Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why won't my resolution adjust when I use an external monitor with my laptop?

Episode 1072

Gary from Los Angeles, CA
Monitor resolution

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.

Did I buy the right MacBook Pro?

Episode 1071

Mike from Glendale, CA
MacBook Pro

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.

When is the new Mac Mini coming?

Episode 1071

Roger from Ogden, UT
Apple Mac Mini

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.

What scanner should I get?

Episode 1071

Mike from Portland, OR
Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner

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 Launches Fire TV

Episode 1071

Amazon Fire TV

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.

What's a good convertible laptop?

Episode 1070

Pam from Studio City, CA
Lenovo Yoga

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.