Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What streaming video box should I buy?

Fran from LaCrescenta, CA

Episode 1095

Fran is going to move to Hawaii for a short time and wants to stream all his content via a set top box like the Roku. Which should he go with? Leo says that each box has specialties that work better than others. AppleTV works great if he's in the Apple world. But Roku is better outside that, as is the FireTV.

If he buys a lot of content from Amazon, then FireTV is for Fran. They have a great games section as well. He won't be getting HBO, Showtime or ESPN with it, unless he keeps his cable subscription active. He should make sure to try it first.

Is the Mac Pro fast enough for YouTube?

Peter from Brooklyn, NY

Episode 1095

Peter just bought the new Mac Pro. Leo loves his. On his old Mac, he would be looking at videos off YouTube and would get a message that it requires a faster clock speed. Is the Mac Pro fast enough? Or will an i7 iMac be faster? Leo says the iMac isn't as fast and even if it was, he'd have to spend almost as much to get to that speed. The Mac Pro uses a Xeon Workstation processor with fast cores and data buses. So in almost all operations, it's fast enough.

How can I connect a camera to my Android Tablet?

Eric from Torrance, CA

Episode 1095

Matthew has an 11" Asus T100 and he wants to get a smaller tablet. He wants it to work with an inspection camera. He hates Windows 8. Leo says that's no surprise. But if the camera comes with software, then he may be limited. If it's just a generic USB plugin, he may still be stuck. Some tablet's USB plugs only work for charging. He'll need a tablet with a USB plug supported for OTG or "on-the-go" options.

Should I run as a limited user on my Surface Pro 2?

John from Crane Hill, AL

Episode 1095

John just got a brand new Surface Pro tablet. He decided on the Surface Pro 2 because the powered keyboard for the new Surface 3 won't be ready for a few months. Leo says that people who have bought the Surface Pro 3 really like it. Leo's not much a fan because he prefers a laptop.

Does he have to set up a separate account as a limited user like on desktops? Leo says yes. It's kind of a pain, but it's the right thing to do. What about encrypting the hard drive? Leo says that the Surface Pro 2 may be encrypted by default.

Why doesn't my video card work with my Mac Pro?

Paul from Driving on i5

Episode 1094

Paul bought a new Mac Pro but he's having issues using a third party video card. Leo says that's because of compatibility issues with drivers. Leo says that it's always best to stick with Mac designed video cards or go with Windows. Mac doesn't play well with third party hardware. He should stick with the card that comes with the Mac. If he still wants a third party video card option, Leo recommends going to MacSales. They will have models of cards that are designed specifically for Mac.

Can I run OS X virtually in Windows?

Ross from Ontario, CAN

Episode 1094

Ross wants to know if it's possible to run Mac OS X in virtualization on Windows. Leo says no. Mac OS X is firmware dependent, and as such, it requires the Mac hardware to run. It's easier to run the other way by running Windows virtually from a Mac, though. Ross could build a "hackintosh," but Leo says it's illegal to do and Apple's updates break it on a consistent basis. So it's not really worth it.

Google I/O to Preview Android Wear Devices

Episode 1094

Google I/O is coming this week and Leo says we'll likely see more about Google's new Android Wear initiative, which will include health monitoring watches powered by Android. It'll join a ton of other companies, including Samsung, that are going into fitness watches ahead of what everyone thinks will be an Apple iWatch. Leo says that Apple has already previewed where it's going with iOS 8, but they have yet to announce a device, leaving everyone to wonder when, or if, they even will. But Apple's recent hires hint at it, plus Kobe Bryant has been hanging out at the Apple Campus.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episod 1093

The Giz Wiz

This week's gadget is the Impact Gel Grab Pad, billed as the “world's greatest sticky pad.” Dickie D said he took it down to his boat and tested it out vertically to see if it would fall off. And it didn't! It's available in several colors, and is available at Bed, Bath And Beyond for $7.99. Depending on what they charge for shipping, a better deal might be at the company website where on 6/17/2014 it was selling for $5.99 + shipping. Check out his Grab Pad Shock Test Video here.

Is there a better internet option than FiOS?

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episod 1093

Steve is going to buy the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera because it can go to 4K. Leo says he has one that he used just yesterday while zip lining, and it had great video. He will sacrifice frame rate by recording in 4K, which is why Leo prefers to use 1080p with 60fps. That's best for sports. They also have a super wide angle field of view. It's a great camera. Rock solid.