11 Dec 2013
BARCELONA: HP unveiled a series of new devices on Tuesday at its annual Discover conference and the most notable of these new units was the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1.
It was unveiled on stage by senior vice president of HP Business Personal Systems, Enrique Lores, who touted its military-grade build quality to withstand dust, extreme temperatures and drops, at which point he let it fall from his hand to the floor with a resounding clang. It seemed to be ok.
Enterprise buyers were also targeted with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner and a smart card reader for extra security, and a docking connector to link to printers and other peripherals.
The firm also touted several other aspects of the device that have been upgraded from its earlier EliteBook Folio 9470M, saying it is lighter, thinner and faster thanks to the inclusion of Intel's Haswell processor. It will ship with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
We went to see the laptop in the giant Discover hall and had a quick play around on the new device and, as HP claimed, it certainly is a swish looking unit with rounded edges, a grey metallic design and an overall feel of quality that is not too dissimilar to a MacBook.
One other notable feature of the new device that HP touted is the use of a new type of control pad called ForcePad (pictured below). Rather than the traditional style control pads on a laptop that require two fingers to select and drag items, this can be done with one as it recognises different pressure sensitivities.
It also has the ability to recognise five-touch inputs so touch-style controls such as pinch-to-zoom can be used on applications or web services that support this functionality. This would be useful if you choose to have Windows 7 shipped with the unit.
However, those wanting a touchscreen can get a Windows 8.1 model, which will now support touch, a major let down of the older model. However, the unit we saw was running Windows 7, so we didn't get a chance to test out the new touchscreen mode.
Another improvement is in size and weight, with the device weighing 1.49kg, down from 1.63kg, and the thickness is down from 18.9mm to 15.9mm on the previous model. We certainly found the device light and comfortable to hold, and it could easily slip into a shoulder bag or suitcase without adding much weight.
Overall, after a quick first glance and play, the EliteBook Folio 1040 seems a nice device with a focus on enterprises users that should appeal to many firms and staffers buying their own laptops. The option of Windows 7 or 8.1 means both tastes are catered for and the ForcePad shows that HP is trying to innovate on the otherwise fairly standard laptop model.
The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 will be available in the UK from the middle of December with a starting price of £1,380. Check back on V3 in the future for our full review of the device.
09 Oct 2013
Google's been enjoying a boom in Android sales for the last year or so, at least in smartphones. However, this success hasn't been replicated so far with Google's other mobile platform, the Chrome OS aimed at low-end laptop-style devices.
For this reason, Google seems to be stepping up its strategy of working with key hardware partners, resulting in devices like the newly unveiled HP-built Chromebook 11.
Design and build
HP and Google have both made a big deal about the Chromebook 11's build quality - one Google spokesman went so far as to describe the device as the "Wolverine of Chromebooks". On paper there's certainly a lot of merit to these claims, with the system boasting a metallic reinforced magnesium frame despite its low weight of 1.04kg.
Google claims the 297x192x17.6mm reinforced chassis is capable of taking more than the average wear and tear and should be able to survive the odd accidental bump or drop hassle free. While we didn't get a chance to actually drop test the Chromebook 11 during our hands-on, we were very impressed how robust the device felt.
Despite the slightly cheap feeling shiny plastic finish, the chassis has little give to it and feels much better built than any laptop we've experienced in the same £229 price-bracket.
During our hands-on we were also impressed how comfortable the keyboard was to type on. While, like any laptop in the same 11in size bracket, the keyboard did feel slightly squashed, the keys were suitable snappy and responsive and the Chromebook's slightly rounded frame made it comfortable to type on.
In terms of ports, the Chromebook 11 is sparsely equipped, featuring just two USB 2.0 ports and a SlimPort video output, which uses a microUSB style connector.
The Chromebook 11 comes with an 11.6in in-plane switching (IPS) display boasting a 300-nit brightness and 176-degree viewing angle. Using the Chromebook 11 in regular office lighting conditions we were fairly impressed with this screen. While far from the crispest we've ever used, the display was bright and colours looked rich and vibrant.
It also proved to have fairly decent viewing angles, with the display remaining legible even when viewing at an awkward angle. However, usersmay struggle to read itin in more adverse lighting conditions, like direct sunlight out of doors.
