Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I buy the Microsoft Surface book?

Episode 1228

Cherise from Lancaster, CA
Microsoft Surface Book

Cherise is about to buy her first laptop and wants to know if she should buy the new Microsoft Surface Book laptop. Leo says while it looks great, it's still too early to tell, and it may not be the best option for Cherise since she's a Mac user. But Cherise says she's an Android user as well. Leo says that Android phones aren't really that great on either OS because they're designed to be wireless. Leo says that Android should wirelessly sync with either.

Why does my MacBook have charging issues?

Episode 1228

Ed from Crossville, TN
Apple MacBook Pro

Ed is having problems with his MacBook Pro giving him an error that his cable isn't supported after updating OS X. Leo says that it would be odd that it's a software issue. It would have to be a hardware problem.

Ed is also frustrated that he has a screen reader and when an ad pops up, he has to start reading the web page all over again. Leo says that's an accessibility issue and is a very good reason to use an Ad Blocker. Sites should be made aware that they have a responsibility to make their sites accessible.

Should I buy my own modem and router?

Episode 1227

Frederick from El Segundo, CA
Asus AC3200

Frederick has AT&T for his internet access. He's switching to Time Warner Cable and he's wondering if he'll get the 100 Mbps with the modem they'll be renting him. Or should he buy one himself? Leo says Time Warner will tell him what modems they support and he can then buy that. Leo recommends a DOCSIS 3 modem.

Should he get a modem/router combination unit? Leo says no. Use the router separately and daisy chain them together. He'll save a lot of money over the course of the year by just buying it himself. Leo likes the Arris modems.

How can I replace the hard drive in my iMac?

Episode 1227

Martin from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Apple iMac

Martin wants to put a solid state drive in his 27" iMac. Leo says that adding an SSD is a great thing to do, but it's not easy with an iMac. Leo had his engineers do it, because he needed a special suction cup to lift the glass screen off to take out the hard drive and replace it. It's doable, but it's not for the faint of heart. Leo recommends going to iFixIt.com and he can find a special step by step, along with the parts and tools required.