Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I replace my hard drive with an SSD?

Episode 1406

Jim from Las Vegas, NV
SSD

Jim has an HP Pavilion laptop and he thinks his hard drive is about to fail. Should he put a solid state drive in it? Leo says that SSDs are much faster than spinning hard drives, and are more reliable. The question is, can the Pavilion support it? Ideally, he'll need a SATA 2 drive. SATA 3 would be even better if it supports it. Then there's the question of whether he can install it himself or would he have to pay for a tech to do so. It'll have to be in ideal shape and size than the existing hard drive. If all that works, then he should absolutely get one.

How can I get my Chromebook fixed?

Episode 1406

Ethan from Los Angeles, CA
Chromebook Pixel

Ethan has a Google Pixel laptop and he's having an issue with water on the keyboard. He's tried airing out the laptop. He's also popped off some keys to try and dry it out. Leo says the sad part is that Google has stopped making parts for the Pixel, and has by and large stopped supporting it. A local shop could possibly fix it. But the problem is, he doesn't have parts. So he'll have to find old Pixels on eBay to swap it out. At the end of the day, it may be just cheaper to buy a new one.

Elon Musk is Worried about an AI Apocalypse

Episode 1406

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk is afraid that machines are getting smarter and smarter and he worries that they are an existential threat to humanity and may decide that they can rule over us or even worse, get rid of us. Leo thinks Musk has watched too many movies. Rodney Brooks, an artificial intelligence expert from MIT, said most people worried about that aren't working in AI, and he says that they aren't too worried because AI is too hard to perfect. Most are limited machines who can't move beyond their programming. It's a thin veneer of what looks like AI, but in reality, machines are pretty dumb.

Do I need another video card for 4K?

Episode 1405

Roy from Pasadena, CA
Video card

Roy has a high resolution 4K monitor, but his friends say if he adds a second video card, it could give him better resolution. Is that true? Leo says no. A newer one with more RAM could help, but if he's driving the monitor at its full resolution, then it's not going to get any better than that. A second video card would give him the ability to add more monitors, though.

Why can't I use my Echo's intercom?

Episode 1405

Ron from Boston, MA
Amazon Echo Dot

Ron has a bunch of Echos all around his house but he can't use the intercom feature. Leo says he'll need to use the command "Drop in." He'll have to be sure they're enabled on each Echo and choose who can drop in as well. That's done in the Echo app. Leo says he'll need to sign up for Echo's calling and messaging as well, which is also in the app. His contact list will not sync with Echo, either. Leo says he'll have to sync his contacts to Google and then log into Google through the app.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1404

Dick DeBartolo

Logitech’s best webcam ever is the 4k Ultra HD Video BRIO. Record professional-quality video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. (4K requires Skype for Business, a USB 3.0 port and cable - cable not supplied.) With multiple resolutions, including 1080p and 720p, BRIO supports every video app, monitor and bandwidth. Logitech’s first webcam with an infrared sensor supports Windows Hello and other facial recognition applications for speedier logins with a higher level of security. MSRP $199.99.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1404

Rick from San Clemente, CA
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Rick is thinking of making a reverse "Switch." His Mac died and a friend recommended he get a Chromebook since he makes his business on the Internet. Leo says that Chromebooks are a good option, and the ChromeOS is the most secure operating system out there. If something goes wrong, the Powerwash feature would get him right back to where he started.