Software and performance
The Chromebook 11 comes with the latest version of Google's Chrome OS preinstalled. Whether this is a positive or negative is largely determined by which desktop and mobile ecosystem you're already accustomed to.
For those familiar with it, Chrome OS has a lot of benefits. Being largely cloud based, Chrome OS offers decent performance even on modest hardware. It does this by offloading a lot of the heavy lifting, traditionally tasked to the device's processor, into the cloud. This lets it do things like instant start and run demanding game applications traditionally beyond its Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB of RAM.
The OS also features built-in multiple security layers designed to ward off malware. This, combined with its low market share which makes it an unpopular target with cyber criminals, means the Chromebook 11 is on a paper a very secure choice for businesses.
Chrome OS also makes setting up the device a doddle for people with a Google account, as it can transfer and setting up all their apps, shortcuts, calendar and email services with one simple login. Even better, the latest version of Chrome OS goes beyond the traditional set of online-only services, featuring support for a number of applications that can run offline, including Google Docs and Gmail.
However, to those more accustomed to Apple or Microsoft platforms, the OS can seem fairly constricting. Considering how embedded most businesses are in the Windows or Mac ecosystems and services, this could be a massive sticking point for many buyers.
Storage and battery
Storage-wise the Chromebook 11 comes with a modest 16GB of solid state storage built in, which cannot be upgraded. Luckily, for those with an active internet connection Google's bundled the Chromebook 11 with 100GB of Drive cloud storage free for the first two years after purchase.
The Chromebook 11 is quoted as capable of six hours active use off one charge. We didn't get a chance to test the projected life during our hands on but will be sure to test it properly come our full review.
One plus point we did notice is that the Chromebook 11 charges using a generic microUSB cable, not a bespoke input. While this sounds small it does make the Chromebook 11 far more travel friendly, removing the need for you to pack an extra charger when away on a business trip.
Our initial impressions of the HP Chromebook 11 are positive. The Chromebook 11 appears to be a robustly built, yet lightweight and travel friendly netbook replacement.
Our only real concerns regard the nature of Chrome OS itself. Despite having a significantly better offline app offering than previous Chromebooks, a lack of inbuilt storage could still prove a problem for those regularly out of range of a network connection and the central focus on Google products and services will remain an issue for businesses already invested in alternative ecosystems.
The Chromebook is available in the US now and is confirmed to launch on Amazon, Google Play, HP Shopping, Currys and PC World on 21 October. Check back with V3 later for a full review of the Google Chromebook 11.
By V3's Alastair Stevenson
While consumers may be turning to tablets, corporate buyers still have a requirement for Windows laptops, according to Fujitsu, which has just begun shipping a new family of laptops designed for the enterprise market.
The Lifebook E-Line comprises three models offering a range of screen sizes: 15.6in, 14in and 13.3in, all based on the same motherboard and firmware. This commonality is designed to make it easier for IT departments, as the E-Line all use the same operating system images and accept the same peripherals.
One of the most interesting peripherals is the Fujitsu Bay Projector. As its name suggests, this is a projector which is designed to slot into the modular bay on any of the E-Line laptops, making it an all-in-one solution for delivering presentations.
The Bay Projector is thus the same size and shape as a slot-in optical drive or second battery module, which are also available for the E-Line models, and adds about 150g to the weight of the system, making it much more convenient to carry around than a separate projector.
It fits flush inside the laptop case until needed, but at the flick of a lever, the business end of the projector slides out of the modular bay ready for use. This exposes a small panel of control buttons, while a hinged portion of the projector allows the user to adjust the position of the image up or down.
The £280+VAT Bay Projector uses LEDs for its light source, so it is never going to compete against professional projector models designed for conference rooms, but in the brief demo we saw, it seemed more than good enough for presenting PowerPoint slides or video to a handful of viewers.
In terms of specs, the projector has a brightness of just 40 lumens, and can display an image up to 30in in size at a distance of two metres. It is also restricted to a resolution of 800x480 pixels.
Meanwhile, the Lifebook E-Line laptops offer a choice of 2.7GHz Core i5-3340M or 3GHz Core i7-3540M processors with Intel vPro for the corporate buyers, with up to 16GB memory and storage options up to a 500GB hard drive or 512GB SSD.
