Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I connect Bluetooth headphones to my iPod Classic?

Episode 1140

Steve from San Diego, CA
iPod Classic

Steve just bought high end Sony Bluetooth headphones and he wants to be able to connect his iPod classic to it. Leo says he can buy a bluetooth audio transmitter that plugs into the headphone jack. He should make sure it supports A2DP. But quality varies dramatically. He could also buy one that plugs into the iPod's 30 pin connector and that's a digital signal. He can look for them at Monoprice.com.

How can I get GPS data on my laptop?

Episode 1140

Jason from Auburn, ME
GPS

Jason uses a logging app that will automatically add GPS data when he creates an entry. It would take something from an external GPS through a com port, which is obviously something his laptop doesn't have. He found an app that allows for GPS over Bluetooth so he can use the app on his laptop. Most laptops have Bluetooth built-in, but the app is looking for that data from a com port. The chatroom recommends the GlobalSat GPS receiver for $35, and it works via USB. They also make USB to Serial port adapters.

What speaker would be best for home theater and music?

Episode 1140

Charlie from Los Angeles, CA
Sonos Play:5

Charlie would like to get a sound bar for his home theater since he lives in an apartment complex, but he also wants to use it for music. Leo says that the Sonos System is ideal for this, but it's not cheap. It can connect to his TV and he can also use it for music. It's very flexible to tie in his iPhone or iPad as well. It's equivalent to the Bose, which could cost a bit more. Leo loves them, and he has several in the house. And what's really cool is that he could connect it to his stereo and it becomes another Sonos outlet.

How can I stop my Bluetooth hearing aid from connecting to my Ford Sync?

Episode 1140

David from Durham, NC
Ford SYNC

David has a hearing aid, which is bluetooth enabled, and whenever he gets into his car, Ford SYNC connects to his hearing aid instead of his phone. Leo says that's one of the limitations of Ford SYNC is that it can only sync with one device at a time, so he'd have to disable his hearing aid in order to have it connect to his phone.

Where can I get a laptop that could be used in Chinese?

Episode 1140

Randy from Tustin, CA
Lenovo Yoga HD+

Randy's wife is Chinese and he'd like to get her a laptop that she could use in both Chinese and English. Leo says that he can get a laptop in Chinese over the internet and then switch it to English when she would need to. Or, he can just buy a Chinese USB keyboard. Leo recommends the Lenovo Yoga, which could double as a laptop and a tablet.

Another, more expensive option would be the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It's a tablet that also has keyboards she could snap onto it, and Randy could probably get her both a Chinese and English keyboard to go with it.

What's the difference between an i5 and i7 processor?

Episode 1138

Jim from Hollywood, CA
Processor

Jim had one of the original iMacs and he heard a 'pop' and the display died. A Cinema display he had connected also went down. So he has to buy a new computer. He's wondering what the difference is between th i5 and i7 processor. Leo says about $300. They're very similar.

The i7 does multithreading, which is great for video editing. Multithreading allows each core to do two things at once. He can check out this site for more in depth comparisons - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/.

What laptop should I buy my daughter for college?

Episode 1138

Becky from Mission Viejo, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Becky wants to get her daughter a computer for college and needs some advise. Half the family is on Mac, half are on PCs. She wants a Mac, but Becky wants her to look at PCs. What should she do? Leo says one thing to do is to call the college and ask what their recommendations are, especially with access to printers. Networks, labs, and special software can determine what computing platform is best. If there's a support group for students, then call them.

The Giz Wiz ... Cooked

Episode 1137

There's a new gadget called Nomiku which does sous-vide cooking, which cooks in warm water. Anything from eggs to steaks and everything in-between. Most Sous-vide machines costs thousands but the Nomiku is $299. You seal the ingredients in a plastic pouch to make sure there is no air inside. You can use a bag sealer, or just Ziploc-type bags. Food is cooked in constant temperature circulating water for minutes or hours or sometimes days. There is a discounted price of $299 available on the company website with shipping in 6 to 8 weeks. (As of 11/20/14). But wait, there’s more!

What Bluetooth headphones should I buy?

Episode 1137

Greg from Essex UK
Backbeat Fit

Greg thinks Black Friday is barbaric. Leo agrees and says that fighting over a few items that are marked down is usually not worth it. Cyber Monday, however, is another story.

Greg is looking for a good bluetooth headset to listen to music with. CNet has a list of best wireless headphones here. Most aren't cheap, through, at around $300. The Backbeat Fit is around $100.

Should I wait until Black Friday to build a PC?

Episode 1137

Adam from Pittsburgh, PA
PC tower

Adam wants to build a PC. Should he get stuff during Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Leo says he doesn't recommend building computers anymore because he can get it cheaper from a company like Dell, and he'll get at least some support for it. It's a great project though. But he'll have to be his own support.

Leo recommends calling NewEgg to find out about their price matching policy, so if he buys something now and it's cheaper on Black Friday, he'll get back the difference.