Tom wants to get a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Should he get a hard drive or SSD? Leo says that if he gets the MacBook Pro, he can still get an SSD and it's worth it unless he gets the low end model. Leo doesn't recommend getting that one though. The MacBook Air is great for travel because it's so lightweight. And an SSD is so much faster. Anything else just feels too slow.
Josslyn is looking to replace her XP Desktop with a laptop. Her son has a MacBook Pro and he really likes it. Leo says that it's important to stay within the family as they can be her support system. So a MacBook Pro would be a good idea. An even better idea is the MacBook Air because of it's long battery life and super light form factor.
Jeff is looking for a new laptop and all he sees are models with Windows 8. Leo says that's true and it's likely because Microsoft is moving to a touch based system. Leo says that's the trend and moving forward, all laptops will have it. If he's getting a laptop, he may as well get one that has a touch screen because of Windows 8. But he can still get some Windows 7 machines. Dell carries them currently, but this will stop October 31.
NBC's Richard Engle did a story that mobile phones and computers were hacked the second people arrived in Russia for the Olympic Games. Leo says that the NBC story was completely false, and had been faked to get the audience looking at Russia in a particular way. Leo says that they would get hacked if the reporter deliberately went to a malicious site and downloaded the software that would infect the computer or mobile phone. Engle was a thousand miles away in Moscow when he did it.
Rich has two desktop computers running XP. Leo says that After April 8, Microsoft will not be supporting them with software security patches, so he shouldn't have them online. Rich can put Linux on them, that would give them a second life.
BJ is wondering if there's a simpler device for her elderly mother than a traditional desktop computer. Leo says that an iPad is an ideal choice for her. But she would have to type on the screen. Despite that, for pictures of grandkids, email, browsing and more, the iPad is easy to use and very secure. Leo gave one to his mother and she loves it.
Diane wants to get a larger battery for her Asus 11" laptop. Leo says that she can't get a larger internal battery because they're usually proprietary. One solution is to get an external battery that can plug into the laptop and charge it. She'll just have to have to get the right tip to connect to her battery.
TJ is looking to buy a new laptop and she wants to know the minimum requirements she should be looking for. Can she update her old Windows ME computer? Leo says that TJ could put Linux on it, but that's about as best as she can get with that. Leo says that for what TJ wants, she could look at the Microsoft Surface 2, which comes with Windows RT and a free Microsoft Office suite. Since it comes with a keyboard, it's a nice hybrid. It's a tad small at 10", but it's a great mobile option. TJ wants a 15" screen, though.
Ashley wants a tablet that has the OS of a computer, but still lets her talk on a phone. All in one. Leo says any tablet can work with an internet telephony app. Leo says that will work until it actually happens. But a giant Windows tablet phone? No.
Benny is looking at a tablet to replace his old laptop. Leo says that the Google Nexus 7 is a great tablet, but it's not Windows and he won't be able to use MS Office. He could use Google Docs instead, which is not bad for basic use.
There are inexpensive Windows tablets like the Dell Venue 8 Pro for about $230. If he's looking to replace a Windows machine, that may be a better choice.