Because the laptops share a common motherboard, they all have the same I/O capabilities, including three USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA and DisplayPort, plus an SD Card memory slot. Fujitsu's notion of using a common motherboard and firmware is that customers can equip a range of workers with whichever model best suits their role, while having the support and maintenance advantages you would gain from deploying a single model across the board.
While WiFi is standard as you would expect, mobile broadband is optional on all the models, with either 3G or 4G modules available.
The Lifebook E753 with its 15.6in display (above) is intended as a desktop replacement for office workers, and sports a numeric keypad alongside its standard Qwerty block. This can be configured with a choice of displays, offering 1920x1080 or 1366x768 resolutions.
The Lifebook E743 (above) has a 14in display, supporting a resolution of 1600x900 pixels, plus a typical weight of 1.7kg, which is common to all three models.
The smallest model, the Lifebook E733, has a 13.3in screen with a resolution of 1366x768 and is best suited for the most mobile workers, such as travelling sales "road warriors".
All three laptops can use a common desktop dock, which also cuts down on the number of items IT departments need to keep in stock, and helps with hot desking as a user with any of the Lifebooks can just drop it into a dock on any desk.
The dock provides the usual array of connection options, sporting four USB 3.0 ports which enables a keyboard, mouse and more to be connected, plus an Ethernet LAN port, eSata connector, two DisplayPort, one DVI and one VGA port for connecting external displays.
Because the Lifebook E-Line laptops share much of their hardware, pricing is dependant on options selected, with the base price starting at £860+VAT and ranging up to £1,294+VAT.
For the last few years Korean tech giant Samsung has universally been acknowledged as top dog in the Android ecosystem. Sales of the firm's popular Galaxy smartphones and tablets constantly dominate the charts and to date it's the only firm to ever come close to matching the record breaking sales of Apple's competing iPad and iPhone devices.
However, sales of its Ativ PCs have been less impressive, with competitors like Lenovo controlling a significantly larger chunk of the PC market. Clearly unhappy with the situation, Samsung's unveiled its new Ativ Q hybrid laptop-come-tablet hoping to leverage its Android superiority to steal a bigger stake of the general PC market.
However with interest in Windows 8 still negligible it's unclear whether the dual-booting Android and Windows powered Q will be seen as an actual perk. This is especially true considering the recent arrival of Microsoft's homemade, super-powerful Surface Pro.
Measurements and weight
Samsung Ativ Q: 327x218x13.9mm, 1.29kg
Microsoft Surface Pro: 275x173x13mm, 907g
When it comes to size and weight neither the Q or the Pro are lightweight, with both weighing close to twice as much as less powerful Atom-based Windows 8 tablets. However of the two the Q is the heavier, with its physically attached slide-out keyboard making it close to 300g heavier than the Pro - even when the Microsoft machine is connected to its lighter detachable keyboard.
However, as noted in our hands-on review, the Q's increased weight does translate to pretty solid build quality and we found it was far more comfortable to type on than the Pro.
Samsung Ativ Q: 13.3in qHD+ 3200x1800, 275ppi
Microsoft Surface Pro: 10.6in touchscreen, 1920x1080, 208ppi
Samsung's made a big deal about the Q's screen claiming it is the brightest and clearest ever seen on any Windows 8 tablet. On paper there's plenty of evidence to support Samsung's claims, with the Q's larger 13.3in display boasting a 275ppi that puts the Pro's, still reasonable, 10.6in, 208ppi unit to shame.
Samsung Ativ Q: Intel Core i5 Haswell
Microsoft Surface Pro: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5
When it was first released in the US the Pro was a powerhouse device running off a top-end Intel Core i5 chip. However, having taken its sweet time to finally arrive in the UK, its powerhouse status has waned with Intel unveiling its latest Haswell line of processors just before the Pro launched. This means that the Ativ Q could well be a nippier device than the Pro.
Samsung Ativ Q: Up to nine hours quoted
Microsoft Surface Pro: 5.5 hours in V3 tests
Another added boon to Intel's Haswell line of chips is that they're far more power-efficient than their predecessors. This is a good thing as older Core i5-powered Windows 8 tablets, like the Surface Pro, suffered from battery life issues, generally petering out at around the five and a half hour mark. This is why Samsung has listed the Q as having an impressive nine hour life - here's hoping the claim proves true.
