Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Ron's PC died yesterday. He suspects the power supply went south. Leo says there's no sense in replacing it, you can just replace the the power supply. But check the power cord itself. It could have gone bad. Just to be sure. But if you have to replace it, you could replace the processor too, since it's 7 years old, but you'll have to replace the motherboard as well. But why not get a bare bones system that you can get a new processor and motherboard with, and then transfer your SSD, GPU and the other options that you've added to it?
Nathan has an inkjet printer but he's having issues with print quality. Leo says that inkjet printers aren't very economical for infrequent printing because the jets can become clogged with dried ink unless you use them every day. That's why Leo recommends a low cost laser printer. You can get a Brother laser printer for under $100. Ideal for students.
Bruce's daughter plays D&D and her group would like to stream their games online. They need a mic for the group. Leo says that the best option for them is MEVO. It has a wide angle array mic and it has a camera built in that you can control via an iPad. It's 4K that streams over 1080p. It can even follow you and because it's 4K, you can use the resolution to create a second camera up close. It's a great option. It's $400. But there's also a $100 black friday deal going on right now. If that's still too pricey and you just want audio, then you can use the Blue Snowball.
This weeks' gadget lets you pour wine out of a wine bottle without uncorking it, keeping it safe from oxidation. The device is called Coravin it uses a "pouring needle" to access the wine without cork damage. Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself and continues protecting the wine. Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Coravin fits on a variety of sized standard wine bottles, and they even made an adapter for screw-on caps. There a many designs and systems available starting at $199.99.
Ellie got the latest Google Home Assistant and she thinks that as it gets smarter, it may even surpass the Amazon Echo in capability. Leo says that Google is pushing it pretty hard towards that goal. Leo also says that it could be beneficial for those with eyesight issues.
Carey wants to know what the future holds for DVDs and thumb drives. Leo says that DVDs are going away as people are preferring to stream more than playing them on optical drives. But Leo says that USB is going to be around for quite awhile.
Dave got an Amazon Echo Show for his mother in law and he wants to know how to call her with his. How can he make calls from one Show to another? Leo says she has to allow it. He also has to be sure both of them are on each other's Show contact list. Dave will need to know the name of her Show. Amazon has a good setup tutorial on how to do Drop Ins here.
Line and Naver Corp have new Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. While several companies are working on ear-to-ear real-time language translation, Mars is different. How? According to the company, other earbuds require separate mobile devices and earbuds, or two pairs of earbuds. Mars only requires a single pair that can be shared between two people. Using the Naver Papago app, the user assigns a language to each each earbud. From there, two people will be able to have real-time ear-to-ear translation of 10 different languages.
DJ is trying to help a friend out who wants to reset her MacBook, but he's worried that she won't be able to use her Microsoft Office software because she doesn't have the key anymore. Leo says that there's a system reset that won't break the connections of the software. So it could pay to try that first. If that doesn't work and they have to erase the hard drive, they could get the key from Microsoft again. It'll take a simple call.
Jack is looking to get a new laptop for music recording. Should he buy an i7? Leo says that an i5 is fine, and he should spend the money on a larger SSD and more RAM. 16GB is good. But after that, the performance slows down when using more RAM, and most applications don't even use it. So he should stick with 16GB. He should get a good screen as well.