New laptops block prying eyes

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New laptops block prying eyes

If you do a lot of work in a home office or on the road, you might be interested in the privacy features in some new laptops.

If you use a laptop to work while you’re away from the office, you may find that noise and prying eyes are a problem.

For example, you don’t want the person sitting next to you in a café reading your emails, or your neighbour’s dog barking during a particularly crucial sales call.

So, it’s interesting to see that laptop makers are trying to do more to address these privacy issues.

For example, HP’s Sure View feature uses 3M technology to change the brightness of your screen, making it harder for people standing at an angle to the screen to see what you’re working on.

Sure View isn’t new, but HP has now added it to more of its devices, including the new HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 laptop. The feature is also available in other Elitebooks, as well as some HP Spectre and HP Envy devices. HP has also added Sure View to its 23.9 inch HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor and its 23.8 inch HP EliteOne 800 G5 All-in-One PC.

Meanwhile, Lenovo claims its new Yoga S940 laptop can minimise distractions while you’re making video calls. It uses AI to filter ambient noise and blur distracting backgrounds, potentially preventing your client getting an eyeful of your messy home office.

The S940 also automatically locks the display if you look away from the screen, and alerts you if it thinks someone behind you is looking at your screen – that could be useful if you’re working on sensitive material.

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