i7

What MacBook should I buy for college?

Apple MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inch

Episode 1511

Jack from Huntington Beach, CA

Jack has a daughter at UC Santa Cruz studying Bio Engineering. He wants to get her a new laptop. Leo says to call the university and talk to the office about recommendations. They should also call the Bio Engineering department. The student store will also have a student discount.

The MacBook Pro is a good choice. An i5 will be OK, but the i7 will be better for what she does and will future proof it for the next four years. It has 16GB of RAM. A 13" would be ideal for a student, though, too. It has 512GB storage, and they can always get an external drive if she needs more.

Should I get an i7 laptop?

Microsoft Surface Book

Episode 1435

Qingnan from Los Angeles, CA

Qingnan is looking to get a Windows Surface Book. Leo had one and he thought it was an interesting design, but it fell short on performance. The second version is about to drop and it's supposed to be better, though. Qingnan is confused though with the processor designation — it has two different processors claiming it's the 8th generation. Leo says that's marketing and often times that can be confusing.

What computer should I buy?

Episode 1422

Sylvia from Lake Forest, CA

Sylvia wants to get a new computer but can't decide between a laptop and a desktop. Leo says that in general, a desktop is best for business. A laptop is for personal use. Since Sylvia does video and photo editing, she also should get Adobe's Creative Cloud. She'll also need a minimum of 16GB of RAM, but for video, 32 would be even better.

What's the difference between an i5 and i7 processor?

Processor

Episode 1138

Jim from Hollywood, CA

Jim had one of the original iMacs and he heard a 'pop' and the display died. A Cinema display he had connected also went down. So he has to buy a new computer. He's wondering what the difference is between th i5 and i7 processor. Leo says about $300. They're very similar.

The i7 does multithreading, which is great for video editing. Multithreading allows each core to do two things at once. He can check out this site for more in depth comparisons - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/.

Is the Mac Pro fast enough for YouTube?

Episode 1095

Peter from Brooklyn, NY

Peter just bought the new Mac Pro. Leo loves his. On his old Mac, he would be looking at videos off YouTube and would get a message that it requires a faster clock speed. Is the Mac Pro fast enough? Or will an i7 iMac be faster? Leo says the iMac isn't as fast and even if it was, he'd have to spend almost as much to get to that speed. The Mac Pro uses a Xeon Workstation processor with fast cores and data buses. So in almost all operations, it's fast enough.

Can you talk me out of getting a really fast laptop?

Lenovo Thinkpad W530

Episode 1008

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Steve wants to get a new Lenovo laptop with dual SSD drives and 32 GB of RAM. He's looking at a Workstation model, which is a desktop replacement. Leo says first and foremost, 32GB of RAM is way too much for the average or even heavy user. His biggest jump in performance would be from 4GB to 8GB. From there out, the speed boost can get to the point where the cost-benefit isn't all that great.

Leo also says that an SSD drive is great for storing the OS and apps on, but an SSD drive for storage is really not practical. It would be better to get a larger spinning drive.