Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Tesla Launched the Model 3, Starting at $35,000

Episode 1403

On Friday, Tesla launched its more affordable $35,000 car, the Model 3. The thing that's been keeping these cars so expensive is because of the batteries it requires. Teslas have a long range of 200+ miles, which means it needs bigger batteries. Tesla has put batteries in the chassis for this, which is a good place to put them because it gives the car more stability and keeps it out of the way. The price of these batteries has been dropping considerably, though.

Learn more about the Tesla Model 3 at tesla.com.

Should I wait to buy a Samsung Gear smartwatch?

Episode 1403

John from San Diego, CA
Samsung Gear S3

John's kids wants to get him a Samsung Gear S3. Is it worth getting now or should he wait? Leo says that he wears a Gear S3 and it's his favorite. It works with either iPhone or Android, but there aren't that many apps for it. What they do have work great, though. The bezel ring is easy to select screens as well, and battery life is fantastic. The watch also works with card readers for swipe to pay. He could just touch the watch to the card reader and it reads the watch like it's a credit card.

How can I avoid back and neck pain using my computer?

Episode 1403

Kathy from Pasadena, CA
VARIDESK Pro Plus

Kathy has a MacBook Air and she spends a lot of time on it. Lately she's been experiencing pain in her neck and back. Leo says that's likely because Kathy has been hunched over while using it. What she needs is an ergonomist to take a look at her habits. Also raising the keyboard and computer screen can help. The screen should be as close to eye level as she can. A laptop stand can help.

What's a good universal remote between rooms?

Episode 1403

Steven from Irvine, CA
Logitech Harmony Hub

Steven used to own a Logitech Harmony universal remote. He had his living room and bedroom linked so he could use the same players, but that was too much for the remote to handle. Is there an alternative? He's been using a program called RTI, but it requires a programmer. Leo advises the Harmony Hub. For $100, he can link rooms. It controls infrared everywhere. He can also link his Amazon Echo to it.

Are electric cars safe for the environment?

Episode 1403

Sandra from Fullerton, CA
Tesla Model S

Sandra hears that the lithium ion batteries in Tesla cars aren't recyclable and that Tesla simply dumps them in the ocean. Leo says that isn't accurate. They are recycling, but they can be difficult to recycle because if they're exposed to the air, the inside of the batteries can catch on fire. They are recyclable and it takes about a decade or two before they will be replaced. By then, the recycling technology will have improved as well.

How can I print from my Chromebook?

Episode 1402

Monica from San Clemente, CA
Canon Pixma MG6300

Monica bought an Acer Chromebook and she loves it. How can she print, though? Leo says that Google Cloud Print is the way to go. She'll just have to have a cloud print capable printer. With Google Cloud Print, she'll be able to print from any device wherever she is located.

Most printers nowadays are Wi-Fi capable, and many of them also support Apple's AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print. AirPrint and Cloud Print are separate from the printer having wireless capabilities, though, so when buying a printer it's good to check that it can do those things.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1402

Dick DeBartolo

The AirBar Sensor by Neonode turns your non touch screen laptop into a touchscreen computer. The sleek, lightweight device emits an invisible light field over a laptop screen that senses touch from any finger, stylus, paintbrush, etc. AirBar enables touch for most PC laptops running Windows® 10, as well as the MacBook Air 13”. The sleek matte black (PC) or brushed aluminum (Mac) bar attaches to the bottom of a display with magnets and connects instantly through a USB port.

What's a good laptop for college?

Episode 1402

Paul from Los Angeles, CA
Dell XPS 15

Paul is going to college to study mechanical engineering and he needs a good laptop that can handle the work load. Leo says ideally, he'll get more bang for his buck with a PC. He'll also get more choices. Also, it's always best to check with the college or university for what they prefer. They may require more powerful hardware and specific software. He'll also want an SSD because it'll boot up faster.

Can I still get a laptop with a CD drive?

Episode 1402

Kathy from Tustin, CA
Dell Inspiron 15 5000

Kathy wants a new computer with a built-in CD drive. Leo says that they're getting fewer and farther between, and both Microsoft and Apple have stopped making them. Dell's Inspiron has one, and Acer and Asus both have it. Is Costco a good place to buy them? Leo says that the advantage of Costco is both their return policy and their extended warranty. But they may be discontinued models as well. So she'll want to be sure that isn't the case.