laptops

What Windows laptop should I buy?

Episode 1200

Linda from Cranston, RI
Dell Inspiron

Linda wants a Windows laptop for doing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Quickbooks, and storing photos. Leo says any Windows laptop will be able to handle that, as those tasks aren't very demanding. She will need plenty of storage, though, for the photos. Linda doesn't mind if it's heavy, but she does want a big screen on it. It's basically a desktop replacement. She'd like to find something under $500, if possible. Leo recommends not going too far under $500, though.

What are all of the things I should consider when getting a new laptop?

Episode 1197

Roger from Mojave, CA
Dell XPS 13

Roger has been working with developers on a social media platform through Drupal and he needs a new laptop to keep up with the workload. Roger says he needs something powerful. Leo says that processors have gotten so fast now, that pretty much any new laptop will be fast enough for just about anything he needs to do on the web. The issue is more about the storage, RAM, laptop size, battery life, quality of keyboard and trackpad, Windows or Mac, etc. If he gets a Core i5 processor, there's nothing on the web he can't run very fast.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

John from Merced, CA

Episode 1196

John was going to get a used computer, but thought maybe a Chromebook would be a better option. Leo says the Chromebook is a great computer. It's only a browser based system and often, that is all you need. And plus, buying someone's used computer means you're buying someone else's problems. Anything in the Chrome browser can be done, including video editing. And the price is right at $250. You can't beat that. Samsung, Acer. The Pixel is one of Leo's favorites. Windows is way more than most people need and we should start to recognize that.

Why does my laptop display look weird?

Beth from Laguna Woods, CA

Episode 1196

Beth's laptop display is acting up. She turned it on and the display went weird with the colors being off, and the orientation being portrait. Leo says it could be a corrupted video driver. It could also be the ribbon cable in the laptop hinge. It's a cheap fix, but she'll need a technician to repair it. Beth can plug in an external monitor to see if it works. If it does, then she'll know it's a faulty connection. She should ultimately take it in to someone for repair.

What laptop should I buy for Photoshop?

Episode 1193

Boris from New York, NY
Asus Zenbook

Boris is looking for a new Windows 8 machine and wants to know what Leo thinks of the Asus Zenbook 303. Leo likes the Zenbook series a lot. It's very similar in style and performance to the MacBook Air. If he's looking for portability, it's a great choice. Can it run photoshop and do video editing? Leo says it's certainly fast enough. Anything nowadays will run Photoshop, it just comes down to how fast it will be able to run it. But this would be a great machine for Photoshop.

How can I keep my laptop from connecting over Wi-Fi when it's hardwired with ethernet?

Noah from Wyoming, MI

Episode 1189

Noah is trying to connect his laptop to his router via ethernet, but his laptop keeps connecting via Wi-Fi instead. Leo says on the Mac, he could order the connections so that the laptop would try ethernet first and then go to Wi-Fi. On a Windows Machine it's a bit more complicated. It could be a driver issue. He should update his drivers.

Why does my Lenovo ThinkPad run so slow?

Matthew from Austria

Episode 1189

Matthew has a Lenovo T410 Thinkpad for college. Leo says it's really good and has a great keyboard, but Matthew found Superfish on it! Leo says that's horrible and part of the reason why he doesn't recommend Lenovo anymore. Matthew cleaned it off, but it runs slower than he'd like. Leo says that one option is to replace the spinning drive with an SSD. But it depends on how the bus is connected to determine if the laptop can take advantage of the speed that an SSD buys him. He'll get some benefits, but the question is, how much?