laptops

What laptop should I get?

Episode 1101

Jeff from Valencia, CA
MacBook Pro with Retina display

Jeff's laptop is over 10 years old and he's ready to finally get rid of it. But there's so many choices for replacing it. Leo says it's important to think about anything out of the ordinary or unusual he'd want to do with it. If he has a specific software package that requires a certain operating system, that could help make the decision. Should he get Windows 7? Leo says that some machines come with Windows 7, including some from Dell. But Windows 8.1 is the current version and even though people hate it, it's the OS moving forward.

What tablet should I buy for school?

Episode 1101

Gehrensen from Santa Clarita, CA
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Gehrensen is going to college and is thinking about what portable computer to take to school. He's thinking about a tablet. Leo suggests going to the school bookstore or ask some professors what they recommend. The bookstores will often give student deals. Some professors don't like students typing on laptops during classes, and a tablet wouldn't make noise. It's not as easy to type on, however.

What laptop, desktop and tablet should I buy?

Episode 1101

Rusty from San Diego, CA
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Rusty is a real estate broker and he needs to upgrade his desktop, laptop and tablet. He wants to buy it all at once. Leo says that since most of his work is on Windows, he should stay in the ecosystem. One way to eliminate the desktop and laptop is to go with the Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet, which can also work as a laptop. It runs a full version of Windows 8 and will run all his programs. Leo suggest that Rusty find a Microsoft store to visit and look at them.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1100

Alex from Long Beach, CA
HP Chromebook

Alex is looking to get a Google Chromebook but people are trying to convince him to get a Windows laptop instead. Leo says that the fundamental difference between a Chromebook and a Windows laptop is that there's very little storage on a Chromebook -- everything is meant to be accessed from the cloud. The entire Chromebook is basically like using only the Google Chrome web browser on a Windows computer.

Is there a Mac for under $1,000?

Debbie from Calabassas, CA

Episod 1093

Debbie wants to buy her son a laptop computer for his birthday, and wants to know if there's a Mac for around $500. Leo says no. She can get a base MacBook Air for $900, which has an 11" screen. It's powerful and affordable. 128GB is a fine size for an SSD and Debbie's son can always add an external hard drive, or he can bring it back and get something different. Should she get it at the Apple Store or at Best Buy? Leo says she won't save any money getting it at Best Buy. So she should go at the Apple Store.

Should I get a Chromebook for a college student?

Episode 1087

Jay from Malvane, KS
Acer Chromebook

Jay wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for kids. Leo says absolutely. Great for school work because Google docs is all online. But will it be good for a college student or should he get a low spec MacBook Air? Leo says he can get great deals for students with 10% off, plus Apple just dropped the price $100. So a MacBook Air is ideal for a college student.

Why is my MacBook Pro crashing after I installed an SSD?

David from San Bernardino, CA

Episode 1086

David has a MacBook Pro, but ever since he put a new SSD in, it keeps crashing. He's also noticed it happening when he's using Proxy in Eset. Leo says to turn off proxy and see if it still crashes. Leo says it could be that the cable to the SSD isn't secured properly, or it could be the SSD itself. He should open it back up and check all the connections.

What's a good low cost laptop with a DVD burner?

Episode 1085

Jeffrey from Twin Peaks, CA
Dell Inspiron

Jeffrey wants to buy a new computer that has a DVD burner for around $500. Leo says that the trend has been away from incorporating CD/DVDs into laptops because they want to make them lighter and smaller.

Leo says that a desktop replacement is what Jeffrey should be looking at, and a low end computer is really a false economy. But at that price, Jeffrey should look at the Dell Inspiron. They cost $400 to $800, and Dell sells them with Windows 7. Of course, he can always get an external burner. That way he can connect it when he needs it.