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.
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.
Brian is looking to get a new Intel 8th-gen Core laptop. Leo says that the last few generations of processors really haven't had much of a boost in performance, making it really difficult to justify buying a new PC just for the processor. But if one needs a new PC, Leo recommends the Thinkpad X1 Yoga. It's a 2-in-1 that allows customers to turn it into a tablet.
Randall wants to know if the LattePanda processor is a good one for creating small Raspberry Pi applications. Leo says it looks pretty good, with an intel Atom processor on it. It's a computer on a tiny board. It even comes with Windows 10. He's never used it, but it looks pretty good and seems to be the latest in a growing category. Atom processors can handle some pretty good loads.
Jerry is getting a new computer and wants to know if he should buy one with an Intel or AMD processor? Leo says that AMD is a bit underpowered and he recommends sticking with the Intel i5. Leo says that for what Jerry does, a Chromebook is a very reliable and low cost alternative. It's the most secure OS out there. Leo recommends the Samsung Chromebook Plus, which goes on sale next month.
Lynn gave an iPhone 6 Plus to her dad and he loves it. Now she wants to get him a computer for Christmas and he wants a desktop. Leo says at her father's age, he really doesn't need a Windows or Mac desktop. Leo recommends the Chromebox. It's a desktop version of the Chromebook. It'll be far easier for him. With new versions able to support Android apps, it's a great bargain.
Marty is a Ham who uses his computer to run his Ham radio sessions. But the other day it stopped working. So now it's time to upgrade. He wants to find something inexpensive. Leo recommends the Intel NUC. It comes with everything he'll need and it doesn't take up much room. Since Marty already has the keyboard, mouse and monitor, a NUC is an ideal way to create a dedicated Ham radio computer. He may need to add a hard drive, but it's a great solution. Another option is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Jim bought a new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and he only gets a few hours of battery life. Leo says that Microsoft is sorely aware of the issues and is promising to push out an update to patch it. The issue is the new Intel Skylake processor that Microsoft says has an issue with power management. Leo says it will get better.
Alex is thinking about getting an AMD processor because they seem more affordable. Leo says they are, but really not enough to justify the performance gap. Also, Broadwell processors aren't out yet, but they will certainly be even faster. Leo likes that AMD is out because it keeps Intel honest, and pushes Intel to keep innovating, keeping prices down. That's what competition is for. But sadly, AMD is just not as fast.
Leo recommends consulting PCper.com to research the components for building his own PC.