Samsung Ativ Q: Windows 8, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Microsoft Surface Pro: Windows 8 Pro
The Ativ Q is one of a select number of devices that comes with both Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows operating systems pre-installed. The device is able to dual-boot, running both OSs at the same time and can even share data between the two, thanks to some nifty software touches by Samsung. The Pro by comparison runs on the more premium Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft's OS. It's unclear yet whether the Ativ Q will be able to upgrade to the professional version of Windows 8.
Samsung Ativ Q: 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro: 64GB or 128GB
Storage-wise, both are available in 128GB options, though you can also pick up a 64GB Surface Pro if you want to save some cash. How much of a value proposition it will be remains unknown as Samsung is yet to reveal the Q's price. To get an equivalent 128GB Surface Pro with a keyboard costs from £899, while the 64GB model can be purchased for £819.
Raced head-to-head, on paper the Samsung Ativ Q does outpace the Pro, which thanks to a series of delays getting to the UK is fast becoming a previous generation device. Chief sins are its non-Haswell Intel processor and slightly lower ppi display. Still, given we don't know the Ativ Q's price at the moment, the upgraded tech could well come at a premium cost.
Check back with V3 soon for a full review of the Samsung Ativ Q, and read our full Surface Pro review here.
By V3's Alastair Stevenson
21 Jun 2013
Windows 8's app shortage has been a sticking point for many buyers since the operating system launched late last year. For both enterprise and consumer buyers looking for a decent bring your own device (BYOD) option, the OS' marketplace has been woefully understocked when it comes to apps and has shamelessly overcharged for the select few it has.
Clearly aware of this Korean tech giant Samsung has looked to solve the problem, creating its new Ativ Q hybrid, a device that can dual boot Google's app-rich Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS alongside Microsoft's Windows 8, theoretically meaning users can enjoy the consumer perks of Android while retaining the productivity perks of Windows.
Design and build
Visually the Ativ Q looks a lot like most hybrid devices, featuring a similar design to Sony's recently unveiled Vaio Duo. The device starts off as a standard tablet, but can be converted into a fully functioning laptop, by sliding the screen back to reveal an attached hidden keyboard.
A consequence of the hidden keyboard is the Q feels significantly chunkier and and heavier than a standalone Windows 8 tablet, measuring in at 327x218x13.9mm and weighing 1.29kg. While this isn't too bad for people looking for a bespoke laptop replacement it does mean that those looking for a lightweight tablet will do best to look elsewhere.
However, during our hands-on we were impressed by how much Samsung's managed to load into the design, packing it with USB3.0, USB2.0, micro HDMI, RJ45 (dongle), HP/Mic combo and microSD ports.
We were also impressed with the Q's build quality, with its metal chassis feeling robust and the hinge connecting the screen and keyboard proving far more sturdy than those seen on most other hybrid devices. We also found the keyboard, while a little squished together, was fairly comfortable to type on with its keys feeling responsive and suitably well built.
During our hands on we did notice the lack of a full touchpad. In order to make space for the keys Samsung's opted to load the Q with a Lenovo trackpad-point ball that sits at the centre of the keyboard. While we found the trackpoint suitably responsive we know some users aren't fans of the input design, preferring the larger and more common touchpad mouse replacement. Another key design cut we noticed was the lack of a dock for the S Pen Stylus that comes bundled with the Q.
Samsung made a lot of noise about the Q's 13.3in, 3200x1800, 275ppi display, claiming it's the brightest and clearest ever seen on a Windows 8 tablet. The firm went so far as to claim the Q's screen will make the device usable in direct, bright sunlight, a feat most tablets and laptops are yet to achieve.
While we only got to test the Q in the controlled lighting conditions of the Samsung showroom floor, we have to concede our opening tests proved there is some truth to the Korean firm's claim. Testing the display we found it boasted brilliant brightness and contrast levels, great viewing angles and was far crisper than we expected.
