Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I get the iMac or Mac Mini?

Episode 1278

Andrea from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Apple iMacs

Andrea needs to replace her Mac and wants to know if she should get an iMac or if she could use a Mac Mini. Leo says that the iMac is faster and will perform better. The Mac Mini is a low cost Mac but doesn't include monitor, keyboard or mouse. It tends to be used as servers, home theaters, or even a poor man's iMac, but Andrea will be disappointed with the performance. Leo recommends the 5K iMac if she can afford it. If she's still on the fence, she should go to the Apple store and try them.

Should I buy a Lenovo for editing 4K video?

Episode 1277

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA
Lenovo ThinkPad P50

Steve is planning to buy a new laptop and is looking at the Lenovo P50 because it allows him to use dual PCI drives built in, plus a third SSD for data. Leo says that makes it a bit heavy at 6 pounds and is mostly a desktop replacement. Steve says it's worth it because he's editing 4K video. Leo says it can certainly do that because it has a Xenon processor, up to 64GB of memory and supports Thunderbolt and USB Type C. It's a nice rig. What's remarkable is that reviews say it gets 8 1/2 hours of battery life.

How can I reset my iMac?

Episode 1278

Donald from Mojave Valley, AZ
Apple iMac

Donald has an iMac and has to have his screen repaired. But he doesn't know how to wipe the drive since there's no command key. Leo says that Apple has changed it from CMD to an Apple Key and a cloverleaf/propeller symbol. It's the same. How can he reset his iMac and wipe the drive if he doesn't know the password? Leo says to reboot and while it's starting up, press the CMD Key, plus R. This will put the computer into recovery mode and he can then run the Disk Utility to format the hard drive. Then he can reinstall.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1277

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is for the hard of hearing. It's called the Turtle Beach HyperSound Clear Audio System. It provides high directional sound that will beam clear sound to a "sweet spot" for people to be able to hear it. It's not cheap at about $1700, but what's interesting is that everyone else can hear the stereo at normal volume. It's a bit pricey, but when you consider the cost of hearing aids, it suddenly looks more affordable.

Why does my computer refuse to log in after it goes into sleep mode?

David from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1277

David has a problem where his computer shuts off after awhile and he has to log in twice to get it back. Leo says he's had a similar issue with a MacBook. As long as he uses it every day, it's not problem. But after a few days, this issue would pop up. Leo just logs out and shuts down and that solves the issue. David should uncheck put the hard disk to sleep. He should also disable Power Nap. Those things may prevent this from happening. Turning off the Sleep function entirely will work as well, but he'll be using power then.

How should I cool my computer?

Episode 1277

Anthony from Westminster, CA
Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Anthony is planning to build his own computer and wants to know if he should use the stock CPU fan or buy a third party fan. Leo says that doing labor intensive activities like gaming and video editing will tax processors and generate a lot of heat. Recently, Leo built a new computer for virtual reality and they require a lot of power and generate a lot of heat. Leo chose liquid cooling for it. These days you can buy a sealed unit that is leak free. Here's the one Leo bought.

Why are my games taking up so much storage?

Walter from West Viginia

Episode 1276

Walter is noticing half his hard drive is filled up with games and game storage. He doesn't play all that much, what is going on? Leo says that may be a false positive. He recommends looking into your hard drive details with a program called WinDerStat. It will give you a color coded break down of what your hard drive has on it. Then you can decide if there's anything taking up room that you can get rid of.