ones.

17-round detachable box magazines

Increasing the new High Power’s height by more than half an inch made plenty of room for the use of 17-round detachable box magazines—ironically finally getting the platform that popularized double-stack magazines up to the current industry standard for full-size 9 mms.

FN included a rowel hammer on the re-launched design, and while a true extended beavertail on a production High Power is now 87 years overdue, the company did add a bit of extra material back there to increase the clearance between the hammer and the softest part of your hand. I put approximately 600 rounds through the updated design and don’t recall being bitten a single time.

One component removed from the reboot is its antediluvian magazine-disconnect safety, meaning that the hammer can be dropped and the gun fired with its magazine removed. As a result, you are no longer holding a brick should your magazine become accidentally dislodged or should you need to fire the pistol mid-reload. Also, because the High Power’s magazine disconnect interacts with the pistol’s internal trigger parts, it has always helped contribute to the platform’s comparatively unimpressive single-action break—so it makes sense that the new gun has the lightest and crispest trigger I’ve ever experienced in the platform. On my range sample, there’s roughly 1/8" of take-up before the wall, with the trigger breaking cleanly on average at 4 lbs., 9 ozs., of pressure.

I had the opportunity to run about 200 rounds through an FDE version of the new gun at a media event in March and then put an additional 400 rounds through a stainless model during subsequent function and accuracy testing once back at headquarters; neither gun experienced a single stoppage in that time. FN touts the new pistol’s compatibility with a broad spectrum of 9 mm ammunition, and I did my best to put that to the test, as I headed to the range with seven loads of differing weights, shapes and pressure ratings—from 65-grain NovX +P ARXs to 147-grain Hornady Subsonics. It digested them all without issue.

Three defensive loads from Remington, SIG and Winchester were also shot to help gauge the updated High Power’s accuracy, and the firearm managed a sub-3" average across all 15 five-shot groups at 25 yards—a fine result better than would be needed for competition, defensive use or casual plinking. Also, I am far from a superb handgun shooter, so I have no doubts that, in the hands of a true pistol marksman, these guns are capable of even more.

The vintage High Power is renowned for being a joy to shoot—the new gun’s extra weight, a good portion of which has been added to the nose of the slide, just dials that virtue up to 11. It is about as flat- and soft-shooting as a handgun capable of serious defensive work can be, without the firearm itself being too heavy to be comfortably employed for that purpose. While the fit of my test sample was excellent throughout, there were a few obvious casting blemishes visible on its frame, more so than should be expected on a firearm in this price range.

FN high power shooting results

So, in the final analysis, where does FN’s new pistol stand? Let me go ahead and get the southpaws out of the way, as this will be brief and unnuanced. For the needs of a left-handed shooter, this is the best High Power ever made by a sizable margin. Unlike anything offered during the previous 87 years, all the necessary controls are either bilateral or reversible—and the right-side takedown lever is arguably even better positioned for our use than it is for theirs. If you’re a leftie interested in a High Power, this is it. Just pick your favorite color and go.

And now for the rest of you: I’ve noticed that some High Power diehards have a knee-jerk dislike for this gun (including some professional gun writers) despite most never even touching one, because it is just too different for them. I’ve also now seen a single range session with the revamped pistol pull a full 180 on four such skeptics, as actually firing the thing removes all doubt as to its lineage. I personally think the new FN pretty effectively manages to pay homage to one of the company’s most successful and influential firearms without being slavishly bound to those aspects of its design that had not aged well.

Yes, FN has taken a bold risk by so thoroughly evolving its pistol, but what would the value to the gun community have been if it instead had chosen to stand pat with a firearm more or less identical to all that have come before it? Thanks to Springfield and EAA, shooters who want to go that route already have great options available to them—and the original design’s fan base is large enough that guns of that type will likely always have allure. But there is even more demand for accurate, controllable, high-capacity 9 mms that even newcomers to our ranks can use well—and, if absolutely nothing else, the 21st century High Power succeeds admirably in ticking each of those boxes.

And when has having options ever been a bad thing?

FN high power specs

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Killexams : Retail IT Spending Market size, share, Outlook, Industry Analysis and Prospect 2022-2027

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Killexams : HP Debuts Polypropylene for 3D Printing

In a flurry of announcements on June 4, HP demonstrated continued forward momentum in 3D printing and digital manufacturing through partnerships with BASF and Oechsler.

HP first announced an expansion of its strategic alliance with BASF. Together, the companies are working closely with innovators in the automotive, consumer, medical, and industrial manufacturing sectors to open up new market opportunities, jointly develop best-in-class applications, and achieve unmatched quality, breakthrough economics, and more sustainable production, said HP.