The Q's most interesting feature is its ability to dual-boot Microsoft's Windows 8 and Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating systems. The device does this automatically whenever you turn the Q on and lets you switch between the two simply by clicking on the "dual-OS" tile housed in the Windows 8 touch UI. Users can then revert back to Windows 8 at any time simply by pressing the capacitive Windows button housed on the Q's front or slide-out keyboard.
Another nifty feature of the dual-boot is the ability to actually create shortcuts to Android apps in Windows 8. The feature is a clear move by Samsung to solve Windows 8's app shortage. Testing the Q we found the transition was very smooth, jumping between the two operating systems and we're looking forward to more thoroughly testing how Android and Windows can complement one another come our full review.
The Q is confirmed to run off one of Intel's latest Intel Core i5 Haswell processors, boast 4GB of RAM and feature Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics. This means that, while the Q won't be great at running super-intensive Windows programmes, like hardcore 3D modelling tools or games, it should still be fairly fast and cope with most general use tasks. During our hands-on we didn't notice any problems with the Q's performance with it loading and running both Android and Windows applications issue free.
Battery and storage
As well as increased power, Haswell chips are also meant to be far more efficient than older Intel processors and as a result are meant to vastly improve devices' battery lives. Because of this Samsung's listed the Q as having a reasonable nine-hour battery life. While time constraints meant we didn't get a chance to test this, if true, it will mean the Q has one of the longest battery lives seen on a non-Atom Windows 8 machine. Most competitors, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, only last on average around five and a half hours. Storage-wise the Q is set to come loaded with a 128GB SSD.
Overall our first encounter with the Samsung Ativ Q was a positive one. The Q's dual-boot feature makes it scream BYOD, having the potential to offer all the productivity perks of Windows 8, alongside Android's consumer app offering. However, there are still several key questions that need to be answered before we can know if the Q will actually make good on its potential. First is how much it will actually cost and second, is how the device will handle security - a key concern on both operating systems. It remains unclear if businesses will be able to secure both the Android and Windows operating systems without overloading the Q with multiple tools - thus eating up its modest 4GB of memory and hampering its performance.
The Q is set for release in "summer this year", check back with V3 later for a full review.
Written by V3's Alastair Stevenson
The second major theme to Apple's Worldwide developer conference (WWDC) was an update to its OS X platform for Mac computers, dubbed OS X Mavericks, plus a refresh of its portable and desktop systems.
Apple's update to its OS X laptop and desktop OS is business and productivity focused, with the most notable change being an update to its the Finder platform. The update promised to let users do things like add tags to files to help make it easier to find them using search and automatically organise them - a boon for any small business still storing their files on premise. Other changes are similarly low key, with highlights including OpenGL 4 support and the addition of timer coalescing - a feature that promises to help the computer manage CPU activity thus reducing power usage.
Macbook Air and Mac Pro updates
Alongside its software innovations Apple also treated fans to some tech upgrades during its WWDC keynote, confirming new versions of its popular Macbook Air laptops as well as teasing a new version of its Mac Pro, top-end computer.
The Macbook Air models are a fairly modest affair, with the biggest change being the addition of Intel's new Haswell chips to the new 11.6in and 13.3in models. While the addition is set to boost performance and improve battery life, it's still not that exciting as every PC maker in the world is also planning on using them.
For this reason, we're more interested in the teased information about Apple's next Mac Pro. Currently all that's known is that it is set to be powered by an Intel Xeon processor and boast improved memory. It will also include Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to help users more quickly transfer files, as well as support for 4K displays and dual workstation GPUs for increased graphics and number crunching performance.
Apple watchers may be disappointed the firm has not done anything radically different, but given its current success, the company really doesn't have to. This is especially true in the laptop and PC markets with the lukewarm response given to the platform's chief rival, Microsoft Windows 8.
Written by V3's Alastair Stevenson
11 Jun 2013
Apple's Worldwide developer's conference (WWDC) comes during an interesting time for the iPhone maker. Despite posting impressive revenues and shifting record numbers of close to all of its products, numerous Apple naysayers have begun attacking the firm.
These critics claim since the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple's running out of ideas and is soon going to lose its place in the sun, as competitors, like Korean firm Samsung take advantage of its lull in creativity. Yet, with WWDC officially underway, Apple's proven unperturbed by the doomsayers and has opted to unveil a host of upgrades to existing products, starting with iOS on the iPhone.
