Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Henry uses his laptop to play square dance music. But lately, the music has started to lag. Should he get a new processor? Leo says no. If it was faster before, then the hardware is fine. It's just busy doing other stuff. Hard drives can also get slower as they get more filled. Henry should try restoring it to the way it was the day he bought it, and then update it with all the patches. He should backup his data first, then format the hard drive. Then he can reinstall Windows 7 and install all patches. If the drive is getting flakey, a format should fix that up.
Robert wants to know if it's possible to get a virus with read only media. He wants a computer for online banking that can't be written to. Leo says that's an interesting idea. The ideal solution here would be a Chromebook. They're cheap, there are no viruses, and it comes with a power wash feature that brings it right back to the way it was when he first got it. Couple that with second factor authentication, and he'll be golden. He could also boot from the CD drive and that would prevent anything from being written to it.
Reed wants a gaming computer and he wants to know if he should buy one or build one. Leo says that it used to save a lot of money to build one. That's not true as much now, as there's no overall warranty or tech support that can help if the computer doesn't work. Reed would be his own tech support. And with various part manufacturers, nobody takes responsibility for issues.
Rumors are flying that there will be no announcement of a revamped Apple TV tomorrow for Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. Citing leaks from Apple executives, the New York Times reports that a completely redesigned Apple TV simply isn't ready for prime time.
Tom is visually impaired and wants to know if the new Apple TV will have accessibility features. Leo says that nobody knows. It's not going to be announced this week at WWDC as hoped, casting doubt if it'll even be out this fall. But Netflix does have audio playback on titles and descriptions. And the AppleTV does support that feature.
What about the Apple Watch. Is it worth buying? Leo says no. It's very expensive, and the icons are tiny. It isn't really accessible or useful.
Dickie D is back with the new Panther Vision LED Pocket Waterproof flashlight. Brightness starts at 210 lumens to 1000 lumens. Made out of aircraft aluminum. Shock proof to 3 meters and waterproof to 3 feet. The three models are the PV-210, 210 Lumens for $49.99 Pv-600, 600 Lumens for $59.99, and the super-bright PV-1000, which offers 1000 Lumens for $79.99.
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Michelle's daughter is going to college, and will be majoring in science. What computer should she buy? Leo says if she can afford it, she should get a Mac -- specifically the upper level Pro models. If she prefers Windows, Leo advises going with a pro business line. In other words, she shouldn't get any of the cheap laptops.
Boris is looking for a new Windows 8 machine and wants to know what Leo thinks of the Asus Zenbook 303. Leo likes the Zenbook series a lot. It's very similar in style and performance to the MacBook Air. If he's looking for portability, it's a great choice. Can it run photoshop and do video editing? Leo says it's certainly fast enough. Anything nowadays will run Photoshop, it just comes down to how fast it will be able to run it. But this would be a great machine for Photoshop.
Marty has a DSLR camera and when she shoots video, she hates the quality of the audio. What can she do? Leo says that the on board microphone is terrible, but most DSLRs have an external microphone minijack that will allow her to add an external microphone. Rode has a great one called the Video Mic Pro. That's the simplest solution.
Marco just heard of yet another router hack called NET USB that is breaking into routers. Leo says that's because most router companies use the same code and it has bad security. The irony is that these hacks don't effect Apple routers like the Airport. So that makes the Airport a better way to go. But they are more expensive. If he can't afford to buy them, then he should get a router that is DDWRT compatible (like Asus), then he can use open source firmware to keep it locked down.