Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Is the Channel Master a good DVR for over-the-air broadcasts?

Episode 1318

Tim from Denver, CO
Channel Master DVR

Tim wants to know Leo's thoughts on Channel Master. Leo says it's a DVR for over-the-air antenna broadcasts. Leo doesn't get over-the-air broadcast TV because of where he lives, but he hears good things. Now he's learned that Channel Master will also stream video through Roku. That's pretty cool. If he's in the city and can get a good over-the-air signal, he will get the best broadcast quality because it's uncompressed. The key is to be close and within line of site of the main channels.

Why doesn't my new laptop have sound?

Dennis from San Diego, CA

Episode 1317

Dennis bought a new Dell XPS 9500 computer. Leo says that Dell XPS laptops are a very good choice. Dennis has an issue with the sound on it, though. He's also having problems streaming video. Leo says it could be the sound card but his first instinct is to look at the operating system. Dennis should update the drivers. He may even have to try reinstalling Windows. Then if that doesn't work, he can think about hardware.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1317

Dickie's gadget of the week is the Sunfounder 7" wide screen monitor. Popular with makers, the Sunfounder monitor has a resolution of 1024 X 600 and the picture quality is really decent. inputs: PC (VGA), AV1, AV2, and HDMI. It can operate in a car/van/truck/ or even boat with the DC 12V harness that comes with it. comes with an AC power supply, remote control too. Stand is included. It even has a small built-in speaker, which many monitors lack. It's $55.99.

Why does my iPhone screen drop down when I tap the home button?

Episode 1317

Doug from Long Island, NY
Apple iPhone 6s

Doug has iOS 9.5.3 installed, and when he taps on the home button, the whole screen drops down. Leo says it's a feature that allows you to use your phone one handed because the iPhone 6S is larger than the previous iPhones. It's supposed to do that whenever you double tap the home button, without actually pressing it down.