Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I buy a Sony 4K TV?

Episode 1076

Marcos from Glendora, CA
Sony 4K TV

Marcos needs Leo's opinion of a Sony 65" 4K TV for $3995, which comes with the media player. Leo says that Sony has to give away the media player because there's no other 4K content out there at the moment, and that's the biggest issue. But does it cost more than it should for this? Leo says that even though the price is incredible for what he's getting, he doesn't think it's time to buy a 4K TV yet.

Nike Lays Off FuelBand Team, Puts Future of Product in Doubt

Episode 1076

Nike Fuelband

CNet broke the story that Nike has laid off the entire Fuelband team and plans to kill the product. Leo says that Nike released a statement that they will continue to support the Fuelband for the foreseeable future. Leo thinks this is in large part due to the audience figuring that Apple will own this market later in the year with its own fitness based iWatch product.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1075

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Galaxy Gear Fit, a new fitness band that you can wear and get fitness information based on your heart rate, pedometer steps, and more. It has a curved Super AMOLED screen that's bright enough to read outdoors, and you can pair it with your Samsung Galaxy phone via Bluetooth. It'll even tell you when you get an email or text message. It'll tell you someone is calling when you're paired to the phone.

Why does my computer shut down intermittently?

John from Orange, CA

Episode 1074

John's computer shuts down intermittently. Leo says he has a computer that does it and it's proven to be a flaw, and the company is replacing it. Leo says it's usually related to the power supply, or the computer is overheating. This can trigger a reset. The chat room says it can happen when watching YouTube as video playback is challenging. On the software side, he should make sure he has the latest video card drivers. But if that doesn't work, then he'll have to bring it in.

Why is Carbonite killing my laptop battery?

Tommy from Birmingham, AL

Episode 1074

Tom has a Carbonite account and when he runs it, it really drains the battery. Leo says that could be because that initial backup will keep going and not allow the laptop to go to sleep. But once it does, it may not be as drastic. Leo also says that the battery indicator isn't exactly accurate either. It's more a general idea and Leo thinks it gets better over time.

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What could have used up 20GB of my data plan overnight?

Episode 1074

Bob from Los Angeles, CA
Verizon Jetpack LTE Mobile Hotspot

Bob has been getting warnings that he's "overdrawn" on his MiFi data plan and wants to know if he's been struck by the Heartbleed virus. Leo says no. Heartbleed attacks servers, not mobile devices. More likely, Bob has an app that is active and downloading everything. Someone may have also commandeered the system and is using it.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1073

This week's gadgets come from Satechi and include the Smart Monitor Stand F1 with four USB 2.0 Ports and Headphone/Microphone Ports in the front, making it easy to plug in when you need to, rather than reach behind your computer. It's aluminum alloy legs can support devices up to 22 lbs according to Satechi. Also included in the box are 2 audio cables - 1 for microphone, 1 for headphones, and a USB cable, provided to connect your computer to the F1 Stand. It costs $39.99.