Hardware

Will the new MacBook Pro handle my audio workflow?

Episode 1351

Adam from West Covina, CA
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Adam is looking to get the new MacBook Pro but he's concerned that it isn't high performance enough. Leo says that it does come limited with memory at only 16GB, and he won't be able to upgrade it. So what you buy is what you get. Whether it's right for Adam is subjective. Adam runs Logic and he's worried it won't be enough for him. Leo says Logic does take a lot of RAM, but Leo's used it for Logic and it works for him. That doesn't mean it will work for Adam, though, as his mileage may vary. Leo says that if Adam's iMac, at 32GB of RAM is bogging down, that should tell the tale.

What should I get for my first computer?

Episode 1351

Shirley from North Hollywood, CA
iPad Pro

Shirley is retired and is looking for a computer. Leo says that a Chromebook is probably the best option for Shirley, and she'll need an internet connection. Shirley could also get a Chromebook with LTE.

Another option is a tablet like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. She shouldn't get a cheap one, though. Leo advises getting one with LTE so that she doesn't have to rely on Wi-Fi. T-Mobile is a good option. Leo also advises a deal of $25 with unlimited data from them when she buys the tablet up front. That's a good deal.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1349

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Aukey Rechargeable Folding Lamp. It's a sleek, portable LED desk lamp that offers 2 brightness levels with a built-in push bottom on top. It's built of a handsome aluminum alloy that's 360° adjustable for easy positioning in any situation. It's great for reading, workshops, crafts, on the nightstand, etc. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. It's lightweight and low profile. It also folds flat for portability and only weighs 9.2oz; so it's ideal for travel too. Uses just 3 watts of power but generates 150 lumens of light.

How can I connect my turntable to my Bluetooth headphones?

Episode 1349

Billy from Oxnard, CA
Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.

Why are the AirPods so hard to get?

Episode 1349

Carlton from Hendersonville, NC
Apple AirPods

Why did Apple delay the Airpods? Leo said that there's a limited supply to go out before Christmas and the rest will get their's next month. The main issue is that manufacturing them at scale has proven to be more of a challenge. They are technically complex. The same happened to the Apple Pencil -- they sold out quickly and people had to wait because supplies were limited. With any luck, Apple could send them sooner, rather than later.

What's a good computer for my retired dad?

Episode 1349

Lynn from Yorba Linda, CA
Asus Chromebox

Lynn gave an iPhone 6 Plus to her dad and he loves it. Now she wants to get him a computer for Christmas and he wants a desktop. Leo says at her father's age, he really doesn't need a Windows or Mac desktop. Leo recommends the Chromebox. It's a desktop version of the Chromebook. It'll be far easier for him. With new versions able to support Android apps, it's a great bargain.