Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's a good, low priced laptop?

Episode 1112

Tina from San Diego, CA
Acer C720

Tina is a software instructor and her Dell Laptop is dying. So she bought an Asus 10" laptop and now her Asus is being recalled. She's returning that and now she's got no backup laptop to do her job. She's looking for something small that she can use.

Leo says that an ultrabook is ideal for Tina. It's thin and light, and has a decent sized 13" screen. It's also great on battery life. Tina's budget is $500, so Leo advises Lenovo's business class laptops.

Why do my Philips Hue bulbs turn blue spontaneously?

Episode 1112

Brian from Charlestown, IN
Philips Hue

Charles has a Philips Hue lighting system that randomly turns blue. Leo says that when the power goes out, the Hues come on at full brightness when it returns. So it could be a bug like that. Leo advises contacting support through the website. Meanwhile, if Charles can just reset it to the normal color, then at least that is good. The chatroom also says to make sure the bulb has the latest firmware, and he should check his alarm settings.

Should I buy my daughter a printer for college?

Mark from Syracuse, NY

Episode 1112

EyeDoc Mark's daughter is going to University and he wants to know whether or not she'll need a printer. Leo says that she doesn't really need to bring a printer because Universities provide them, but she may need to pay for each page. That's why Mark is thinking about buying her one for herself. Leo advises getting a laser printer. They're cheaper to use per page and the printer toner lasts a lot longer. A good black and white printer will cover most of her needs. If she needs color, then she can use the printers at the school and pay for it.

The Giz Wiz and the Total Eclipse

Episode 1111

Dickie D comes with a new gadget called the Total Eclipse sleep mask. What's unique about it is that the mask has a white board on the front where you can leave messages on the front of the sleep mask, like saying when to wake you. other features include comfort foam that conforms and contours to your face for a perfect fit, eye cutouts to eliminate pressure on eyes, and a fully adjustable elastic strap with integrated earplug storage. Comes with airplugs. $24.95 on Amazon.

How can I read the hard drive from an old iPod?

Episode 1111

Bruce from Bethlehem, PA
Apple iPod

Bruce has an 80GB iPod classic. The iPod died and he's pulled the drive out of it and put it in a drive adapter for minidrives. He plugged it into his USB port to try and get the music off it. Leo says that if he can see the drive, he should be able to get to it. But Bruce says that while it's in the drive manager, it says "no volume found."

What's slowing down my computer while rendering?

Episode 1110

Tim from Cape Cod, CA
CPU

Tim uses Adobe Premiere CS6 for editing video and wants to decrease his rendering times. Leo says Tim needs to figure out what the weak link is in the chain that's causing the bottle neck, and it could either be the processor, the graphics processor, the RAM, or the hard drive. Boosting his video card will help. Since he's boosted his RAM and installed an SSD, Leo has a hunch it's the graphics processor. If it's slowing down while encoding, that could point to the CPU.

Should I jailbreak my Apple TV?

Episode 1110

Sonny from Torrance, CA
Apple TV Remote

Sonny has an unused 2nd generation Apple TV and he's thinking of selling it on eBay. He's seeing on eBay that they're selling for $200-300 dollars jailbroken. Leo says to take the money and run! Then he can buy a new one and pocket the change. Leo also points out that eBay values can be misleading. Just because people ask for an amount, doesn't mean they'll get it.