Sue bought a new router/modem and her laptop won't connect wirelessly anymore. She's been told that her network card is bad. Leo recommends taking the laptop to a coffee shop to see if it connects via Wi-Fi. If it does, then it's just a configuration issue. Since the laptop is Windows Vista, she wants to just get a new computer. Leo says that's a much better option since Windows 10 is far better than Vista.
Steve is looking at a Dell Inspiron 17" laptop. Leo suggests getting a laptop with a smaller screen and then dock it to a larger screen at home. That way he can get a larger screen and not sacrifice portability. Leo says to get an SSD to make it faster and then use a spinning external drive for his data drive. A 512GB SSD will work just fine.
Ed wants to know if a MacBook is a good laptop just for getting online. Leo says it is, but it's also overkill. We've been conditioned to accept that we need a complicated computer for our general purpose daily computing needs. Leo recommends a Chromebook. They're very secure, and extremely affordable at $200 to $500. For most people's needs, it works just fine.
Jane is an author and is looking for the best laptop to run Windows and Microsoft Word. Leo says that just about any laptop, including Macs, can run Word. If she prefers a Windows machine, then Leo recommends a business class Lenovo X1.
Now that he's bought a good Canon camera for his son, what is a good laptop to edit video? He's looking at the 15" MacBook Pro or the Dell XPS 15. Leo says both are excellent and it really comes down to what OS he'll want. Leo says that if he's been using OS X, then getting the Mac is the way to go.
Leo also says he can edit video on Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12, which is free. Final Cut Pro is $200, and iMovie is free. Mac vs. PC really makes no difference now, though.
Steven just bought the HTC Vive virtual reality headset with a bunch of VR games and he's going to get it this week. Leo says that of the three, he thinks the Vive is easily the best. It has Steam behind it, so there's a lot of games, and it comes with paddles to interact more. It also has cameras so you can move around in the space.
Matthew has to reboot his laptop several times before it finally boots up. Leo says this has been an ongoing problem with PCs for decades and Leo believes it's a hardware issue in the overall PC design. He thinks it's because the laptop is cold and when it boots up, it takes awhile to get the connections warmed up in order to work. Leo says one way to test this is to reboot with a Linux CD and see if it boots up OK. If it does, then it's a Windows software issue, and reinstalling Windows should solve it. If not, it's a hardware issue.
Dave is looking to get the Dell Inspirion 5000 laptop for about $699. Leo says that for basic work, it'll be just fine for Dave's needs. How can he learn to use it? Leo says he could take a class at a local community college, but it's really better to just get it and play with it and learn as he goes.
Warren is looking to buy the Dell XPS and he wants to know if he needs a touch screen. Leo says that the concept of touch screens mostly started with iPad. People are now used to touching the screen to do things, so Microsoft decided that Windows needed a touch screen option. Windows 8 worked with touch and PCs began to come with it. If Warren likes touching the screen to interact with it, then by all means get one. Windows 10 doesn't require a touch screen and works perfectly well with keyboard and mouse, though.
Dave wants to buy a new Dell XPS laptop with an i7 processor. Leo says that he won't really need an i7 processor unless he's doing something graphically intense, like video editing. It would be better to get an i5 and then add an SSD. That will increase the speed of his computer's performance because the hard drive is solid state. He can then get a spinning drive for his data and still come out spending less.
Meanwhile, on another computer, he needs to activate Windows 10 but it hasn't yet. Leo thinks it's because it has an unauthorized copy of Windows 7 on it.