Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Is there a noticeable difference between a 1080p computer monitor and a 720p monitor?

Richard from Sana Monica, CA

Episode 1180

Richard wants to know if there would be a big noticeable difference between a PC monitor that is 1920x1080 and a monitor that is 1366x768. Leo says it is, if Richard's daughter is really accustomed to a 1080p screen, but a 1366x768 monitor is still considered "HD." Leo doesn't like the lower resolution displays because he's used to higher resolutions, but as a student, Richard's daughter should be fine with it. Leo recommends just getting the PC with 1366x768.

Should I switch to an iMac or Mac Mini?

Episode 1180

Jessica from Simi Valley, CA
Apple Mac Mini

Jessica is looking to make "the switch" to a Mac Mini from her six year old Windows Machine. She's a photographer. Leo says that the Mac Mini is going to be faster and with the ability to use her current monitor and keyboard, it's going to be an easy switchover. Is it worth getting a Fusion Drive? Leo says to get a solid state drive (SSD). They're faster. And she should get as much RAM as she can afford. Since she's into Photoshop, Jessica should have at least 8GB of RAM.

Should I fix my old MacBook or upgrade to a new MacBook Air?

Episode 1180

Mike from Raleigh, NC
MacBook Air

Mike called to ask Leo if he should put any money into his five year old MacBook or just upgrade. Leo says that it's high time to upgrade to a new Mac since he's going to want to move forward with Yosemite. If he can afford a new one, that's the best option. The connectors of a laptop can start going out after that time.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1179

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget from the GizWiz is the Onewheel, a new motorized sport where riders can ride as fast as 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot. Leaning back slows down, or reverses direction. Powerful lithium iron phosphate batteries provide high peak power for acceleration and self-balancing, and it recharges in under 30 minutes using the fast charger option. The weight limit is 275 pounds and the range is 4 to 6 miles depending on terrain and other factors. Cost of a Onewheel is $1499.00 and it’s available only on the company website for now. (April, 2015)

What laptop should I buy my wife for school?

Episode 1179

Patrick from Camarillo, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

Patrick needs to get his wife a new laptop. He's thinking of switching to a Mac. Leo says it depends on if she needs Windows for some of her school work. If not, then Macs are ideal because of their security, especially when surfing the web.

Patrick should know that MacBook Airs do not have Retina screens. MacBook Pros are a better choice generally. The MacBook Air 13 is the best for battery life, though. He should get the largest hard drive and most memory he can. Have her look at the screen to decide which one is best for her.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1177

Dick DeBartolo

Dick's Giz Wiz entry this week is an RV. The NY International Car Show is in town and he saw the Mercedes Benz Self Driving car. Interesting because it has a feature where it will drive around if you can't find a parking spot. But what really caught his eye was the American Coach American Eagle motor home. 43’ motor homes with extending sidewalls with 450 square feet. $695,000.

Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/c5pqGfw61mE