At the center of the collaboration is the launch of a new material — a first-of-its-kind polypropylene (PP) for additive manufacturing (AM). The new HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF, is a versatile, durable, and chemically resistant material that has been qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, including its Jet Fusion 5200 Series.

“The introduction of PP is another important step as we collaborate on best-in-class materials to transform manufacturing,” said François Minec, Managing Director, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, which unveiled its new Forward AM brand last year. “Our teams have worked closely to develop a high-quality PP that fully leverages the advanced capabilities of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 platform — truly a win-win for innovative companies investing in the shift to digital manufacturing.”

HP also announced a new industrial alliance with Ansbach, Germany–based Oechsler, an AM engineering solutions provider, to help produce new applications and accelerate mass production of 3D-printed parts. The companies are working together across the product lifecycle, from new designs to final parts production, to develop breakthrough applications for customers in the automotive, home and commercial appliance, and medical device sectors. Oechsler’s fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers will provide advanced capabilities, economics, and high-quality production parts.

“As we continue driving the mass production of 3D-printed parts we believe working with an industry leader like HP will enable our customers to take full advantage of digital manufacturing,” said Matthias Weiskopf, Senior Vice President of R&D, Oechsler AG. “With the advanced capabilities of HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, we can provide unprecedented levels of quality, speed, reliability, and cost savings. The opportunity to collaborate closely on every phase of the product lifecycle and jointly develop breakthrough applications with HP and our customers will transform industries.”

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Killexams : 2023 F-150 Raptor R packs 700 hp, 640 pound-feet of torque into 'nimble monster'

Ford Motor Co.'s 2023 F-150 Raptor R adds eye-popping V-8 punch to the automaker's off-road lineup, but it won't supplant the Ram 1500 TRX as the apex predator of the full-size performance pickup segment.

Ford said the Raptor R's 5.2-liter V-8 engine will generate 700 hp and 640 pound-feet of torque, just below the TRX's 702 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque. But Ford officials argue the Raptor R's expected curb weight of 5,950 pounds — about 400 pounds lighter than the TRX — will make it a more agile, durable beast.

"In the end, two or three horsepower doesn't really matter," Tony Greco, program manager of F-150 Raptor, told Automotive News. "It really comes down to the power-to-weight ratio. It's a nimble, nimble monster and that's what it takes to be fast in the environment we want to compete in and dominate."

The Raptor R, meant for desert-racing enthusiasts, is Ford's most powerful Raptor-badged vehicle to date. While the brand has been a hit for Ford, and was recently expanded to the Bronco nameplate, enthusiasts have been clamoring for V-8 power for years.

"Raptor R is our ultimate Raptor," Carl Widmann, Ford Performance chief engineer, said in a statement. "When customers experience Raptor R in the desert and beyond, it will make the hairs on the back of their necks stand up."

Ford already uses the 5.2-liter V-8 engine in the Mustang Shelby GT500, but officials say it's been upgraded for off-roading in the Raptor R.

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The supercharger has been recalibrated, and engineers installed a new pulley to increase power and torque density. Ford upgraded the engine's exhaust manifolds with a stainless steel design and unique oil cooler and filter. They also upped the air intake to help keep the engine cooler.

The Raptor R features a new front axle with higher-strength carrier casting, as well as a larger-diameter aluminum driveshaft and specially tuned torque converter.

The truck comes with the five-link rear suspension that debuted on the 2021 Raptor and includes longer trailing arms and taller coil springs to enhance stability, as well as advanced, specially tuned Fox live valve shocks.

It also comes with 37-inch tires standard.

The Raptor R features a hood that sits 1 inch higher than on the base model, and comes with unique badging and accents, but it doesn't deviate wildly from that on the regular Raptor.

"We didn't want to make it about the aesthetics," Greco said. "We wanted to make it about what's under the hood."

The Raptor R is priced from $109,145, including shipping. Order banks are open now and production is expected to begin late this year.

The Raptor R's introduction comes as Ford continues to find success in the off-road space, expanding vehicle lines with new variants and subbrands such as Timberline, FX4 and Tremor. Todd Eckert, Ford's truck group marketing manager, said he's not concerned about slicing the market too thin because Raptor R appeals to a specific type of enthusiast who enjoys desert racing.

"We've really tried to scale them to hit the right customers in terms of the experience they're looking for," he said. "Off-roading is important to truck. We want to have offerings to choose the right experience for them and their needs."

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