Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
John can hear a grinding noise in his MacBook Pro. Leo says chances are it's the fan in the laptop, and maybe a blade got bent. Leo recommends taking the Mac to the Apple Store right away and having a Genius look at it.
Gary notices that his resolution doesn't adjust when he docks his laptop to his monitor. Leo says that's odd because Windows should do that really well. Chances are, this is an issue with the Lenovo laptop. Ideally, Gary will want the monitor to display at the native dot for dot resolution.
Rami wants to connect two devices with his smartphone. Leo says most modern smartphones can do that. But in bluetooth, some devices don't play well together. And when it comes to speakers, he can only connect to one speaker at a time.
The Giz Wiz returns with more from the 3D Printer Expo in New York this week. And it's the ChefJet 3D printer. Why is it so special? Because ChefJet is a kitchen ready printer that prints candy and other edible things! About the size of a pair of Microwave ovens, the ChefJet can print single color confections and cake toppers. Great for bakers, cake masters, and even planners.
Mike bought a MacBook Pro recently, updating it through Apple's build to order interface. He needs a CD player, though. Leo says that the base model is the only one that still has a CD player, but the down side is, it also has a spinning hard drive and no retina display. The problem is, for $100 more, Mike could've gotten a retina display and much faster performance with an SSD drive. If he doesn't need all that, it's fine. But he won't save much doing it.
Roger wants to get a Mac Mini, but Apple hasn't upgraded it in a long time (Oct 2012). Leo says that is a common complaint with Mac fans. It's a shame too, because it's very affordable and a great product. It seems like Apple doesn't care about anything but mobile these days. It's like they have a limited attention span. They're all mobile now with iPhones and iPads, and they are less worried about the desktop computing experience. Leo's been hearing rumors for months about a new Mac Mini coming, but nothing has materialized.
Mike bought a new computer and now he needs to get a new scanner because his old one isn't supported in Windows 8. He doesn't want to spend a lot of money. Leo suggests Epson scanners. They're great and they're what he uses. They have several different models with various features, so he'll want to select the one that does what Mike needs.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)
Amazon announced Fire TV this week, a device that is positioned to compete with AppleTV and Roku. Leo says it pretty much does the same things, but for an extra $40, you can get a wireless game controller to play games on it. Leo says it's essentially a computer running an Android OS; a smartphone minus the screen. It runs a quad core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, and will play Android games. Apple and Roku plan to implement this as well, but Amazon beat them to the punch.
Monny has a bunch of XP machines that he has to upgrade. Leo says that he doesn't necessarily have to. It is possible to operate XP safely online. Here's what you can do -
Pam bought a netbook instead of a tablet and she just hates it. So she's getting a new computer. Leo says that they're rather junky, very cheap, and woefully underpowered. She's thinking about getting the Lenovo Ideapad.
Leo likes the Yoga. It's well built, can convert into a laptop, and worth every penny considering Pam already experienced what Leo calls "a false economy" with netbooks.