Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
John's old Vista laptop can no longer get updates so he's looking to buy a new laptop. His budget is around $600. Leo says that Acer and Asus make good budget laptops. HP's Spectre is really good. But for what John does, a Chromebook is even better. Dell, Asus, and Acer all make them, and for $500, he can get a lot of machine. They're also more secure.
Think vinyl is dead? Then you haven't heard of DigiVina! This company has a record making machine that can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! (A special blackening agent makes them look just like an old vinyl record!) Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides: The cost is $499. But an interesting idea. Pity it's an April Fool's joke!
Kathy is looking for a new laptop. Her Lenovo IdeaPad is starting to get a bit finicky. Leo says that the life of a laptop isn't really all that great, especially with the lower priced models. At this stage, she should make sure she has it all backed up. What is her main priority? Performance? Portability? Battery life? Price? Memory? Answering all these questions will help her hone in on what make and model she'll need. Leo recommends getting an SSD in it, and avoid the hybrid drives. They really don't do a good job at either.
Bob is trying to pair a bluetooth headset with his tablet, gaming console, and Apple TV. It isn't pairing correctly with his gaming device, though. Leo says he should see if the operating system is playing the sound properly. Games also sometimes have their own audio settings, so he may have to pair it through the game as well. If it works in the computer, but not in the game, then he'll know it's the game itself.
Glen is a professional photographer and has a computer running XP Professional, but now Firefox has announced they are not going to support XP anymore. Leo says that they were the last one. It really isn't a safe OS anymore since Microsoft stopped supporting it. Glen is looking to buy a new machine, but he doesn't know who to go to.
Christy's parents keep getting infected. They barely have much on their hard drive and she's thinking of turning their computers into a Chromebook. Can she do that? Leo says that ChromeOS would be great as a Chromebook solely, but the installation isn't all that great. There's CloudReady by Neverware.
Tom wants to know if he should wait to buy a new iMac. Leo says that it may be a good idea. We're expecting new iMacs any time now, and there is an Apple Event coming in about a month. It'll likely have new processors, an updated screen, and USB-C and Thunderbolt connections. But performance wise, it really won't be much faster, if at all. So if he bought now, he won't be missing out that much.
Harry is looking to upgrade from his 7 year old computer and is thinking of an all-in-one, perhaps from Dell or HP. He wants one with a big monitor. Leo says it depends on his budget, but under $900 would be good. Could he get an iMac for that? Leo says no, $1,299 is the floor. Anything under that is likely an old model. How about Lenovo? Leo says all three of them make excellent machines. Leo has been thrilled with HP since they spun off the computer division.
Dave's cable modem is failing, so he's looking to get a new one. Is the Arris modem good? Leo says absolutely, but he'll want to be sure to use one supported by his ISP. Leo uses the Arris Surfboard 6183 DOCSIS III modem. It's the fastest protocol. The Wirecutter has a pretty good listing of the cable modems that are available and they like it.