While consumers will undoubtedly be focused on things like iTunes radio - a feature that really doesn't offer much to improve itself past older services seen on competing platforms, like Nokia Music - there are still several notable updates on iOS 7 for enterprise and business users.
Most noticeably, iOS 7 will feature an overhauled interface designed to improve the efficiency and user experience. Chief among the UI changes is the addition of a main control centre management screen and a dynamic wallpaper system. This is big news as it is the first serious upgrade Apple's made to the UI in sometime. We're curious to see how Apple users react to the change.
Beyond this, Apple's continued its push to make Siri actually useful, loading it with new voice options and the ability to search Wikipedia, Twitter and Bing. The firm's also confirmed it is working with car makers to develop an in-vehicle console which can be navigated entirely by voice.
Last but not least, Apple's also continued its ongoing push to increase integration levels between its mobile iOS and computer Mac operating systems, adding a Keychain tool to its iCloud platform. The Keychain tool is an account management system able to remember passwords and credit card information and sync it with a user's OS X Mavericks system.
While iOS 7 may not be as exciting as an iWatch or Apple-vision visor, it shows there is still plenty to interest Apple watchers at this year's WWDC.
Written by V3's Alastair Stevenson
06 Jun 2013
Sony boldly entered the ultrabook market last year, releasing its moderately priced Vaio T13. A solid entry into the ultrabook space, the T13 received generally positive reviews but failed to reignite corporate interest in Sony laptops, contributing to yet another lull in sales for the Japanese giant. Not willing to give up, Sony's retargeted the space, unveiling its top end Pro 13, claiming the device is the lightest touchscreen ultrabook ever made.
Design and build
Visually, as is the case with most Sony devices, the Pro is very slick. The model we had some time with featured a brushed black finish, that combined with its hardline, slim dimensions and design gave it a very swish, corporate feel similar to that seen on Lenovo's X1 Carbon ultrabook. The Pro 13 was also very light for its size, measuring in at 322x216x17.2mm and weighing just 1.06kg, similar to the 1.08kg MacBook Air. The low weight is seriously impressive considering some of the hardcore components and ports housed in the Pro's carbon fibre chassis, with it boasting USB 3.0, USB 3.0 with charge, SD memory card, HDMI out, Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi connectivity options. Opening impressions also suggest the Pro is fairly well built, with it having as solid feel that left us sure it could survive a few odd bumps and scrapes.
Display-wise the Pro 13 comes with a 13.3in Full HD 1920x1080 Triluminos touchscreen. As we found on the similarly specced Vaio Duo 13 Sony convertible, the display is pleasant to use when viewed directly, but suffered from glare issues, regularly catching any stray light and featured surprisingly poor viewing angles, quickly becoming illegible when viewed at even a slight angle. However, to be fair to the Pro 13, the lighting conditions on the press-expo floor were particularly punishing, being strewn with ridiculously bright lights that made every device we had at hand difficult to use.
Operating system and software
The Pro 13 will be released with Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro options. Windows 8 is yet to massively take off in the corporate space with many firms preferring to avoid the costly experience of a general upgrade and sticking to their older Windows 7, Vista or even XP systems. Our experience using Windows 8 on the Pro 13 was positive, with its nippy, responsive touchscreen making it a doddle to navigate, a fact aided by the fact Sony hasn't overloaded the device with too many custom applications.
In terms of power, the out of the box Pro 13 will feature an Intel Core i7-4500U with Turbo boost Technology, that will be backed up by 8GB of RAM and a hybrid solid state drive. While we didn't get a chance to properly put the Pro 13 though its paces or benchmark it, the on-paper specs mean it should be more than powerful enough for most business purposes and during our hands on we didn't notice any software bugs or glitches hampering its performance.
Our opening tests suggest the Pro 13 is a decent ultrabook, offering business users a solidly built, yet surprisingly light power-house Windows 8 experience. However, there's currently no word on how much the Pro 13 will cost when it's released later this month, meaning it's difficult to tell how much businesses will have to pay for the premium experience. Check back with V3 later for a full review of the Sony Vaio Pro 13.
By Alastair Stevenson. Follow him on Twitter: @MonkeyGuru