Acer

What's a good laptop for an elementary school student?

Caesar from Chula Vista, CA

Episode 1499

Caesar's daughter gets all her home work assignments from a website online, and he would to update their computer so it will work better. What should he get? Leo recommends Chromebooks because most schools are using them now. Leo prefers ACER, because they have a wide array of models in your price range. Leo recommends going down to a local Best Buy and see which one is best. The 15" is a great option for about $200. But the 11" may be good enough. The ACER SPIN can convert to a tablet as well. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is getting great reviews. It comes with a stylus, too.

Why is my Chromebook screen resolution so poor?

Episode 1494

Barb from Rancho Mirage, CA
Acer Chromebook 14"

Barb bought a Chromebook and the screen really isn't that great. Leo says that with a Chromebook under $400, corners have to be cut somewhere and it's likely the Chromebook manufacturer opted for a lower quality screen. If she paid more, she could get a better screen. The Acer 14" model Chromebook has a nice screen. Or, she could return the Chromebook and get a Chrome Box that she could use an external monitor with.

Why is my netbook so slow?

Episode 1487

Debbie from Milpitas, CA
GPD Pocket

Debbie has a GPD Pocket netbook computer and it's really slow. How can she get it to run faster? Leo says that an Acer netbook computer is slow because it's cheaply made and underpowered. She was paying for the size, not the power. A better option is to go with a Google Chromebook. It's light, cheap, and has far more power. Another good option is to take that GPD Pocket and install Linux on it for more speed.

How can I print from my Chromebook?

Episode 1402

Monica from San Clemente, CA
Canon Pixma MG6300

Monica bought an Acer Chromebook and she loves it. How can she print, though? Leo says that Google Cloud Print is the way to go. She'll just have to have a cloud print capable printer. With Google Cloud Print, she'll be able to print from any device wherever she is located.

Most printers nowadays are Wi-Fi capable, and many of them also support Apple's AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print. AirPrint and Cloud Print are separate from the printer having wireless capabilities, though, so when buying a printer it's good to check that it can do those things.

What's a good laptop for college?

Episode 1402

Paul from Los Angeles, CA
Dell XPS 15

Paul is going to college to study mechanical engineering and he needs a good laptop that can handle the work load. Leo says ideally, he'll get more bang for his buck with a PC. He'll also get more choices. Also, it's always best to check with the college or university for what they prefer. They may require more powerful hardware and specific software. He'll also want an SSD because it'll boot up faster.